Icemat Black 2nd Edition Review - Testing and Conclusion
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For testing, I did a couple things. First, I played some games. I started with a little Unreal Tournament, with 40 of my closest bots. I found I was able to more accurately nail head-shots with this new set up. To confirm, I jumped into Doom 3 for a bit, and felt like I was on fire. Believe it or not, this pad DOES make a difference in your gaming.
As a second test, I had our resident graphics goddess come by my desk, to get her thoughts on how it felt. She gave me an odd look when I told her what I wanted, but as soon as she tried it out, she was like "why aren't -I- reviewing this product." Translated, that would be "OH I WANT THAT!". Coming from someone who makes a living with her mouse, I'd consider that a definite statement.
So, as always, here are the pros and cons:
Glass construction makes it sturdy and durable
Combined with Padsurfers, friction is nearly non-existent
Large mousing surface (10 x 12 inches)
The box is right, Looks Damn Cool!
Amazing accuracy, as claimed
Our Graphics Goddess wants to steal mine
It -IS- glass, and hence probably not safe for angry gamers
Pricey for a "mouse pad" ($40 at the time of this writing)
Overall, I am VERY satisfied with the Icemat 2nd Edition. I, personally, find that with the difference this device DOES make in my own gaming performance, I would part with the $40 purchase price without even thinking twice. That being said, I give this product a whopping 10 out of 10, and the Dev Hardware Recommended Product award. After using this product, I will not go back to the bare desk, or any other mousing surface for that matter.
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