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PERIPHERALS

Icemat Black 2nd Edition Review
By: Rich Smith
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    2006-06-26

    Table of Contents:
  • Icemat Black 2nd Edition Review
  • The Icemat Cometh
  • Surf's up
  • Testing and Conclusion

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    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:

    Pros:

    • 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

    Cons:

    • 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.

    I'd like to thank the folks at Icemat for sending us the Icemat Black 2ndEdition for review.  If you have any questions about this product, please feel free to visit Icemat's website at http://www.icemat.com/products/icematgear/icemat_2nd_edition.


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