When I was given the opportunity to test two different World of Warcraft mouse mats, I’ll be honest with you and admit that I was a little sceptical as to why you would want one given most of us are using various ‘modern hi-tech’ optical mice (perhaps even the WoW Mouse) these days that are supposedly a great improvement on the old-fashioned ball mouse – which I used to associate with the requirement for mouse pads.
One of my main gripes with mouse pads was that historically most of them were usually quite small in terms of surface area and normally quite thick which meant you’d move the mouse and the whole mouse pad would end up moving around your desk as most had very little underside grip…however, thankfully this is NOT the case with these modern World of Warcraft mouse mats or “gaming mouse surfaces” as the professionals might call them!
These World of Warcraft mouse pads are large, thin and grippy — these things WON’T be creeping towards the edge of your desk like some of mine have in the past as though they had a mind of their own! These are the kind of mouse pads that professional gamers use and if it’s good enough for people make their living from gaming, I’m sure there will be good enough for you and me in the comfort of our own homes!
World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King Qck Surface
The SteelSeries QcK WoW mouse mat features a high quality, durable cloth surface that’s very smooth so your mouse glides over it with ease. It also has a rather cool looking Lich King piece of artwork adorning it and measures 320mm x 270mm, so even though it may be classed as a “medium-sized” gaming mouse mat, it’s still larger and thinner than any I’ve used before.
World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King 5C Surface
The larger SteelSeries 5C WoW mouse mat have produced is based upon their 5C professional gaming surfaces which features four separate layers making up the actual mouse pad:
- Cloth – a strong and durable cloth surface that allows for small mouse movements and maximum precision.
- Soft Polyisoprene – a soft rubber layer which makes for less risk of wrist problems due to extended periods of use.
- Hard Plastic Compound – this harder layer helps to maintain the stability and shape of the gaming surface during use for consistency of use.
- Rubber Elements – small rubber elements ensure that the gaming surface does not move during use.
The 5C surface is a clearly a top-of-the-range product, both in terms of quality and in dimensions, I’d be quite reluctant to even call it a mouse pad, this is a real gamer’s ‘gaming surface’ that measures in at 380mm x 280mm – surely all the game-mousing space you’ll ever need! Also, it looks cool in terms of the artwork it features, who wouldn’t want your very own ‘beautiful’ Frost Wyrm on their desk?
Simon Barker is the founder and editor of Zath and has over 25 years worth of experience of using computers and technology in general. He can normally be found researching or testing the latest in technology products.
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