Taking a closer look
- The Whole Pad
The first thing you notice about the pad is its sheer size; with dimensions of 10" X 8.5" it is defiantly one of the largest mouse pads in the marketplace. The size alone would indicate that the design is aimed at the more avid gamer who relies a lot on their mouse pad. The rubber surface outside and underneath stops the mouse pad from wriggling around on the desk and seems to do a better job than the normal feet on most other mouse pads like the ones from RatPadz and Everglide. The main problem with the "old school" feet is that they would eventually fall off, resulting in a mouse pad that slid around and became instable.
If you have the desk space it is defiantly worth looking at this mouse pad. Sometimes people don't have the room and go for the smaller Everglide pad which can fit in those tighter spaces. A better option is to turn the sUrface 1030 pad on the side so your length is more but width is less. The version we received was Black/Black but there is also Purple/Black and Purple/Orange so there is a little bit of range for people. The purple surfaced ones do stand out more and may add a "WOW" factor to your pad.
- The Double Sided Surface
The inclusion of a dual sided surface is the most unique feature on this mouse pad. One side is slightly textured which helps add friction to slow down your mousing, while the other side is smooth enough that you don't have to put much effort into moving your mouse around. Both sides will require you to reduce the mouse sensitivity in your OS - just like I found myself doing. You will find your mouse simply gliding from one end of the pad to the other with no trouble at all.
Another advantage I find about this is that, in a sense you a purchasing a pad that is equal too two mouse pads. This gives it the ability to last twice as long when compared to a normal pad like Everglide, etc. The reason for this is that when one side does eventually get worn, with a simple turn over you will have a mouse surface that was just like new. The side you decide to use will come down to personal taste while the smoother one will feel better for some or vice versa. Only you can decide which is best and it may take a few hours of using each side till you do decide.
- The Cord Clip
A great feature to this pad is the inclusion of what fUnc calls the "Cord Clip". This clips the cord of the mouse to the mouse pad, increasing the amount of slack available and preventing the cord from falling down the back of the desk. Sometimes you will find when using your mouse for extended periods of time, moving it back and forth, will force the cord to fall down the back of the desk. When it comes to getting that vital kill in Counter Strike or Quake 3 you pull the mouse and find that it won't go all the way in the end resulting in your death. The "Cord Clip" will end this frustration and hopefully reduce the amount of casualties caused by "cord rage".
Because you can have the mouse pad in so many ways there is an inclusion of 8 positions where you can place the cord clip. If you do use the mouse pad on its side or, for some reason, upside down then just pull the clip out and insert it in one of the other insertions.
- Sticking it all together
The pad does come with an instruction manual as some people may find themselves wondering how the cord clip works. Swapping the surface side is done with exceptional ease and there should be no reason why you would have to find yourself looking to the manual for that purpose. Once the surface you have chosen is upwards and the cord clip is plugged into one of its 8 positions its just a matter of threading the cable through the clip. Deciding how much cord length you want laying about will be a personal choice with some people may find themselves wanting more, others less.