Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
With as many companies as there are out there producing peripherals today, it is hard to keep tabs on all of them, and see every product as it hits the market. This is one of those times where we have come across a company that is relatively new to us, but not so new to the market. When XTracGear asked us to look at some of their mouse pads, and we went to check out their site, we realized they are not newcomers to the game. In fact, a couple of the products we are looking at today are quite older in their lineup, but XTracGear wanted us to get a feel of where they started, and how far they have come with the latest mouse pad to grace their products list.
Today we will be looking at three mouse pads from XTracGear. It would appear that the company also owned and operated another website under the XTracPads.com address, but a quick glance there shows that the newest mouse pad has not been added to the lineup, where it has on XTracGear.com. We also looked at some of the older reviews of the products we have here, looked over what XTracGear offered then, and will be comparing that to what we see today as well.
It is not very often that you will see TweakTown.com do a standalone mouse pad review, as we typically add a page to mouse reviews of the mouse they are sent along with. However, we are obviously making an exception in this case, and for two key reasons. One reason is that we have a chance to look at multiple products over a long product life; or, in other words, we can see where XTracGear started, and how that plays into what they are offering today.
The second reason is that we also found this company to be worth a good look, as they not only offer flexible or hard style mouse pads, but they also offer a few accessories that are universal to any mouse on the market, so there is no need to hunt down more specific pieces. We hope to not only point out this relatively hidden company, but to also show that they are on top of their game, and have been for years according to what we have gathered in our testing.
Over the three charts that cover the Carbonic, the Ripper, and the Ripper XXL, we find three features that seem to be the backbone of all of the cloth topped mouse pads. The first is that on all three pads, you will find they offer a Polished Textile precision mouse surface to effortlessly glide your mouse of choice across.
The second is that after the sandwich of materials is completed and made into one cohesive unit, the shape is laser cut. Laser cutting not only offers perfectly straight edges, but it also melts the top cloth, and "adheres" it to the pad, so it will not fray or lift from the foam center. The third part of this combination is that after 0.5mm of cloth on the top, and 2mm of foam in the middle, there is yet another 0.5mm of what XTracGear calls an "Enhanced Sure Grip," where the open cell foam has been textured to ensure these pads will not slide around on most surfaces. This extra 0.5mm of material makes these pads 3mm in total thickness.
At the top of the Carbonic chart, it states that this mouse pad is extremely durable, soft, and comfortable. Also, lending to its name, the Carbonic offers a Carbon Fiber patterning that not only looks cool, but also offers irregularity for the sensor to track more easily against, making movements more accurate and precise. That covers the features, but we also see that XTracGear offers a brief statement just below as well. Here they say "Why settle for less when you can have the best. Get yourself the XTracGear Carbonic precision gamer mouse pad today." That statement sort of sounds like something we would write at the end of this review. Regardless, at the bottom of the chart we find the Carbonic measures 216mm from front to back, 280mm in width, and is 3mm in thickness.
As we move on to a "larger sized" offering, we find the chart for the Ripper. Since the features of the Ripper are only what all three mouse pads share in common (which we already discussed above), we move on to the advantages instead. Here they discuss things like the whisper quite movement due to the polishing treatment offered on these pads. They also discuss the open cell foam being soft to the touch and forgiving, which will allow for longer stays in games without your hand sticking to the pad, or you becoming annoyed with the slight vibrations more aggressively textured pads have. It also addresses the size of the Ripper, and the fact that it would allow gamers who prefer lower DPI/CPI settings to still have plenty of room to get around without lifting. The Ripper measures in at 3mm thick, 280mm in depth, and 432mm in width.
The last chart offered is for our largest sample, the Ripper XXL. This product carries all of the same things that we discussed in the Ripper, with the only major change being the size. We still get a pad that is 3mm thick, but this time the pad is enormous, and it will take a large desk to allow you to spread out the entire 914mm of width, and 457mm of depth that this pad requires to lie flat.
Locating these products is not too hard at all. You can buy them directly from XTracGear.com, where we found that the Carbonic was listed at $14.95, the Ripper at $21.95, and the Ripper XXL was priced at $34.95. Of course, you don't "have" to go that route; you could go and Google shop for it, and there you will find quite a few places carrying their gear. Shopping around does pay off as well. We located all of these mouse pads on Amazon, and found the Carbonic is only $10.98, the Ripper is $13.98, and the Ripper XXL is a few dollars cheaper at $31.06.
For what we see offered on paper, and from what the features and specifications tell us, we feel that all three pads are priced well for what they offer, but will they stand up to countless others we have seen in the past? Continue reading, as we plan to cover exactly how well these mouse pads perform by the end of this review of the XTracGear Carbonic, Ripper, and Ripper XXL mouse pads.
PRICING: You can find the XTracGear Carbonic, Ripper, and Ripper XXL for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The XTracGear Carbonic retails for $10.98 at Amazon, the XTracGear Ripper retails for $13.98 at Amazon, and the XTracGear Ripper XXL retails for $31.08 at Amazon.