XTracGear Ripper XXL Testing and Results
Mouse pad testing is subjective, since quantified performance results cannot be obtained from a benchmark. For this reason we are only going to compare it to other mouse pads at the same price range. We will be using a Mad Catz R.A.T. 3 Optical mouse to determine which mouse pad gives the best feedback, friction, and comfort. The Mad Catz R.A.T. 3 uses an Avago 3090 sensor which is compatible with all the mouse pad surfaces we will be testing.
XTracGear Ripper XXL (Semi-Soft)
Corsair Vengeance MM200 (Soft)
Razer Goliathus 2014 (Rough)
Each person has a different experience with each mouse pad. I am a more heavy user that prefers low DPI settings and more friction for better accuracy, others might prefer a slicker surface for better movement; this means that not all mouse pads are suitable for one person.
The Ripper XXL is made of the same material as other mouse pads from XTracGear, so we had already felt the polished textile while gaming. Both the Razer Goliathus and the XTracGear Ripper are thick, allowing you to rest your hands on top with a lot of cushion. If you run your fingers across them you will notice that the Ripper has a lot less texture. The MM200 on the other hand is very thin and resting your arms just doesn’t feel as soothing, however it is softer than the Ripper XXL, something to keep in mind when gaming.
Once you move your mouse on the XTracGear Ripper XXL you will notice that it is not so soft after all. The mat does provide some friction, not a lot, but enough to give it a very comfortable glide without too much slipping like with the MM200 were the friction was almost non-existent. On the other hand, the Razer Goliathus is really good for high DPI gamers as it provides a lot of friction, avoiding any unnecessary movements, but the king of the mid and lower DPI settings is the Ripper XXL, bringing you feedback without any drawbacks and being so big that we successfully played at 400 DPI without running out of mat space.
For everyday users you might not find any differences between any of our subjects while browsing your mail or the web, you will however find a benefit on the size of the Ripper as it prevents you from scratching your table when moving around your monitor or keyboard as well as providing a decent cushion to prevent discomfort after long periods of using your computer.