Ever since laser mice became popular, the need to use a mouse pad went out the door. Or did it? Back in August, CyberNet Forum Member xpgeek asked whether people used a mouse pad, and if so, what kind. While the majority of us probably do own a laser mouse or have a laptop instead and therefore don’t absolutely need a mouse pad, some still use one.  Whether it’s for the sake of comfort, or maybe even for the precise control (for gamers) that it can offer while using a mouse, a mouse pad still serves a purpose other than construction materials for a couch.

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So today we’re introducing our new poll, do you use a mouse pad? It’s just a simple yes or no answer, and we’ll also throw in the option of “sometimes” for those of you who may only use one for when you’re playing games or other situations. You can either vote in the sidebar, or vote below!

There Are 21 Comments

  1. I use a mouse pad only when using a wireless mouse with my laptop. Some surfaces, especially those of a reflective, dark color, wreak havoc on my wireless mouse’s transmission of motion. The buttons still fire, but moving the mouse doesn’t produce a corresponding mouse movement. Out side of that specific situation, I’m decidedly against them.

  2. I use a gel padded ergonomic mouse pad. I’ve had it pretty much since I got my first own computer 8 years ago and never had any wrist problems. The mouse I have is a Microsoft wireless optical mouse and it’s really pleasant to use, although it has scrolling problems on some programs on Vista.

  3. I voted yes.

    I used to have a Compaq laser scroll mouse that would bug out and jump the cursor to random spots every once in a while when using it directly over my wooden PC desk. I kept the mouse pad w/ my current MS laser scroll mouse because it was kinda scratchy moving it directly over the wood. I tried it now, though, and it seems to move smoothly. Maybe I inadvertently cleaned the desk the couple times I’ve spilled water on it.

    I’ll try it for a while w/out the mouse pad, and if all goes well I won’t bring it back.

  4. Yep. I use a Logitech G9 w/an Icemat, and have yet to use anything smoother.

  5. Besides preventing goofy behavior on my slightly reflective desk, my mousepad often doubles as a coaster.

  6. Definitely use a mousepad – feel naked without one!
    Easier to keep the mousepad surface clean then the desktop surface, and it keeps the noise of moving the mouse down. If you use multiple computers, its nice to have the same surface for mousing on each.

  7. I use a Logitech G5 on my wooden table. Under my mouse is a clearly worn down area :X

  8. Huh, I would have never guessed that so many people still used mousepads. I haven’t used on in years, but the surface I generally use isn’t shiny so I don’t have problems. I thought that only 10% or so would still use the mousepads, but it currently sits at about 50/50.

  9. I use a mouse pad; mainly because I enjoy feeling old fashioned, and I love the smooth feel on my wrist. I think that the mouse pad industry is going to die soon due to the fact that mice these days have been designed to work on any surfaces, so there is no real need for a mouse pad anymore.

    I’m still using the 1995 Dell mouse pad that came with my old computer. I should win a prize for having such an old mouse pad.

  10. I can’t live without my mouse pad! It has this really nice gel part in the back of it! 8)

  11. Ryan wrote:
    Huh, I would have never guessed that so many people still used mousepads. I haven’t used on in years, but the surface I generally use isn’t shiny so I don’t have problems. I thought that only 10% or so would still use the mousepads, but it currently sits at about 50/50.

    Surprising, I know. I haven’t used one in years. They seem so ’80s :D

  12. I use different devices on different computers. The 3M Ergonomic Mouse Ball model needs a roughened surface – I use a 3M Precision Mousing Surface. Both Microsoft Optical Mouse for notebooks and Microsoft Optical Mouse Explorer are laser but if you use them on a featureless table surface, they lose their coordinates – I variously use a plain fabric mat costing AUD 1.00 and a glossy mat with lots of grid lines.

  13. I don’t use a mouse pad for some time now. I’m working on a laptop with an optical mouse attached, and I usually work in one of two locations – either my home, or at the office, both of which have excellent wooden tables. Mouse pad would add a bit to the weight that I have to carry around, slow down my packing-unpacking process by another half a second, and occupy a little extra of table space, without adding much benefits to my routine productivity. So, off it goes. :)

  14. My mouse pad has a cushion to make my wrist more comfortable and relaxed. You guys should try it. :P The cushion can be pinched when you’re getting nervous while working :mrgreen:

  15. Yep I am with Michele, I am spoiled to the wrist support from my Belkin mousepad. Mousing on the desk for me (just tried it) is a ‘bit too loud too even with the laser/wireless experience. :)

  16. I don’t use a mousepad. Laser mouse on my home PC, don’t know what at work but it works better without mousepad. Most of the time I use my laptop when I’m being a couch potato, and I move my wireless mouse over my trousers or my fleece blanket and that works very well 8)

  17. I’m in the habit of using a mousepad and after reading this article tried it for a day without, and restored the pad. Why? It provides a soft cushion for the wrist when relaxed between mousing around. Also the added height may make a comfort difference.

  18. Michele wrote:
    My mouse pad has a cushion to make my wrist more comfortable and relaxed. You guys should try it. The cushion can be pinched when you’re getting nervous while working

    I have actually used those before (I have one tucked away in my drawer actually). Never really thought about using it as a “stress ball” though. :)

  19. Yes i use mousepads. I still have 2 old mouses with balls (no hard thoughts here) and 2 other laser one’s and both have their mousepads. On the laptop i don’t usually carry any mousepad …

  20. I have an MX Laser mouse and have had since god knows when. The other PC has a mouse mat on it but that has an optical mouse. I could not tell you the last time I used a mouse and mat at the same time.

  21. I use one. Like many of you I don’t like the clunky sounds the mouse makes and I like the cushion feel under my wrist.

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