NOIDpad Custom

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Product(s): NOIDpad Custom
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NOIDpad

Price: $24.90 EUR (~$37.64 CDN, ~32.20 USD) (NOIDpad.com)

If there is one thing that every gamer could agree on, it would be that you need a good mouse surface. I'm sure the majority of BCCHardware readers have thrown that old cloth mouse pad that came with their computer in the trash by now, and have moved onto a higher quality mouse pad.

There are many different options for mousing surfaces, but NOIDpad (NO.IDENTITY Pads) is a company that claims to be better than the competition. Here is as except from their website:

The past few years I have worked for one of the bigger mouse pad brands in gaming. During this period I have, both as a sponsor and as a gamer, met and talked with hundreds - if not thousands of other gamers about mouse pads. I have listened, tried, compared and learned. 

Based on this experience I have now started to manufacture my own mouse pads. They are not like the competition - they are better. I know that there is not one pad that is best for all but if you like hybrid pads like I do and if you like a really good glide then I can tell you that there is no hybrid pad that glides better than the NOIDpad, guaranteed! 

If you also value the possibility to design your own mouse pad the choice is easy. You simply cannot get a better mouse pad than the NOIDpad anywhere with your design on.

Try us.

Gustaf 'Foxy' Hertsius
 

 

 

 

NOIDpad was nice enough to send us a custom BCCHardware NOID Custom, which features the BCCHardware logo. Lets get on with the testing and see if this mousepad is going to be the last one you ever buy...

First Impressions

 

When I first received my NOIDpad, I was immediately impressed with the packaging, NOIDpads come in a cardboard tube, which effectively eliminates getting your NOIDpad totally mangled by the mail system. Sure packaging really plays no part in the performance of a mousepad, but its nice to see they thought about packaging a little, and its nice to have a tube that you can throw your mousepad back in when your headed to the next Lan Party.



NOIDpad Cardboard Shipping Tube

As soon as I pulled the mouspad out of its tube, I was impressed with the size of the mouse pad. This mouse pad is huge! (length = 400mm, width = 280mm). It took me a couple minutes to clear enough desk space (my desk is a mess, but I know EXACTLY where everything is), anyways, at first you might think this pad is a little too big, but I personally am all over the place when I'm playing games, and quite regularily run my mouse right off the mouse pad.

I'll add a little bit of a story that really doesn't have anything to do with the NOIDpad that I'm reviewing, but its interesting. A few days ago when we were at CES 2007 in Las Vegas, we had the chance to see FATAL1TY (World Champion Gamer) play some Quake 3 against willing participants. To make a long story short, in the 2 hours he played (4 minute matches), FATAL1TY did not die once, in fact, I heard people cheer when a guy got lucky enough to take his health all the way down to 40, he was that good. Anyways, it was neat to see someone that good play, but it was also neat to hear him talk about some of the gear he uses (everyone wants to know how he gets an edge). One of the things he touched on was his mousing surface, he said back when he started he would use your regular mouse pads, but after a few hours his wrist would get numb because it had been resting on the front edge of his desk. He started to look for an alternative, and now he uses is a gaming mat (much like the NOIDpad), that has alot of surface area, so he can actually hang the edge of the mat over the front edge on his desk, therefore giving his wrist some padding, and allowing him to play for longer periods of time. I tried this with the NOIDpad, and it definitely works, not that I normally game for hours upon hours, but its nice to have a little extra padding, plus it came straight from FATAL1TY, and he's the best, so hopefully it makes me just as good. Thats right, you can call me FUJ1TAL1TY. Ok, enough with that story, back to the review....

 

NOIDpad CUSTOM Specifications

The Pad
Front View
Back View
Back View

Back View w/ NOID no-friction tape

Bottom-Right Corner

 

NOIDpads come with a 20cm NOID no-friction tape strip. This is to be used on the bottom of your mouse for even greater gliding.


Specifications from NOIDpad.com

Short facts:
Pad size:
 400x280mm
Thickness: 3.5 or 1.35 mm
Top: The NOID polymer coating on cloth for unsurpassed glide
Bottom: Black natural rubber for grip

Tested with the following mice with full functionality:
Logitech:
MX510, G1
Razer: Diamondback, Copperhead

 

 


 

Test Specs

For the testing of the NOIDpad, I have used 4 different types of mice. 2 mice were corded, and the other 2 were cordless.

Logitech MX Laser Cordless (Logitech MX 5000 Desktop)
Logitech V200 Cordless Notebook Mouse
Generic Ball-Mouse (KeyMouse)
Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse


Test Setup (Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse Not Pictured)

The MX Laser Mouse retails for approx $70-80 CDN, the Logitech V200 Cordless retails for $25-40 CDN, the Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse retails for $15-30 and is a pretty standard optical mouse, and Generic KeyMouse is worth no more than $2.00 and is normally a freebie.

Testing Conclusion

Testing of the NOIDpad Custom was very easy. I tried 4 different mice (Ball, Optical, and Laser), and each one performed very well on this pad.

The ball mouse I used was the cheapest mouse I could find, its normally a throw-in when you buy a used computer or something. Everyone who has a ball mouse knows you need a good mouse pad, otherwise your overall performance of your mouse is going to suffer greatly. Most people have moved away from ball mice, but there are still a select few who do use them, and they will be very impressed with the performance of this mat with a ball mouse.

The 2 optical mice I used (corded Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse, and cordless Logitech V200), also performed very well. I had no complaints with either mouse on the NOIDpad. The NOIDpad definitely improved the tracking of both optical mice.

The Laser mouse that I used (Logitech MX Laser) also performed very well. This is a mouse that I've used alot in the past, and is my current choice for my main system. I normally just use the top of my desk without a mouse pad since a laser mouse has very good tracking on most surfaces, but after using the NOIDpad I definitely could get used to using a mouse pad again.

All 4 mice provided great performance on the NOIDpad, I didn't notice any skipping while using any of the mice.

 

NOIDpad Custom Final Thoughts

If your looking for a high-quality mouse pad, you have two options. You can go with a hard-surfaced mouse pad (Ratpadz, Everglide Ricochet), or with a cloth pad (NOIDpad, Thermaltake XaserV Damier, Everglide Destrukt). Its really a matter of personal preference, and in the past hard-surface pads started to become very popular, but it seems like cloth pads are making a comeback.

The rubber grip on the back of the NOIDpad is very good, its impossible to make this pad slip around on your desk. The included NOID no-friction tape is also a nice feature, I've seen other similar products sold separately, and it definitely improves the overall performance. Our test pad featured the BCCHardware.com logo, and the quality of the printing is very good. Every mouse I tested glided very well, I was very happy with the performance with and without the no-friction tape.

In the past I've preferred hard-surfaced pads, but I'm definitely becoming a huge fan of cloth mats again. Normally when someone says they use a cloth mat, you think of that terrible first mouse pad you had, the one that worked ok for about a month, then the corners started to lift, it became dirty, and eventually didn't work very well at all. Those days are gone, the NOIDpad is definitely a mouse pad I don't mind using.

After using the NOIDpad custom, I really can't think of anything I don't like about it. The price of a NOIDpad isn't too bad, some other gaming pads are a little cheaper, but for a high-quality gaming mat with your custom logo on it, $35-40 CDN is not bad. The only thing I can even mention is the edges of the NOIDpad are a little frayed. I'm not saying that this is a major problem, or even a issue at all, I'm just mentioning it because I noticed it. Quite frankly it does not bother me at all, and I've seen the same issue on a couple other cloth gaming mats, and really with this being the biggest issue I could even think of, you know its a good product.

Pro's

  • Large Surface Area
  • Rubber grip on bottom eliminates slipping
  • Mouse glides very nicely
  • Very good logo quality 

Con's

  • Very Minor Fraying on edges (VERY VERY MINOR) 

 

In the end, I have been very impressed with the NOIDpad Custom. Every mouse I used glides very nicely, it has a very large surface area, and its rubber bottom makes slipping impossible. I would definitely recommend this pad to anyone looking for a high-quality gaming mat.

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
9.7/10
Performance:
10/10
Software Pack:
n/a
Stability:
n/a
Features:
n/a
Value:
10/10
Total Score 9.9

  Top Pick

I'd like to thank NOIDpad for allowing us to review the NOIDpad Custom. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.