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Everglide Giganta Ray Mouse Pad
(hx) 05:29 AM EDT - Apr,16 2004

It's not every day you see a review of mouse pad, but mousing surfaces can be a big deal to the extreme gamer, especially in first person games where accuracy and precision is important. There are many types of mouse pads out there. Some are made of plastic, aluminum, and even glass. Anyone who has tried a Steelpad, Icemat, Ratpad, or any other gaming mousepad already knows what a big difference they make. Today I will be looking at a new version of the popular mouse pad  - the Everglide Giganta Ray.

 Specifications:
- 9 1/2" High (24.5cm)
- 11 1/2" Wide (29.5cm)
- 1/4" Deep (approximately 6.5mm thick)
- Blue UltraBrite LED design (six LED lights)
- Non-Skid backing
- 5 USB Cable (1.8m)
- SRP: $39.95

Closer Look

The Gianta Ray is fairly large, giving plenty of room to move the mouse around. You will not find yourself going off the edge of this pad unless you have your sensitivity set very low. The pad itself is made out of a clear thermoplastic with glitter embedded to help with optical tracking. There are a thousands of tiny, shiny, platinum colored flakes within the gel. It allows the surface reflect the incandescent lighting of your room to eye-catching effect. In addition, the pad comes equipped with six blue LEDs within the mouse pad which draw their power from a 5 USB cable connected to your desktop computer. The lights on the Ray are bright enough to be seen in a well lighted room. Needless to say it looks really attractive. The backing of the pad is a thick non skid textured rubber that is guaranteed not to slip and slide around the desk. Pushing on it will not slide it one inch.

the backing of the pad

Using The Gianta Ray

To test out the pad, I decided to first try out a few first person shooters such as Far Cry, and Painkiller. The pad felt very good and worked well with the Logitech MX300 optical mouse that I used. Despite the surface of the pad is a rougher area, both optical sensor systems were very accurate and smooth in regards to tracking, on the entire surface of the pad. Simply, precision and accuracy was all there and I found it works great for all applications. The Gianta Ray is completely washable and the hard plastic surface is very durable and easy to clean. Over a few weeks of use, I never really had to clean the mouse pad, but it can easily be done with just house hold cleaners and a towel.

To be honest, I couldn't find much wrong with the mouse pad. It's sturdy, feels glued to my desk, and tracks great at low speeds and at high speeds. Also, I really appreciate the size of this baby and it looks great on my desk.

Pros
- performance

- High quality materials used
- The bright LEDs are visible even with the lights on (though they are most effective in a dimmer environment)
- Long USB cabel
- Providing plenty of room to move the mouse around
- Washable

Cons

- High price
- Detachable cable would be nice
- Lack of power switch

Conclusion

Overall, the Gianta Ray is probably best suited to pro gaming types who like a little friction under the mouse and a very large surface to work on, so if you are short on desk space you should probably look elsewhere. In terms of appearance, this mouse pad is very unique, I haven't come across any mouse pad like this before. At a $39.95 USD (39.95 EURO) price tag, it's at least three times as expensive as a standard mouse mat, however if you're serious about your gaming performance this is definitely a worthwhile investment. I recommend it not only for those who need speed and accuracy, but for everyone who wants to feel better when looking at his/her mouse pad.

Special note: I'd like to thank www.GamerzStuff.com for making this review possible.



developer: Gamerz Stuff
publisher: homepage

last 10 comments:

l33tasticposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 07:49
ii awfto say wow and i awfto say i dont give a shit

as****eposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 11:08
what da fack is this? ...useless, stupyd and fully over done! anyway, nice review!

darkposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 11:33
a must have for me and my modded case

Gambleposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 11:42
Next time, they might think about a cordless mousepad if they are smart enough, lol

El_Coyoteposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 13:01
horrid, these people doesnt have taste :P

JSoloposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 14:03
I really wanted one of these mouse pads to replace my XidePad Ultra. Now, I have a place where I can buy it from. Thanks Hx!

stupidreviewposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 14:05
OMG WOW A MOUSEPAD this is the lamest thing to review ever i mean comon

IssisXposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 15:32
MAN -- TO INSULT HIM FOR HIS REVIEW --Y NEED TO JUST NOT EVEN COME BACK TO GGURU--THIS MAN WORKS HARD ,BY HIMSELF I MIGHT ADD.. AND BY THE WATY ITS UR LOSS B/C I HAVE THIS PAD -- JUST GOT IT AND ITS THE BEST PAD IVE EVER HAD --GREAT REVIEW , KEEP IT UP --MOST OF US OUT HERE ENJOY UR WORK --TY GG ---

jepsposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 17:40
nice reviews

Chrisposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 17:49
i dont see you having your own GREAT web site ... who cares what he reviewed its givn him somthing to do ... so stfu bitch lol jk

Harryposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 18:01
Does this come with a matching velvet Elvis for your wall?

NOTHINGposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 19:03
Harry....that and a William Hung CD to hoot.

NOTHINGposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 19:08
"OMG WOW A MOUSEPAD this is the lamest thing to review ever i mean comon" stupidreview - stupid@review.crap ..............................Keep your frivolous comments to yourself, you TWIT.

9235798276posted - Apr, 16 2004 - 23:19
Ah, this mousepad has driver conflicts with ATI cards. too bad.

NeoNSXposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 23:24
HX - your review is mentioned over here: http://www.warp2search.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=17476

posted - Apr, 17 2004 - 07:18
Lol a mouse pad.. cmon guys.. cant u review sum decent stuff..

Phreezer Burnposted - Apr, 17 2004 - 19:14
Mice pads makes the difference in gaming and graphic design so a review like this is great, I bought a gaming pad and have seen accuracy increase in games and its comfortable, if your looking to get better in games you need the best input equipment you can get.

Sawnoffposted - Apr, 17 2004 - 21:09
Great site mate,come here all the time.Think im gonna get me one of them there mouse pads,go nice with the LED's on my case thank's. It's amazing how simple computer's are,even a complete idiot can use one,as some or your readers have proven ;=}

tilsonposted - Apr, 18 2004 - 02:30
i don't know why people seem to like leds so much, the lighting stuff is useless. my cheap R$6 (US$2) works so fine on any near smooth surface. this performance "thing" about mousepads for optical mice seems ridiculous for me since all optical mice i have used worked great on any surface. the review is nice though. keep up the excellent work.

Hung (Like a Buck Sqposted - Apr, 18 2004 - 04:05
Sweet!!! I've been dying to spend a measly $40 on a mousepad for my optical mouse...since the whole idea of optical is to not worry about a ball or mousepad. Don't get me wrong, the review is great as they always are... but a freaking mousepad??? Instead of buying this mousepad, I'm going to give a buddy $40 and let him kick me in the jimmy. That way someone's at least getting some fun out of the money.

Slyposted - Apr, 18 2004 - 07:03
It's a pretty good review. Though i'm not too sure about the thing being reviewed =P I prefer practical stuff myself. It looks like something a modder would appreciate though. The types that go for transparent casings, blacklight, and the like. I've seen pictures of people's rigs, and this'll go well with those.

xxxxposted - Apr, 18 2004 - 17:48
nothing wrong with mouse pad reviews fool. this is a gaming site and not limited to reviews strictly of games. for real gamers, knowing about mousepads is just another piece of good news. my 'allsop' does a good job. my next pad will however be either fUnc or RatpadzGS

Fan of HXposted - Apr, 18 2004 - 23:09
Whatever HX does it leet... so don't bag his reviews. HX is ten times the man you whiners are. HX OWNZ!!! HX RULEZ!!!

Another Fan of HXposted - Apr, 19 2004 - 03:21
Whatever HX does it leet... so don't bag his reviews. HX is ten times the man you whiners are. HX OWNZ!!! HX RULEZ!!!

posted - Apr, 19 2004 - 21:09
Latest review ffs cmon sum1 write anudda review and phast.. dis 1z pissin me off.. ffs a review of a MOUSE PAD.. rofl

betoposted - Apr, 20 2004 - 01:21
anyone have the drivers for windows 98 for this pad?.................................just kidding....my opinion GReat review wrong item to review.....

JSoloposted - Apr, 20 2004 - 04:43
Just got my mousepad today. This mousepads leds are BRIGHT! And the size is really good. I read some reviews of it around the web, but Hx's review was the one that made me buy it. Seriously, this mouse pad is sweet.

satanposted - Apr, 20 2004 - 09:27
what the fuck is the problem with reviewing a specialist mouse mat. if you dont agree with it being reviewed dont fucking read about it

Whinersposted - Apr, 20 2004 - 09:51
i never thought i'd agree with satan, but i do in this instance.

xxxxposted - Apr, 20 2004 - 10:40
satan it's just the same loser that changes the way he writes and uses no name or some other name, just ignore him. i'm pretty sure i know who it is, but only hx could verify.

bUrt.posted - Apr, 20 2004 - 18:31
all I say is fUnc: 1030 sUrface

satanposted - Apr, 20 2004 - 18:39
have to say, black icemats are great with optical mice. works very nicely with an mx700

fed@jkin-jagodinaposted - Apr, 20 2004 - 22:38
wow !!!review is good!!! ali ovolike pare za podlogu e ovi stranci stvarno nisu normalni,...za te pare i pecenje i pivo zar ne + optical mice + podloga lol

FX5900posted - Apr, 21 2004 - 00:04
hey satan, does the mouse mat make your everyday windows experience more enjoyable? Say... like the child sacrifice screensaver or a ritual CD-RW burning? =)

satanposted - Apr, 21 2004 - 05:16
hahaha! yeah, sometimes it can be hell ;)

FX5900posted - Apr, 21 2004 - 07:46
ROFL. Hey Satan, is the rumour true that you're actually Bill Gates!!?!?!

satanposted - Apr, 21 2004 - 09:48
bill gates? i wish i had his money. he can keep the small penis and glasses though.

MaxP.posted - Apr, 21 2004 - 09:56
connected by usb? + usb mouse + other stuff... sux... they can put some hub in that mousepad so your moouse will be connected to the mousepad

meposted - May, 06 2004 - 08:38
I have to say that i am not impressed with this item. Having bought one on the strength of this review i was dissapointed with what i got. There seems to be a design defect in the RAY as the middle of the pad is raised less than a millimeter which is making the mouse rock between the raised and normal areas of the surface. Not good :o( hopefully Everglide will sort this as the pad looks sweet and is bright enough to illuminate my room!

meposted - May, 14 2004 - 18:57
They send me a second unit as replacement and the issue is the same. After being offered a refund i decided to mod what i have and try to gain two pads for the price of 1! I have hacked at the worst unit underside, to expose the led assembly and to create a chamber inside to allow space to flatten the surface into (by use of pressure and some heat). Ive discovered the flaw with this product, the heat generated from the resistor inside the centre makes the surface plastic expand! this is no joke, after leaving the pad "on" all night in the morning i can feel a slight warming and the problem has increased. My advise, buy the everglide optical standard... its the same pad without being spoilt with the crap they have added. Nice 1 to HX again for this quality site!

Joelposted - Feb, 18 2006 - 16:48
OKAY I took one look at this pimpin mouse pad, and I am getting it without hesitation. I have blue LED lights everywhere (monitor, tower case, speakers, my keyboard is an Eluminix electroluminiscent keyboard...this mouse pad is all I need to complete my pimpin setup). Besides, I've never owned a mousepad. HAHAHA. This would be quite the first mouse pad. GAWD, IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.

sean r mevlinposted - Mar, 16 2006 - 23:14
hello i am trying to get this mouse pad but the only place in us i can find is gamerzstuf.. but you need a login... any info ... thanks sean

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