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Old 01-20-2009, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Pacific Beach in San Diego, California
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Default Mousepads: Do you really need to use one?

I met someone who said that they never use a mousepad with their Logitech MX 600 Cordless Laser mouse.

Wow, is that possible?

He said that he has a desk that he keeps clean and polished - slick as an ice rink, and so, I guess, that's how he gets by without using a mouse?

Hey I've always used a mouse, ALWAYS. Is it really possible to forego the use of a mouse? I have to wonder if it would cause the mouse to wear out sooner or cause any other problem.

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Old 01-20-2009, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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You don't need a pad under a laser mouse, since these don't have a rubber tracking ball underneath. I don't use a pad with my Apple Mighty Mouse.
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Beaverland, OR
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Back in the olden days when mice incorporated little balls to track movement, a mouse pad helped the ball get traction, and thus insured more accurate mouse movement.

Most mice these days are the optical / LED type. These shine an LED light on the surface which reflects back up to a tiny camera which takes thousands of pictures a second. A microprocessor analyzes the pictures, comparing each picture to the previous picture to determine mouse movement. As long as your mouse surface is not completely uniform, you really do not need a mouse pad.

Laser mice work on the same principle, but use an invisible laser instead of an LED. The intensity can be higher, and thus a more accurate image is transmitted to the camera, theoretically resulting in more accurate mouse movement.
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Old 01-21-2009, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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I use a mouse pad for two reasons, and neither reason is a necessity for operability at all, just preference. For me, the muted sound of the mouse running around on a pad is preferred over the sound of plastic on a wood surface. I also prefer the "slower" movement because of the friction of the pad vs the sleek of the desk's surface.

The silliest reason is because I have a bunch of mouse pads that I like to look at such as the one with my daughter's photo in it and the ones I've purchased as souvenirs while traveling.

My mouse is LED, so do I need a mouse pad or am I hurting it by not using one? No. I just prefer it.
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:36 AM
 
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Mouse pad just gets in the way of other stuff anyway. I hardly used one even when mice had tracking balls in them, although they did help with traction.
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Arden, NC
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With a ball mouse I'll use one but for opticals, no. I will use a sheet of paper or a folder under one IF the surface is shiny - like a black desk. Otherwise, no.
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:20 AM
 
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I use the arm on my Lazy Boy (cloth) or my leg when wearing blue jeans. My black dress slacks don't work very well...
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Well, I have lots of different setups. I'm typing this on a laptop that has an optical mouse attached with no mouse pad. Behind me is a desktop with no mouse pad. Two PC setups in another building; one has a mouse pad; one doesn't. At home, I have a mouse pad. I've used them for so many years, I've just gotten used to having them there. However, you usually don't need one with an optical mouse.

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Old 01-21-2009, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I don't think I need a mousepad.

My wife looks at the two spots on the kitchen table with the finish worn off and tenderly begs to disagree....
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:58 AM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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I just bought one to use with my LED mouse, because I kept getting crumbs on the desk and I could feel them with the side of my hand. They are not as annoying on the pad.
I can take the pad off and shake/swipe the crumbs off easier, too.
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