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Old 01-20-09, 09:10 PM   #1
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Mousepads: Yay or nay?

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 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 01-20-09, 09:19 PM   #2
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Depends on desk surface. I've noticed harder surfaces wear out the Teflon pads on a mouse a lot quicker than when a mousepad is used.
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Old 01-20-09, 09:21 PM   #3
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I don't use mousepads... never had. If the surface is not working, I might tape a paper, but that's it.
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I use a plain grey cloth mousepad I got at Fry's for $3 or so a few years ago. Before that, I didn't use one for years. I've had the same mouse for 8-10 years, and have used it so much that the little feet are completely worn off, and the bottom of the mouse is polished to a high sheen.
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Logitech MX518. Commando.
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Old 01-20-09, 09:28 PM   #6
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dont think ive used a mousepad in 5 years.... maybe more
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Old 01-20-09, 09:30 PM   #7
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I use a trackball...no pad required.
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'pends on the mouse and the surface. At work I have a mouse pad with a gel wrist rest (I was told I HAD to use it) The current microcrap mini mouse I have does pretty good on every thing but glass. One hotel I was staying at had plate glass on the desktops and it didn't like it, I just plopped a magazine or letter down on the desk and used that. More apt to run the mouse without a pad than with. Home desktop has a mouse pad, but my wife put it there because it matches the decor

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Fake laminate desktop, dirty or not: Yep. Kitchen table, possible smears: Uh huh. Optical mice can handle just about any surface. Mousepads are SO 1990's.
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I started using one after I noticed the veneer finish was wearing underneath my mouse. It's an ordinary LED optical. Works equally well with or without.
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Optical mouse, generic brand. No mousepad; I just use the surface of my bed.
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Logitech MX518. Commando.
stupid MX510 and MX518, emits a high pitched whine.
if for some reason these MX mice break, I'm getting a laser cordless with charge station.
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Logitech G5 Laser mouse without a mouse pad.
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stupid MX510 and MX518, emits a high pitched whine.
if for some reason these MX mice break, I'm getting a laser cordless with charge station.
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At work I have never used a mousepad. One desk at home requires a mousepad but the other desk doesn't. With the laptop mouse, I just use my pantleg or the arm of the couch.

I can't stand mousepads, but at least I was able to trim my mousepad at home to fit in my desk tray so it sits flush and doesn't move at all. In fact, I forget that I even have one at home. I was going to say I haven't used a mousepad in many years, then I remembered that I use a green one at home every day.
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been using one of these for years. Helps the wrist:

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Home computer has a Logitech Trackball so no pad required..

Work has an optical mouse that doesn't need a pad, however I use wrist gel pad/mouse pad combo - used to get some shooting pains in the wrist as my wrist tended to rest on the desk edge and that's not good.
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You don't really 'need' a mouse pad unless you still use an old-fashioned ball mouse. Do they even still make those?

They are pointless for laser and IR type mouses.

At home I have an IR mouse and haven't used one in about 3-4 years. At work I've had an IR mouse for about 1 1/2 years and haven't used one on it.
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I personally think that it's the mouse's choice whether to use pads or any other type of protection.
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been using one of these for years. Helps the wrist:

i got that too, but i actually turn it sideways so that i don't use the wrist pad anymore. i find it actually hurts my wrist more.
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put your ear right next to a MX510 or MX518, you'll hear it.
I'd have to say it's the same sort of noise an electronic mosquito repellent makes.
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put your ear right next to a MX510 or MX518, you'll hear it.
I'd have to say it's the same sort of noise an electronic mosquito repellent makes.
Good to know I can use my MX510 or MX518 while camping in the woods.
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MX518 and an XtracPads Ripper XL.
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