Rocketfish Gaming Mouse Pad

With the struggles I have had trying to procure a MacPadd mouse pad (I still have not received it and continue to try and work with the manufacturer to finally take delivery of the mouse pad I purchased), I finally decided that I just could not wait any longer and needed to find something.

While I would love to continue waiting for delivery of the mouse pad I bought, I have to move on especially now that I have a glass top desk. As everyone knows, the laser mice that are popular on the market now just don’t work on a glass surface or if they do the performance is lackluster to say the least.

rocketfishI started by assessing what my requirements were for a mouse pad. I know, it is kind of sad that I would take the time to list requirements for something as simple as a mouse pad. But given the amount of time I work on the computer, the last thing I wanted was to introduce a point of frustration into my workflow.

As a graphic and web designer it is imperative that the mouse track well. Accurate mouse movement is imperative especially when I am retouching photographs or designing graphics.

Another important criterion is mouse pad real estate. There is nothing worse than running to the edge of a too small mouse pad in the middle of a critical edit.

Finally I am looking for durability. I have gone through more than my share of neoprene mouse pads where the cover peels away from the pad itself making the mouse surface uneven.

Once I had the requirements list I began searching for mouse pad options. After looking at several sites and visiting several local stores I finally came home with what I think will work well for my needs.

I settled on the Rocketfish Gaming Mouse Pad. Gaming is about the lowest thing on my priority list and to be honest I haven’t played a game on my computer since Zork was popular.

Despite its name, the Rocketfish Gaming Mouse Pad is not just for people intent on piling up the body count in a video game. It is designed for high performance as well as precise mouse movement making it perfect for artists and designers.

The mouse pad itself is fairly large giving you ample space to move your mouse even when you have a 24 inch monitor. The pad itself measures approximately 10 inches by 13 inches.

The Rocketfish mouse pad is actually two pads. On one side the surface is designed for quick response and fast mouse movements. This is perfect if you want to quickly move around the screen.

Flipping the pad over gives it another surface that is designed for accuracy, perfect for when you are working with precise image file edits. While you may sacrifice a bit of speed, you more than make up for it with a surface that precisely tracks mouse movements.

In the few days I have used this mouse pad I have quickly become a big fan. Its expansive surface is perfect for the large desktop areas afforded by today’s monitors. Having a dual surface comes into play a lot more than I anticipated.

I find myself flipping the pad over depending on the type of work I am predominately doing. That’s not to say I have to flip it over, to be honest either side works well for most tasks. The control surface just gives me a little more peace of mind making me wonder if there really is that much of a difference or if it is more of a mental edge.

If you find yourself looking for a new mouse pad I would definitely recommend the Rocketfish Gaming Mouse Pad. Now if I could just get them to offer different edge colors it would be perfect.


  1. Hamerfan says:

    I just bought this same mousepad yesterday. I wanted something durable, something accurate, and I am not a gamer either. It seems to be exactly what I am looking for. Time will tell….

    • Jeff Summers says:

      I think you will be very happy with the Rocketfish Mouse Pad. I do a lot of graphic arts in Photoshop and I love the tracking and precision it gives me. It’s the best mouse pad I’ve owned. I don’t even mind the red around the edge which I thought would bother me. Of the two surfaces (Speed and Control), I find I nearly always use the Speed side which was a surprise. I thought I would use Control all the time. Good luck with the mouse pad. You’ll have to let us know how you like it.


  2. Hamerfan says:

    So, after using this mousepad a few days, I gotta say I really do like it! I use it for my Apple bluetooth Mighty Mouse and the pad is a keeper. It’s thin and rigid, much better than the old neoprene pads. My desk is unfinished wormwood and my mouse was starting to get erratic from wearing down the top of the desk. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good mouse pad.
    Jeff, thanks for mentioning the Speed side. So far I’ve only used the Control side and it works fine. I’m gonna have to give the other side a try now.

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