Published on 9/25/2018 9:00:00 AM by J K
Cooler Master Mousepads
In competitive gaming, peripherals make all the difference and can turn a good player into a great player. When picking out your hardware, you usually put a lot of thought into picking the keyboard, mouse and headset, but there is one item missing from this list. If you really want to edge out your opponents, you will also need a quality mouse pad that offers fast movement for those flicks and also precision tracking when looking for that perfect head shot. Normally you would have to choose between either fast or control, but thanks to Cooler Master’s MP860, you no longer have to. The MP860 offers both a low-friction cloth surface for speed and with an easy flip you can make use of its anodized aluminum surface for precision. In addition to having 2 pads in 1 it’s also accented with RGB lighting on the side to add that extra pop to your setup. With a MSRP of $69.99 it might be a small price to pay to get an edge over your opponent.
Back in 1992, when the internet was in its early stages and CPU’s were measured in MHz rather than GHz, a company called ORYX was born. ORYX later became Cooler Master, which we know the company as today. Started by a rogue product manager who had no funding and no support except a single administrative secretary, he set out to create, innovate and improve products for the PC industry. Starting with its first product, a Socket 7 CPU heat sink in 1993, their product line has since grown to Cases, Peripherals, Fans, and much more. Over the past 25+ years they brought many advancements and firsts to the PC industry (such as the first all copper heat sink) and today, they continue to innovate by bringing new and exciting products to market.
|Material||Cloth, Plastic, Anodized Aluminum, Rubber|
|Color||16.7 Million RGB|
|Surface||Dual sided: Cloth / Aluminum|
|Connectivity||USB and power source|
|Dimensions (mm/inch) (L x W x H)||360* 260*6 to 10mm (front to rear)|
|Carton dimension (L x W x H)||46x39.5x33cm|
Like many Cooler Master components, the MP860 comes in a beautiful black box with royal purple accents. The front presents an RGB illuminated MP860 that is accompanied by a Cooler Master mouse and the tag line “Make Your Gaming Experience” in the lower right-hand corner.
Looking to the back of the box you are shown both of the MP860’s surfaces with one being labeled “Speed” while the other is “Control”. In the lower left corner you are given the package contents/dimensions and on the right side, the notable features of the mouse pad are provided in 10 different languages.
Encased in the package is a sleek looking black box with a purple foiled Cooler Master symbol. This is definitely a nice touch and really give the packaging a premium feel.
Opening the black box, the slogan “Make Your Gaming Experience” is printed on inside of the flap and the MP860 neatly wrapped in plastic.
Removing and unwrapping the contents, you get your first look at the MP860 and its quick start guide.
First impressions of the MP860 was that it felt very well built and was a little heavier than I anticipated weighing in at 0.81Kg. The first surface we will look at is the one dubbed “Speed Surface” which consists of a low-friction cloth and has a Cooler Master logo in the upper right-hand corner. The cloth feels extremely soft and our Cooler Master MM530 just glides across the surface. We put the side of the MP860 to the test with a well-known title called Overwatch that requires you to be quick on your feet and fast reflexes to down your opponents. The “Speed” surface was just that: extremely fast and the mouse moves effortlessly around the pad. We were easily able to make quick movements and the low-friction cloth felt amazing under our hand and was much nicer than traditional mouse pads. Since we paired the MP860 with a high DPI mouse the size of the pad felt quite roomy and at no point in our session did we run out of room.
In the upper right corner, the cloth top ends before the edge to give some room for an RGB Cooler Master logo.
Taking a closer look on the cloth, it’s nicely textured and has a black border running along its end. The edge of the pad is contoured with hard plastic and also included an RGB LED bar going around the mouse pad.
Flipping over the MP860 we now take a look at the “Control” surface which is made of anodized aluminum. The extremely smooth surface goes edge to edge and feels cool when you have your hand resting on it. Being known as the “Control” side we tested it with one of my favorite FPS games CS: GO. This game requires fast but precise movements to eliminate the other team. At first it took a little bit to get used to the feel of the new surface both on my hand at how the mouse moved across the surface. It has a little more friction then the cloth side, but once I became accustomed to it, I was able to make those all-important precision movements to get that perfect shot. Out of the 2 surfaces I do prefer the cloth but that would be due to the fact I have been using one for the past 15+ years. With that said, I do see value in having the “Control” surface in your arsenal for games requiring those quick but accurate movements.
On the upper right side, you have a painted purple outline of the Cooler Master logo.
The aluminum surface like the cloth side has a hard-plastic edge with a visible RGB LED bar.
Taking a close look at the USB cable Cooler Master added some flair by removing the common white insert and replacing it with a royal purple one. They also went the extra mile by gold plating the USB connector and braiding the wire.
Once plugged in, the RGB LEDs start up with the “Color Cycle” effect which can be configured using the MasterPlus+ software.
Also illuminated is the border of the Cooler Master logo on the cloth side of the MP860.
To control the lighting on the MP860 you can download the MasterPlus+ software (which is currently in beta) from Cooler Master’s website. Once installed and the mouse pad is connected to your computer you should see the MP860 on the selection screen.
Once you have selected the MP860, you can configure it to any one of the following settings:
The other options didn’t seem to work correctly but this is probably due to the software being in beta and the MP860 not being officially released at the time of writing this review.
I believe the mouse pad is a piece of hardware that you really don’t know what you’re missing until you try out a premium surface. After using the MP860 for the past week I don’t think I can go back to my flimsy pad and will be using this one for a long time. Both surfaces feel amazing and my control and reaction time of my mouse did seem more accurate and faster. Also, as a big fan of RGB lighting, I think that the edge lit RGB was a nice addition and really makes the top of my desk pop with its vivid colors. Unlike other mouse pads I was able adapt based on the type of game I was playing, which just might give me that slight edge over my competition. So, if you’re in the market for a quality mouse pad that’s versatile and has a little RGB flair, the MP860 just might be for you.
Great job Cooler Master!