Logitech G640 Review
A mousepad is something that's often an afterthought for a lot of people, but it really shouldn't be. Much like it is with mice, finding the right mousepad that's comfortable for you and suits your playing style can greatly enhance not only your overall gaming experience, but also your performance.
We've already reviewed a bunch of pads from a variety of manufacturers, and today it's Logitech's turn. The G640 is the company's most popular cloth pad (and currently the most popular mousepad in the Overwatch pro scene) so it's only logical that this one gets a thorough look from our reviewer as well.
Read on to find out what he made of it.
The right mouse pad can greatly enhance not only your overall gaming experience, but also your performance.
Logitech G640 - First Impressions
The G640 comes rolled up in the package, and the box in which it comes has this little patch at the end of it which is made of the same texture as the pad itself. That's a great way to get people to experience what the pad feels like without having to open the box or exposing the pad itself, so compliments to Logitech for this elegant and effective solution.
The G640 is a large sized mousepad (there is also the smaller and thinner G240 and the desk sized G840) so it's going to be ideal for gamers who play on a lower sensitivity or for players who just want a bit more mousepad real estate. The pad lays flat almost completely straight out of the box. I say 'almost' because there's this very slight curve at either end of the pad which took a few hours to even out by itself. It didn't really hamper my performance since the curve is very minimal and the thin nature (3mm) of the pad meant that the pad evened out by itself once my mouse got close to the curve, but it's still something worth mentioning.
Due to the aforementioned lack of thickness (this isn't inherently a good or bad thing; the thickness of a pad is mostly preference) this won't be an ideal pad to use on very uneven surfaces, but if your main playing surface looks like the surface of the moon you're probably better off with a hard pad anyway. The mildly textured rubber base does a great job at keeping the pad securely in place wherever you decide to put it down, even when I was furiously trying to get it to move by putting unrealistic amounts of pressure on my mouse, so all's well on this front.
The G640 is, despite being advertised as a 'moderate friction' pad, pretty fast from what I've experienced. It's difficult to actually rank individual cloth pads since the glide is influenced by any number of factors (mouse, mouse feet, humidity in the room, cleanliness, ...) and even though I did put it down as a medium - fast pad (because it still has plenty of stopping power) it definitely leans more towards the 'fast' side if you ask me.
The glide itself is consistent across the board; it's easy to do big flicks in a smooth motion, but the pad also offers a decent amount of resistance for when you're doing small micro adjustments. It's nothing close to what a control pad would offer, but for a low sensitivity user such as myself that's not really necessary either. All in all I have to say that I'm very fond of the glide that this pad delivers.
Sadly there are some drawbacks to the pad itself. The G640 doesn't have stitched edges, for one. That's not a huge issue in and of itself (some people don't even like the feeling of stitched edges) but the pad did start to fray a bit towards the end of my testing period. Not extremely so, but stitched edges definitely do increase the lifespan of a mousepad and if done nicely they're almost not noticeable when playing, so an option to have those would be welcome in my opinion.
The logo on the pad is placed well out of the way so you won't normally come into contact with it, but if you do it does feel a bit different from the regular cloth, which can have an impact on the glide. This is again something that they could improve on in the future.
Either way: the glide of a mousepad is definitely its most important feature, and that's where the G640 delivers in spades. It's also worth mentioning that the glide stays consistent for a long period of time. Some pads have this issue where they start to feel very murky and different from how they were when they were new, which means that you'll have to clean the pad a whole lot, but the G640 remained consistent all throughout my testing. That doesn't mean that it'll never need cleaning (every cloth pad will need a shower at some point) but it's definitely a plus.
Conclusion & Recommendation
The Logitech G640 offers a (for a cloth pad) pretty fast glide while still offering more than enough stopping power and micro adjustment control, and it doesn't require a whole lot of maintenance to keep it at that level either.
Because of the great longevity of the glide itself (you don't need to wash the pad a lot at all) it's a bit of a bummer that there are no stitched edges to further reinforce the 'this pad will last' feeling, but that's obviously always something that can be improved on in the future.
Aside from that the G640 is definitely an amazing mousepad, and if you're a medium/low sensitivity gamer looking for a new pad this one comes very strongly recommended.