Working smartly with the GoSmart RestPad and the GoSmart 200 Series Stylus

Working smartly with the <i>GoSmart RestPad and the GoSmart 200 Series Stylus</i>

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Working smartly with the GoSmart RestPad and the GoSmart 200 Series Stylus

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by TRACY-MARK GORGAS / Special contributor to NWCN.com

NWCN.com

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 9:13 PM

Mouse pads and styluses, two innocuous items people use every day.  Yet on a certain level two items that do effect how you play games.  This brings me to the GoSmart RestPad and the GoSmart 200 Series Stylus.

The GoSmart RestPad is a bit unusual in design. It has a wide, rigid, flat mouse pad surface which is designed to better match the more modern widescreen displays.  The truly unusual part is the wrist rest.  It is wide, curved, and made of sheepskin.  I’ve seen sheepskin used before, but had thought that it was more of an extravagance than an actual useful item.  Imagine my surprise.

A little history; in 2005 I was hit by car while riding a motor scooter.  Luckily I only suffered a broken right wrist.  The result is I have a plate and eight screws holding my wrist together.  I am right handed.  I found that since I work at a computer all day I needed some kind of wrist support.  I have tried various wrist rests; from bean bags, to solid foam, to gel filled, all helped up to a point, but I would still feel sore and stressed in my wrist after any extended gaming session.
 
The GoSmart RestPad felt very different from the start.  Aside from it being furry, its wider pad area gave my wrist more support than the gels and foam pads that tend to be narrower.  Unlike a bean bag or gel support the GoSmart RestPad didn’t lose shape after a few hours.  After some recent long playing sessions with the RestPad I realized that my wrist wasn’t bothering me as much as was normal from the gel pad I have used for the last couple years.

My situation may be more extreme than your average case, but if you need some wrist support for your gaming sessions, I recommend the GoSmart RestPad.

The GoSmart 200 Series Stylus is a little harder to recommend for a gamer.   Most games created for touch screen tablets use either virtual controls or are created for touch use.  But there are always exceptions to the rules.

Certainly the GoSmart 200 Series Stylus is a very capable stylus when you need one for writing or creating art.  The tip has a unique shape that looks a bit like an aiming reticule.  That unique shape allows you to see more precisely where you are putting the tip.  I don’t know about you, but my fingertip or a rubber tipped stylus always seemed too fat for fine work on a tablet, especially if I was writing or sketching.   I don’t consider myself an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I did buy ArtRage for my iPad.  With the GoSmart Stylus I found I could be more detailed and less kiddy “finger painting” with my doodles.

That’s when it hit me; the GoSmart Stylus is perfect for specific games.  You can up your quality in DrawSomething.  There are a multitude of games on the iPad that have you follow outlines.  With your finger these can be difficult if not impossible, with the GoSmart Stylus, a lot easier.  On the other hand if you are tired of wiping down your screen to get rid of greasy fingerprints, the GoSmart 200 Series Stylus can be used for almost everything where you only need one point of contact.
If you need a stylus, I say the GoSmart 200 Series Stylus is the best one for the job.

Both the GoSmart RestPad and the GoSmart 200 Series Stylus are available now.  For more information seethe GoSmart web site.
 

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