The ThunderStorm is a double-sided mouse pad, with the primary surface (the one with MSI’s big red dragon emblazoned across its surface) built expressly for speed while the anterior surface provides extremely fine and precise control. The speed (dragon) side has an ultra-thin layer of microtexture affixed to it designed to speed up cursor movement, especially with low-sensitivity mice. The control (non-dragon) side is anodized aluminum with a hairline finish designed to work with high-sensitivity mice. During our testing, we used the ThunderStorm in concert with both a basic two-button Logitech scroll wheel mouse and a Razer DeathAdder, and the respective surfaces proved valuable for enhancing both the speed of the Logitech and the precision of the Razer.
The control side is so precise that it actually takes a few seconds to acclimate to it, and we still occasionally found ourselves moving the DeathAdder further than needed in the heat of battle. But once you get used to it, the ThunderStorm erases control issues from your list of potential concerns.
Both sides are equipped with silicone rubber feet that absorb vibrations and prevent the pad from slipping, and the ThunderStorm’s L-shaped left side is designed to fit snugly against a keyboard with both items slanted slightly away from you for comfort.