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    [Test] Skyward's mousepad reviews

    I recently changed my mousepad (something I traditionally do whenever I change my mouse) and this time I went for a Zowie G-SR. I had many different mousepads these last years so let's do a review about these:

    1) Zowie G-SR (amazon) [35€]
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    So this is my newest mousepad, and I love it! I was even surprised since I alctually dislike Zowie's mouses and highly disliked another of their mousepad which we will be talking about later below in this thread. Anyway, coming from a Death Adder Elite x Gigantus combo, I paired my new Logitech G Pro wireless to this G-SR and it goes just marvelously well together. This is what we could call a "speed" mousepad, the surface is cloth, it has low friction and high gliding sensation, however! it glides less than the Razer Gigantus, and it is precisely why it goes so well with the G Pro. The Death Adder is a bigger mouse and the wider feet gave it more friction, so to make it more comfortable without losing control, the best choice was obviously a Gigantus, a great surface very similar to the Steelseries QcK. But in the G Pro's case, the mouse is smaller, lighter and the feet are thiner, which reduced the friction quite significantly and by consequences the Gigantus gave the G Pro too much gliding and when I tried it in CS:GO, I dramatically lost control and accuracy (especially on higher sensitivites), I couldn't perform any headshot properly anymore.
    This G-SR mousepad fixed it by bringing an awesome cloth surface that gives less gliding than my previous Gigantus.

    + Surface quality, tracks perfectly and fits very light and smaller mouses
    + Surface durability, doesn't catch stains too much, easy to clean
    + Rubber quality, doesn't slide away the desk, is hard and is thick enough (4mm)
    + Border that prevents the pad from premature wear
    + Monochrome surface, makes sure jittering* does not happen


    - I would personally have preferred it if it was a little bit bigger

    *The jitter occurs when your mouse sensor does not recognize the surface, this is mostly caused by mousepads that has a pattern on it and it results your cursor to lag or jump pixels until your sensor catches the track again.



    2) Razer Gigantus (amazon) [35€]
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    This was my previous mousepad. I've used two of them on a period of two years and they've always felt amazing. It is very similar to the Steelseries renowned QcK and it glides as much as the Goliathus Speed in my opinion, but it offers a different feeling that improves fast stop a bit, improving the flickshot performance - at least from my own experience. It matched my Death Adder Elite perfectly but smaller and lighter mouses may lose control and accuracy on it because it glides too much. I generally recommend to buy a mousepad from the same brand as your mouse because they are in general designed to fit together, Razer usually makes medium to large mouses only which is good for these surfaces.

    + Surface quality, tracks perfectly and fits medium to large mouses
    + Rubber quality, absolutely doesn't move at all on the desk, is hard and is thick enough (5mm)
    + Border that prevents the pad from premature wear
    + Monochrome surface, makes sure jittering does not happen
    + Good size, big enough so you never miss a shot even with a low sens


    - The surface cloth catches stains too easly and is not easy to clean
    - The big Razer logo on the pad makes this part of the surface unusable
    - The price can be much higher than what Amazon actually shows, which is too expensive for a cloth pad



    3) Razer Goliathus Speed (amazon) [24€]
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    I have been using the Goliathus Speed (Large) for 8 years until Razer releases the Gigantus. This pad has been no failure for me and worked just fine with any mouse I ever had. When it's brand new the gliding lacks a bit of control though, but after several hours of use, it loses some gliding and you get that control you were missing before. This is the most polyvalent mousepad I have ever seen, available in 4 different sizes (the smaller having a quite attractive price) both being in Speed and Control versions. And for the RGB fanboys, they've even released a RGB version which is a premiere for a cloth mousepad. If you begin gaming and have no clue what mousepad fits your needs and mouse, thisone is the safest choice you can go for.

    + Surface quality, tracks perfectly and fits medium to large mouses
    + Rubber quality, absolutely doesn't move at all on the desk, is hard and is thick enough (3mm)
    + Border that prevents the pad from premature wear
    + No jittering despite the pattern surface
    + Lot of sizes available
    + A pro standard for an attractive price


    - Not very durable, when used too much it loses too much gliding, must be changed every 6 - 8 months



    4) Steelseries QcK Heavy (amazon) [35€]
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    The QcK... i'm stepping on a big piece now. This mousepad is fairly the most renowned along the gaming industry and is also one of the most (if not the most) used mousepad on the professional scene. I personally had a QcK+ but I will rather talk about the Mass because it is the best one in my opinion (with the QcK+ Limited). The QcK comes with a lot of versions with different sizes and thicknesses, all sharing the same surface. The gliding feeling is close from the Gigantus and it improves flickshots with medium to large mouses. Thisone goes with the Razer Goliathus in terms of polyvalence and would also fit you weither you are a pro or a newbie. Cherry on the cake, if you are a casual gamer or you don't play low sens, smaller sizes are available at the most attractive price that you can possibly find. The QcK Mass remains a bit too thick, if you can get your hands on the QcK+ Limited then do it, it's 3mm thick and it features the border which is just perfect.

    + Surface quality, tracks perfectly and fits medium to large mouses
    + Rubber quality, absolutely doesn't move at all on the desk, is hard and is thick enough (6mm)
    + Monochrome surface, makes sure jittering does not happen
    + Lot of sizes available with different thicknesses
    + A pro standard for an attractive price for smaller versions


    - Not very durable, when used too much it loses too much gliding, must be changed every 6 - 8 months
    - Catches stains, not easy to clean
    - Too thick (6mm) 3mm or 4mm would have been better, just like the QcK+ Limited
    - No border, it should be a standard (QcK+ Limited has one)



    5) Roccat Taito (amazon) [25€]
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    If you hate Razer (because it's trendy) and are still looking for a polyvalent mousepad, you might aswell just go for the Taito. Available in 4 sizes aswell, the surface will match any mouse you will have. The gliding sensation is quite similar to the Goliathus and brings a monochrome surface. However, unlike its Control version, it does not feature the border which is supposed to be the new standard for any reliable mousepad. The surface may catch stains a little bit easier than some others aswell, but I consider its durability a bit better than the Goliathus.

    + Surface quality, tracks perfectly and fits medium to large mouses
    + Rubber quality, absolutely doesn't move at all on the desk, is hard and is thick enough (3mm)
    + Monochrome surface, makes sure jittering does not happen
    + Lot of sizes available
    + A pro standard for an attractive price
    + It's not Razer (if you belong to those who dislike them for biased reasons)


    - No border, it should be the standard nowdays



    6) Roccat Sense (amazon) [15€]
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    I've been using this mousepad for a short time in 2009, and 10 years later it's still the same (just like the Taito, Goliathus and QcK). The Sense has a weird surface in my opinion, it feels like plastified microfibre, a bit like a swimsuit. It was okay when I was using my old Roccat Kone [+] which was a fairly big mouse, and I was playing Serious Sam only. Nowdays I couldn't possibly imagine playing CS:GO with it, this is simply the fastest and the most gliding mousepad I have ever seen. I don't know who could use this mousepad for serious competitive gaming, maybe those using large mouses but you'd still need to love high gliding sensations, elsewise you wouldn't find enough control and accuracy on a demanding game such as Counter-Strike.

    + Still a decent choice for casual gaming with low budget
    + Now available in bigger size
    + Easy to clean, no stains


    - Weird surface with maladjusted gliding for most of people
    - No border, it should be the standard nowdays
    - Too thin (2mm)



    7) Zowie G TF-X (amazon) [40€]
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    What can I say about that thing... this is one of the worst mousepad I have ever seen. It is a sort of hybrid surface between plastic and fabric, it's textured just like a Control mousepad would be but it's gliding almost as fast as a Roccat Sense, who is this mousepad destined for??? On top of that, the surface comes brushed due to its packaging and even if you leave it one week under 2 tons of encyclopedias, the brush remains. Let's add that because of the brush, one part of the mousepad does not stick properly on the desk, which results the mousepad to slide away.

    + Border that prevents the pad from premature wear
    + Monochrome surface, makes sure jittering does not happen
    + Easy to clean, doesn't catch stains
    + Two sizes available


    - Awful surface that lacks control and matches nobody
    - Terrible design, comes brushed and there's no way to fix that
    - Unacceptable price for such a bad product



    8) Cooler Master Storm Speed-RX
    SPOILER :

    I said I would review the Cooler Master Speed-RX but i'm not gonna do it because this mousepad has a new version right now and it's called Swift-RX. I've never tried it so I wouldn't be able to talk objectively about it. However I can talk about its previous version: the Speed-RX was the worst mousepad I ever had. The cloth surface was a complete standard that you would find on any crappy 5€ mousepad. The rubber base was too flexible and didn't feel good, the pad did not have the border and over all, the surface started to fray after 2 weeks only. I had an issue with the CM Storm Mizar (mouse) and now I start to wonder if it wasn't the mousepad's fault considering its terrible design.

    Last edited by Skyward; 02.11.2018 at 23:02.

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    Ok I finished reviewing all the mousepads I had. Don't hesitate to ask questions, I may try more mousepads later especially from Logitech.

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    Zowie G-SR souns like it's most durable and all, the size isn't a problem for me, i wonder if it glides as good as asus echelon which i have now



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    You don't need to change mousepad when it loses glide. Usually it does so because of fat and moisture from your hands. The simplest solution is to clean it under warm water with some hair shampoo using your hand or a dish-cleaning sponge. Always worked on my ex A4tech Bloody B-070 Pad. Since few days I've been using HyperX Fury S (XL 450x400 size) - the newest version with braided borders and I like it more. First of all it's bigger than A4tech b-070, it's also smoother. I feel more control when doing slow and fast flickshots. The mouse stops where it should and it works alot better than B-070 when using CM Storm Alcor with Avago 3090 sensor. I don't feel negative accel like I did on b-070. On hyperx it tracks much better.

    I also tested Logitech G430 with a modern sensor and it worked nicely on B-070, but felt too responsive. I wonder how it feels on HyperX, probably gonna test it during the incoming xmas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeLLspAWn View Post
    I also tested Logitech G430 with a modern sensor and it worked nicely on B-070, but felt too responsive. I wonder how it feels on HyperX, probably gonna test it during the incoming xmas.



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