The surface itself is fibre polished and anodised aluminium which offers up minimum friction between the mouse and the mouse mat. Of course this is of great benefit to the gamer as it allows for much more accuracy and split-second movements that other mouse mats just could not replicate. Additionally, being high quality aluminium, it is extremely durable so performance of this surface will not decrease with use over time.
I would not describe the SX as an oversized pad, but more of a practical medium sized mat. Comparing it to my current pad (Razer’s eXactMat), they are different in shape as you’ll see below, however almost identical in size. Being a low sensitivity gamer, I cannot say that I’ve ever had a problem with the eXactMat being “too small”, so I’d expect to have no such problems either with the SX.
Upon measuring the pad, the dimensions were 320mm by 270mm with a height of 2mm. I personally feel this is a very practical size and suits both low and high sensitivity gamers. One of the most important aspects of a gaming pad is to ensure that it does not sit too high and at 2mm, the SX is perfect.
Around the back of the pad, SteelSeries have designed a very effective and “grippy” rubber surface. This ensures that the pad will not slip or slide, which is the last thing a gamer needs in the middle of a heated gun fight.
Overall my initial impressions of the SX are certainly positive. SteelSeries have obviously thought out not only the most practical size for gamers but additionally they have produced the smoothest surface I have yet to see produced on a mouse mat. In addition, SteelSeries marketing points out that this pad is compatible with both “gaming grade laser and optical mice” which ensures that it will appeal to all gamers. So what’s it like to use? Read on to find out..