SteelPad QcK heavy Mouse Mat
Published: 2nd September 2006 | Source: Steel Series | Price: |Testing
The only spec really relevant when testing this mouse is the mouse used. I did try a couple of mice on the mat.
HP Ball mouse
Microsoft Laptop Mouse
Both of these worked fine and I will not focus on how they tested. suffice to say that the mousemat will work with any lesser standard mouse.
But the mouse I used for this review was the Logitech G5 laser mouse. This has a 2000DPI gaming grade lazer and fast DPI switching, allowing me to test the mat in all scenario's at different speeds.
I tested the mouse in many situations that I work in. for the purposes of this review I will give three example situations.
* Gaming - FPS: Counter Strike Source
* Gaming - RPG: Oblivion
* Professional Graphics Work: Photoshop/Sketchup/Macromedia Fireworks
I used these three scenario's to really give a feel for the situations that the mat was intended for. Quick reflex gaming, slower reflex RPG's and precision graphical work.
Results - Gaming - FPS: Counter Strike Source
First of all gaming with the mousemat felt very strange. I use an IceMat V1.0 and this is a very different experience to this cloth mat. I found that this was quite distinctly a slower surface to play on than the IceMat. This was soon remedied by upping the sensitivity in-game to allow me to use my usual "twitch-gaming" style.
After half an hour of play I got the feel for the mat and was able to make fast accurate shots. Gaming on the mat felt more precise than the IceMat and easier to play with once I had adjusted. I did find that using a sniper rifle and switching to the middle DPI setting to snipe made for very accurate shots: more so than on my IceMat.
Results - Gaming - RPG: Oblivion
Oblivion is a very popular RPG that requires fairly precise mouse movements, mixed with some slightly more swift movements.
At this point I was more used to the mousemat, which made the experience easier than CSS. Gaming in Oblivion was very pleasnt and incredibly accurate. The smooth surface helped me use the mouse much more precisely than with my previous mats, allowing for an easier game.
Results - Professional Graphics Work: Photoshop/Sketchup/Macromedia Fireworks
Here the SteelPad shines again. For very precise, accurate and high detailed work the mat is far superior to any mat I have used previously. The smooth and precise surface is great at a low DPI and I was able to photoshop more accurately than I have before.
This pad is the most comfortable mousemat I have ever used. This includes mats with gel wrist-wrests and a variety of other mousemats. The thickness of the pad and the large size mean that you can use it for prolonged periods of time without discomfort. This is in contrast to many other mousemats that have a smaller surface to move. The SteelPad QcK heavy has made my desk into one huge mousemat and this is a great experience.
My first thoughts out of the box were that it is far too large, but my mind has been changed with use, bringing a great level of comfort to my mouse experience.