SteelSeries SX Mouse Mat

Conclusion

Conclusion

As I sit down to write this conclusion, it is clear that the SteelSeries SX pad is by far one of the best surfaces I’ve ever used. You simply will not believe how smooth it is until you hold it yourself. In-game, when the sensitivity is configured properly, I found the accuracy to be exceptionally good and tracking opponents much smoother than before.

However I do have a few reservations with it, which are probably more personal than factual. Firstly, I found the surface a little too quick to begin with, however this was quickly resolved with lowering my in-game sensitivity. Also on occasions I did slide a little too far when trying to track players, but this is probably down to my ability rather than the SX.

I also found that when trying to move quickly, the mouse sometimes jumped about a bit erratically. In these situations, I frantically started to sweep the mouse in order to turn which more often than not worked fine. Again, this might be down to my playing style. However when tested back to back with Razer’s eXactMat, I found that I had more accuracy and control with the Razer product than I did with the SX.

This could possibly be attributed to the fact that I primarily used Razer mice (the Habu is Razer developed) and that the SX would perform better with Microsoft based mice. To further support this is the Teflon “SteelSeries Glide MS pads” included in the packaging. This would support the notion that the SX has been pitched with the majority in mind – i.e. users of Microsoft mice.

Overall, I feel that the SX is a major step up in terms of quality over other mats on the market. It is aimed at the “serious” gamer and therefore is priced at the higher end. SteelSeries themselves even accept that it will not appeal to everyone, so have decided to pitch it at this level.

The burning question is would I buy one? Well being the owner of a Razer mouse, I would personally stick with my eXactMat as I find the two perform exceptionally well together. However if I were using any other brand of mouse, I would recommend the SX as one of the best gaming surfaces on the market today.

Using the SX is like gliding on air and no other mouse mat can compare.

Pro’s
- Exceptionally smooth
- Practical size
- Non Slip back
- Fairly quiet for an aluminium pad

Con’s
- Expensive
- Slight problem with tracking very quickly


Gamers Choice Award Editors Choice Award


Thanks to SteelSeries for providing the SX for review. Discuss this review in our forums.
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29-06-2007, 12:32:31

JN
"Chris "Ins" Buer is back with a world exclusive look at the latest technological breakthrough by SteelSeries. We go beneath the "surface" to bring you the new SteelSeries SX mouse mat."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...141438737s.jpg

Linkage

29-06-2007, 12:40:33

Ham
Another nice job ins.

One thing, you havn't mentioned the price (or expected price) anywhere, just that its expensive...

29-06-2007, 12:41:07

mVp24
Great review INS! This pad seems interesting

PS: We need a thumbs up smiley...

29-06-2007, 14:39:02

[Ins]
I don't think the pad has been released yet in the UK so price is to be tba. However the marketing I received with the pad stated that it was aimed at the "pro gamer" and as a result would be priced at the higher end of the market.

29-06-2007, 15:09:48

equk
nice review.

hopefully these alu mats will last longer than the old ones as mine (4S) wore out within 5-6months

I also laugh at this "pro gamer" "pc enthusiast" etc marketing.

29-06-2007, 15:26:50

AydST
aye not in the UK yet is correct, last time I checked I was told a month or so but I'll confirm on Monday

30-06-2007, 10:21:24

MikeEnIke
Its a great reviews Ins. Wouldn't ever get it meself, but good review nonetheless

30-06-2007, 10:36:26

flib
Nice review Was contemplating getting a new gaming mouse mat and recently looking into the Razer eXactmat, but this one looks great too. Just hopefully not *to* expensive.

30-06-2007, 10:59:20

equk
A few things I noticed with my steelpad 4S:



  • It was cold

  • It was hard and uncomfortable

  • It had no friction (you need a little at least)

  • It cost me loads in teflon strips

  • It wore out and went shiney within 5months



I have some images somewhere.

I know some people like hard mats, but to spend so much on something that only lasts a few months is a waste imo.

30-06-2007, 14:42:04

FarFarAway
My Icemat has lasted me bloody ages (at least a 1.5yrs) and even after trying other pads I always come back to it as the most comfortable for me

30-06-2007, 15:15:47

Rastalovich
It`s a great review, in something I`m clearly never hopefully gonna be in the market for.

`Hopefully` cos they`ve stopped making the trackballs I use and there is no clear general purpose replacement out there atm

Gotta be wholey important for the avid fps game tho I can appreciate.

30-06-2007, 15:49:53

equk
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
My Icemat has lasted me bloody ages (at least a 1.5yrs) and even after trying other pads I always come back to it as the most comfortable for me
I've heard loads of people praise the icemat I guess they are made of more sturdy material tho.

02-07-2007, 16:56:11

prosser13
Nice review, I got an awesome deal on my Steelpad S&S and love it
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