SteelSeries SX Mouse Mat
Published: 29th June 2007 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: |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.
- Exceptionally smooth
- Practical size
- Non Slip back
- Fairly quiet for an aluminium pad
- Slight problem with tracking very quickly
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