SteelSeries SX Mouse Mat
Published: 29th June 2007 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: |Test Setup
I decided to put the SX up against a series of mice over a number of different scenarios. These were:
• The use of a Razer DeathAdder, Razer Copperhead and Microsoft Habu.
• All mice were tested with the SX in Counter-Strike Source to see how they performed.
• The mice and SX mat were used in a desktop test within Windows Vista.
First off, I tested the SX in Counter-Strike Source with the Razer DeathAdder to see how it performed with both slow and fast movements. My initial impressions were that the surface was extremely quick to react to movements and extremely smooth! It almost felt as if the mouse was floating over a highly polished surface.
I did however find one small problem with the tracking on my mouse. When moving the mouse extremely quickly (and I’m talking as quick as I could move it), the cursor / crosshairs, just danced randomly all over the screen. It was almost as if the mouse could not track quickly enough, something that I’d not experienced before with my DeathAdder and eXactMat combination. However, when moving the mouse at normal speeds, the performance was exceptional.
I performed the same test within Counter-Strike Source with both the Copperhead and Habu much to the same effect. The SX is undoubtedly the smoothest and quickest surface that I’ve used, but right up at the higher end speeds when you are aiming to turn as quickly as possible, there were occasions when the tracking became a bit wayward. One final point I picked up on “in-game” was that even though the pad is extremely smooth, I found it a little too quick. I must stress though that this is my own personal opinion and many (if not most) gamers will revel in how quick and smooth this pad is! As a result, I lowered my sensitivity to compensate for this which seemed to do the trick.
When testing in Windows, the pad was a joy to use. Very smooth, extremely quiet (for an aluminium surface) and absolutely no complaints. Out of curiosity, I moved the mouse very quickly in Windows again to see if the cursor jumped about erratically and it did. Again, I must stress that this only occurred when moving the mouse as quick as I possibly could, so would put it down to the mouse rather than the pad. The SX is probably just too good for current mice to track against.