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Most gamers and professionals who require both speed and accuracy always focus in getting the best available mouse money can buy but always or at least most of the time they don't focus nearly as much in getting an equally good mousepad (glide surface). To be honest with you i used to be like that up until around 6 years ago when i first got two Razer ExactMat aluminum mousepads one of which is still "alive" and kicking (quite tough). Now for the past 5 or so months I’ve been gathering pretty much every single gaming oriented mousepad i can find in the market in an effort to see which offers the best bang for your buck and today after all these months of testing i can finally release this comparison. The products as clearly stated on the title are quite many so before you head to the next page you may want to take a look at the available information for each of the participating companies.
To test all 22 pads i spend at least 6-9 days using each of them with both the SteelSeries Sensei and the ROCCAT Kone [+] gaming mice while playing games and performing normal everyday tasks. Also although initially this comparison was going to be about 25 pads and not 22 i had to remove 3 of them since they arrived here in bad shape. Finally as always i gave my best but since this has been an extremely time consuming project (especially for a single person) some pads may have received a more in-depth look compared to others, however this was in no way intended on my part. Also I’m aware that some of you may not like my personal conclusions/opinion but do remember that reviews/comparisons like this one can never be the same as reviews in which we can actually measure the performance of a product. Bottom line i really hope you all enjoy reading it cause it really took a long time and effort to complete.
For more than 40 years Sommer has stood for innovative ideas, comprehensive know-how and perfect realization in product labeling and advertising technology. Our developers and manufacturing specialists work in these areas with active dedication for highest quality and innovative product and manufacturing possibilities, with the aim of recognizing market demands at an early stage and realizing these with convincing solutions. Against this background, with alugraphics® we have achieved an outstanding and entirely new technological development, opening hitherto unimagined product and design worlds. With alugraphics® we set new standards in brilliance and design of aluminium surfaces.
ABOUT CM STORM
Owning the PC trenches for almost two decades, Cooler Master ’s veterans present their scars from battles past as claims of triumph over the competition. United with a new generation of eSports athletes and engineers, now marching under the flag of CM Storm, the time has come to reveal truly ground-breaking, military grade hardware for the gaming revolution. Through long-standing research programs, CM Storm is co-developed with the world’s most prolific enthusiasts and eSports prodigies. Thanks to intensive testing and continuous feedback, the CM Storm division has been able to encompass and improve upon gamers’ needs and their tough to handle scenarios. By working directly with the gaming community we have injected our Storm Tactics into each and every product we make. Storm Tactics, with a heavily dedicated focus on Strength, Security and Control, will keep your most vital gear fortified and well-tuned at all times. 2008 marks a new era for Cooler Master, as its fierce Storm Gear stands ready at bay to mobilize and back up your gaming skills.
Corepad is a manufacturer of “gaming” surfaces and replacement mouse feet, selling in various countries as of 2003. At this moment Corepad has many different surfaces on the market and do have the most models of replacement mouse feet around the world. All Corepad products are developed in co-operation with professional users to ensure the best performance and durability.
ABOUT ZOWIE GEAR
ZOWIE GEAR is an innovative manufacturer of competitive gaming gear, founded late 2008 with a mission to develop the best competitive gaming gear available. We are not limited by shareholders telling us what we can or cannot do. We are a free-minded company consisting of experienced and creative individuals, united in ZOWIE on a common ground; our passion for gaming. No boundaries. No compromises. Just gaming. ZOWIE GEAR has no ambition to become the biggest manufacturer of competitive gaming gear. We just want to be the best. If we can develop products that will increase a gamer’s performance by just 1%, we will do it. This is our mentality.
ABOUT MAD CATZ
Mad Catz is a leading global provider of innovative products for the interactive entertainment industry. Mad Catz develops and markets accessories for videogame systems and PCs under its Mad Catz (casual gaming), Saitek (simulation), Cyborg (pro gaming), Eclipse (home and office) and TRITTON (gaming audio) brands. Mad Catz also operates e-commerce and content websites for videogame and PC products under its GameShark brand, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary earphones under its AirDrives brand and publishes and distributes video/PC games. Mad Catz distributes its products through most of the leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia.
Stars have always been important to every culture or ideology. In many regions they were also identified with gods, spirits, mysticism and priests by their people. Stars have been used in religious practices but even for navigation for hundreds of years. Many stars and even our sun have their own myths and the most prominent stars were also given powerful names. In some cultures stars were thought to be the souls of dead kings and gods. Just like many prominent stars, our products have their own myths, characteristics and capabilities. This is why we give our products names after the most prominent stars and this is why stars are important to our culture and ideology. Our goal from the very start is to develop quality products with an original design. It is also very important to us that we develop innovative products with unique features that users all over the world can identify themselves with. We love our work and Mionix will always stay true to gaming. Our products is not only the result of hard work, it is also our shared vision and a deep passion for what we do.
Since 1984, Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech) has been recognized as the leading developer of performance upgrades and accessories for Macintosh and PC computers, iPods, iPhones, and iPads. NewerTech is headquartered in Woodstock, Illinois. NewerTech features a wide variety of the tech solutions consumers need, including: external storage solutions; NuPower replacement batteries for select Apple laptops; the NuRam line of memory upgrades; the Voyager line of docking solutions for data transfer; an extensive line of products for the Apple iPad, including the GripStand Station, for charging and syncing up to 8 iPad or iPad 2 units simultaneously; and the NewerTech Power2U, the only safe and fully UL-Listed in-wall solution for conveniently powering and charging USB devices at home. NewerTech continues in its mission to provide consumers with the tech solutions they need, backed by the quality, value, and dependability they have come to expect.
ROCCAT is the snow storm to the gaming industry. Everything called gaming before needs to be redefined. You will enter a world in which three attributes will keep you on the right path: alliance, independence and truth. DO IT YOUR OWN WAY AND DON'T TALK SHIT – this is the statement ROCCAT follows. The ROCCATEERS can be found all over the world. And it was a revelation which led them together to energize the crucial benefit. The lake Inari long kept the secret our ROCCAT scientists call "Aimo". With every ROCCAT tool you will more and more internalize its Energy. Become part of our alliance.
From day one, SteelSeries has been focused on making professional gaming gear that provide meaningful benefits to gamers of all skill-level, with the most demanding being those gamers whose lively hood depends on the performance of our products. We believe, as most gamers do, in winning, not trying! What originally began as a small two-person operation in Copenhagen back in 2001 has become a global leader in professional gaming products. SteelSeries recognized the need for superior, high-quality professional gaming gear that would give players a competitive edge. Fast-forward to today, and we've come a long way since our first glass mousepad. We have global offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, providing an integrated portfolio of products designed specifically for gaming. Fueling our growth is you, the gamer!
Challenge is the game” highlights the philosophy to bring out gamers’ addiction in gaming and the ambition of reaching to the extreme. Tt eSPORTS, a gaming obsessed division from Thermaltake, is uniting gamers from all over the world in a unique & fascinating eSPORTS culture, inherited the spirits of Thermaltake, is an energetic, powerful, bold and intelligent challenger who never says “no” to the extreme competition. we do not only provide gamers the ultimate gaming gears but also fulfills the passion to achieve the ultimate success.
QPAD built its success on a grassroots commitment to the gaming community. Like you, we thrive in the madness of competition and embrace the free spirit of gaming. Our sponsorship of the Q Tour, communities, cups, tournaments, teams and LAN parties reflects this commitment. The knowledge we’ve gained has fed into our development of high quality products that have a great performance and given many a winning edge.