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reviewed by Falcon
Thanks to Danny from SoftTrading for providing the Steelpad
290 mm - Width 257 mm
for comfort and traction
These days, high quality mouse pads are fairly common as
gamers seek to gain a competitive edge past what a top end CPU and graphics card
can provide. Today I will be looking at the next step in
the evolution of professional gaming mousepads – the Steelpad 4S
With the pad at the top end of the market price wise, I
opened the package with high expectations and was not disappointed. The design
of the mousepad is elegant, and the quality of the manufacturing is evident. The shape is perfect, the pad is 100% flat, and there is no sign of warping. The Steelpad logo is laser
etched into the corner and is sure to draw attention.
Contrary to its name, the Steelpad is actually made from
aluminium. Being only 2mm thick, it is reasonably lightweight and rests just
above the desk. The edges are not rounded, and I was initially worried that
they might have been a little bit sharp. However, since the pad sits so flat
against the table surface I didn’t find any discomfort with it even with
several hours’ continuous usage. Personally I also feel that it is generally
more comfortable to have a mouse pad sitting as low as possible.
Previous versions of the mousepad came with small feet,
attached to the base of the mousepad. This version however, came packaged with
a 1mm thick rubber/plastic material, which is the same shape but slightly
smaller and contacts with almost the entire surface area of the mouse pad. No
matter how reckless you may get in an intense firefight, the mouse pad isn’t
going anywhere unless you specifically lift it up from below – it gives the
mousepad an almost unmovable grip on the table.
Also included with the package is a 10cm strip of
“padsurfers” which are Teflon based strips. These are placed on the mouse feet and are designed to improve slickness. Not only do these decrease friction when moving the mouse, they also
reduce the noise that arises from using a metallic pad.
One benefit about the Steelpad over all its plastic
competitors is its longevity. A lot of competing plastic based products have
minute bumps all over the surface, along with some sort of coating for extra slickness.
While this method provides smooth motion initially, the friction against the
surface inevitably wears down the coating and plastic to the stage where the
friction actually increases and can hinder the mouse movement. A while ago I
reviewed a Ratpadz, which I was suitably impressed with. Originally I felt that
it would last indefinitely, but over the span of around 18-24 months the
surface wore out forcing me to purchase a replacement (A friend of mine was
more creative and turned his 180 degrees around).
It is pretty safe to say that a metallic surface will
probably outlast any other part of your computer system.
Onto the testing and conclusion:
Zalman: ZM-DS4F Headphones
An affordable, ultra-portable headphone set.