|Series||SteelSeries 4HD Professional Gaming Mouse Pad - Black|
|Item model number||63200|
|Item Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||0.1 x 11.4 x 9.4 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||0.08 x 11.42 x 9.45 inches|
SteelSeries 4HD Professional Gaming Mouse Pad - Black
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SteelSeries 4HD is a hard plastic composition specifically engineered for professional gamers who demand consistent precision, accuracy and stability. The finely textured surface consists of tens of thousands of light reflecting microscopic points, optimized to enhance the tracking capabilities of next-generation gaming mice. Thanks to the sophisticated tracking capabilities of the surface, the user is capable of performing exceptionally precise mouse operations, both in terms of minimal movements as well as high velocity ”slingshots”. This gaming surface was researched and developed in parallel with the SteelSeries Xai Laser and Kinzu Optical mice.
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I haven't used a mouse pad since the days of ball mice and instead just used the mouse on whatever desk surface I was using; and that seemed to work just fine. However, I have started to wear a pattern into my current desk (it is laminated particle board, Desk-in-a-box from Staples) and decided to get a mouse pad to protect the desk, and if I am going to get a mouse pad I might as well get a good one.
Boy, let me tell you, this mouse pad is a game changer. The working surface is much larger than what I anticipated based on your typical office mouse pad, make sure you look at the dimensions in the description. The texture is hard, the pad is practically rigid, and gritty (similar to sandpaper but not harsh at all); its hard to describe and I cannot think of something really similar other than textured plastic, but that is a pretty recursive definition since the mouse pad is textured plastic. My mouse (Logitech M500 basic mouse) slips and slides effortlessly, making pointing much easier. For those who remember high school physics, static friction is greater than kinetic friction, the coefficient of static friction on this mouse pad is much less than what it was on my bare desk making small precise movements that were difficult now very easy.
There is no going back to a PC without a good mouse pad once you have tried one, and this is a fantastic mouse pad.
- this mousepad provides the smooth glide, without being TOO smooth for me
- very thin so it feels good to rest wrist/forearm on table
- it does last awhile (at least a year+ for me but of course depends on your gaming/usage) With the 9HD, I can rotate the surface around to make full use of it.
- minimal maintenance and easy to wipe clean
My most recent trial with another mousepad is with the Corsair Gaming MM400 which at first seems great but ended up being a bit "too smooth" for mouse glide and also irritates my wrist more than this. (you can see my MM400 review under my list of review)
What I like about this surface is that it's hard nature gives me the slide I'm looking for. Lastly this thing is still like the day I bought it. I guess you could say it will be the last mouse pad you'll ever buy.
Mouse pads are one of those things that are often overlooked and more of an afterthought when putting together an office/work area. Granted that nowadays optical and laser mice are standard, mouse pads aren't even necessary. However, I still like mouse pads and recommend them because they'll preserve your desk's surface, especially if it's painted wood.
I've always liked thin, plastic/nylon mouse pads. I don't think mouse pads should be intrusive - you shouldn't even notice them; they're kind of just there and you'll only notice if it's absent. The 9HD is a good size for most people. I use my computer mostly for software development, browsing the web, occasional photo/image work, and some gaming. I probably use the most surface area when gaming, and it is still sufficient. I prefer these to cloth mouse pads because they're easier to clean. You have probably noticed that over time, mouse pads get dirty and collect these black, grimy spots. These are combination of dust, oils, and sweat from the hand. You either have to wash cloth mouse pads or scrub them to get the gunk off. With these plastic ones, I just take a credit card and scrape it off...takes only a few seconds. I also like that most plastic pads are textured; there's a slight bumpy feeling to them. This gives the mouse a bit more traction and it feels better, especially when gaming.
The only downside to the 9HD is that it is a bit pricey. $25 for a mouse pad is a lot of money (compared to $5-10 for a cloth one of similar size). However, I would say that if you keep it clean and don't abuse it, this will probably be the last mouse pad you'll have to buy. I can't think of ways to improve this. It's the perfect size, has a nice texture, and has a minimal look and feel to it (like most SteelSeries products). This is definitely a recommended buy for gamers and people who spend a lot of time in front of the computer.
Also worth noting that the texture of the mouse-pad was also incredibly rough to the touch, like sand paper, despite how smoothly the mouse glides across it. This means that certain types of mouse feet could be quickly worn out by the rough texture. Just something to keep in mind.