|Item model number||63500|
|Item Weight||7.5 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||10.8 x 12.6 x 0.1 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||10.8 x 12.6 x 0.1 inches|
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SteelSeries DeX Gaming Mousepad - Black / Orange
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- Incredibly low friction for highly-responsive movements
- Precise tracking for optical and laser mice
- Heat-bound edging prevents fraying
- Heavy silicone base prevents pad from sliding
- Torture tested and water resistant
- Designed in collaboration with pro-gamers for unmatched performance
- Wash with water to clean it off
- Laser etched logo won't wear down
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|Item Dimensions||12.6 x 10.8 x 0.1 in||15.7 x 17.72 x 0.08 in||11.42 x 0.08 x 9.45 in||12.04 x 14.29 x 0.59 in||10.04 x 13.98 x 0.09 in||16.3 x 19.68 x 0.15 in|
The Steel Series DeX Gaming Mouse pad is the next evolution in high-end surfaces. Engineered for maximum glide and long-lasting durability, its performance is unmatched. DeX features a heavy, no-slip silicone base with heat-bound edging to prevent fraying under long-term use. It is water resistant so you can wash it off when needed. Designed in collaboration with pro-gamers, Dex is a highly-responsive surface that delivers precise mouse tracking. The speed-optimized surface minimizes the feel of friction making it one of the fastest surfaces on the market. It also features a laser etched logo that won't wear down and maintains a smooth glide.
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Only dislike it's smaller than the MM600, No problems when gaming. And sometimes slides around slightly on a wooden desk top, maybe due to dust.
I had to update my updated review. I love the DeX now. I didn't like it at first, but I'm using the DeX every day for work, going to any of the hard pads now annoys and distracts me when I'm trying to play games. I give up, the DeX is great.
Maybe it needed a little breakin or a little dust and skin oil to bring it to its optimum working state. Maybe I got used to the starting and sliding friction being almost exactly the same. In the end, I don't know, I just know that the super-slippery mouse pad with a slight stick when it stops now distracts me terribly, and I go and steal the DeX from my work desktop--every night. And then every morning I go and move it back.
Initially underwhelming for the price, but performs great. Maybe a mouse pad is like a pair of stereo speakers--a good pair of speakers is not interesting.
I had to come back and revisit this review again, because I'm gradually coming to like this pad, mostly.
Summary: if you like a moderate amount of resistance, it's a great mouse pad. If you like a low-friction mousepad, it's total fail. It's great for work.
Work: I've been using this as my work mousepad for months now, and it's excellent. It does creep across the desktop and I have to readjust it several times a day. I get this same effect on several different surfaces, so it's not just my work desk. It's a great work mousepad. The mouse stays where you put it but slides predictably when you move it.
Gaming: I've also used it for maybe 25% of my gaming sessions. Compared to any of SS's hard pads, it has a lot more friction. However, what I have come to appreciate is that the amount of starting friction is not much more than the sliding friction. I think this has improved since I first got the pad. Maybe a bit of use or even just dirt helped to break it in? I have come to appreciate the accuracy and consistent resistance, regardless of my preference for a low friction setup.
After using SS hard pads for years I don't think I can go back to a cloth pad feel. However, I if you like a moderate amount of resistance this is a good mouse pad.
tl;dr: Too sticky for small mouse motions, too small for large mouse motions. Not good for gaming, really.
If you're paying 40 bucks for a mouse pad (and waiting three weeks for backorder) you're probably actually interested in the glide first, feel second, appearance third, and *naturally* you expect it to lasted a few years because duh. If you judge from the DeX marketing literature, the two things gamers look for in a mouse pad are 1) vivid orange bottom, and 2) durability. Sure, right.
As it turns out, I *almost* never look at the bottom of my mouse pad while I'm gaming. Those free cloth mouse pads they give out at trade shows will last you a good 10 years of steady use, and wipe clean with water. I also have three of SteelSeries' previous mouse pads, two plastic and one aluminum, and they all wipe clean with water and are showing very little wear after years of constant use both at work and play. And after these years of use, my only complaint about the oldest, an original hard plastic Steel pad, is that the nonslip coating on the bottom has worn off, but as it is currently attached to the table with permanent double sided tape (3M VHB), this isn't much of a problem.
So, yes. The orange silicone bottom looks very nice. The mousing surface seems to be very durable.
Now on to trivial things: The glide is OK I guess. It seems to favor mice with thick, flat feet--I have a g700s with replacement teflon feet (tried both SteelSeries and factory-shaped teflon) and it drags a lot and sticks more than my new cheapo Redragon mouse (which is actually very good so I don't know why I'm calling it /cheapo/). The g700s has an annoying "stick" when it stops [update: this only applies to the SS teflon feet, the new replacements glide like magic--everywhere except on the DeX], but it's much worse on the DeX than on any other pad I have ever tried. The Redragon sticks too, although not as badly. It feels like a nice cloth pad, but where the mouse sticks annoyingly when you stop.
In other words, the coefficient of static friction is pretty high and I find it annoying while gaming. Once the mouse is moving it's very nice.
It's a great mouse pad for work and surfing the internet, in fact. For gaming, I don't like the combination of medium drag and a lot of static friction. The sticking at stop is good if you need the mouse to stay in place, say if you're using a corded mouse or moving your hands away from it frequently to type. This makes it a good choice for MMOs and anything where you'll be taking your hands off the mouse frequently (programming), or if you're a "big hand motions" kind of gamer.
There's more sliding friction than the original Steelpad, less than Steel's recent HD series. The main advantage of the DeX is that it is soft and quiet when you move the mouse. The HD transmits a harsh grinding vibration into my hand when I move the mouse, and all of the hard pads scrape to a greater or lesser degree, which is, how can I say this, unpleasant? The DeX has none of that and does not scrape.
The bottom line is that it's a very good glide with a moderate amount of feedback, like a good cloth pad, but the stick when it stops annoys me a LOT, to the point where I am sticking (hehe pun) with my old SteelPad and using the DeX only at work.
I guess it's a good choice if:
* your mouse has wide flat glides
* you like a lower resolution and/or larger arm movements
* you like a bit of drag
* the scraping sensation of the hard pads bothers you
* you use a mouse with a cord and take your hands off to type
Was not worth the money and the wait. It's a good pad, but not for gaming.
[updated 9/22/015 and docked a star because I actually dislike it]
How many pads do you see that you can actually clean with water. It is sturdy enough to withstand hardcore gaming sessions. The surface is smooth enough be agile, but with enough resistance to be dead accurate. I actually have to LIFT the pad to move it around the desk because the rubber bottom has such a strong grip on the desk.
I've gone through MANY mouse pads in my time, and THIS is the only one I felt certain that I will use for the rest of my life. You will NEVER go back to any other pads. You just can't. It's perfect.
My only complaint about this mousepad is the bottom: the surface is way too slippery and it doesn't gave a good grip on the wooden, plastic or glass tables I've tried it on. During a match of League of Legends I have to reposition the mousepad 2-3 times, which is a big issue I haven't found with any other mousepads I've previously owned.