ZOWIE GEAR G-TF SPEED e-Sport Gaming Mouse Pad
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- The speed edition of the popular G-TF - faster than ever
- Triple-stitched edges preventing fray and increases the lifetime of the pad
- Rolled edges for added comfort while playing
- 100% compatible with all types of mice
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SpecificationsMfr Part Number: G-TF/SPEED VERSIONFeatures: Unique combination of cloth- and plastic mousepadsUniquely designed base offers increased stability on any surfaceLiquid resistant surface for easy maintenanceTriple-stiched edges prevents fraying
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Now you might ask "Why would I buy this over a hardpad?", and there are a few reasons for that. First off you get a mouse pad that is larger than most typical hardpads, this is important for people that like lower mouse sensitivities and might be used to larger cloth pads like the QCK Heavy and Puretrak Talent. Secondly it's not as hard on mouse feet as a normal hardpad, hardpads are notorious for grinding down mouse feet very quickly and the G-TF isn't like that. I've tried a number of different mice on it with different kinds of mouse feet ranging from your stock Zowie mouse feet to Hyperglides on a G400, the mouse feet never wore out when I'd use the G-TF. And lastly, it shares a trait that normal cloth pads have and that is that you can roll it up for easy transport, it's flexible so you don't have to worry about breaking it either.
Now all is not perfect, there are some things that I didn't like. I didn't care for the rubber backing, this is generally the most common criticism of this mouse pad and it's predecessor, the G-TF Spawn. It's not like your typical open cell rubber backing, it's more of a one piece rubber layer that has a smooth underside, and that underside doesn't grip very well on a lot of surfaces. It does really well on glass and other flat and smooth surfaces but it's not as compatible as a normal rubber base would have been. I would generally stack the G-TF on top of another cloth pad like the Qck+ so that it wouldn't slide around and so that it would provide more "softness" or comfort since the G-TF Speed on its own is very thin and very rigid, if you like to press into your mousepad for extra friction then you will probably be disappointed here.
Another issue that the rubber backing has is that the corners do not flatten themselves very well out of the box, they'll be sort of curled up and that can affect the glide of the pad, it also doesn't look aesthetically appealing. Now you can either stack some heavy books on top of the mousepad or just use it till it flattens out, your mileage may vary as my experience with the curled up edges wasn't very positive. After about a month of use the edges were still noticeably curled, it wasn't as bad as it was when I had acquired the mousepad but it was still disappointing.
The glide of the mousepad itself is an acquired taste, you have to really like the hardpad glide to appreciate the G-TF Speed. I bought the G-TF because I tend to not like a lot of static friction or as some may call it "control", static friction is the initial movement friction that can cause small mouse movements to feel "sticky" or difficult to make, the G-TF Speed fulfilled that goal and then some. The overall glide is very fast, compared to some of my other mousepads it feels very similar to the Steelseries 4HD although not as rough. It was considerably faster than all of my normal cloth pads which include a Qck Heavy, a Puretrak Talent, an Artisan Hien, and both the Control and Speed Razer Goliathus pads.
I'd say this is a good choice for a hard pad user that wants to transition to a cloth pad or a cloth pad user that wants to transition to hard pads, either way I really liked this pad even if it had some issues.