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Hayate Otsu Soft L Japan Violet | Samurai Gaming Mouse Pad (Made in Japan)

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: Quality, superb tracking

Cons: Pricey, edge may be rough for some

Artisan Hayate Otsu

Having recently ordered the Hein from Artisan (see Hien Review), nothing was different with shipment or packaging from the time before. Only this time I ordered Artisans self deemed "new flagship" mouse pad, an improvement to their previous raved Hayate released in 2012, the new "Hayate Otsu".

Hayate Improvements listed directly from the website
• HAYATE clan common high total performance
• Differences of glide of vertical and the horizontal are less than a HAYATE
• Enhanced ease stop than HAYATE
• Improvement versus tracking performance than HAYATE
• Improvement of wear resistance

When first laid down upon desk it immediately laid flat which is reminiscent of Artisan pads. Refreshingly delightful not to have to go through a flattening ritual. I knew this was possible, other manufacturers should take note. Home run.

Starting with bottom of pad upon turning it over its made of high quality, dense soft rubber that's evenly cut and is consistent across the entire foundation. When laid down on desk, a slight press across the entire surface creates a suction that sticks to your desktop immediately. This becomes pronounced when you hear the 'peeling' back sound when you remove the pad, yet no sticky residue. Home run.

Onto what I was anticipating was hopefully the surface not as abrasive as Hien. Placing my palm flat onto the surface it was evident this was a again polyester based, tightly woven cloth but I did not have the 'plastic' feeling I got off the Hien. In essence it's softer to the touch, has more cushion when pushing down with finger.

After six days of using it daily with my ZA12 I had no issue and nothing to get used to after the Hien. Otsu is soft to the touch, though not as soft as one thinks of a soft pad in 'feel' you get from it. Artisan is different in this way.

The logo even more simplistically smaller which is found in lower right hand corner and is how it should be done. Easy home run some pads fail to hit.

Gaming I did not have the issue with abrasiveness I felt gaming with Hien. Otsu feels slightly quicker without the bumpy texture Hien has yet I did not lose any control. Sensor tracking on Otsu is as superb and no harsh feeling when fast swiping, even when most of arm lays on top of pad. Feels less resistance on mouse with up and down motion as opposed to side to side. Home run.

If I had to pick on something that might be a problem for some, is the edge of pad perhaps being a bit too stiff, though I do not find it a problem. Possible foul ball.

I haven't owned this pad long enough to discuss durability. I have not had any issues keeping it dust free. My datavac blowing it off or brushing off with damp warm cloth rag is all I've used so far and seems to work. I've read a velvet brush does well too. Previous Hayate had an issue where getting dust off is difficult. Again, not owned enough and I like keeping my desk immaculate. Jury verdict still out on durability and cleaning.

I took pictures showing comparisons of base and tops, see below.

Overall at this expensive price I find it hard to recommend as there are many alternatives out there for less. I do prefer using this pad over my QCK+ or Taito regardless of price, if that says something.

In summary Artisan mouse pads are a unique experience. Artisan is high quality from their materials in their pads down to the seriousness of packaging it comes in. From the point of laying it down, feeling the texture, quality of rubber base, sensor response and over all using it. If you're looking for a new "exotic" mouse pad with solid tracking and don't mind the high end pricing, Hayate Otsu Soft is truly excellence.

Click pics to enlarge and view closer at materials.


Zowie SR, Artisan Hien, Puretrak, Artisan Hayate Otsu

Otsu on top of Hien

Close up with mouse view.

Specifications (Click to show)
Surface: Dedicated special texture ( Polyester )
Middle layer: Single-bubble rubber foam by a special structure
Vertical movement of the mouse does not occur. Ultra flat surface and no void on the surface of any.
Anti-slip: Embossing - Is the perfect anti-slip of a different dimension.

L 42 x 33 x 4 mm
M: 31 x 24 x 4 mm
S: None

Hardness: SOFT
Hayate Otsu Soft L Japan Violet | Samurai Gaming Mouse Pad (Made in Japan)

// New revision now release // Improved super flat middle layer. Feel the glide and stopping performance. /// It's our Flag Ship model!! /// Make smoother than HIEN series using by special texture. Highly Controllable: Smooth and Stable, even stopping with rigidity. This is what really developped for high-end FPS player. SAMURAI gaming mouse pad is a SAMURAI gaming mouse pad for FPS and PC games. Major brand gaming mouse pads have been already obsolete by the ARTISAN debut. SAMURAI gaming mouse pad is a generic name for gaming mouse pad of the ARTISAN brand. My gaming mouse pad The kind of rubber used for the table tennis racket has 100 or more. The table-tennis player chooses rubber that is appropriate for own skill and play style. And, the racket is made by using chosen rubber. PC gamer must choose the gaming mouse pad that suits oneself. It is your best gaming mouse pad. ------------------------------------------------ | Relation between hardness and characteristic | HARD It is near the taste made of the plastic. However, it is not hard made of the plastic. MID. It is not soft. However, it is not hard. Light gliding and the stopping are good balances. SOFT Soft more than usual cloth pad. It stops in sharp. Stopping with rigidity feeling. XSOFT It is considerably soft. This flexibility makes the stop on SHIDEN/SHIDEN-KAI easy. ------------------------------------------------

BindingPersonal Computers
FeatureSurface : Special woven structure cloth (Polyester) , Middle layer: Super Flat structure foam Impregnable Anti-Slipping sole , Sharp Initial Mouse Motion , Mouse Stopping Support Humidity Proof , Sweat Resistance , Supports Steady Tracking Ultimate Anti-Slipping Layer , Absolute Consistency in Friction and Feedback Hardness: Soft / Size : 16.5 x 13 x 0.16inch ( 42 x 33 x 0.4 cm ) [ Made in Japan ]
TitleHayate Otsu Soft L Japan Violet | Samurai Gaming Mouse Pad (Made in Japan)
Package Height0.43 inches
Package Length17.44 inches
Package Weight0.57 pounds
Package Width13.54 inches
ProductGroupOffice Product
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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