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I am thinking about getting one but I don't want to waste money on a pad that is not what I am looking for. From the pictures I have seen it looks good and is big. That is all I know so far, but is that really even worth mentioning?


What I am wondering is how the mousepad FEELS. How fast is it? Plushness? Rough or soft like a fiber cloth? etc.

Right now I am using a 9HD and while it is a good mousepad for people who really like (and I mean REALLY like) their mice to feel like it is moving on ice, I just do not like it anymore. It is a little too slick and control is a little too hard for me, plus the edges are rather sharp and since I rest my wrist on the table and slide it over the pad it is very uncomfortable after too long.

I also have an Artisan Kai 3g HIEN pad that I like, but it has the opposite problem of the 9HD. It is just barely not slick enough and the static friction is a little higher than what I prefer.

I am looking for something that is between these two pads. I assumed that something like that would be a "hard" cloth pad, so I checked out the Zowie.

Basically, I am wondering if anyone can compare the Zowie G-TF, Zowie G-TF Speed, and any other mousepads that you have used to these two that I own so I can get a good idea of what pad I would like to buy? I have heard the the Puretrak Talent is very much like the Artisan Kai 3g HIEN as well and I know that is a very popular pad, but I do not think that it is what I am looking for, sadly. frown.gif


Thanks a ton for any help! smile.gif



EDIT: Out of the two pads that I have right now I would pick the Artisan. So if the Zowie pad is a little more like the Artisan than the 9HD (basically a more slick Artisan pad with just a tiny bit less static friction) then I think that that is almost exactly what I am looking for. biggrin.gif I like the cloth feel a lot more than plastic. smile.gif
Edited by hfcobra - 2/9/12 at 10:39pm
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post #2 of 24
I have the exact same question :S

(how much friction in comparison to 9HD)
post #3 of 24
hi there !

i hat the chance to test both pads
the 9 hd and the gtf speed.. i was asking the same question : is there sth between uber ice cream friction like that from 9 hd and something below ? it seems that gtf speed would be perfekt so i bought and tried:

the gtf speed is the much better version of gtf standard.. cuz gtf standard is bit sticky and not that fast like the speed version, so u have just control and that was way to slow for me.. cuz like i said: im searchn sth below 9hd but not that below : P
lets come to the gtf speed:

the pad is flexible but u can feel its not like a cloth pad.. more a mix of cloth and hard pad ! the surface is bit rough and u actualy feel it very good that its rough when u glide with your mouse on it !

so lets come to conclusion :
perfekt mix of cloth and hardpad > but its a very weird feeling on it.. its rough and REALY strange to glide on it .. i couldnt love it ! the friction was not that low as i hoped it to be.. in the end i give it back and tried the goliathus alpha ( biggest version ) speed
and it was the perfekt mix of low friction and a satisfied control ..

so if u search sth with more control and less ice glide like on 9hd i recommend the goliathus alpha speed

2weeks ago i ordered a puretrak talent from the us ( im livin in germany) just to find a better mix between 9hd and goliathus alpha speed.. but u said puretrak could make u happy ? damn.. but i read in other forums and on the main page of puretrak, that this pad gives u a perfekt control and speed .. but as u said u dont have a puretrak right ? cuz now im bit unhappy bout ur message cuz it seems we search for the same produkt hmmmmmm im excited .. ill wait till i own it : )
so far : ME !
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Thanks for the replies. I think I will order the speed version and see how I like it and post back with some results for the next person who asks this same question. Maybe try out the original G-TF somewhere down the line as well. smile.gif
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post #5 of 24
I am looking for something that is between these two pads. I assumed that something like that would be a "hard" cloth pad, so I checked out the Zowie.

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very very rough, the touch is like hard pad, the rubber base is crap
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G-TF Speed is actually a really good unique pad. As others have stated it is not really a 'cloth' pad in the traditional sense. If you don't have a Puretrak Talent, get that first as it's hands down the best cloth pad and you really can't go wrong. G-TF Speed is still a recommendable pad, but mostly to hard padders or clothers that want something slicker than a Talent. I would classify it as hard-cloth, which is just a definition i've invented because there are a couple pads out there that are neither hard nor cloth. You get the speed of a hard pad, with the durability and the control of a cloth. Of course you don't have that foam cushion to push into, so it takes a little control hit.

I don't understand why avinin1 keeps posting negative G-TF Speed comments...about it's base of all things. You can slap a G-TF Speed on a window and it will stick. Maybe avinin1 is thinking of the original GTF which was much rougher and had a more traditional style base that had very poor grip?

Essentially, it is near the taste made of the plastic. However, it is not hard made of the plastic.

Edit: Also, the Talent while being an awesome pad, has some minor tracking issues with laser sensors. It's glide and control are pretty much perfect though, and I don't really find these issues noticeable.
Edited by czerro - 2/21/12 at 5:02am
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G-TF Speed is actually a really good unique pad. As others have stated it is not really a 'cloth' pad in the traditional sense. If you don't have a Puretrak Talent, get that first as it's hands down the best cloth pad and you really can't go wrong. G-TF Speed is still a recommendable pad, but mostly to hard padders or clothers that want something slicker than a Talent. I would classify it as hard-cloth, which is just a definition i've invented because there are a couple pads out there that are neither hard nor cloth. You get the speed of a hard pad, with the durability and the control of a cloth. Of course you don't have that foam cushion to push into, so it takes a little control hit.
I don't understand why avinin1 keeps posting negative G-TF Speed comments...about it's base of all things. You can slap a G-TF Speed on a window and it will stick. Maybe avinin1 is thinking of the original GTF which was much rougher and had a more traditional style base that had very poor grip?
Essentially, it is near the taste made of the plastic. However, it is not hard made of the plastic.
Edit: Also, the Talent while being an awesome pad, has some minor tracking issues with laser sensors. It's glide and control are pretty much perfect though, and I don't really find these issues noticeable.

I have the G-TF Speed, the pad is very fast and rough, and the base in one of the worst I've ever had experience with, it does alot of issues with alot of types of tables for me and my friends and also for alot of people complains about it in the forums. it just falls down after time and never really have a fully stability on the table.
Also the metrial itself is smooth base so thats a 'silly' thing to do - logical wise.

Also, the friction is very low, but I guess that pad was created basically for people who likes no-sence amount of speed so..
Edited by avinin1 - 2/21/12 at 6:07am
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Again, what is the surface? I don't have many surfaces to test on outside of my glass desktop. I dropped the G-TF Speed on my flat linoleum island and it did not have the peel factor I am familiar with. Still the grip is as good or better than classic foam/rubber pads like the Talent. I dropped my Talent on there and it moved the same with the same amount of pressure. Now take into account that the Talent weighs much more. I still think calling out the G-TF Speed on account of it's grip is the most absurd of any gripe about it. There are things to dislike about it, but the grip really shouldn't be one of them except for maybe some particular circumstances for untreated or deeply pitted wooden desktops, or cheap fold-out tables with that overly textured cheap plastic top. Laminate, glass, smooth laquered wood should all have the same grip as my desktop and window I imagine. If you put it on something smooth it sticks to it with a deathgrip...

I guess it's good information for people to know, but I think this base falls down in really oblique and particular circumstances: IE unfinished wooden desk, cheap textured plastic, lan fold-out table. I can definitely see that it probably won't stick to these surfaces. Also, there are easy ways to fix the grip on any pad if its a concern. I don't get why this is the one minor, easily fixable, gripe you have that makes this the worst pad ever. You don't address the tracking, the glide, the durability...

I can agree with you that it probably won't stick to cheap, pitted, textured surfaces.
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Again, what is the surface? I don't have many surfaces to test on outside of my glass desktop. I dropped the G-TF Speed on my flat linoleum island and it did not have the peel factor I am familiar with. Still the grip is as good or better than classic foam/rubber pads like the Talent. I dropped my Talent on there and it moved the same with the same amount of pressure. Now take into account that the Talent weighs much more. I still think calling out the G-TF Speed on account of it's grip is the most absurd of any gripe about it. There are things to dislike about it, but the grip really shouldn't be one of them except for maybe some particular circumstances for untreated or deeply pitted wooden desktops, or cheap fold-out tables with that overly textured cheap plastic top. Laminate, glass, smooth laquered wood should all have the same grip as my desktop and window I imagine. If you put it on something smooth it sticks to it with a deathgrip...
I guess it's good information for people to know, but I think this base falls down in really oblique and particular circumstances: IE unfinished wooden desk, cheap textured plastic, lan fold-out table. I can definitely see that it probably won't stick to these surfaces. Also, there are easy ways to fix the grip on any pad if its a concern. I don't get why this is the one minor, easily fixable, gripe you have that makes this the worst pad ever. You don't address the tracking, the glide, the durability...
I can agree with you that it probably won't stick to cheap, pitted, textured surfaces.
The desk(and its surface) are new and costs some good money, the G-TF speed is the only surface that did that, as I said - its smooth base is the one to blame, all of my another mousepads didn't did that untill I move them with my hand.

Glide - very fast
Friction - very low
Tracking - flawlessly with most of the mice.
Durtability - must be good since its good that edges sides and it feels decent.
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