Mate, most people here never even saw the pad live.
Its popular/out for some months, i doubt anybody here even used it the 6months they say that a qck heavy (worst durable pad i know off:D) lasts.
I voted for the hayate because you asked what is the better pad and nothing else, i didnt vote for keeping/getting one just that compared to the puretrek its better.
To keep it short, even the best Jeans are done after riding a bike too often, the same goes for cloth pads even if it was awesome NASA ultrafiber special cloth.
If you get yours and its damaged you are screwed, you will have cost and trouble getting your money/substitute pad, buying stuff from Japan is okay but its not as "cool" as the Hongkong traders from ebay(they sell so much that they are totally fast and easy with such stuff).
I wonder if the expensive price of the Artisan gives it an added placebo effect of making you think it's better.
Of course it is.
Levis Jeans get a hole in it the same as h&M jeans.
So for better control in aiming and what-not in games I want a less slick/slower pad?
Try to make 3steps followed buy a 1,5m jump and after it a full stop on the street.
Now do it on ice.
Whats offering more control?
The only pad where its disturbing is the goliathus, the control is rough and therefore you have less surface=less friction. That means its FASTER then the Speed edition.
One way or the other faster aint better and more control aint better, its what you want and need, the Hayate and Puretrek both offer a lot of speed, more then the Goliathus control but not THAT much more.
I n the end its not worth the money YOU have to pay(the japanese price is like half of it), but its only some drinks of money so if you really want it get it, its an awesome pad and its probably the best made mousepad quality wise but it wont last forever, it wont even last a lot longer then other pads since most of them really are fine.