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post #21 of 34
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Thanks for all the suggestions! The 4/9HD seems to be the most popular one. But I've read that several people have liked the Corsair MM400 better. It's also a little bigger and cheaper so that's a big plus. Has anyone here ever tried that mat and do you maybe know how it compares to the 9HD?
post #22 of 34
+1 for Func, especially the 1030 XL.
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post #23 of 34
Not to be a negative-nancy, but if you're looking to switch for surface durability you're going to be disappointed. In my experience hard mats wear out just as fast as cloth pads. Hard mats obviously won't curl or fray but I get the impression that you're looking for a surface that will stay consistent for an extended period of time.
post #24 of 34
hi there OP

i have the Corsair hard matt. i swapped to this from an old genius soft matt that had finally seen better days.
i have absolutely no complaints. Glides like a dream. also play FPS, and using this now. what a dream, and there isnt and rolling up or chance of the mouse digging into it like my old soft pad.

but also heard the steelseries is good. either way i am pro for the hard matts
Edited by P1kk3wyn - 4/24/13 at 2:31am
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post #25 of 34
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That's true sixxxx, I would really like something that stays the way it is and doesn't change in feel. But from what I've read, hard mats should still be a little more durable than the cloth ones. I have read that the aluminum ones don't change at all by the way, has anyone tried one of those?

Also, thanks P1kk3wyn for your feedback on the Corsair hard mat!
post #26 of 34
i used to sell those aluminium matts. like the razor one. if i had the money at the time i would have taken one of those. heard they awesome. and like the razor has 2 sides. one for speed(very smooth) and one size with a bit more grip to it. used my friends one once. it rocked. if you got the moola, i would go for that. no chance of wear.
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post #27 of 34
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Originally Posted by P1kk3wyn View Post

i used to sell those aluminium matts. like the razor one. if i had the money at the time i would have taken one of those. heard they awesome. and like the razor has 2 sides. one for speed(very smooth) and one size with a bit more grip to it. used my friends one once. it rocked. if you got the moola, i would go for that. no chance of wear.

I wore my aluminum exact mat smooth on both sides which gave it a terrible sticky glide. The only pad that supposedly doesn't wear is the glass pads like the old ice mat or steelseries I-2 but they aren't sold anymore.
post #28 of 34
You seem to be slightly contradicting yourself in your request as you cannot have a 'fast' mat with 'good control'. If you want top speed go for a grained plastic mat as they actually have the least friction but if you want to be able to control your mouse and stop your mouse more easily too you are going to want a very smooth mat which produces higher friction due to more contact, generally Aluminium/Glass. This is not to say smooth hard mats are slow, but they are slower than grained ones.

I have 4 different types of mat, cloth, plastic topped hybrid, glass and Aluminium and my preference is the Aluminium. I like the ultra smooth direct feel of it and it has a fast but balanced speed IMO. I have also tried the Destructor 2 which is a grained plastic mat and found it too fast and uncontrollable and plastic hybrid pads give me similar problems. In general I think that in terms of speed (fastest first) the materials/types stack up like this:

Hard plastic > Hybrid > Aluminium > Glass (Ice mat) > Cloth.


The Aluminium mat I have is a Mad Catz G.L.I.D.E. 9: http://www.overclock.net/products/mad-catz-g-l-i-d-e-9-aluminium-gaming-surface/reviews/5720
(I did my best to make it an objective review so no 5 stars but ultimately I really like it). Other options for Aluminium mats include Razer Maticor and Invictus, these are slightly smaller and non-brushed but a similar price when I purchased, Roccat Alumic- which you might avoid immediately due to the feet on the corners, like the Invictus it is double sided with a grained and a smooth side. The grain,as with the plastic mats, I think increases the speed and reduces control-ability but some people just like speed rolleyes.gif
post #29 of 34
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Originally Posted by sixxxxxx View Post

Not to be a negative-nancy, but if you're looking to switch for surface durability you're going to be disappointed. In my experience hard mats wear out just as fast as cloth pads. Hard mats obviously won't curl or fray but I get the impression that you're looking for a surface that will stay consistent for an extended period of time.

I'm not sure what you guys are doing to your mats, but I've owned 3 hard mats and so far none of them have any visible wear @ all. Perhaps it has to do w/ the mouse feet?
post #30 of 34
If you don't bother to freeze during winter... maxtill g pad is an amazing glass mousepad, mine has been alive for 2 years and it's like new... the tracking is great and nothing have changed since i bought it. The only downside is that it ******* destroys your mouseskates xD, you can replace them.
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