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Hi guys, have a nice day.

Already I sold my QcK LE Fnatic for 15$ because I want to try something new. Now, I have enough money for a QcK heavy or Qck NP+, or something like that (Goliathus, Roccat Sense ...) so plz dont recommend Artisan or anything above 30$ cuz it hurts my wallet a bit. Now I'm using Kinzu v1 almost all day, so I have some questions, hope you guys can shed some light here:

1- Is NP+ really durable? Steelseries and many revew articles claimed that statement, but I heard some people said that it could wear off after few days. How about QcK Heavy and another candidates (mentioned above)? Who is the winner here. Cuz I will use it alot, so durability should be a problem and I dont want to rebuy mouse pad every month.

2- Comfortable. I have been told and I believe that NP+ is a very very high friction pad, but I'm curious about the real feeling. Is it really uncomfortable?

3- Tracking. Is there anyone experience bad tracking with NP+? or atleast with Kinzu v1?

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I tried alot of pads from steelseries: 4HD,4S,QcK+ Na'Vi, QcK+ Fnatic, QcK+. QcK Heavy and for me the heavy is the clear winner off all,
It's thickness is just alot more comfortable and durable then the others, def worth the ~5 $ more imo.
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1- Is NP+ really durable? Steelseries and many revew articles claimed that statement, but I heard some people said that it could wear off after few days. How about QcK Heavy and another candidates (mentioned above)? Who is the winner here. Cuz I will use it alot, so durability should be a problem and I dont want to rebuy mouse pad every month.

2- Comfortable. I have been told and I believe that NP+ is a very very high friction pad, but I'm curious about the real feeling. Is it really uncomfortable?

3- Tracking. Is there anyone experience bad tracking with NP+? or atleast with Kinzu v1?

In advance: I LOVE my NP+. To me it is much better than the Qck in any form. The surface feels rough though, for some people that's a turn off, I got used to it quickly.

Regarding your questions:

1) Perfectly durable, mine is now in use since aproximately 10 months and I notice no wear whatsoever. After I fell in love with the NP+ I ordered another one to make sure I have one once this wears down. That second one is still sealed and probably has to wait for a long time to get opened

2) It feels rough, the static friction is kind of high. However the glide once you move the mouse (dynamic friction) is nice, it glides real smooth.

3) All my mice deliver the best tracking quality on the NP+ out of my collection of pads (Puretrak Talent, Qck+, QPad UC, QPad HeatoN), however the max tracking rate is lower on most than on the Talent for example. On my Savu the difference is 4.1 m/s on NP+ and 4.4 m/s on the Talent. The tracking is more consistent on the NP+. I have no experience with the Kinzu at all though, I only heard that the V1 is horrible in terms of max tracking rates and has accel so I stayed away. So I can't confirm that the Kinzu works perfectly, but all my other mice do fine so it should

Hope that helps.
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I tried alot of pads from steelseries: 4HD,4S,QcK+ Na'Vi, QcK+ Fnatic, QcK+. QcK Heavy and for me the heavy is the clear winner off all,
It's thickness is just alot more comfortable and durable then the others, def worth the ~5 $ more imo.

Hi thanks. IMO, I think Heavy should be the clear winner when face another QcK+ edition, too, cuz it has a thick rubber base and durability, but how about Steelseries NP+? The compressed fiber surface maybe a advantage, is it? Could it make the durability and tracking superior? I searched quite a bit but didn't see anything relevant.
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In advance: I LOVE my NP+. To me it is much better than the Qck in any form. The surface feels rough though, for some people that's a turn off, I got used to it quickly.

Regarding your questions:

1) Perfectly durable, mine is now in use since aproximately 10 months and I notice no wear whatsoever. After I fell in love with the NP+ I ordered another one to make sure I have one once this wears down. That second one is still sealed and probably has to wait for a long time to get opened

2) It feels rough, the static friction is kind of high. However the glide once you move the mouse (dynamic friction) is nice, it glides real smooth.

3) All my mice deliver the best tracking quality on the NP+ out of my collection of pads (Puretrak Talent, Qck+, QPad UC, QPad HeatoN), however the max tracking rate is lower on most than on the Talent for example. On my Savu the difference is 4.1 m/s on NP+ and 4.4 m/s on the Talent. The tracking is more consistent on the NP+. I have no experience with the Kinzu at all though, I only heard that the V1 is horrible in terms of max tracking rates and has accel so I stayed away. So I can't confirm that the Kinzu works perfectly, but all my other mice do fine so it should

Hope that helps.

Thanks in advance. One store here will have a crazy sale off day, available tomorrow. I've just checked and saw that NP+'s price dropped from 35$ to 25$. So I will give it a try. Thanks a lot.

BTW, about the shape, kinzu is best for me, and kinzu v2 has a bad sensor (multicolored pad bug, low max tracking rate, even lower than kinzu v1)
Edited by TheSteel - 6/1/13 at 7:38am
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Hi thanks. IMO, I think Heavy should be the clear winner when face another QcK+ edition, too, cuz it has a thick rubber base and durability, but how about Steelseries NP+? The compressed fiber surface maybe a advantage, is it? Could it make the durability and tracking superior? I searched quite a bit but didn't see anything relevant.

I personally have never used the NP+ so i can't say anything about it. At the Steelseries website they state that it is liquid resistant, i think this results in a smoother surface then the QcK heavy.
I must say i have my qck heavy for about 6 months now and it still isn't weared out or anything, it's also pretty easy to clean with a wet cloth towel. For me the thickness of 6mm just made the decision very easy to pick the heavy. I play alot of fps and this mousepad just has it all imo(comfortable,durable,great tracking and easy to clean.) Both pads will track well with optical and laser so that shouldn't be a problem, just pick the one wich surface you like more thumb.gif

Found a review of the NP+ here : http://www.tomsguide.com/us/mousepad-surface-mice,review-1538-11.html
Edited by rss013 - 6/1/13 at 8:14am
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For me the thickness of 6mm just made the decision very easy to pick the heavy.

Just fyi: the NP+ has almost the same thickness as the Heavy. If I was to buy another Qck version I would take the heavy as well, I like thick pads.
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Just fyi: the NP+ has almost the same thickness as the Heavy. If I was to buy another Qck version I would take the heavy as well, I like thick pads.

They are not both 6mm thick only the heavy is and the difference in reality is noticeable alot imo.
As you can see on the steelseries website it is actually 4mm thick : http://steelseries.com/products/surfaces/steelseries-np
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I looked into the NP+ before, but I went with the QcK+. No problems with it and my Sensei.

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