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post #1 of 7
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Hey fellas,

I've been having my goliathus alpha control for a while but I've messed it up (placed keys too much times, scratched it, etc)
I need to upgrade my mousepad and I was looking at the steelseries qck+ and the roccat taito. Which one do you suggest and why? I'm not in a position to buy something better than these two, so yeah.
Currently running a CM Storm Sentinel Z3RO-G and playing at 800DPI, not sure to what I will upgrade my mouse but I most certainly will have to soon, this one is starting to wear out externally on buttons and the rubber on side.
post #2 of 7
Right now I have an old QCK+ and QCK+ SK Edition.

I have a new QCK Heavy and Roccat Taito in the mail. I can give you a comparison once they arrive.

EDIT:

The mousepads just arrived.

I would consider the QCK standard black line of mousepads to be the ubiquitous tried-and-true of gaming mousepads: they come in several sizes and thicknesses, all with the same surface and offer quite reliable tracking.

My new QCK Heavy appears as reliably constructed as the all the others I have owned, not having any notable defects out of the box. The standard black QCK is somewhere in the middle of the road when it comes to speed; it is definitely a rougher pad but not as much as some such as the NP+. By comparison my old QCK SK team edition is a reasonably smooth pad, whereas the QCK standard black is notably rougher. It provides a very controlled feeling but also requires a bit more effort to use. The QCK+ and QCK Heavy are the same size with the same surface, only difference being that the Heavy is thicker.

The Taito is a slicker pad than the QCK, and has a slightly glossy appearance, at least at first. It seems to track just as well as the QCK as far as I can tell with my mice. I'm not sure if it's actually quite as smooth as the QCK team edition, but if not it is very close. My biggest complaint with this pad is that fresh out of the box the edges appear more worn than even my old QCK pads. Given the initial flaws, I suspect durability may not be as good as the QCK. Like the QCK, the Taito comes in a thinner (3mm) and thicker (5mm) version.

If you're choosing strictly between Steelseries and Roccat, I would say:

QCK standard black if you want a relatively controlled pad
QCK team edition (SK, FNATIC, whatever) if you want a smooth pad and don't mind the designs
Taito if you want a relatively smooth pad, but it needs to be solid black.
Edited by Luhz - 8/8/13 at 12:23pm
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Luhz View Post

Right now I have an old QCK+ and QCK+ SK Edition.

I have a new QCK Heavy and Roccat Taito in the mail. I can give you a comparison once they arrive.

EDIT:

The mousepads just arrived.

I would consider the QCK standard black line of mousepads to be the ubiquitous tried-and-true of gaming mousepads: they come in several sizes and thicknesses, all with the same surface and offer quite reliable tracking.

My new QCK Heavy appears as reliably constructed as the all the others I have owned, not having any notable defects out of the box. The standard black QCK is somewhere in the middle of the road when it comes to speed; it is definitely a rougher pad but not as much as some such as the NP+. By comparison my old QCK SK team edition is a reasonably smooth pad, whereas the QCK standard black is notably rougher. It provides a very controlled feeling but also requires a bit more effort to use. The QCK+ and QCK Heavy are the same size with the same surface, only difference being that the Heavy is thicker.

The Taito is a slicker pad than the QCK, and has a slightly glossy appearance, at least at first. It seems to track just as well as the QCK as far as I can tell with my mice. I'm not sure if it's actually quite as smooth as the QCK team edition, but if not it is very close. My biggest complaint with this pad is that fresh out of the box the edges appear more worn than even my old QCK pads. Given the initial flaws, I suspect durability may not be as good as the QCK. Like the QCK, the Taito comes in a thinner (3mm) and thicker (5mm) version.

If you're choosing strictly between Steelseries and Roccat, I would say:

QCK standard black if you want a relatively controlled pad
QCK team edition (SK, FNATIC, whatever) if you want a smooth pad and don't mind the designs
Taito if you want a relatively smooth pad, but it needs to be solid black.

Well only the team edition Taito isnt solid black I believe? The QCK standard (in my case QCK+) seems very good, but its very thin, leading me to think it'd move on my desk.
post #4 of 7
I guess it depends how you use your mouse and what your desk surface is, but I think it is unlikely a QCK+ will slide around on you.

The QCK+ is a large pad with decent grip on the back. I have never had problems with mine sliding around. Just make sure the area is clean and dust free.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Alright, so by you the QCK+ is a better choice then? There is also a chance I'd get a Roccat Kone XTD which is why the Taito was one of the options, but the QcK+ is $4 cheaper too
post #6 of 7
Roccat vs QcK+, did you really just ask that? QcK+/Heavy all the way.
post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by superior View Post

Roccat vs QcK+, did you really just ask that? QcK+/Heavy all the way.
that is entirely down to preference, if you want a medium friction or low friction pad.
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