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Which is the best Artisan Mousepad? (comparison by specs)

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
After selling my Hayate because of dust problems I still never settled with the thought of not owning an Artisan mousepad anymore. So after some time now and comparing all the available mousepads they offer, I just wanted to express my thoughts on this and show you what I did to find the (spec-wise) best pad(s) from Artisan.

Quote:
Artisan Mousepads

- all Artisan Pads are listed here
- always picked the best version of the pad softness-wise:
  • Hien XSOFT beats all other Hiens
  • Zero XSOFT beats all other Zeros
  • Raiden XSOFT beats all other Raidens
  • Shiden XSOFT beats all other Shidens
  • Shidenkai XSOFT beats all other Shidenkais
  • Hayate & Hayabusa only available in SOFT and XSOFT respectively



Listed by total points (Speed + Stop + Smooth)
Code:
01. Shidenkai  XSOFT   (12 points)
02. Shiden     XSOFT   (11 points)
03. Raiden     XSOFT   (10 points)
04. Hayate      SOFT   (9 points)
04. Hayabusa   XSOFT   (9 points)
05. Hien       XSOFT   (8 points)
06. Zero       XSOFT   (7 points)


Listed by comparsion ("pad X has 2 aspects better and 1 worse than or the same as pad Y")
Code:
01. Shidenkai  XSOFT   (Smooth & Stop identical & Speed better than Shiden)
02. Shiden     XSOFT   (Speed & Smooth better than Raiden)
03. Raiden     XSOFT   (Speed & Stop identical & Smooth better than Hayate/Hayabusa)
04. Hayate      SOFT   (Speed & Smooth better than Hien)
04. Hayabusa   XSOFT   (Speed & Smooth better than Hien)
05. Hien       XSOFT   (Speed & Stop better than Zero)
06. Zero       XSOFT   


So, no matter how we look at the available pads, we get the same list.
Here it is again with some important information regarding
the 3 decision criterias (Speed,Stop,Smooth).
Code:
01. Shidenkai  XSOFT   (Stop only 2 of 5)
02. Shiden     XSOFT   (Stop only 2 of 5)
03. Raiden     XSOFT   
04. Hayate      SOFT   
04. Hayabusa   XSOFT   
05. Hien       XSOFT   (Speed only 2 of 5 & Smooth only 1 of 5)
06. Zero       XSOFT   (Speed only 1 of 5 & Smooth only 2 of 5)


Using all this data we could say:
Shidenkai beats Shiden (same pad, just that Shidenkai has +1 Speed)
Raiden beats Hayate & Hayabusa (well, specs identical of all 3. But Raiden has +1 Smooth)
So this leaves us with the

Final list
Code:
01. Shidenkai  XSOFT   
02. Raiden     XSOFT   
03. Hien       XSOFT   
04. Zero       XSOFT   



What do you think of that?
Maybe it is some help for others who are deciding which one to buy.

I guess I'm going to order a Shidenkai XSOFT, Raiden XSOFT and Hien XSOFT.
The Zero fails to wake my interest.
post #2 of 7
Thread Starter 
Oh, in case your wondering what information I used.
I based the whole comparison solely on the official "Operability chart"
http://www.artisan-jp.com/mousepad_all_eng.html
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
So far I didn't find any place to order all 3 pads (othern than Artisan's own shop).
Is there any store in the EU?

I wonder why still no one posted their thoughts about the listing. Thought there's more interest in Artisan pads, eh.
post #4 of 7
*** is this sh**?

you cant say by specs this is the best pad etc..

the personal taste is everything when it comes to mousepads...
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by v4mp1 View Post

*** is this sh**?

you cant say by specs this is the best pad etc..

the personal taste is everything when it comes to mousepads...

This
post #6 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by v4mp1 View Post

*** is this sh**?

you cant say by specs this is the best pad etc..

the personal taste is everything when it comes to mousepads...

Also this. They give you a graph for each mousepad to show you where they fall between speed and control. Some might prefer the faster movements of a Shiden and some might prefer the rougher, and easier-to-control texture of a hien. I have a Hayate which is in the middle and love it. However, glide differs vertically and horizontally for some reason though I never notice it myself. You'll have to try for yourself and see. Also some pads don't work well with some mice. I would love to use the Raiden which is more speed over the Hayate without losing much control but it doesn't work well with Avago 3050/3090 mice.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Ok first: the softness of the mats.
Of course someone might like the Hien MID more than the Hien XSOFT.
Or the Shidenkai MID more than the Shidenkai XSOFT.
But then this person has a worse stopping ability.
If you can explain to me why anybody doesn't want to be in control of stopping the mouse precisely, please do.


And second: It's a list about the performance of the pads, not the taste.
That's why I included some information in the 3rd list.


And last but not least: I only represent the facts as stated by Artisan.
The lists are simply ordered by performance values, not tastes.
Take your time to comprehend but please don't fu** me off in a thread I wanted to provide some information.
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