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ZOWIE BenQ G-SR



I’ve had the new BenQ G-SR for about a month now and wanted to give my feedback on it for a while but never quite got around doing the pictures and writing it up. A TL;DR would be:
It’s just like the G-SR was, but all black and with great stitched edges, so my only points of criticism regarding the original G-SR have been fixed. That alone is a thumbs up from me.



Size

The dimensions are exactly like the original G-SR with 480 x 400 x 3.5 mm. For comparison a Qck Heavy is 450 x 400 x 6 mm, so the G-SR is a bit wider.




Material

The material of the top seems to be the same as previously, at least from the feeling of it I can’t
make out a difference.

Close up of the top fabric


Comparison with previous G-SRs


Close-up


Some more comparisons below
with a Puretrak Talent


with a Qck Heavy


with a QPAD UC 50


with a Steelseries NP+




Build quality

Let me quote from my review of the original G-SR:
Quote:
Well, it doesn't have stitched edges which in my eyes is both a plus and a minus. A plus because stitched edges always felt uncomfortable to me and a minus because of this: KeWCRvj.jpg
So yes, it does fray around the edges. The spot in the picture is the worst of all though and after the picture I cut off the fiber and it doesn't look as bad anymore.
Now I said that stitched edges feel uncomfortable, but that is not true for the new G-SR for me. They are very smooth and actually bother my arm less than the sometimes sharper edges of unstitched pads. So the minus is not a minus here and it’s an overall improvement for me. The glide is still the same as the day I got it, which is the main difference to something like the Qck for me, because those change their glide more over time. In my experience a fresh Qck is quite fast but gets slower quickly. The G-SR (so far) stays very consistent in its glide.

Base and top surface together


Stacked on other pads for height differences
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Speed + Control
I’ll just repeat what I said for the first G-SR:
The top weave is a very smooth fiber that feels similar to but not just as smooth as the Puretrak Talent. However the glide is less directional, meaning on the Talent I can easily feel (and hear) a difference in glide from side to side and top to bottom. The glide from side to side on the Talent is notably smoother. On the G-SR the glide seems to be very even, however maybe slightly lighter from side to side.
The static friction is very low, I can make small adjustments easily and the mouse never "sticks" to the surface.
This is all still true for the updated G-SR.
What I heard a lot recently was that some people have trouble with the G-SR due to it having different glide in different humidity environments. I can’t really comment on that as my room is quite dry throughout the whole year. On a very hot day where my arm is just sweaty it sticks to the pad, but that is true for every other pad (or surface in general). To be on the safe side: If you had troubles with the first G-SR I would not expect improvements with this model.
Edited by Ino. - 1/20/16 at 9:04am
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Good writeup, I still prefer the qck over the g-sr; g-sr was always inconsistent for me sitting right next to a window where my temperatures can be random week to week
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If the Glorious XL doesn't make me happy, I'll give this a go, and it'll be my last mousepad for sure. I like everything I see and hear thus far.
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Originally Posted by Watsyurdeal View Post

If the Glorious XL doesn't make me happy, I'll give this a go, and it'll be my last mousepad for sure. I like everything I see and hear thus far.

The Glorious XL Heavy is a Very solid pad. Glad they addressed some a few issues with the pad as well, I think you will like it a lot.
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The Glorious XL Heavy is a Very solid pad. Glad they addressed some a few issues with the pad as well, I think you will like it a lot.

It's all about that texture, they described it as low friction, if it's even somewhat similar to the Talent I think I will be ecstatic.
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Originally Posted by Ino. View Post

I’ve had the new BenQ G-SR for about a month now ...
From what I've read you life in germany. Where did you actually get one of these newer mats. I am still on the lookout for one and only found the Controll Version of the newer BenQ branded ones.
Any advice or stores in DE/AT/CH would help.

kind regards
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From what I've read you life in germany. Where did you actually get one of these newer mats. I am still on the lookout for one and only found the Controll Version of the newer BenQ branded ones.
Any advice or stores in DE/AT/CH would help.

kind regards

In my experience the first shop in Germany to get Zowie products is caseking.de
You might have to wait for a few weeks until they have stocked the new product.

My stuff was provided for by Rexflo.net though. I'm not sure if the current recall of the new mouse lineup influences availability of the pads too, it shouldn't in theory.
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Still having trouble finding a place to purchase one of these in the states. Usually rexflo will have items in before everyone else but even they haven't gotten their shipment for piblic sale yet.
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Nice review, seems like an excellent pad. How does the overall feel, smoothness, static friction and stopping power compare to the GTF-X?
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Nice review, seems like an excellent pad. How does the overall feel, smoothness, static friction and stopping power compare to the GTF-X?

It feels nicer to the skin as it has more of a silky (kind of) texture, it's smoother because the surface gives in more with pressure. Static friction is probably higher just like stopping power.
That reminds me that I wanted to make an angled test with both pads to see at which point a mouse starts to slide on its own... Maybe I can add that in on the weekend.
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