Originally Posted by czerro
Artisan Hien - Mid.
Durability is not an issue on the Hien pads. Artisan have alot of surfaces. Shiden and Shiden-kai wear down. Especially Shiden-kai. I've tried every artisan pad. Shiden-kai's are like butter when fresh, but aren't a standard pad for most players, and they wear down and the tracking isn't the best.
Hien-mid is a solid pad. Glide is consistent and doesn't wear out. Glide is at about an 8/10. Tracking is 9/10 on 3090, which is probably the most problematic surface sensor you will every come across.
Really good hybrid and unique surface.
Edit: Purchase direct from Artisan. They updated the Hien and their properietary layers. If you purchase through Amazon you will probably get someone selling an old Hien. Surface is different and layers are different.
Thanks for the summary, very helpful. Kind of stuck between this and the hayate otsu. I'm having difficulty choosing.
This person preferred the otsu: http://www.overclock.net/t/1566661/artisan-hien-to-hayate-otsu-experience#post_24328185
They describe the hien as 'abrasive' and '[comparatively to Otsu] plasticy' would you consider this to be true? Parts of my arm will be resting against the pad (and the right corner of my palm like this poster) and I don't want to experience friction burn from the surface. According to a thread on the latest revision of the Hien, this iteration doesn't have the same level of abrasive characteristics that the previous Hiens did.
Initially I had a better impression of the Otsu (recommended from the poster before you) but I can't tell if the surface will be too slick, thus having my hand slipping and sliding unable to hold a position properly (such as what happens on my G440 hard pad to the point of not being able to use it).
So yeah, really a face off between the Otsu Soft and Hien Mid in terms of the Artisans. I do like the look of their quality though and they both look excellent.Edited by Jonny321321 - 7/10/16 at 7:53pm