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post #1 of 14
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My hayate is now past 2 years of age and I think it's about time I replaced it. I'm not sure what to get and I'm torn between a Hayate Otsu, Hien, or Shidenkai.

I play mostly FPS games, currently using a Secret, I was thinking about Shidenkai because I heard it's has a really good glide, but I want to see if anyone else could share their experiences and point me to a good direction. The Hayate was good so I don't mind replacing it with an Otsu, but I'm not 100% sure
post #2 of 14
shidenkai has really good glide but I wore mine out very fast, unfortunately. I think Otsu is the best one they've made, feels like a Hien with faster glide. pretty much perfect, just... too small for me frown.gif
post #3 of 14
I really want to try their pads, but it's so hard to make out exactly what they are like from the descriptions I don't know what to get confusedsmiley.png

I know someone gave an overview of them a while back but I think there have been changes since then, could someone describe what the rough equivalents would be e.g.

X is like a Qck
Y is like a G SR

etc.
post #4 of 14
Don't waste money on artisan in my opinion, and if you do go for their best sellers like hayate or hien, I've used them all but the size was a problem for me since they're smaller than a qck
post #5 of 14
If he used 43x33 pad for 2 years I recon size isn't a problem and qck+ which is only 45x40 isn't going to be much of a difference. Quality is on Artisan side here too.
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by dlano View Post

I really want to try their pads, but it's so hard to make out exactly what they are like from the descriptions I don't know what to get confusedsmiley.png

I know someone gave an overview of them a while back but I think there have been changes since then, could someone describe what the rough equivalents would be e.g.

X is like a Qck
Y is like a G SR

etc.

Closest to QCK will be Zero XSoft. Never had a G-SR.


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Originally Posted by munchzilla View Post

shidenkai has really good glide but I wore mine out very fast, unfortunately. I think Otsu is the best one they've made, feels like a Hien with faster glide. pretty much perfect, just... too small for me frown.gif
Which softness do you have on the Otsu and Hien?
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by detto87 View Post

Closest to QCK will be Zero XSoft. Never had a G-SR.
Which softness do you have on the Otsu and Hien?

I've tried soft, mid and hard on the Hien. mid and soft for the Otsu. I prefer the Mid by far, less static friction.
post #8 of 14
What pad would be good for a fast glide on cloth then? I have a G-TFX right now and like the fast glide, but it's the Benq version, so it doesn't lay flat and keeps moving around on my desk. Coupled with the poor quality they've given to Zowie products now, I don't expect it to last long.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by dlano View Post

What pad would be good for a fast glide on cloth then? I have a G-TFX right now and like the fast glide, but it's the Benq version, so it doesn't lay flat and keeps moving around on my desk. Coupled with the poor quality they've given to Zowie products now, I don't expect it to last long.

Hayate Otsu is similarly fast as G-TFX but more control (like a lot more... I miss the feel of this pad biggrin.gif)
post #10 of 14
I see. I feel like I prefer soft/xsoft now that I tried a whole bunch of artisan pads. Mid is cool and all, but their pads in the mid range just begin to feel too similar to each other. Especially Hien mid and Otsu mid are very similar in feel. And therefore operation. Have you touched a Raiden XSoft for example? It's the nicest thing that my palm could rest on.
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