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Fnatic Boost Speed vs Control

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I have searched around but I only found conflicting information. There's this post that makes some sense but when I asked Fnatic Gear staff, this is what I got:
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Please be informed that speed mousepad is much more smoother then control one. Control mousepad has rougher surface.

What I am trying to find out is the actual technical difference between the 2 versions of the Boost mousepad. Can someone help me find out whether the speed or control one is more 'grainy'? Which one is rough to the touch of a finger? On a microscopic level the texture will have 'peaks' and 'valleys'; is there more of a difference in distance between them on the speed version or the control version?

Some reference points would help a lot. Has anyone ever tried both the Steelseries SP/S&S/SX/9HD? Which one would the speed and control versions be closer to? If I were to scale them:

smoothest - roughest
SX ---- 9HD -- S&S --- SP

Where would a Boost Speed and Boost Control fall on this scale?
Edited by badben25 - 11/3/16 at 4:08am
post #2 of 15
the Speed is the grainy one, with little friction. the Control has a less textured surface, it has a more resistant glide.
i assume @munchzilla can confirm?

not sure where on that scale, probably between the 9HD and S&S? maybe @munchzilla can confirm?


@munchzilla?



edit: actually, i have no clue where on that scale, because i don't know if you mean smooth glide or smooth texture. the fnatic guy gave you a bit of a bad response.
the Speed has a smooth glide, but a rough surface. the Control has a smooth surface, but a rough glide.
basically, if you're looking for a "fast glide", then you want the Speed.
Edited by Bucake - 11/3/16 at 7:43am
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your points. I want the texture not the glide. The physical property, and glide is kinda subjective.

Have you actually owned/used either of them? Or would that be munchzilla?
post #4 of 15
i have the Speed right here. (and i also have an F30, basically the predecessor of the Speed.)
and i used to own an F10, which is the predecessor of the Control. i gave it away, because i don't like it.
i had the 9HD, but gave it away because it's too small. i had the 1030 as well, but gave it away because i have too many mouse pads.
and still i have more things to give away


i think munchzilla owns every pad in the galaxy
post #5 of 15
I don't know these mousepads specifically but I am a huge fan of "Control" version mousepads vs "speed". Not really sure how to explain it but usually the main difference is the actual weave on the surface. Control pads have a bigger weave which gives you far more texture than a Speed version which is more of a smoother, tighter weave.

These are the Razer goliathus Speed Vs. Control but this is pretty common for most brands when they have a "Control" and "Speed" version.


Edited by drazah - 11/3/16 at 8:29am
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
You see, that's what is (not) happening here. The Boost is a plastic pad, so I'll use the term 'texture' in place of 'weave', and according to Bucake (and hopefully munchzilla) the Control is the one with the 'tighter texture' which is the opposite when it comes to cloth pads.

@Bucake thanks for the reference to the Func pads. What I wanted to know is whether the speed or control is closer to the F10.S pad from Func. Seems it is the control version so far. Will wait for munchzilla to confirm too.
post #7 of 15
How is the rubber base on these? Does it hold well?
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by the1freeMan View Post

How is the rubber base on these? Does it hold well?

I had zero issues with the base on mine, on my desk. but on my friend's super smooth veneer desk it didn't stick much at all.

didn't see this thread until now, so my response is about 1yr late, but indeed the Control pad is super smooth whereas the Speed pad is rough in texture.
post #9 of 15
Cool I' ve been thinking about the f-series 10 for a long time. (assuming this is exactly the same but re-branded)
How does glide compare to let's say a G TF-X ?
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by the1freeMan View Post

Cool I' ve been thinking about the f-series 10 for a long time. (assuming this is exactly the same but re-branded)
How does glide compare to let's say a G TF-X ?

F10 is the smooth, control one.
F30 is the rough, speed one.

G-TFX is slower than both for sure. has a lot better stopping. but I'd say the F10 has less control than the G-TFX, and the F30 being faster but with just as good control if you dig hard pads.

I don't think the F10 has good control. it's only easier to stop on, but when feet wear out, the static friction gets too high, and it's really hard to make precise small adjustments... it feels sticky static, slippery dynamic, not a great combo for me personally.

I'm much happier with the F30 than the F10. never felt like it lost its awesome friction properties. more consistent feeling, and more "balanced" in that you could easier predict stopping/starting motions. F10 required too much effort to make many stopping/starting motions under a short time, worst pad I've used for say, McCree in overwatch, where you need to flick a lot and track a lot in a short-ish amount of time.
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