So i had the 5mm version now for like a month or so, and i really like it. Feels in my opinion smoother and slightly faster than the regular Benq branded G-SR, which honestly might just be down to it sitting 100% flat everywhere. No matter what i did on the regular one it was always slightly convex at the sides. The design also looks fantastic, and because of that black mice stand out more on it. I don't care much for the HLTV branding, but thankfully it's fairly subtle, mostly because of the understated logo design.
However i don't think i can recommend it because of its high price, honestly you can buy a Steelseries Qck Heavy for pretty much half the price which is a little softer, slightly thicker, but doesn't feel quite as even as this and other Zowie pads but well... it's half the price. I bought it because i really liked my experience on previous Zowie mousepads, but found the stitching to be irritating to my wrist (I don't like to hang the pad over the desk), and because it isn't just plain black. So for me it's worth it, but to be frank if all you are looking for is a good thick pad, then the much cheaper alternatives from Steelseries/Roccat etc. are just fine.
As for fraying, well i'm in the same mentality as SynergyCB on that and usually don't use a pad for more than a year.Photo of the Pad (Click to show)
Edited by Neshy414 - 12/18/16 at 1:20pm