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Originally Posted by qcktthfm1;11909604 
SX slide my ikari & naga mouse feet ... like knife on a better, a flat cut biggrin.gif

I use SX only in the summer, because I don't like cold wrist in the winter.
When I'm using roccat sota now, mouse feet scratch looks like other hard pad does. It rounds up a little bit, not flat anymore.

That's wear down by friction in common physics.
Or I should get some better mouse feet biggrin.gif

Hi qcktthfm1, I am currently deciding between the Roccat Sota and Steelseries SX - and since you apparently got both, which one would you recommend the most? smile.gif

I currently got a Razer Destructor, but I feel it gives too much friction when using my Logitech G700 which is a fairly heavy mouse - perhaps the destructor is just worn, but no matter what the reason is I feel too much friction.

I hope you see this message as it is difficult to decide between these two mouse pads smile.gif
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I asked for, and recieved a Steelseries SX for a Christmas gift, but just got it a few days ago. Use it for some games, but mostly general use. Got a new X8 mouse as well, so I'm breaking both in at the same time. So far I really like the pad.

One thing I noticed is that it really seems a lot smoother with a fresh application of silicone spray, and then buffed out.

I'm using a can of spray silicone lube because the included polishing cloth that comes with the SX pad was out of its plastic bag when I opened the package, and some kind of lube was all over the place, but fortunately not on the backing of the pad.
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Regarding this oiled cloth and how to clean the SX - is it really necessary to use special stuff like this instead of just cleaning it with a little water?

I would probably find it annoying if I had to use an oiled cloth or similar special treatment - doesn't you end up having sticky oil all over the desk and your arm when using it after cleaning/"oiling" it? tongue.gif I don't know how sticky it is though, perhaps it's not so bad - which is why I am asking smile.gif
post #14 of 35
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Originally Posted by Zipp;12123375 
Hi qcktthfm1, I am currently deciding between the Roccat Sota and Steelseries SX - and since you apparently got both, which one would you recommend the most? smile.gif

I currently got a Razer Destructor, but I feel it gives too much friction when using my Logitech G700 which is a fairly heavy mouse - perhaps the destructor is just worn, but no matter what the reason is I feel too much friction.

I hope you see this message as it is difficult to decide between these two mouse pads smile.gif

That may not be too complicated.
Since you're choosing between plastic or aluminum material.

Friction wise, if 0 to 10 (low friction to very friction)
SX = 0.5
Sota = 1

Sota would be the same feeling as your Destructor, but softer for wrist.
Lighter to reposition it, friends put cellphone on it because they might think it is a soft mat for keys.

And you've heard stories about SX, like ...
very slick, cold in winter, worn out mouse feet so fast,
apply the oily pad regularly (which I've never used, the pouch still in packing),
have to pick up a every tiny duct when you move your mouse hear a "karrrr",
kinda painful when my hand hit the edge of it, because it grips on the table so good and it is a hard metal, ouch~

Anyway, You already have so much experience on hard pad.
But now just a harder, cooler, heavier material SX.
Lighter, softer, rubber Sota.

Btw, you have more choices now, when Ironclad or Scarab widely available.
Ooops, getting more complicated now tongue.gif
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post #15 of 35
Thanks for your reply.

I don't care much about the actual weight of the thing - it's just gonna stay put on my desk all the time smile.gif

When you say the Sota would be the same feeling as my Destructor, are you then referring to the amount of friction?
I have seen the Scarab but I am not sure how much different it is from my destructor as it's just an updated destructor - they call it fractal 2.0 or something, but I'd rather try something potentially more different.

Then the Ironclad would be more interesting, but even more expensive than the SX - I think I remember reading somewhere that the SX supposedly is more smooth than tha Ironclad.

Since you haven't used the oil cloth I assume you haven't found it necessary? I would probably find it annoying if I had to use a special oil cloth to clean it as opposed to a bit of water.

Have you got any experience of the mouse feet wearing out quicker than on other mats?

But overall, which pad are you most happy with? The Sota or SX? smile.gif

edit:

I just tried some old Icemat and the mouse glides noticeably better on this pad than my Destructor, which is good. However, I don't think I would be able to cope with the noise when working - it's fine for gaming since I use headphones, but not for regular work. Do you by any chance know how the Icemat sounds in comparison with the SX? Is the SX as bad? smile.gif Thanks.
Edited by Zipp - 1/25/11 at 1:25pm
post #16 of 35
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Regarding this oiled cloth and how to clean the SX - is it really necessary to use special stuff like this instead of just cleaning it with a little water?

I would probably find it annoying if I had to use an oiled cloth or similar special treatment - doesn't you end up having sticky oil all over the desk and your arm when using it after cleaning/"oiling" it? tongue.gif I don't know how sticky it is though, perhaps it's not so bad - which is why I am asking smile.gif
You can certainly use without the oiled cloth, (I don't think it's actually oil, probably a liquid silicone solution), but the pad seems louder and has slightly more friction without it. I also don't put a lot of pressure on the mouse because doing so increases the noise and friction quite a bit in my opinion. I like a light touch.

Using the pad/solution you shouldn't be left with a wet, oily, or sticky surface. The pad actually appears dry, just has a slicker feel to it, sort of like a smooth Teflon surface or something. Silicone, if that's what the "oil" is, is very slippery.

I don't use the cloth on my desk or arms, but I do wash my hands after because I don't like slippery fingers. You gave me an idea though, I might try some of the latex disposable gloves I have around. smile.gif

edit to add; I do think the Steelseries SX is a love it or hate it kind of pad. It would be nice to try first before buying. Personaly, I don't think I'd like it very much without the sippery stuff, due to the noise without it. So far the original application is lasting pretty well.
Edited by denydog - 1/25/11 at 8:37pm
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post #17 of 35
How much are these and people seriously buy them?

Why am i designing complicated things!?
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How much are these and people seriously buy them?

Why am i designing complicated things!?
1. $50, and mine was a gift, but I'm sure a few people buy them.

2. I don't know.

I like the clean look and feel of it. If you could see the cheap/old/large cloth pad I've been using for ten years, which came free with a pc parts order from guess who,
SIZE DOES MATTER
Buy.com


you might get an idea how much I'm enjoying the completely new experience of the XS. It's transforming my mousing! rolleyes.gif

Since I've been going over the edge with peripherals since doing my first new pc build in ten years, I have a Deck keyboard arriving Friday. That will be replacing a 12 year old Compaq keyboard.
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post #19 of 35
I'm leaning towards the Sota because I am so unsure about the SX.. though it would be nice to hear if I would actually benefit from the Sota compared with my Destructor.

I would probably get some benefits just due to my Destructor being "old" (it's just 2 years) - because when I slide my hand across the surface it feels considerably different at the center of the pad (actually it feels more smooth, but its bad when mousing on the area).

But it would be nice if the Sota was actually also smoother when comparing with a new Destructor smile.gif

If not, then I'm just more confused because then I'd have to start over and search for the smoothest plastic mat out there tongue.gif

edit: I stumbled into the Steelseries SP which seems to be a nice mat also - should be quite durable and also a very frictionless mouse mat - anyone got experience with this one? smile.gif

edit2: Apparently it doesn't work for laser mice so I have to disregard the SP tongue.gif
Edited by Zipp - 1/26/11 at 1:53am
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You have more experience than I do, but Sota seems like less of a gamble if you can't try either before buying. The SX seems kind of an extreme design to me, though I like it.

Besides cheap cloth pads, the only other hard type pad was a thin textured 3M plastic mat that I used at work. The SX was a big gamble for me, but it seems to have paid off in my case.
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