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post #21 of 35
Yeah I think you are right about the Sota - however, it would be nice to know if it actually got lower friction than a new Destructor for example..

I am hoping that qcktthfm1 perhaps got an opinion on that as it seems he has tried many different mouse pads smile.gif
post #22 of 35
Oh, I said same feeling about Destructor & Sota means they are the same plastic granular texture surface, which SX is a flat surface.
Sorry about that.

I wipe my SX everyday with wet paper towel. Yes, it cuts my naga & ikari mouse feet pretty sharp. Of course it depends on personal preference. This is this reason why I brought Sota.
Weaing Plastic vs plastic would be last longer than aluminum vs plastic.

I use SX in summer around 25°C in where I live, Sota in winter average -10°C.
I'm happy with both pads.

BUT of course SX is more durable than Sota.

Sota issue #1. I have noticed that after more than a year heavily BF:Bad Company 2, Arma2:OA, MW2, the surface I glide most (center of the pad) is getting less smooth. I can tell because those tiny little granular textures are flatten by the mouse feet. Again plastic vs plastic.

Sota issue #2. One day after I wash my dishes in hot water, run back to the computer without dry my hands, hot water splash on Sota. I just wipe them off with my sleeves, didn't pay attention until next day. I see one corner of the pad bubble up a little. I think because of the hot water makes the thin film layer inside the pad expands. I've heard on the net before I buy, but not understand why.
Please keep this in mind, because the thin layer of film or the thin layer of the plastic.
It might not last longer than hard plastic & metal pad.
I want to take a picture of the bubble, but I don't think you can tell, but my wrist can feel it pops upward a little bit. It doesn't affect the aim, because it is in the corner. It's like a 1 mm high bubble wrist rest
You can tell "you get what you pay for".

Regarding to the SP.
What a covincidence, I'm using SP with my logitech G3 gaming mouse in the office. It sounds louder because the bigger granular texture. It's surface doesn't wear a bit after these years usage, still very slick, mouse runs off the other corner of the pad just a little push from my index finger.

I don't suggest to buy anything more than 2 years old.
Expect you really love glass pad then Icemat is your perfect choice.
Since there is always a newer, better one tomorrow.
I was going to try Steelseries 4/9HD, I've been waiting for sales since summer, but my next try would be Scarab for now.

Sorry for the grammar.
I hope this help
Edited by qcktthfm1 - 1/27/11 at 2:23am
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post #23 of 35
I figured I'd prefer a silent mat, at least for non-gaming stuff, so I just ordered the Sota to try it out, should arrive tomorrow. Then I can always try other mouse pads too if it doesn't live up to my expectations. I hope it will at least be an improvement over my 2 years old Destructor
post #24 of 35
Great!!
You'll be amazed by the smoothest glide ever.
You'll be amazed how comfortable the soft pad feels with nearly zero friction.
Please give us some review after that
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post #25 of 35
Sure I will
post #26 of 35
I've had this mouse pad for a week now and it has been really good until now - really good glide. But I can't believe that already now it seems like the left half of the pad (which I use the most) is very different than the other half - the glide is really bad compared with the other half. I tried wiping it with a cloth with water but that did not help. For example if I just push the mouse across the surface on the "good half" it glides much longer by itself than if i do the same on the other half, then it almost stops instantly.

I have been using the mouse and pad normally.. That really disappoints me and it seems I need to look around for a replacement
post #27 of 35
I used the SX twice and gave up on it. Sold it off the next day.
It is indeed the smoothest mousepad but it is not as slippery/fast as my 9HD or Destructor despite how I clean it with the cloth provided.
One more thing is if ur skin rest on the SX for awhile, the will be patch of sweat/condensation which send the mouse into a berserk when going over that spot.

P.S I'm in a tropical country.
Edited by squarebox - 2/3/11 at 12:46pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by squarebox View Post
I used the SX twice and gave up on it. Sold it off the next day.
It is indeed the smoothest mousepad but it is not as slippery/fast as my 9HD or Destructor despite how I clean it with the cloth provided.
One more thing is if ur skin rest on the SX for awhile, the will be patch of sweat/condensation which send the mouse into a berserk when going over that spot.

P.S I'm in a tropical country.
I find with many hard pads that they tend to feel bad at first and get better. I suspect it stems from the feet getting worn into the texture of the pad. Typically until that happens they tend to feel a little scratchy, but once the feet get worn in a little bit it gets a lot better. Going from pad to pad on the same mouse can exacerbate the problem.
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post #29 of 35
I'm agree with krameriffic.
It takes a little bit time for mouse feet worn to the shape.

@Zipp
I didn't know G700 mouse feet are so much harder than Sota
May be you're doing the opposite. You should wait until your Sota worn to the shape of your G700 mouse feet
Don't give it up so easy. Try it more time

@squarebox
Agree, too.
I also have wrist moisture on SX in the summer.
But I'm living in the north, touching cold in winter is more annoying to me
I found hard plastic pad is better in my situation.
Hopefully get Scarab next week if there ain't any new pad news.

But still, using SX in a hot summer day, it's cooool
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post #30 of 35
qcktthfm1:
It seems strange that one half of the sota is extremely good - and it was extremely good when using it for the first few days, so I find it a little difficult to believe that it should become better again?
Regarding the mouse feet I haven't heard any other complaining - they look pretty standard to me, they are quite flat and plastic.

The strange thing is that the area where the glide is bad on the sota is very localized, one could believe something sticky is actually on it, but I tried cleaning the pad extensively, both with water and with a bit of soap - but it was still bad.

I will stick with it for a while, but i doubt that my opinion will change It's a shame because the glide was really good and the pad looks cool too.
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