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Puretrak Talent (Black) - Serious gaming pad for seriously low price

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Pros: Bottom grip, top glide, washable

Cons: Maybe too wide for some

If you've read the Puretrak Talent reviews you've pretty much know what this one is all about. Only difference is Puretrak decided to listen to its customer suggestions and this is an all black surface version.Comes in square box rolled up and at first I thought oh no, but surprisingly it laid flat right away. No need for weights to flatten down edges or long ritual, you can get down to gaming right out of the box. The pad as a whole is heavy, thick, and feels well made.Side picture comparison of mouse pads. In order from top to bottom, Roccat Taito, Aritsan Hayate Otsu, Zowie G-SR DG, Puretrak Black Talent. [[SPOILER]] Only down side for pads like this is the air pockets in the base...
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Zowie G-SR DG (Dark Gray)

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Pros: Quality, base, size, logo placement choice, sensor tracking

Cons: Pricey, not sure on durability

Zowie G-SR DG (Dark Gray)Prior to owning this pad I owned the Zowie P-SR, see review. Some thoughts on P-SR would pertain to G-SR-DG as the only difference is the size, color and logo placement.The blue G-SR & smaller sibling P-SR was first to market which is a distinctive light blue pad, followed by a dark gray version shortly after simply titled "G-SR DG". At first I thought why isn't it a black pad being most popular but I see now that different done right helps stand out in a flock of black pads. SR blue or gray achieves that.Packaging & First ThoughtsIt comes packaged in a white cardboard box rolled up. When laid on the desk for the first time it laid flat immediately. The...
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Roccat Taito "Control"

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Pros: Sensor tracking, durable edges,

Cons: Doesn't lay flat, slight side to side movement

Roccat Taito Control Let me first start off by saying I've used Roccat Taito 3mm-mid for two years four months consecutively and the pad I'll be comparing Control to and will refer to it as 'original'.When I read the Taito Control description "embroidered edges" to keep pad from fraying I wondered. I considered my original Taito that lasted 2 years without fraying better than average in durability. I had two original Taito's for two rigs. Top cloth peeled away on one from the bottom rubber pad and the other just minimal fray. After two years on any pad I think that's great IMO. Seems like a marketing move to appease durability advocates and embroidered edges solidifies the deal.Enter...
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Artisan Hayate Otsu Soft

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Pros: Quality, superb tracking

Cons: Pricey, edge may be rough for some

Artisan Hayate Otsu Having recently ordered the Hein from Artisan (see Hien Review), nothing was different with shipment or packaging from the time before. Only this time I ordered Artisans self deemed "new flagship" mouse pad, an improvement to their previous raved Hayate released in 2012, the new "Hayate Otsu".Hayate Improvements listed directly from the website • HAYATE clan common high total performance• Differences of glide of vertical and the horizontal are less than a HAYATE• Enhanced ease stop than HAYATE• Improvement versus tracking performance than HAYATE• Improvement of wear resistanceWhen first laid down upon desk it immediately laid flat which is reminiscent of Artisan pads....
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Artisan Hien Soft

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Pros: Quality of base, warranty, great sensor tracking

Cons: Might be a bit too abbrasive for some, pricey

Artisan HienThe Artisan Hien comes direct from Artisan based in Tokyo Japan in a thick padded, brown manila envelope, with big bold red words that say "please do not bend or fold". All Artisan pads are packaged in a white hard card board envelope that does not bend. Another card board backing was provided for extra support inside padded envelope it was shipped in. It was obvious they take sending you a flat mouse pad very seriously and do not like to bend their pads.Laying the pad down for the first time was instantly flat. I can't tell you how refreshing this is not having to go through a 24-48 hr flattening ritual before using.Warrantee is also pretty unique where Artisan only requires...
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Zowie P-SR Mouse Pad

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Pros: Distinctive look, Mid-size

Cons: Blue color may turn people off

I consider myself a casual gamer based on time I see other put in around OCN. I enjoy trying out new mice and pads for fun occasionally, I recently found the ZA12. If I can, I like pairing new mice with a gaming pad from the same company if it's worthy. Coming prior from the QCK+ mainly, I've been using the Taito mid-size 3mm exclusively for the last two years paired with a Savu and KPO.I decided to first try the Zowie CM which I found had issues laying flat with it's flexible plastic / rubber base that kept curling. My first reaction to Zowie mouse pads was not a good experience. Preferring cloth pads I decided to give one more pad a try, the P-SR.P-SR laid flat out of the box and only...
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Zowie ZA 12

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Pros: Sensor 3310, no drivers or software required, no LED's

Cons: Pricey, scroll wheel needs improvement

Please see ZA 13 Review on my first thoughts on the ZA line of mice.ZOWIE ZA 12 [[SPOILER]] Playing with the Zowie ZA 13 for five weeks now, I noticed I was getting slight hand cramp when gaming that exceeded two hours. I could use it as a desktop mouse all day long or game short durations with no problems but gaming my hand is tense and longer periods I felt the 13 might be too small from initial reaction. I really like the feel of the ZA shape in my hand and as we know form factor of a mouse to each of us is subjective. I decided to give the ZA 12 size a try rather a different mouse entirely.Right away when I placed my hand on the ZA 12 the difference was evident enough, though what...
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Roccat Taito

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Pros: Qaulity, durable and price.

Cons: White wash from sweat over time possibly

Roccat Taito line comes in three sizes and two thicknesses. I chose the mid-size 3mm pad. Pick size according to your desk space or playing preferences.Replacing a Steelseries QCK+ the Taito is smaller size (see specs) and thicker in width. I've had this pad since February 2013. I've paired it with Savu, KPO, & ZA13. At first laying wrist over top was different than I was used to being thicker width but found the material soft, comfortable and became acclimated. I feel It's faster than QCK+ in speed / glide with no control or sensitivity loss.If replacing a pad like the QCK heavy, the Taito 5mm will be suitable. 5mm also comes in small, mid, & king sizes as do the 3mm thick...
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Zowie ZA13

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Pros: Great sensor - ambidextrous

Cons: Not for all type of game play or large hands

[[SPOILER]] The coating all around the mouse feels comfortable for my dry hands. It's more smooth than grainy. Good for palm grip or hybrid claw grip.I shook the mouse and I did not hear any rattling inside the shell, from the lens or the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel does not rattle back-and-forth. When I tried to move the scroll wheel side to side with my finger I would say there's a tad more play than my Savu. I feel it's in an acceptable range. When down clicking on the scroll wheel I do not feel any side to side movement. Its a tad more audible scrolling than my Savu scroll wheel. Perhaps the smaller ZA13 shell is a better fit around it over the other ZA's.I've never used blue...
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Roccat Savu

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Roccat Savu Reviewby Arizonian1. Scroll Wheel. Scroll wheel isn't really as noisy as some people make it out to be. It does make more noise scrolling upward than downward but the scroll wheel sounds and feels very solid. It's a bit noisier scroll wheel compared to the ones I own when scrolling UP but it's not the least bit distracting nor loud. To each his own preference, click or no clicks for a scroll wheel. I use the scroll wheel ALOT at work running through Excel spread sheets.2. Plug n Play.I plugged the Savu in at work and was running default without software or even an updated driver needed. I'm not allowed to download any software on work network. Plugged the Savu in at home and...
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