Originally Posted by elucid087
The only thing that's off-putting is the shipping times which from what I've gathered can take anywhere from 1-2 months in the best scenario. Given our current climate I think I'm better off waiting till covid-19 passes. I tend to avoid importing internationally for this very reason.
In normal times (last summer, for example), many people in the US get their pads within a week with EMS fast shipping, without fast shipping it can be 2-3 weeks. They have currently shut down orders as I believe EMS has stopped shipping to many countries (including US), but it could also just be due to Japan asking people to stay inside as much as they can.
Originally Posted by TK421
Are there resellers for Artisan pads in the USA?
So artisan zero is the closest to QCK, but with which backing? Xsoft, soft, mid, hard?
There are no official resellers for Artisan pads outside of Japan. They have retailers that sell them in store in Japan but they have not expanded outside of Japan for their own reasons. I presume it has to do with them not speaking English well enough to do proper business legally in English, and also that they wouldn't be able to supply them consistently enough with their team's size (which I believe to be quite small, as they go out of stock very often and take a while to restock).
I have both the QcK+ and Zero, my Zero is definitely a decent amount faster, but remember that the hardness can vary the feeling of a pad. Generally, the softer the pad you get, the more "control" it has, as you can push the mouse down into the pad for extra friction (plus added friction of your arm sinking in a bit). If you want I can upload a little video comparing the QcK+ to both the mid and soft versions of the Zero.
Originally Posted by ToTheSun!
Amazon is selling some Artisan models in Europe (particularly the one I'm actually interested in trying, the Hien Mid XL) for around €45.
I don't know how expensive it would be to buy direct and pay for shipping and customs, but it can't be much lower than that.
You could try it, but be wary of potential fakes.. I have heard rumors of fakes but I've never gotten confirmation on it. So long as the price isn't crazy then Amazon may be fine, but if it's ridiculous I would just buy from Artisan.