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Quote: Originally Posted by Zammin View Post
I live in Australia and ordered directly from Artisan, but I recall seeing some listings on Amazon. However I would expect to pay more from Amazon Marketplace compared to buying direct.

They claim that the Zero is the closest model to the Qck. I have a Zero Mid, and I thought it felt slower than my Qck Heavy but I haven't spent a whole lot of time with either of those pads yet so I can't be 100% sure on that. I would say however, that the surface of the Zero looks and feels closer to the Qck than any of their other pads, seeing as the rest of the range (that I own at least) are very unique and not really like anything else I've tried.

Ok I'll take a note of that.







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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.



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.



Zero with which type backing?




My mousepad history is from a QCK+ -> Xtracpads ripper xxl (has more friction due to thicker backing) -> (?)


I'm currently using this one for around ~6 years but would want to switch to something that has less friction: https://www.overclock.net/forum/375-...14-review.html












Does artisan zero have weirdly different X/Y friction?

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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.
So far, best scenario was 1 week to west europe in my case.

Quote: Originally Posted by ToTheSun! View Post
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.
I paid €45 with shipping for large hayate otsu directly from artisan.
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Artisan link is very old

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Zero with which type backing?




My mousepad history is from a QCK+ -> Xtracpads ripper xxl (has more friction due to thicker backing) -> (?)


I'm currently using this one for around ~6 years but would want to switch to something that has less friction: https://www.overclock.net/forum/375-...14-review.html












Does artisan zero have weirdly different X/Y friction?
Personally I don't notice an X/Y difference on the Zero, it's most definitely less than the Hien (and the Hien is unnoticeable after a little bit of use unless you are actively thinking about it).
In terms of feel I think the mid is the closest, it's faster than QcK by a bit, but the mid has barely any push down potential, which is quite similar to my QcK+.
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I paid €45 with shipping for large hayate otsu directly from artisan.
Guess I'll order directly from them, then. Muchos arigatos.

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No, they aren't. Neither are any other gaming mousepad, so just buy any cheap pad and stop thinking about it.

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I've had 3 artisans over the years, I didn't stick to using any of them.

hayate kou and otsu had a noticeable vertical/horizontal glide difference, which is just unacceptable
zero was fine, but I fail to see any real advantage over ss heavy, especially with the cost and required maintenance.

on a side note, GSR was probably the worst pad that I've ever used. with a humidity slightly above average it will be an inconsistent swamp, I don't get how people use it.

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Quote: Originally Posted by emanonRD View Post
Personally I don't notice an X/Y difference on the Zero, it's most definitely less than the Hien (and the Hien is unnoticeable after a little bit of use unless you are actively thinking about it).
In terms of feel I think the mid is the closest, it's faster than QcK by a bit, but the mid has barely any push down potential, which is quite similar to my QcK+.

Ok.


Btw where is the option to select stitched edge?








Quote: Originally Posted by numberfive View Post
I've had 3 artisans over the years, I didn't stick to using any of them.

hayate kou and otsu had a noticeable vertical/horizontal glide difference, which is just unacceptable
zero was fine, but I fail to see any real advantage over ss heavy, especially with the cost and required maintenance.

on a side note, GSR was probably the worst pad that I've ever used. with a humidity slightly above average it will be an inconsistent swamp, I don't get how people use it.

What kind of maintenance?












We all talking the "FX" or "Classic" version?









https://www.artisan-jp.com/fx-zero-eng.html


https://www.artisan-jp.com/cs-zero-eng.html (classic)

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