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ZOWIE G-SR

http://imgur.com/zt2Xk25

So I now had the chance to use the Zowie G-SR for 1-2 months now and feel it's time to give it a proper review. Proper in the sense that I try to give my impression of glide and feeling and also provide pictures of the little details as well as comparisons to other pads.
The G-SR comes in a blue checkered pattern with the new Zowie logo both in a 3D imprint in the pattern as well as in the middle in plain white.

Size

The dimensions of the G-SR are 480 x 400 x 3.5 mm. For comparison a Qck Heavy is 450 x 400 x 6 mm, so the G-SR is a bit wider.

With the ZA11 to compare
http://imgur.com/hbNdl4f

Here is the G-SR on top of a QPAD UC 50, which is both a bit wider and taller at 500 x 420 x 4 mm
http://imgur.com/29w8aON

Material

Smooth cloth fibre on the top, new rubber base on the bottom

Close up of the top fabric
http://imgur.com/YNXTjJO

http://imgur.com/iUa5mj7

The best thing about the pad (for me) is the rubber base.

http://imgur.com/lgJg7pC

The base is much more consistent than on any other pad I ever tried. Here's a comparison with other large pads I have

http://imgur.com/029831Y

The difference is really easy to see and even easier to feel. There are no spots where you might sink in because there are bubbles in the base, on the Talent I can easily find said spots if I look for them. This makes the experience very consistent. It also feels like the pad is harder than the other pads while being equally smooth and soft, so it has the consistency of a hard pad with the glide of a soft pad.

Build quality

Well, it doesn't have stiched edges which in my eyes is both a plus and a minus. A plus because stiched edges always felt uncomfortable to me and a minus because of this:

http://imgur.com/KeWCRvj

So yes, it does fray around the edges. The spot in the picture is the worst of all though and after the picture I cut off the fibre and it doesn't look as bad anymore. The rest of both the surface and the base are completely fine though.

The glide has not deteriorated for me in the last 2 months, the pad still feels the same in all spots. So the surface doesn't wear down easily which is something that I can't say for all pads.

Base and top surface together
http://imgur.com/SsIuRvV

Speed + Control

The top weave is a very smooth fibre that feels similar to but not just as smooth as the Puretrak Talent. However the glide is less directional, meaning on the Talent I can easily feel (and hear) a difference in glide from side to side and top to bottom. The glide from side to side on the Talen is notably smoother. On the G-SR the glide seems to be very even, however maybe slightly lighter from side to side.
The static friction is very low, I can make small adjustments easily and the mouse never "sticks" to the surface.

For what it's worth a paint test of the ZA11 on the surface.
http://imgur.com/bmpYK61

All of my mice tracked perfectly fine on the surface, the white logo didn't ever interfere notably with tracking. In fact in the picture above I tried to cross the white logo on every move.

Conclusion and critique

The G-SR offers a very nice consistent glide and (probably) due to the base a very awesome feel for a soft pad. My main point of criticism is that it comes only in that blue and white design. I know it doesn't interfere with tracking, still I'd love to have it in black or at least with the logo not in the middle. In my opinion it doesn't really fit with Zowies otherwise minimalistic design. I love their mice because they don't have the "in your face bling" like many other manufacturers do. The G-SR on the other hand is anything but subtle.
I'd also wish there would be more sizes available, an even bigger version would be appreciated, at least a taller version. I really liked the UC 50 in that regard as it offered more space to rest my forearm on and therefore less iritation when making large movements.

Comparisons with other pads (Pictures)
G-SR (left) - Qck Heavy (top right) - UC 50 (lower right)
http://imgur.com/testQot

G-SR - Qck Heavy
http://imgur.com/NbktA7s

G-SR - UC 50
http://imgur.com/8hqNDW5

G-SR - G-TF Speed
http://imgur.com/wLtJVjh

Grey Version of the G-SR

Recently a black-grey-ish version of the G-Sr has surfaced on caseking.de, I ordered that one too to try it out. It feels just the same as the blue G-SR and tracking is similarly fine. Some pictures for comparison:

Bad white balance makes it look blue here
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Again bad white balance
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Next to blue G-SR
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Thanks Ino for the speed and control test on this pad.
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It confirms the white logo in the center is not affecting the sensor tracking, which we all thought it would. I'd doubt this becomes a habit with Zowie.
 

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Its a very light cheap feeling foam base. I'm not a fan myself but once its down on the desk it makes very little difference.. The overall pad is nice but I don't like the static friction and find it higher then my UC90 and Heavy. It seems to change daily unlike the QCK and UC. But the Talent was like that for me as well. Some days it felt fast and others it felt sticky.\\

Nice review Ino.!\\
 

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Originally Posted by Sencha View Post

Its a very light cheap feeling foam base. I'm not a fan myself but once its down on the desk it makes very little difference.. The overall pad is nice but I don't like the static friction and find it higher then my UC90 and Heavy. It seems to change daily unlike the QCK and UC. But the Talent was like that for me as well. Some days it felt fast and others it felt sticky.\\

Nice review Ino.!\\
Hm, Talent felt sticky for me at hot days, it's 35°C today and the G-SR doesn't stick so far.
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Can someone compare it to the base artisan uses?
Don't have any Artisan pads.
 

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My guess is, that the new base Zowie uses is similar to a "Soft" base from Artisan. I doubt it's as solid as Artisan's "Mid" or rather "NewMID" (they changed the Mid some time ago, made it harder, the "Hard" pads are extinct because of that). That said, it's nice to see them using that more unifom base and I hope they'll incorporate that into their other surfaces like Speed and Rough (of course with at least the same size as the G-SR).
 

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I got mine today, I honestly don't see what the big deal is with the base.

Glide is very similar to my Qck+ EG (many years old) but obviously better since it's brand new. Mine isn't completely flat on one side, it curves up slightly because of the way it was rolled in the box. Shouldn't be a problem much longer though, it's flatter than it was in the morning.

Good enough for a cloth pad I guess, need to try a Taito some day.
 

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i have an allsop raindrop which has a thick rubber base with big holes, probably similar to the qck heavy or puretrak talent by the looks of the ino's pictures.
and i have an artisan hayate
and i can't notice the difference in the base
 

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Originally Posted by aayman_farzand View Post

I got mine today, I honestly don't see what the big deal is with the base.

Glide is very similar to my Qck+ EG (many years old) but obviously better since it's brand new. Mine isn't completely flat on one side, it curves up slightly because of the way it was rolled in the box. Shouldn't be a problem much longer though, it's flatter than it was in the morning.

Good enough for a cloth pad I guess, need to try a Taito some day.
Not huge deal, but I had one of those cheap pads with same base which costs only 50 ntd(<2.usd) it's really small pad but if I up scale the pad it would cost only less than 10 usd

If it's true zowie is in for some serious profit
 

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Originally Posted by detto87 View Post

My guess is, that the new base Zowie uses is similar to a "Soft" base from Artisan. I doubt it's as solid as Artisan's "Mid" or rather "NewMID" (they changed the Mid some time ago, made it harder, the "Hard" pads are extinct because of that). That said, it's nice to see them using that more unifom base and I hope they'll incorporate that into their other surfaces like Speed and Rough (of course with at least the same size as the G-SR).
Maybe, I never tried an artisan pad. When I looked into them they were only available in small sizes for a lot of money so I didn't bother.
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Not huge deal, but I had one of those cheap pads with same base which costs only 50 ntd(<2.usd) it's really small pad but if I up scale the pad it would cost only less than 10 usd

If it's true zowie is in for some serious profit
If you mean those generic office mouse pads then no, the base isn't as stiff as on those pads, it's flexible.
But let's be real, none of the gaming mousepads cost that much in manufacture, just like none of the mice do.
 

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