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ZOWIE G-TFX



I recently acquired the new Zowie G-TFX mousepad and would like to give my impressions of it here. I'll try to describe the glide, the feeling and also some comparison pictures with other pads.
The G-TFX comes in plain black, stitched edges and the Zowie logo on a little patch of cloth stitched onto the pad.

Size

The dimensions of the G-TFX are 485 x 400 x 3.5 mm. For comparison a Qck Heavy is 450 x 400 x 6 mm, so the G-TFX is a bit wider. It's also wider than the new G-SR, however that's due to the stitched edges so the usable surface seems to be the same.

With the ZA11 to compare




Material

Top material is the same as the G-TF Speed. It has a rough feel to it but the glide is faster than on normal cloth pads.

Close up of the top material




The G-TFX has the same new rubber base that the G-SR already introduced.



I already praised that rubber backing in my original G-SR review and there are more comparison pictures with other rubber backings there too.

Build quality

I don't see any compartment where this beauty is lacking in terms of build quality, with the stitched edges fraying is basically impossible, the rubber backing is top notch, the surface is very resistant in itself. As the surface is not simple cloth the glide doesn't change as much and also much slower than with normal cloth pads.

Speed + Control

The top surface, as already mentioned, is very similar to the G-TF series. I already owned the G-TF speed, so here is a comparison between the two:

G-TFX on the left, G-TF speed on the right


I don't know what exactly that material is, but it doesn't feel like cloth, rather a rough form of rubber. What I can say though is that the surface is very fast and has very little static friction. It's almost like a hard pad but soft at the same time. In other words: when you glide your hand over it it softly you could think it was a hard pad, but then you also push in with your fingers and realise that it is in fact a soft pad.

All of my mice tracked perfectly fine on the surface, which is no surprise for new mice with sensors that are rarely picky with any mouse pad. See the ZA11 for reference:



I was pleasantly surprised though to see that the pickiest mouse I have, the Razer Abyssus (original version) did not jitter at all on this pad!



Conclusion and critique

There is really not much to criticize here, what the pad wants to deliver it delivers flawlessly. The only thing that keeps me from using it over the G-SR is that I prefer the feel of the G-SR surface over this one. But if you liked the G-TF and wished for a version with a better backing and bigger size: here it is!
It's durable, it's fast, it's all black. Simply a great pad.

Comparisons with other pads (Pictures)
Both G-SR versions on top of the G-TFX




G-TFX next to a Puretrak Talent


G-TFX next to QPAD UC 50


ZA11 on G-TFX in more natural lighting
 

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It's 36€ at Caseking in Germany
Quite good, I myself will probably try in the future, even though the mousepad wouldn't improve my skills and I don't need it. But so far it looks better than almost everything out there.

Another good thing is that this mousepad is almost free of any logos, common problem is that the logo in cloth mousepads are printed and make the surface inconsistently grippy.

Thanks for another good review
 

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Thanks for the review, Ino!

How does the feeling of G-TF X and G-TF Speed compare? Which is smoother, the G-TF X or the G-TF Speed? Out of the two, which one do you prefer? Have you ever tried a Goliathus?
 

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Thanks for the review, Ino!

How does the feeling of G-TF X and G-TF Speed compare? Which is smoother, the G-TF X or the G-TF Speed? Out of the two, which one do you prefer? Have you ever tried a Goliathus?
Never tried the Goliathus, back in the day mice used to be allergic to color changes so I stayed away from the green splatter on it.
The G-TF Speed and the G TF-X have exactly the same surface, the G TF-X just feels a bit different due to the softer base. It's a minimal difference though. I prefer the G TF-X for size alone and then because it smoothes out the little bumps on my desk with the great backing. However, somehow I am back on the original blue G-SR, it really has grown on me as the logo in the middle never interfered with tracking and it "aged" really well. My grey version has a spot where a fibre came lose or something which really irritates me when I swipe across it
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Hm, cool to see that they are pushing their new base on more pads. The G-TF (X) is probably THE best mouse pad out there when it comes to build quality and durability. The surface however just wasn't for me. The pad is extremely fast (for a cloth pad) and offers little to no control imo.
 

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Just as I expected. Makes sense that they used the new backing on their other pads.
Quick question as I didn't see it mentioned yet: is it waterproof / spill resistend like the G-TF Speed before?
Would make it really durable indeed, probably one of the most durable pads out there.
 

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Just as I expected. Makes sense that they used the new backing on their other pads.
Quick question as I didn't see it mentioned yet: is it waterproof / spill resistend like the G-TF Speed before?
Would make it really durable indeed, probably one of the most durable pads out there.
I guess so, same surface, but I didn't spill anything intentionally on it.
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Hm, cool to see that they are pushing their new base on more pads. The G-TF (X) is probably THE best mouse pad out there when it comes to build quality and durability. The surface however just wasn't for me. The pad is extremely fast (for a cloth pad) and offers little to no control imo.
Same reason why I still use the G-SR, although the new G TF-X is better to me than the original G-TF Speed.
 

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Hm, cool to see that they are pushing their new base on more pads. The G-TF (X) is probably THE best mouse pad out there when it comes to build quality and durability. The surface however just wasn't for me. The pad is extremely fast (for a cloth pad) and offers little to no control imo.
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Same reason why I still use the G-SR, although the new G TF-X is better to me than the original G-TF Speed.
Thanks for the answers. Have you guys tried using different mousefeet? I find that Corepad skates work well on pads that are too slippery. You have to wait a while for them to wear down until they're at their best though.
 

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Does it have less static friction than the speed or more?
If you refer to Goliathus Speed then I don't know. If you refer to G-TF Speed then it is exactly the same basically.
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is this far more rough than pads like qck+ or like goliathus speed alpha?
Well, it is rougher as the top isn't a silky cloth but rather feels like soft plastic, closest I can describe it. With the texture of the top material it feels "rough" but not really scratchy rough.
 

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Well, it is rougher as the top isn't a silky cloth but rather feels like soft plastic, closest I can describe it. With the texture of the top material it feels "rough" but not really scratchy rough.
yeah i understand completely what you mean, sadly i don't like that
 

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How's the static friction and friction in general when compared to QCK+? I'm using one right now and it feels a bit too sluggish for my liking. I'm used to a glass mat from Steelseries that is really really slick but makes much noise when used and is quite cold at first. Also condensation is a big problem when my hands are wet/sweaty.
 
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