SteelSeries (non)SteelPad QcK - Specs and Features

Article Index
SteelSeries (non)SteelPad QcK
Specs and Features
Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Specs & Features:

It seems kind of odd that you have to list product specifications and features for a mousepad but there is a lot of science, trial and error and design that goes into a mousepad these days.  Take a look below at all of the features.

  • Super durable cloth mousepad
  • Ideal for low sensitivity mouse settings
  • Compatible with all mice
  • Specially designed non-slip rubber base
  • Dimensions: 12,6in x 11,2 in (320mm x 285mm)
  • Thickness 2mm

SteelPad QcK is soft and comfortable to the touch while the smooth cloth surface offers maximum precision. The mouse pad is made of a high quality cloth material with a specially designed non slippery rubber base which prevents the pad from sliding; no matter what surface the mouse pad is placed on.

The smooth cloth surface is also very easy on the users' wrists, even for hardcore gamers, graphic designers and others who use their mouse for extended periods of time. The mouse pad is compatible with all mice.

 

Testing Info:

When it came to testing out the QcK I used every mouse I had on the farm to see if one worked better (or worse) than another.  In the end all of the following mice worked very well with no issues whatsoever.  That is one advantage cloth pads have over a molded plastic or composite pad.  Due to the natural texture and weave of the cloth, mice tend to track evenly without skipping.

 

 QcK Logo & Top Texture
QcK Logo & Top Texture
 Rubber Bottom Texture
Rubber Bottom Texture

 

  • Logitech MX1000 Cordless Laser Mouse
  • Logitech G5 Laser Mouse
  • Saitek GM3200 Laser Mouse
  • Logitech V200 Cordless Notebook Mouse (Invisible Optical)
  • Logitech MX610 Cordless Laser Mouse
  • Generic Ball Mouse

All of these mice appeared to work well and although I didn't test each one extensively, every mouse seemed responsible as I fired up UT, BF2142 and did a little photo editing in PhotoShop.  The only mouse that sucked was the Generic Ball Mouse but I can't fault the pad.  That mouse is a piece of crap, but is the only PS2 mouse I have and sometimes it comes in handy when troubleshooting hardware.

Testing:

For my main system I use the Everglide Giganta Optical pad that I've had for years.  On my test rig, I used the fUnc Archetype 1030 and both pads have good points and bad points.  As far as tracking precision, I can't honestly tell the difference between any of these three pads using any of the laser mice or the notebook optical mouse listed above.  All of these mice track very well and all three pads offer great compatibility with popular mice.  What I really enjoyed about the SteelPad QcK is the soft, slick cloth surface.  Out of the box, it glides very well and is super gentle on mouse feet and your wrist.  After extended use the Everglide wears on your arm as it is quite a thick pad like the Ratpadz (original).  Both the fUnc pad and the QcK are very thin, but the fUnc doesn't glide like the cloth QcK.  The action of the pad is very smooth and in order to get such smooth movement on the other pads, you would have to use furniture polish on them which wears off after a day or so.

I'm not sure how the cloth will stand up to extended use, but it is very smooth and helps the mouse glide very nicely.  I've polished up the Ratpadz in the past and applied Teflon tape to the bottom of a mouse and the mouse would shoot clear across the pad and onto the floor.  While this was always had a cool factor that impressed people, the reality was that it was too slick as there was hardly any friction from the mouse.  The QcK offers enough friction to let you feel the mouse movement but doesn't drag like a hard plastic pad once the mouse feet or pad begins to wear.