Date: August 27th, 2006
Article by: Karl Van der Walt (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: SteelSeries
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STEEL SERIES SX PRO INTRODUCTION
In this review we will be looking at SteelSeries’ primo mouse pad, the SteelSeries SX. If you are looking for an affordable solution that won’t deprive you of a few meals then stop reading now. This is a top quality product aimed specifically at avid gamers and enthusiasts and as such boasts a price tag a little higher than most, if not all of its competition.
STEELSERIES CORPORATE PROFILE
“SteelSeries is all about gaming. Our mission is to create performance enhancing gaming gear, created for and by leading professional gamers. We continuously strive to better ourselves, and work with leading professional gamers from 3 different continents to create our products.”
In 2001 SteelSeries launched the first SteelPad - manufactured in hard steel. Since then the portfolio has grown considerably and today we produce mouse pads in a wide range of materials. Our mouse pads all feature extremely accurate and responsive surfaces, which allows the mouse to pick up minimal and precise movements. It's simply a lot easier to aim with a SteelPad.
To ensure performance enhancement in reaction time and accuracy, our mouse pads are thoroughly tested - and often developed in cooperation with the best gamers in the world. A mouse pad is a low-tech piece of equipment, compared to the rest of your computer, but it is no less important. If you spend massive amounts of money on an expensive gaming computer, you are degrading your own gaming experience if you can't communicate properly with the computer.
With optical mice being the norm in today’s computing world a large number of people are forced to find decent mousing surfaces. Where an old ball mouse would work on almost anything flat, today’s optical and laser mice tend to prefer a good mousepad. I have often found myself cursing because of mouse “jumps” and occasional freezes caused by dust and poor mousing surfaces. Particularly bad are the classic cheap pads that sport a picture; I call these “postcard pads”. I find my mouse jumps around all over the place using one of these. And what do a large number of system builders bundle with their systems? You guessed it, the postcard pad. As any gamer will tell you, a smooth mousing surface is essential if you plan on lasting longer than a few seconds in an online skirmish. Smooth does not only refer to the glide of the mouse but also the stability of the cursor on the screen.