SteelSeries SP Professional Mouse Surface
SteelSeries has been making professional-grade gaming products for the last several years. They feature several lines of mice, headsets, mouse pads, and more. In November of 2007, they announced their latest professional mouse surface, the SteelSeries SP. The SP features durable construction and a texture optimized for optical and laser mice.
Packaging, Appearance, & Features
The SteelSeries SP was shipped to me in thin cardboard packaging. Inside, the SP was packaged in a heavy plastic pouch, complete with a zipper.
Also included were a few SteelSeries stickers and a small product catalog. I think the stickers are bonus points, not that the SP needs them.
Let's look at the features of the SteelSeries SP before I pull it out of the pouch it came in.
- Extremely durable hard plastic mouse pad
- Macroscopic texture offers minimal friction
- Medium-sized, optimized for optical and laser
- Two component mouse pad; plastic surface with rubber bottom
The SteelSeries SP doesn't sound all that different than the RatPadz XT I previously reviewed. The RatPadz lacked dual-layer construction, and the SP is slightly larger, measuring in at 12.6" by 10.6", with .1" of thickness.
Pulling the SP from its pouch, the first thing I noticed were the two unique textures. The back of the SP is made of a non-slip rubber, so the mouse pad never moves while you're gaming. The top surface is hard plastic, with a macroscopic texture designed for optical and laser mice.
The macroscopic texture was also designed to give gamers as little friction as possible. If your mouse's glides are worn down, SteelSeries has a selection of replacements in their online store.
The SP is also very flexible. It's not as thick as the RatPadz XT, which we were unable to snap in half. We didn't want to push the SP that far because it's much thinner to begin with. I was able to touch edge to edge without breaking or permanently bending the pad, and I think that's enough to say that the SP is durable enough to survive trips to several LAN parties and gaming events. Let's look at how the SteelSeries SP faired in actual usage next.
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