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So I've been using James Donkey JD900 for about a year without any issues, but I just wanted to buy famous Steelseries Qck series mousepad. However apart from being expensive, I've not yet witnessed any difference between these two mousepads. Do you think changing mouse pad with a known and respected brand is futile? Why should I care a better brand?
 
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Some have RGB and wireless charging. It looks like that one is just supposed to be durable and washable.
 
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But will it offer more slippery surface?
 
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But will it offer more slippery surface?
It says it has a high thread count. That generally means smoother, but I didn't compare to the other one.
 
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So I've been using James Donkey JD900 for about a year without any issues, but I just wanted to buy famous Steelseries Qck series mousepad. However apart from being expensive, I've not yet witnessed any difference between these two mousepads. Do you think changing mouse pad with a known and respected brand is futile? Why should I care a better brand?

I like those with sewing around the edge so they don't fray when washed, but I just get the cheap ones.
 
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SteelSeries mouse pads are actually bottom of the barrel performance and durability. Nothing spectacular.

As for what they offer ….

Mouse pads are a little more complex than just “is is smooth”

  • Static Friction will vary
  • Dynamic friction will vary
  • Durability will vary
  • Some slow over time or develop “muddy” characteristics with humidity
  • The feel and texture on your hands / arms can vary - ie some pads are abrasive
  • Some pads make a scratching noise - ie hard pads / early Cordura surfaces
  • Some pads are coated and coatings can wear off - avoid those
  • Some pads have difficulty laying flat - avoid those also
  • Sizes will vary and the good news is that large desk sizes have dropped in price often $30 or $35 for something extraordinary
  • Some pads behave differently depending on mouse skates

Speaking of skates - they also have a large impact. Various ptf and glass options

Here is a list of 70 options




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I've been using this Cougar Speed 2 mousepad for some yrs now for daily gaming, it's showing very little signs of wear so far. Can't complain about it. This would be my recommendation if upgrading from the one the OP has already.
 
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As a person who owns 5 artisan pads, there really is just no comparing them to cheaper pads. The surface is extremely consistent and stop / start friction is low. It's also extremely durable and the backing is a unique material that is good at staying in place.

I used to use the QcK awhile back the artisan zero mid is just a straight upgrade.
 
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A slightly lighter wallet in your pocket.
That's true, but expense is a relative thing. If the end user is into competitive gaming, then every little bit of help is beneficial.
 
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My desk top or a piece of paper is my mouse pad. Used to use standard smooth ones, never washed them just threw them away. Personal preference is the best one to have.
 
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Other than that... nothing at all.

I've been using pieces of EVA as mats since I've learnt mats were a thing. By the way I'm talking about a kind of polymer, not Neon Genesis Evangelion mechas.
 

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but I just wanted to buy famous Steelseries Qck series mousepad. However apart from being expensive, I've not yet witnessed any difference between these two mousepads. Do you think changing mouse pad with a known and respected brand is futile? Why should I care a better brand?
27$ for a mouse pad?
buy this instead and you'll thank me later:

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Some have RGB and wireless charging. It looks like that one is just supposed to be durable and washable.
OMFG i knew about RGB, but... i would like a coffee heater please lmfao..:roll:

I have some Asus strix medium mousepad. I don't like neither "old school small mousepad" nor idiotic "tablecloth" for putting all your dishes there...
but, I very like this mousepad for $20. It's kinnda pricey for mousepad without microwave or pubic vibromassage, but it's extremely comfortable, has durable good edges that haven't breaken after 2 years (!!) and doesn't hurt your arms. Edgecovering is A MUST for me, after I have had some arm scarms with crappy steelseries mousepad without edges!!
 
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What you should look at is durability, friction, thickness, and materials.

If you wanted RGB and/or have a mouse that supports wireless charging, you can look at those seriously overpriced offerings as well.

The QcK have stitched edges, which is excellent for durability. It is thinner than alot of the ultra cheap crap. That JD900 seems to check those boxes as well. Judging from the image the QcK might have a smoother surface, meaning lower friction. But that is guessing on my part. I have used QcK before and they at least have a very smooth surface.
 
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Apart from the gazillion products on the market, it's best if you know what you want. For example the bulk of cheap pads is 3mm thick, I prefer 1mm, hence going with Logitech's mouse pad. Do you want RGB? Do you want a printed picture or not and so on. Perhaps, define your personal preferences and budget very clear before splashing some cash and feel buyer's remorse later.
 

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Ummm.....Your rodent needz a pad ?

Is it that time of the month, or somethin ? /s

Or maybe it's lookin for a place to call home....

Either way, my rodentia are & always have been pad free, as they are male, and will always have a permanent residence right next to my keyboard, hehehehe :)
 
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Ummm.....Your rodent needz a pad ?
Mine does :pimp: .

I having such thing under my pet rat home. The surface is always around 25-30C. I'm feeding around 15W of power from a charger.

As a result the rat is calmer, as she don't need to instinctively build some warm and cosy nest and salvaging random stuff around for it. As it is warm already it it doesn't matter.
 
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Get a glass feet (if your rodent has aftermarket ones available) and a hard pad. Silky smooth operation for years to come. I detest cloth pad cause they soak up dirt and moisture (sweat) and gunk up in a few months if you live in a hot & humid environment like me.
 
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Last time I used a mouse pad was more than 15years ago. Desktop is fine for a mouse as long as its all surfaces capable.
There are mouse that can go on a window glass. I've tested the one I had for my laptop, the "Logitech MX Anywhere" and it was like moving it on a pad.
On desktop PC I have the MX Master and its good for any kind of surface.
 
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Last time I used a mouse pad was more than 15years ago. Desktop is fine for a mouse as long as its all surfaces capable.
There are mouse that can go on a window glass. I've tested the one I had for my laptop, the "Logitech MX Anywhere" and it was like moving it on a pad.
On desktop PC I have the MX Master and its good for any kind of surface.
Mice work on a lot of surfaces, but I've found the mouse skates last longer and get less disgusting buildup when used on a mousepad.
 
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Mice work on a lot of surfaces, but I've found the mouse skates last longer and get less disgusting buildup when used on a mousepad.
Thats why I use baby wipes once a day to clean surface and mouse bottom. No problem for dirt.
And I have this mouse for some years now. Slides pretty good when cleaned as described above.
 
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Thats why I use baby wipes once a day to clean surface and mouse bottom. No problem for dirt.
And I have this mouse for some years now. Slides pretty good when cleaned as described above.

Surely the cost of those wipes would exceed the cost of a mouse pad pretty quickly?
 
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