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Written by Joey Peng   
Friday, 30 April 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
SteelSeries 4HD Gaming Surface Mouse Pad
SteelSeries 4HD Features and Specifications
SteelSeries 4HD Details and Features
SteelSeries 4HD Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology and System

Games tested include:

  • Warcraft III, the Frozen Throne
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Counter Strike 1.6
  • Several online MMORPGs

I used the SteelSeries 4HD for 1 weeks as my primary mouse pad for both work and entertainment. Gaming mice I used include Microsoft SideWinder, Razer DiamondBack, Razer Orochi, and SteelSeries Kinzu. DPI settings are usually around 1600.



Overall experience with the SteelSeries 4HD was great. Tracking is accurate and never had sporadic jumps. The HD surface offers much better experience in terms of tracking. On a wooden surface, most mice will fail to work when raised a couple millimeters off the surface. However when placed above the 4HD, the mouse can be lifted several millimeters and would still track accurately. The bumpy cool surface allows comfortable resting of the palm. Many other hard surface mouse pads can cause sweat accumulation when the surface texture is too smoothe.

The bottom grip also holds on tightly to the desk. Even intentional pushes during gaming won't nudge the 4HD. Size happens to be perfect for me but for those preferring low sensitivity and larger movement area, the 9HD (larger version of 4HD) would be a better choice. A note to detail here, the logo is only applied as color and tracking works just as great as any other area in that corner.

The performance is solid and the only minor flaw I can find is the bottom-right corner is a little rough and it seems like the cut wasn't made perfectly.



# RE: SteelSeries 4HD Gaming Surface Mouse Padfi3ndi5h 2010-04-30 04:03
While I don't see replacement of my Func 1030 Archetype any time in the foreseeable future, this does look to be a less expensive alternative. I absolutely agree with the importance of a good mouse surface and would encourage anyone still using their 8x8 compusa pad to look at this. It's a small investment with big results. cheers.
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