Mouse pads are now widely regarded as unnecessary. With the advent of the optical mouse, everyone was just way too excited to throw their mouse pads out the window. However, if you are a gamer, chances are, you either still have a mouse pad or are longing for one.
Indeed, a good mouse pad is indispensable when gaming. It lets you make precise and well-controlled movements. You can’t count how many long-range shots and sick tricks you have nailed with the help of a reliable mouse pad.
The SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mouse pad is marketed as a gaming mousepad. Why? Let us find out.
Depending on how long you have been gaming, you may have already heard of SteelSeries. This time around, they offer what they claim is the best mousepad for gamers, the SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mouse pad.
This product has two main selling points: its dual-surface structure and its lighting system. It is easy to dismiss these two as common features. After all, all mouse pads technically have two surfaces, and the lighting may just be a fancy but useless schtick. To be honest, we thought the exact same things when we first heard about this mouse pad.
Apparently, the “other” side (whichever side you are not using) of this mouse pad does more than just keep the pad from sliding across the table as you move your mouse around. The two surfaces have slightly different textures that make a lot of difference. We take a closer look at that later.
What is this lighting system all about? This is where we think the SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mouse pad really hovers (pun intended) over other models available on the market. Simply put, it is synchronized with what is going on in your game. We think this feature is neat and very intuitive, so we are giving this a thumbs-up.
The only thing that we think will deter you from ordering this is its price. It is expensive. You can buy a USB hub, a keyboard, or a graphics card for the same price. In comparison with those items, the SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mouse pad may appear to be a glorified piece of cardboard or a pricey substitute for your good-enough tabletop.
However, it is always important to think of its long-term benefits. We believe that the substantially better gaming experience you are bound to experience with the SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mouse pad is worth the leap of faith (budget-wise).
Specs and Features
The SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mouse pad measures 11.5 x 14 inches (H x W). Its body is predominantly made of the hard polymer material that comprises one of the surfaces.
One surface of the SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mouse pad is made of hard, premium polymer. The other side has a microtextured cloth surface.
As you may have probably guessed, the hard polymer side is for applications and games where you need to make quick mouse movements. The microtextured cloth surface is for games where you need high precision.
Game Sense Reactive Illumination
Strips of LED lights are installed on the entire perimeter of the SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mouse pad. There are three zones on each side (12 in total), and you can configure each zone such that they link up with certain in-game events, such as number of kills, ammo level, and so on.
At first, it is easy to confuse the hard surface of the SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mouse pad with the surface of your good old desktop. However, you should start to see (feel, rather) the difference within the first minute of dragging your mouse around and clicking away on it.
The two sides are a lot different in terms of texture and worlds apart when it comes to their effect on your mouse movements. You may need a few minutes to get accustomed to the hard surface because it really is optimized for high-speed gaming and does speed up the movement of the mouse. You may even overshoot targets at first.
Meanwhile, the cloth surface is easier to get used to. We must admit that we could not help but think about the kind of cloth we see every day when we heard that this product has a cloth surface. The term “micro-textured cloth” reminded us of those pieces of cloth new glasses come in.
You may find this texture better if you are into high-precision gaming. The cloth provides just enough friction to keep the mouse steady during critical moments while still allowing for those minute movements you sometimes have to make when going for the kill.
We like the lighting system because it is an innovative use of the sides of the mouse pad. For example, when checking your available ammo or remaining lives, your eyes normally have to dart from your target to the sides of your monitor to see your stats.
This is annoying because a split-second that your eyes are off the target can mean losing. The Game Sense lighting system in the SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mouse pad is great because the lights are bright and attention grabbing. Although only in your peripheral vision, the lights from the mouse pad are sufficient to notify you of your stats while your eyes remain affixed on the target.
Overall, we are satisfied with the features and performance of the SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mouse pad. It is a luxury, sure, but it is very much worth it.
• Well-structured dual surfaces
• Unique and very helpful lighting system
• Sturdy build
The SteelSeries QcK Prism RGB mousepad is expensive, but it sure is worth its price. You can always settle for mousepads on the cheaper end of the spectrum, but once you experience the luxuries offered by this model, you really can’t go back. Its dual-surface design and lighting system are unique benefits that multiply the ease of use of your mouse a hundred times over.