Entertainmentopia previously had the chance to review the SteelSeries S&S, a hard plastic mouse pad that impressed us with is smooth glide, spacious size, and little touches like a carrying case for those trips to far off LAN parties. For those not looking to spend the monetary equivalent of a full priced PC game, SteelSeries has something for you.

The QcK, essentially a soft pad version of the S&S costs about half the price, but delivers all of the performance you would expect from a SteelSeries product.

Coming rolled up in a box the QcK unrolls into a pad with roughly the same amount of real estate offered by the hard pad big brother. The soft pad features a grip on its underside to keep it firmly in place on your desk, of which it blends in perfectly, and its cloth surface is everything you’d expect. Once again testing the unit with our Logitech G5 mouse, the QcK performed great in World of Warcraft and everyday operations like browsing your desktop. Not once did we need to stop, and readjust the mouse pad’s position on the desk because of pressure and slippage.

The smooth feet of the G5 work well with the cloth surface of the QcK, although we still prefer the hard pad’s superior glide in conjunction with this particular mouse. This doesn’t detract from the craftsmanship or usefulness of the cloth pad, its merely a personal preference after being able to test both pads expensively.

The QcK is an excellent, affordable, and well manufactured mouse pad from one of the leaders in gaming-geared accessories. The ultimate preference of hard vs. soft pads will play out with the end-user, but either way, SteelSeries has put out two very good options for gamers and causal users alike.

Written by Erich Becker
Thirty-something with a love of everything we cover here, and a few things we don't. Erich has run Entertainmentopia since the site's inception in 1999, countless redesigns, a few crashes, and a lot of media later, here you have it!