Steelseries S&S Review
Total Rating:(4.0/ 5.0)
Recommendation: The Steelseries S&S is recommended for anyone on a budget looking for a high-performance solid-surface mouse pad.
Standard retail: $29.99
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- Material: Textured hard plastic
- Size: 12.6 x 10.6 x .08 in. (320 x 270 x 2 mm)
- Works with: All mice
- Glide: Smooth
What we liked:
- Works with all mice
- Comfortable to use
- Thin, lightweight, and large enough for most users
- Acceptable durability
- Easy to clean, rarely gets dirty
What we disliked:
- Can leave residue on the desk
- Texture wears after 1-2 years
The Steelseries S&S is a classic mouse pad that has served many computer enthusiasts well over the years; according to Steelseries, it’s the most popular hard-surface mouse pad in the world. There are two different versions of the pad. The standard version, which you can get here, includes a carrying case for the S&S pad, in case you pack your mouse pad up often for LAN parties and the like. The case is actually a pretty good idea if so. If you’re not concerned about carrying the pad around, as I assume few people are, you can get the S&S solo, which all of our other links link to.
We liked the glide and the feel of the Steelseries S&S. It worked fine for optical and laser surfaces, and tracking was extremely accurate. The glide was somewhere between speed and control. If you’re used to slick surfaces like we are, you might call it somewhere in the middle, tending toward the smooth side. If you’ve never used a high-quality hard pad, you’d probably think it was smooth and speedy.
Like the Steelseries SP, the Steelseries S&S is made of a hard plastic. We’ll be comparing the SP to the S&S throughout this review, since the two pads are nearly in the same price range. The largest difference, of course, is that the SP works only for optical mice, and the S&S (the pad we’re reviewing now) works for both laser and optical mice. Compared to the SP, the glide is not as smooth. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still very smooth – much smoother than you could hope for from a cloth pad. The bottom of the S&S is a sprayed-on rubber, where the SP has a rubber base attached to it.
Don’t let us scare you – we present all of the worst-case and long-term downsides of each product we review here. At least you’ll know that when your mouse pad sheds rubber on your desk that someone told you the truth. Overall, the S&S is pretty solid, and may be a good choice for someone on a budget who wants a nice hard pad. The surface is a lot smoother than soft-surface users are used to, and it gives a good balance of control and speed. If you have an optical mouse now, and might be upgrading to laser soon, the S&S is one of the best surfaces that supports both technologies without any problems. Click here to get the Steelseries S&S (as we said, the less expensive Solo version) or check the price. Head back to the mouse pad reviews main page to check out more potential surfaces.