A mouse mat, a simple bit of kit, protects the mouse’s feet, helps guide the laser, you would think, why would a mouse mat be anything more, well sit back, relax and read on, the SteelSeries Dex Mouse Mat is a whole lot more, as technology is put it’s test.
Each one of these segments have been taken directly from the website, just so you know what this mouse mat is doing with technology.
The DeX mousepad is the new standard of excellence in high-performance mousepads. It’s the culmination of more than a decade of inspired research, rigorous testing and cutting-edge technology. It delivers unmatched performance, making it the ultimate mousepad for competitive gamers. DeX will be the last mousepad you will ever need.
During its development, DeX was put through endless trials. We ran wash, resiliency, and abrasion tests to ensure it maintained its incredible feel even after long-term use. Pro gamers were also involved in the durability testing. Their feedback has been universal – DeX was built to last.
The DeX was designed with one goal in mind– to create a surface with the lowest possible friction on the market, prioritizing the speed and accuracy of your mouse movements. The speed-optimized 3D surface of the DeX features a tooled pattern that maintains a smooth and consistent glide in every direction. Your mouse movements will feel effortless
Look Close at the DeX, you’ll notice that this isn’t your regular, everyday mousepad. What you’ll notice is that most of the material actually sits below the surface edge, a special textured pattern of raised hexagonal ridges reduces the contact points between the mouse and the pad. Less contact means less friction. These incredibly small ridges minimize friction while maintaining the precise tracking of a high-end surface.
We create products for gamers by gathering valuable input and rigorous testing data from competitive players. With their input, the comfortable, low friction polymer surface was chosen and tested to be the perfect choice.
Cleaning your DeX mousepad is a breeze. The pad is water resistant so you can wipe it down using water without consequence. After it gets wet just dry off the moisture and get back to the gaming.
Mousepads shifting around on your desk can be a real hassle when the gaming gets frantic. The DeX solves this problem with a heavy silicone base. Your mouse will move freely, while your mousepad stays anchored.
The cloth surface and silicone base of the SteelSeries DeX come together in a perfectly covered edge. The two parts are heat sealed, which means the edges won’t wear down or fray further adding to the pad’s overall durability.
So did you enjoy reading of the tech information? You are probably wondering is it all worth it, does it do everything Steelseries stats? Well, you would not be here otherwise would you? So let’s tell you.
The first thing I had to test was WATER PROOF, no way, never had a mouse mat that is waterproof, had plenty of cloth versions, for an example the Razer Goliathus, a fantastic mouse mat with great grip and precision. The only issue with a cloth mouse mat is it gets dirty, well, it’s the same with all mouse mats, you sweat, your hands get dirty and where do they do, on the mouse and on the pad as you glide the mouse around. DeX being waterproof makes cleaning this mouse mat very easy, even a simple spill, is easy to clean up, and drying is instant, just grab a towel, wipe over and its dry, finally a mouse mat that is easy to clean and will not get wrecked thanks to stupid spillages.
So that’s one of the technical waffle proven right, so what’s next?
Well SteelSeries tested this mouse mat with esports in mind and pro gamers and they used a low friction polymer for the surface of the mat. A mouse needs to glide comfortably across a surface, it also needs to be fast for a pro gamer. Well, I am no pro gamer, and I do not do esport much, so why do I need this mouse mat, well its waterproof and the mouse does glide around the surface with ease, even just using my smallest finger with the lightest of touches, there is absolutely no friction.
So another tech proven correct, the mouse mat is fast for the mouse and has no friction whatsoever, next…
Something you will see straight away when having the mouse mat out and your mouse ready to go, loads and loads of hexagonal ridges, you would think it would affect the laser of the mouse and the communication of the mouse and mouse mat, but nope. The hexagonal ridges actually help provide a surface, this is much better than any other mouse mat, one it protects the mouse mats feet, so they don’t wear away as they used to do with standard mouse mats, but it also helps to lower friction, if there is less for the mouse to glide over, then there is less chance of any friction becoming an issue.
The mouse mat is no light, flimsy mat, the solid, heavy silicone base SteelSeries have used to anchor this down is great, there is just one issue, both sides of the mouse mat seems to not anchor down to the table and hover about 1 or 2mm above, this is due to the mouse mat being rolled up during packaging and selling, so resolve this issue, SteelSeries just need to sell the mat in a flat format, to keep the mats form.
The final thing SteelSeries shout about is the heat bonded edging I have looked over this mouse mat, at the bonding and confirm is perfect, tried finding a peeling point, yet can not find any,the bonding of the top surface to the bottom silicone is perfectly constructed.
Using the mouse on the DeX is a dream come true, I have already cleaned it, after cleaning there was no change to the colour, or feel to the surface. Playing games, the mouse tracks well across the surface and matches the on screen movement of the mouse pointer, or ingame animations.
Playing the likes of Overlord: The Fellowship of Evil to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the mouse with mouse mat performed as expected, fast, friction free and an absolute joy to use.
There are mouse mats and there is the DeX, the Dex stands out proudly over any other mouse mat, waterproof, friction free, solid base, minimal design, perfectly bonded, this is a true gamers mouse mat, better than any other stand cloth mouse mat on the market by miles.
Disclaimer:All scores given within our reviews are based on the artist’s personal opinion; this should in no way impede your decision to purchase the game.