SubZERO TYKA Soft Gaming Mouse Pad vs. SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mouse Pad

SubZERO TYKA Gaming Mousepad vs SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mouse Pad

There’s a new player in town. A new brand that goes by SubZERO Gaming has decided to enter the market in gaming mousepads and boy, are they going to shake up the competition. Having used this mousepad for a few months now, I feel it’s an appropriate time for me to give an honest review. Read on to scope my review & comparison of the SubZERO TYKA Soft Gaming Mouse Pad vs. SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mouse Pad.

Before we begin, I just wanted to give the specs and the games that I tested this mousepad on. I primarily play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but this game also was tested on a variety of other games such as Overwatch, Path of Exile, Dota 2, and Titanfall 2. The mouse that I tested this on was a Zowie FK-1 at 400 DPI.

We will be breaking down the review into 3 different sections: Features, Durability, and a Pros & Cons List.

Features:

SubZERO TYKA Soft Gaming Mouse Pad

– Dimensions: 18″x16″x0.12″
– Smooth Cloth Surface
– Non-Slip Rubber Base
– Anti-Fraying Stitched Frame

SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mouse Pad

– Dimensions: 17.72″x15.75″x.08″
– Smooth Cloth Surface
– Steady Rubber Base
– Heavy Thickness

SubZERO TYKA Gaming Mouse Pad SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mouse Pad

I found that the features of the SubZERO TYKA Soft Gaming Mouse Pad & the SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mouse Pad differs slightly on paper. I didn’t realize the difference of the 2 products were going to be so great. Right when I unboxed both products, you can tell they are completely different products that are made differently.

The SubZERO TYKA features a heavier mat with a stitched frame whereas the SteelSeries Qck+ offers a lighter, thin mat that doesn’t have a stitched frame. The SubZERO TYKA is also slightly bigger than the SteelSeries, but it’s very marginal. Where the SubZERO TYKA excels is the stitched frame, the rubber base, and weight of the mat.

Pretty basic in terms of features. The differences you will notice right out of the box is the weight of the 2 different mouse pads but when it comes to actual features, the SubZERO mousepad’s real difference is the quality, which they definitely didn’t forget about.

Durability & Longevity:

Durability & longevity is something you always want to consider when it comes to gaming mouse pads, especially if you’re playing heavy mouse movement games. Constantly using aggressive movements will put some wear & tear on your mouse pad ultimately making you spend more money down the line.

The thing that the SubZERO TYKA mousepad does right is the durability & longevity that it offers. The stitched frame offers durability in that it doesn’t look like it will rip anytime soon. The rubber frame has the right type of grip where you know the mat isn’t going to go anywhere. The weight and the material of the mat gives it a sense of durability. I’ve used this mat for a couple of months now and it shows no signs of aging.

The SteelSeries QcK+ on the other hand, this is my 3rd QcK+ mousepad that I have used in the past 6 months. I seem to go through this mousepad pretty regularly as the material is pretty thin and doesn’t offer much durability & longevity. Even after the first month, I could start to see the wear and tear on the surface material, leaving faded lines which ultimately resulted in inconsistencies in my aim & mouse tracking.

Pros & Cons List:

SubZERO TYKA Soft Gaming Mouse Pad
Pros:

– Heavier & thicker mat with a smooth surface
– Sewn edges to prevent wear and tear from prolonged use
– Non-invasive logo
– Feels durable
– Rubber underneath is the perfect amount of grip to deter from moving
– Smooth cloth with no bumps
– Good size
– Hard to wrinkle because of it’s heavy duty material

Cons:

– No wrist pad
– Some reports of frayed stitched on some orders

SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mouse Pad
Pros:

– Very Popular
– Lightweight
– Good Size
– Very simple, effective mousepad

Cons:

– Flimsy
– Went through multiple mouse pads because of how easy it diminishes
– No wrist pad
– Frayed sides with consistent use
– Obstructive logo on the bottom
– Wrinkles Easy

As you can see in the pros & cons list, the SteelSeries QcK+ is much lighter, thinner & wears much easier. The SubZERO TYKA is a heavier mousepad that offers some durability and longevity.

Conclusion:

I’ve been using the SteelSeries QcK+ for about 2 years now. The first time I used the mousepad, I had this feeling of enlightenment once I started my first game of CS:GO. Since then, I’ve had to order 3 different QcK+ to keep up with my gaming habits.

Now having purchased the SubZERO TYKA Gaming Mouse Pad, I’ve had that enlightenment feeling again, but this time in comparison to the QcK+.

This new brand, SubZERO, has to enter the market somehow. Their competitive advantage is building a great mousepad that is durable, has longevity, & has a good price point. It is literally the same price as the SteelSeries QcK+ and if I had the choice to purchase one of the two over again, I would choose the SubZERO TYKA Gaming Mouse Pad every single time.

SubZERO TYKA Gaming Mouse Pad

Winner of comparison: SubZERO TYKA Gaming Mouse Pad

If you want to purchase the SubZERO TYKA Gaming Mouse Pad or the SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mouse Pad, you can purchase it through the links below:

SubZERO Gaming TYKA Extended Soft Gaming Mouse Pad, Stitched Edges, 36″x12″ (Black)
Purchase the SubZERO TYKA Gaming Mouse Pad on Their Website
SteelSeries QcK+ Gaming Mouse Pad (Black)

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