Here we have some specs of the mousepad, found on the Steelseries website.Specifications for SteelSeries 9HD:
- Material: Hard plastic
- Surface treatment: Heat
- Dimensions: 270 x 320 x 2 mm / 10,7 x 12,7 x 0,08 in
- Size: Medium
- Glide: Semi-rough
- Compatibility: Optical, laser, ball
Look and Feel
As most Steelseries products have kept their appearance in order with the apparent "no bullshit"-motto of the company, just about all of the earlier mousepads have been plain black with only the Steelseries-logo printed on the pads. This seems to be changing however.
The new 9HD and its smaller sibling the 4HD, continue in the footprints of the Steelseries SP, which had some more graphics printed on the pad than the plain old logo. The 9HD and 4HD still have the same Steelseries-logo on the lower left corner of the pad, but now the Steelseries-logo is also used as a pattern on the rest of the mousepad.
Here we have a closeup of the Steelseries logo on the lower left corner of the mousepad.
The bottom of the mousepad is completely covered with rubber. To increase the grip of the rubber it is covered entirely by a dimpled pattern. At first glance this seems like a certain upgrade from the sprayed on rubber, which we saw in Steelseries S&S mousepad. This style of coating is for sure more durable, as it won't rub off in the same way than what we saw with the S&S.
Here's a closeup of the surface of the 9HD. The texture is a little bit finer than with the earlier S&S, which makes the surface feel a tad smoother. At least the surface is a bit quieter than the S&S, which is a definite plus in my books. I hope the surface will last a bit longer than the S&S, as the S&S has started showing some wear after rigorous gaming use.
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