Page 4 - Conclusion
In the beginning of this review, I questioned whether or not I really needed another different RGB mousepad. After going through the paces with the SteelSeries QcK Prism, I can tell you skipping out on this mousing surface would have been a mistake. Both of the RGB mousepads checked off what I would expect from these companies. Build quality was on par, performance was great, and lighting effects were brilliant. However, everything implemented on the SteelSeries felt two steps ahead of the Corsair MM800 RGB Polaris. For example, the dual-sided surface on the SteelSeries QcK Prism was implemented flawlessly. By separating the lighting from the surface itself, this allowed for users to choose what they wanted to game on, while making the pad easy to clean off. Both sides of the single mat performed well in their own regards. In addition, moving the USB connection to the side was a great choice, removing the chance of interfering with any wired mouse. When it comes to RGB integration, the twelve lighting zones on the QcK Prism shines brightly. Not only are the effects numerous in variety, but SteelSeries has brought their renowned game integration to the QcK Prism, making these lights pretty and functional. This is not to say there are no weaknesses, as I think SteelSeries could add small things like a braided cable, internal memory, and a longer warranty. However, when you take into account this QcK Prism can be found at the same price as the aforementioned MM800 at $60USD, I think the tradeoffs favor the SteelSeries product more. In the end, you may not necessarily need an RGB mousepad altogether, but I can clearly say the SteelSeries QcK Prism gives true customization in both performance and lighting for an excellent experience.
SteelSeries provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
APH:Renewal Award | APH Review Focus Summary:
8/10 means Definitely a very good product with drawbacks that are not likely going to matter to the end user.
7/10 means Great product with many advantages and certain insignificant drawbacks; but should be considered before purchasing.
-- Final APH Numeric Rating is 7.8/10
Please note that the APH Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other sites.
Hard or soft, lights or none, the SteelSeries QcK Prism is a brilliant looking mousing surface with customization up the wazoo.
Do you have any comments or questions about the SteelSeries QcK Prism? Drop by our Forums. Registration is free, and it only takes a minute!
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look
3. Subjective Performance Tests