SteelSeries' QcK Remain Great, Affordable Mouse Pads For Linux Gamers
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 26 October 2014 at 10:00 AM EDT. 14 Comments
Earlier this month we reviewed some of the newest high-end mouse pads from XTrac. If you're looking for a new mouse pad due to finally amassing a decent selection of Linux game titles, the SteelSeries QcK remains one of the most affordable and suitable choices.

While SteelSeries' QcK line-up has been around for a few years now, they're proven, affordable, and a great choice for Linux gamers. After reviewing the very large and more expensive XTrac mouse-pads earlier this month, which were great, I remembered I hadn't written anything about the QcK on Phoronix with mouse pads not being a main focus at Phoronix... When it comes to the many test systems at Phoronix, QcK mouse pads (and previously reviewed Razer mouse pads) tend to be most common.

When redoing the Phoronix office this summer was my most recent purchase of picking up three more QcK pads for test systems -- while I don't engage in much gaming, good mouse pads are useful for when testing any new Linux games, dealing with high resolution displays, and simply for tracking due to using all glass desks.

The SteelSeries QcK gaming mouse pad is very affordable ($7~9 USD), sized well at 9 x 7.5 inches, and works great. The QcK doesn't slide around on the glass desks with its good rubber backing while the mousing surface is a smooth cloth that has worked well with the many different mice found around the Phoronix office. You can find the SteelSeries QcK at As another off Phoronix core topic mini weekend review, check out the Sandusky Lee steel cabinets if you're in need of any extra computer storage.

What do you use for a mouse pad on your systems? Let us know by commenting on this article.
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