HyperX Fury S Pro XL Review
Most people seem to initially neglect the importance of getting a good gaming mousepad, and that's a shame. Much like with mice they come in a variety of different sizes and different textures, so finding the one that's just right for you can dramatically enhance your gaming experience.
In order to help you with that we've been reviewing popular mouse pads, and the HyperX Fury S Pro is another pad in this series. It's pretty popular among pros and enthusiasts alike so it only makes sense that we let our reviewer take a good look at it.
We've reviewed the XL version of this pad, but the HyperX Fury S Pro is available in 4 different sizes. Everything apart from the sizes stays the same between the versions.
Finding a mousepad that suits you and your playstyle can really enhance your overall gaming experience.
HyperX Fury S Pro XL - First Impressions
The HyperX Fury S Pro XL is a 'desk sized' mouse pad, meaning that it's large enough to also accommodate your keyboard. Some people like that feeling while others hate it, so it's really a matter of preference here, but the good thing is that the Fury S Pro also comes in smaller sizes; you can get small, medium and, you guessed it, large.
Straight out of the box (the Fury S Pro comes rolled up in the package) the pad lays flat almost immediately, which is a nice bonus if you're planning on using it immediately. It also has a nicely textured base which does a perfect job of keeping the pad in place, and that combined with the thicker, weightier aspect of the mousepad makes for a very even and consistent playing surface, even when used on (slightly) uneven surfaces.
The Fury S Pro has stitched edges and is finished with a (rather substantial) HyperX logo on the bottom right corner of the pad. I don't much care for the looks of it since I'm personally more of a fan of super clean mousepads, but that's an extremely minor personal point of criticism. The logo (and the pad, by extension) by no means looks gaudy and the logo isn't raised or embroidered so you won't notice it at all when passing over it with your mouse.
The Fury S Pro, as mentioned before, is a rather thick and heavy pad, which means that it's going to offer a very consistent and even glide. Thickness is obviously personal preference, but if you're going to be playing mostly on uneven surfaces you'll be wanting a thicker pad to cover up any inconsistencies on the playing surface.
It's very comfortable to play on and it never slipped away on me when playing, which is due to a combination of the great rubber texturing on the underside of the pad and the weight of it. I test these pads for consistency on a variety of surfaces and I always try to make them move in outlandish ways which would frankly never happen in actual gaming circumstances, but the Fury S held tight all throughout.
The Fury S Pro, out of the box, has a very consistent and medium-fast glide. After a while (depending on how much you're using it, obviously) the glide does start to get a little slower due to the coating or treatment that they put on the pad wearing out. That doesn't really affect the glide by several orders or magnitude, it just gets a tiny bit slower. The glide stays as smooth and consistent as before; it's not as if the pad gets that swampy, murky feeling that you tend to experience with lower quality pads, but it's something that I should mention regardless.
The Fury S Pro does have stitched edges but they don't seem to be of the highest quality, at least not on my sample. It's not really a problem and it didn't interfere with anything at all (the stitching also didn't bother my wrist or arm) but that could be something they can improve on in the future.
Conclusion & Recommendation
The HyperX Fury S Pro XL does everything right if you're looking for a consistent pad with a medium (edging on fast) glide. It starts off a tad bit faster, but that initial faster feeling wears off after some time. Still, the glide and performance of the Fury S Pro is very respectable and I would definitely not feel bad if someone shoved this pad underneath my mouse and told me to use it in a competitive environment.
Due to the heavier and thicker feeling of the pad I can also recommend it as a LAN pad; the Fury S lays flat almost immediately out of the box and has a very consistent and comfortable feeling.