SteelSeries QcK Heavy Review

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SteelSeries QcK Heavy Review


When it comes to competitive gaming gear people often like to talk about which mouse they should use, which headset offers the best value for money, and so on.

Not a lot of people seem to be talking about which mousepad you should choose, which is a shame. It might not be the most important part of your setup, but there are definitely big differences between the various types of pad, not only in appearance but also in performance and feel.

The Steelseries QcK line has been a steady performer in the world of mousepads, with it being both widely available and offered at a reasonable price, so it's no wonder that this pad is one of the more popular ones out there and the next pad to be featured on our list of popular gaming mousepad reviews.

Finding a mousepad that suits you and your playstyle can really enhance your overall gaming experience.
Steelseries QcK Heavy Review Mousepad

Steelseries QcK Heavy - First Impressions


The Steelseries QcK Heavy is definitely that; heavy. That’s due to the fact that it’s a very thick mousepad. It’s around 6 mm thick (0.23 inch) and it’s made that way to ensure that you don’t feel any imperfections in the surface you decide to put it on, which can be an issue with thinner mousepads.

Due to the overall size and weight of the QcK Heavy it lays flat on your desk almost immediately after unpacking it (it comes packaged in a rolled up fashion), which is definitely nice if you want to use it instantly. The pad obviously won’t cover up any gaping holes in your desk, but due to its thickness it does indeed cover up minor imperfections rather well, making it a good choice for players who travel to lans often or play on shoddy surfaces.

A weird quirk with this pad is that it has a rather defined smell to it. After unpacking it the pad will definitely fill a small room with the smell of the materials that were used for a couple of days. That’s solved by leaving it to air out for a bit or by simply not caring about the smell, but it’s definitely weird for a mousepad to elicit ‘what’s that smell?’ responses from people who quickly entered the room.

SPECS:
  • No stitched edges
  • Medium - fast glide
  • Length: 44.5 cm / 17.5 in
  • Height: 39.7 cm / 15.6 in
  • Thickness: 6 mm
Steelseries QcK Heavy Mousepad Review Thickness

Performance


The QcK Heavy is a large mousepad, so people who play on low sensitivity will find plenty of real estate to execute their large sweeps. The pad itself is finished with a white Steelseries logo in the bottom left corner, but is left completely black otherwise. The logo didn’t interfere with the tracking as far as my testing goes (I tested with a variety of different sensors and mice) so should you find yourself frolicking about at the edge of your mousepad in the heat of the battle you won’t see any issues.

The QcK Heavy has a rubber base in order to make it stick to the surface it’s placed on. I’ve been using the Heavy on and off for months now and I’ve yet to catch it slipping even a bit, even though I play on a rather low sensitivity and do some rather aggressive flicking from time to time.

The pad sadly itself isn’t finished with stitched edges, which gives it a less premium look than its stitched counterparts, and the edges have started fraying a little bit, though it's definitely nothing too bad.

The QcK Heavy has a rather tight texture, resulting in a smooth and medium (to fast, for a cloth pad) glide. It doesn’t have the most stopping power as a result, so if you have a tendency to overshoot you might want to think twice about buying this certain pad.

A very small downside of choosing a pad this large is that it's going to take a while to completely dry off if you decide to wash it (which you should, every once in a while) but that just comes with the nature of the product.

Steelseries QcK Heavy Review Texture
The QcK Heavy's texture in a closeup

Conclusion & Recommendation


The QcK Heavy is a great pad for users who want to have plenty of real estate to move their mouse around.

It’s built like a tank and offers a very smooth, medium-fast gliding experience. It might not be to everyone’s taste due to the thickness of it, but if you can get past that (and the smell during the first few days) the QcK Heavy is definitely a very good and reliable pad which can easily be used as a LAN pad on its own as well.

If you like to have your pad 'rein you in' a bit you should be wary though, as there isn't a whole lot of stopping speed to the QcK Heavy.

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Leon

Im fingertip user and I think about getting new mousepad beacuse mine is too fast. I wanted to ask what mousepad would you recommend. I think about something between QCK heavy and G640. I think QCK heavy will be better beacuse I use fingertip which is unstable and thick mousepad will let the mouse dig into it. Also G640 need to be worn out to be slow and I don’t want to deal with that. Also, can you tell me how much worn out G640 is slower than QCK heavy?

ProSettings | Lars

If you need a slower pad you could actually look towards something like the Zowie G-SR or the Glorious Stitched Pad. These pads are slower by default so there’s no real need to wear them in. That said; a worn out G640 is definitely slower than a QcK Heavy from my experience. I coincidentally used both of them as my main a couple of years ago so I know how both feel when worn.

Bryan Gabriel

im using a qck edge. is there any difference between edge and qck heavy? also, i’m thinking about upgrading to qck heavy would you recommend it? 400dpi 1.2sens

ProSettings | Lars

The Edge is a lot thinner (the Heavy is more than twice as thick) but aside from that there shouldn’t be a massive difference. The Heavy might feel a tiny bit slower because of its thickness (meaning that the mouse feet can dig into the pad a bit more, causing a slower glide) but other than that there’s no real difference. Since the differences are so minimal I wouldn’t exactly call one an upgrade over the other, but if you have a desk with lots of imperfections or you prefer a thicker pad then you can definitely go for the Heavy over the Edge.

David Rokosz

This or the Gigantus V2? I have a bit of a tight budget. I play 400 dpi and 1.9 sens and overshoot sometimes on this mouse pad (some random no brand one), so I am looking for a control but not stuck on the mud feeling pad. Thinking of switching to 1.55 sens if I still overshoot on the new pad

ProSettings | Lars

The Gigantus v2 is the better pad in my opinion: it offers a nice amount of control without that stuck in the mud feeling you’re speaking of. You could also try the G-SR-SE (not the regular G-SR as that’s definitely a ‘mud’ pad).

ARCANGEL

Is this surface better for SPEED or CONTROL?

Nikki

I am currently using steelseries Qck Heavy large it’s been like a month since I bought it but the problem is that I feel like my mouse is sticking to my mousepad can you tell me the reason please. Well I am using bloody p85 lighting strike mouse.i am very much depressed of it cause my aim gets shittier. If you could help me then it’ll be great

don

does the qck heavy offer the same smoothness and glide speed as the glorious 3xl ?

alex

is the qck heavy slower than the rest of the qcks ?

Flp

Which one is faster log g640 or qck heavy, also can u recomend mousepad similar to qck heavy?

ficcotti

PROSETTINGS pls help i got QCK heavy , when i open it out of box for next 5 days mousepad was so good , smooth and rly good. After 7 days of usage its started to be sticky almost unplayable i mean it bother me so much and make me nervous , can someone confirm that problem or is jsut qck is like that after sometime of usage . PLS HELP and THANKS

Nikki

I am having the same issue and it makes me depressed

Cvn

No i didnt wash it, but i clean it every day with wet wipes. It feel someday slow someday faster. I mean if i get QcK heavy, it need less cleaning? and i want to feel same glide everyday, after some months using gsr feel sticky…