Zowie G-SR-SE Divina Review
Mousepads come in a massive variety of sizes, textures, thickness, looks, and so forth so it can be kind of hard to find the one that's right for you. Getting a pad that fits your playing style and personal preferences is a worthwhile search though, and we're here to help you with that.
Today we're taking a look at Zowie's G-SR-SE mousepad in the pink Divina colorway. The G-SR-SE might sound as if it's the same as the regular G-SR but there are a couple of differences to be found, mainly when it comes to the glide, so do read on to see what our reviewer thought of this mousepad.
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Zowie G-SR-SE Divina - First Impressions
The G-SR-SE Divina comes rolled up in the box and when you place it down on your playing surface it lays flat almost immediately. That's great news for people who are often gaming away from their main battlestation. What's also noticeable about this pad is there's almost no bubbling on the foam of the pad itself. This makes for a very smooth and consistent surface, and while the benefits of this approach might not be immediately noticeable on a flat playing surface it does get a bit more noticeable on rougher surfaces, though more on that later.
The G-SR-SE is a large sized mousepad. That's great for low sensitivity players, but it's obviously going to be great for wrist aimers as well if you have the room for it. There's no worse feeling than going over the edge of your mousepad during a frantic fight, so more space is always better in my humble opinion.
The regular Zowie G-SR is, as you might know, a very controlling pad. The SE definitely feels a lot different in my opinion. It sort of holds a middle ground between the regular G-SR and the faster glide that you get out of most 'standard' cloth pads. This makes it quite unique in the sense that a lot of cloth pads have a very similar glide when it comes to friction and speed, and this one comes in right below that usual sensation.
The foam that the pad is made out of is pressed together very tightly, so there's almost no bubbling. This doesn't mean much if you're playing on a perfectly smooth surface, but once you get to a slightly rougher surface you'll find that the G-SR-SE handles that a lot better than pads of a similar size. It won't cover up any major imperfections but it's definitely good enough to use on most desks that you'd see at LAN parties and the likes, doubly so because the pad lays flat almost straight out of the box.
Another difference with the regular G-SR is that the SE doesn't have stitched edges. Whether or not that's a downside to you will come down to personal preference (I am more fond of stitched edges) but there's no denying that stitches will increase the durability of the pad.
On the pad itself it looks like the word 'Divina' is embossed in some way, but that's (luckily, or else this wouldn't be much of a gaming pad) only due to the printing. The pad itself is completely smooth across the entire surface. Some companies like to put raised logos on their mousepads and while I'll admit that you normally never get to the corner where the little logos are usually placed it is a bit of a pet peeve of mine when the logo on a pad hugely interferes with the glide. That's not the case with the G-SR-SE, as every sort of decoration is sublimated onto the cloth itself.
Conclusion & Recommendation
The G-SR-SE Divina is a very interesting pad in the sense that it's got a faster and less controlled glide than its G-SR namesake while still offering a more restrained feel when compared to the 'usual glide' that a lot of cloth pads offer.
It's a relatively thin pad (at 3.5 mm) but because of the very tightly packed foam that the pad is made out of it seems to perform a bit better on slightly rougher desks/surfaces than pads of the same thickness, which could be very interesting to players who are often on the road to game. For that reason it's also a bit of a shame that the SE doesn't have stitched edges.
All in all the G-SR-SE offers a really nice and smooth glide which doesn't rein you in as much as the G-SR does, while still offering a bunch of stopping power. If you have a tendency to overshoot your targets or you like the idea of a control pad such as the G-SR but want a bit more 'freedom' while executing sweeps then this could very well be the number one pad for you.