The Steelseries Glide MS is composed of Teflon to help reduce the friction between the mousepad and the mouse. The adhesive on the back of the feet is quite sticky and should stick to your mouse easily. I installed mine on top of the current feet of my Microsoft Habu. They have remained on the mouse throughout the entire review and I expect them to stay on for quite some time. The feet are a little difficult to pull off if you were going to switch mice. The adhesive still remains sticky enough for the next mouse.
On the mousepad itself I noticed the new Steelseries logo in the top right corner, which also appears to be made out of aluminum. It has the look and size of a case badge.
The Steelseries SX is made of high quality, special aluminum blend. This anodized aluminum provides extra long durability. I would expect this mousepad to last through several mice with such a high quality material.
The surface is fiber polished which allows low friction between the mouse and the mousepad. I noticed that without the Steelseries Glide MS the mouse is not quite as smooth. It makes it a little more difficult to move the mouse without it. It also creates a loud scratchy noise that could become irritating to some. I wouldn't recommend using this surface without the provided feet. You should be able to get at least one mouse switch with these mice feet.
On the back of the mousepad there is a rubber surface. A lot of mousepads do not offer this rubber surface, making the mousepad slide around. The Steelseries SX however does not slide around at all. While using the mousepad you have the weight of your arm plus any pressure you put on your arm applied to the mousepad. Most other mousepads would slide with little pressure. With the rubber bottom the more pressure and weight you put on it, the harder it is to move.
With a size of 320mm x 270mm (12.6 x 10.6in) the Steelseries SX qualifies as a Medium size mousepad. This mousepad is compatible for both low and high DPI users. This is a much more space friendly mousepad than the earlier pad we reviewed, the Steelpad QcK Heavy, which is not very desktop friendly. The difference between the two is like the QcK Heavy being a King size mattress and the Steelseries SX being a Full, quite a big size difference. The SX is also a lot thinner, only 2mm (.08inch), than the QcK Heavy, 6mm (0,23in), about one third the size of the QcK Heavy.
The Steelseries SX has been extensively tested to reveal that the pad is compatible with both optical and laser mice. This way everybody will be able to enjoy gaming with their favorite mouse. I did check to see if an old fashioned ball mouse would work. It did work, however the ball left a trail on the mousepad. It was very easy to clean off though with our handy dandy lint free cloth. I don't know of a lot people who really use a ball mouse anymore, let alone use one for gaming. I'd like to know if any gamer actually uses a ball mouse.