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SteelSeries QcK Prism Review

The SteelSeries QcK Prism is a gaming peripheral designed for gamers who are adding finishing touches to their entertainment setup.

September 8, 2017

/ by Tin Salamunic

For over a year now, I’ve been using the eleven dollar ROCCAT TAITO Control mouse pad for all my gaming needs. The combination of solid materials, a cheap price tag and a convenient size made this the perfect choice for my setup. However, after trying SteelSeries’ new RGB Illuminated and dual-textured QcK Prism, I’m becoming somewhat spoiled by the Prism’s nifty features that have enhanced my daily gaming.

The QcK Prism currently retails for $59.99. It’s not a cheap product, but it’s also specifically geared toward gamers seeking perfection from every part of their PC setup. SteelSeries’ masterful design and practical features have a direct impact on how I experience my gaming sessions, and while the small size may be troublesome for gamers that use low DPI and need greater space for wide arm swipes, the benefits most definitely outweigh the shortcomings.

The QcK Prism is first and foremost for gamers who are already invested in SteelSeries’ ecosystem of products. With its GameSense Lighting and PrismSync support, the QcK Prism serves as the final touch to what I consider a phenomenal line of Esports-centric gaming peripherals. Reviewing a niche product like this is interesting because its use lies beyond the realm of necessity. No one really “needs” a digital mouse pad to improve their gaming performance, but for anyone who likes to splurge on their PC gear, this little add-on is akin to adding extras to a new car in order to make driving more comfortable. Do automatic windows make you a better driver? No, but they definitely make the ride more enjoyable. You could argue that having a backup camera makes parking easier, and I suppose some of the QcK Prism extras translate in similar ways. Basically, the amount of benefits you’re getting from the QcK directly equates to your personal preferences and needs when gaming.


"With its GameSense Lighting and PrismSync support, the QcK Prism serves as the final touch to what I consider a phenomenal line of Esports-centric gaming peripherals."

The first notable difference is the added stability. Once the QcK Prism is plugged in and set in place, it remains put regardless of how intense the gaming sessions get. The entire bottom half is covered by a rubber material that provides excellent traction on a smooth surface. The Prism measures at 292.4mm (11.51 in) in width, 8.68mm (0.34 in) in height and 356.71mm (14.04 in) in depth. For most people, this is a great size that should be sufficient for most uses, but the limited dimensions become problematic if you play competitive FPS titles with a low DPI.

I normally keep my DPI at 800 (or lower) and my sensitivity settings rarely go beyond 2, so large, sweeping gestures are a bit trickier with this pad. Since the edges are thicker than what you normally see in a fabric-only mouse pad, it is annoying to have your hand and mouse bump off the pad when you’re flicking your aim from corner to corner. After a few days, however, I found myself more attuned with the new format, and ended up aiming with my wrist instead of my arm.

Like all SteelSeries products the QcK Prism uses the company’s free Engine Software for all adjustments. Here you can set the GameSense Lighting feature, delivering reactive illumination that corresponds to in-game events. For example, you can have the LEDs flash a specific color when your ammo runs low, when you land kills or when the cooldown timer becomes ready to use. Since the LEDs are bright and vibrant, it’s easy to identify the color shift from your peripheral vision while gaming. It’s definitely one of those extras that doesn’t seem as impressive until experienced in person.


"It’s not a necessity, nor will it make you a better gamer, but it does offer enough interesting features for those who absolutely want the most out of their equipment."

The QcK Prism boasts two different-textured sides that are easily interchangeable by simply flipping the fabric inside the frame. The super smooth side is great for gamers who prefer a slick and textureless surface that allows for quick swipes and emphasize speed. The textured side, which is also the side I personally prefer, is designed for extra control and results in more precise aiming when playing FPS titles. The textured side is similar to what you’d expect from a tournament-grade mouse pad, whereas the smooth side feels more like a desk surface. I appreciate the pad’s flexibility, and it’s nice to be able to switch back and forth without a hassle.

Conclusion: The SteelSeries QcK Prism is a gaming peripheral designed for gamers who are adding finishing touches to their entertainment setup. It’s not a necessity, nor will it make you a better gamer, but it does offer enough interesting features for those who absolutely want the most out of their equipment. I personally still gravitate towards a larger, traditional mouse pad, but users who don’t mind the size will love what the QcK Prism has to offer.

B+

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