If you have an incredibly good memory you may remember the ZOWIE GT-F Gaming Mouse Mat which I had the pleasure of reviewing last October and which is still living up to praise that I gave it – but for the last week it has been replaced with the same company’s latest release – the ZOWIE SWIFT plastic gaming surface.
So not only will I be having a look at how the SWIFT fares by itself, but I’ll also be comparing it to GT-F and have a look as to whether the plastic offering will be able to supersede the quality of its cloth predecessor, which will be no mean feat!
But first a bit of background – much like GT-F the SWIFT is part of the SpawN-series and thus has been designed by pro gamer Abdisamad “SpawN” Mohamed, which means it is built around the features that you really need as a gamer: speed, comfort and durability.
Features & Appearance
Fortunately the SWIFT isn’t really lacking in any of those, starting with the surface which has been specifically designed to be incredibly smooth which it does to very well allowing you to get the precision and control when you need it, and also get those slingshots just right.
Comfort is also a big issue especially if like me you can end up playing for hours on end, and I’ve used plastic surfaces in the past that have ended up digging into your wrist on the corners, but the SWIFT doesn’t really raise any of those problems with smoothed edges to stop you catching yourself and although I wouldn’t go so far as to claim it is quite as nice as cloth (probably cause it’s not very good at absorbing moisture [unsurprisingly] and it can get a little slimy) it is still very nice to use!
Finally there’s durability and that’s something else that it’s got in spades – whilst you can’t bend it past about 60 degrees without fear of getting shards of plastic in your eyes that’s really not going to be a problem in 99% of situations, and unless you are intend on jumping on it you’re going to be hard pushed to do too much damage!
With regards to the grip the ‘interesting’ smelling rubber base does a remarkably good job, and unless you particularly want to test it by peeling it off repeatedly it could go for weeks without slipping, and even when it does (although it is harder to do than it sounds) you can just ‘refresh’ it with water and it’s back to its best!
So how does it far compared to the GT-F? Well that really depends on what you want from your ‘gaming surface’ – I would say that the SWIFT has the advantage when it comes to pure performance (not that you would really notice unless you had them side by side) and I personally prefer how it looks with the little motif (and the fact that it comes in black, red and blue) and less of a tendency to accumulate dust!
The real reasons that you would opt for the GF-F is firstly if you need the extra space if you prefer playing with a very low sensitivity (at 340mm x 290mm the SWIFT is easily big enough for most people, but perhaps not for those with ultra-low tendencies), if you are obsessed by comfort or if you are planning to be moving it around a lot as although the SWIFT is far from bulky or fragile the GT-F does have the edge on that.
So that’s the SWIFT, and to be honest I was pretty impressed with how it fared – ZOWIE have really done a good job with this and it’s a great addition to their range, another product worthy of 5 out 5 stars!