To test the G-TF surface I took it for a spin in some first person shooters using the ROCCAT Kone XTD and the Razer DeathAdder - both mice felt very good on the G-TF Rough. The rough surface feels very slick to glide over but provides enough drag so you can make very precise and smooth movements.
Low-sensitivity gamers will no doubt appreciate the mousepad's large surface area, with a size of 440mm x 320mm this surface definitely belongs in the XXL category. The mousepad sticks pretty well to the surface it's placed on, the rubberized backing ensures it stays put unless you really want it to move.
The build quality of the G-TF Rough appears to be pretty good, the surface seems very durable and the stitched edges are a big plus compared to other cloth mousepads. Unfortunately, the G-TF is not water resistant. A couple of years ago I tested the ZOWIE P-RF and that mousemat was water resistant, but when spilling some water onto the G-TF Rough I noticed pretty much everything got absorbed by the mousepad's surface.
Despite this minor con, the G-TF Rough is the best cloth mousepad I've used so far. It actually feels a lot like a heavily textured plastic mousepad - with the added benefit of being very silent.
Whether I can recommend this mousepad to you ultimately depends on your preferences. If you want an XL-sized cloth mousepad with a rough surface then the answer is definitely yes. The G-TF performs well in games and is of much higher build quality than most cloth mousepads. The biggest con is the high MSRP, I feel that $29.90 (29.90EUR) is quite excessive for a mousepad.
The Good Stuff
- Very good build quality
- Good gaming performance, very precise
- Great surface for low-sensitivity gamers and those who prefer rough surfaces
- Sticks to your desk
The Bad Stuff
- High price
- Smells a bit weird
- Not water resistant
DV Hardware gives the ZOWIE G-TF Rough a 8/10