V8 or Z8?
The Nuke-Z Z8 is packaged in tube form with a large green ‘Nuke Z’ logo on the side. At the bottom of the tube, is a small label which gives you the run down on this product.
Rolled up inside is the Z8 itself. The front of the pad has a large vortex-like swirl, which has a spiky radiation symbol in the middle with Photoshop’s difference clouds over it. The design is black and white and there is no colour on the pad at all. The bottom left corner of the pad has a small ‘Nuke-Z Z8’ logo in it.
Rather than coating the pad with a polymer (as with the NO.ID pads) this pad has very finely a very finely stitched material. This means that there are very small gaps between the fibres which allows for your mouse to ‘know’ where it is and to provide your mouse itself with a nice smooth surface to operate on. A benefit of not having a treated surface is that you can wash it without fear of the surface being removed, and it won’t flack/crack off if you roll it up or crease it.
The pad itself gives you plenty of room to game on with 400mm horizontally and 210mm for up and down movements. While no Deskpad it’ll provide you with enough space to play at lower sensitivities which it’s designed for without having to do the old pick-up-and-recenter technique.
The rear of the pad is the usual grooved rubber affair which should provide it with plenty of grip to keep it locked onto your desk. There is nothing more annoying than having a frag-fest and your mouse pad is sliding around (if you are interested in a sliding mouse pad, click here).
The pad isn’t as thick as say the duvet-like SteelPad QcK heavy but has a reasonable thickness that should absorb any irregularities of your desk, providing you with a flat and smooth playing surface. This is of special interest to anyone who frequents LAN events where most of the time you’ll be using old tables that have been dragged out of the garage or salvaged from a nearby ditch.