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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this, partly b/c I wasn't quite sure exactly what it was, but very happy with the purchase. It takes a little trial and error getting the location on the desktop right where you want it, but once you do its great.
Its very thin so you don't have that thickness of foam pads to deal with. And it stays put so you never have to readjust it. Being so thin it almost becomes a part of your desktop instead of an obstacle like most pads.
Surface is relatively smooth, you can feel a slight texture to it, but the mouse moves smoothly across it. Very easy to clean. I've had it almost 2 months now and can't detect any scratches so appears to be pretty durable.
254 of 267 people found the following review helpful.
The picture is totally misleading. I got two first impressions from that top picture that ended up being false, but went with it anyways when I saw so many (+) reviews:
1. This product does NOT have huge bumps all over it, this is just a stylistic graphic.
2. This product is NOT clear, but is opaque so you can put it over a glass surface like what I did
Overall, I would describe this mousepad as:
1. Thin, and stiff, but overall still bend-able. It is NOT made of foam, which helps give the mouse good feedback.
2. Finely granular surface that I find appealing
3. Low friction to allow easy mouse movement
4. Adhesive backing that prevents mousepad movement. If you forget about this adhesive backing, and leave the sticker on it like I did, the mousepad will move all over the place because it is so low friction.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. See all 1706 customer reviews...
A Little Thin, But Good Tracking
By Titus Hilton
I ordered both the triangle and snowflake style, and both are a very neutral light grey with darker reflective highlights rather than the yellowish and bluish tinted images shown here.
I already have a SteelSeries 4HD pad, and the first thing I noticed about these is that the hard surface is much thinner (around 4x) with the 3M pads than it is on the SteelSeries. The overall thickness is greater, but it's mostly the rubber. Unfortunately, this thicker rubber doesn't give the pad a greater ability to ignore small imperfections in the surface under it. Anything thicker than a business card placed under the pad will cause a noticeable bump in the mousing surface. The thicker SteelSeries pad will just tilt slightly if the surface is uneven, which is less problematic since it at least stays consistent. Pressure from my wrist rest also caused the pad to arch slightly, which is probably more likely to happen to the average user than small objects or dirt getting under the pad.
The surface finish is definitely an extremely good one for optical and laser mouse sensors. It felt smooth and predictable, and while I don't use a wireless mouse, I did notice that the mice I tested with (Tt eSPORTS Ventus Z and Roccat Kone Pure Military) could track the surface from further away than my 4HD. I'm not sure how much of this comes down to color, since mice do seem to prefer light surfaces to dark ones.
Ultimately, I'm sticking with the pad I have despite it being much larger than I need because it doesn't warp when hit by a small breeze. The 3M pads have already found good homes with friends who didn't have any sort of pad at all. If 3M used 2-3x more plastic and less rubber, I might have been tempted to keep one.