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Thin, and stays put, but texture takes getting used to
on March 29, 2011
Most mouse pads suffer one of two problems. The old-fashioned neoprene mouse pads (the ones that are about 1/4" thick) are too thick to be ergonomically comfortable. The newer "flat" mouse pads (which are basically just a thin piece of plastic) tend to slip and slide around the desktop.
This 3M mouse pad tries to find a compromise. It's very thin, but has post-it adhesive on the back to keep it from sliding around your desk. Clever design. I've never had a problem with post-its leaving residue on my desk, so I'm not worried about that. On the other hand, I also suspect that the post-it adhesive will become non sticky pretty quickly if you travel with this mouse pad and are constantly putting it down on new surfaces with a bit of dust on them. Time will tell.
The reason for my "OK but not great" star rating is that the surface of the mouse pad is strange. It's very grainy/pebbly. Presumably this is what lets optical mice use less battery power, but it feels odd. It's noisy compared to a regular mouse pad -- it's makes a sort of sawing sound as you run the mouse over it. I haven't suffered "thumb abrasion" (as one other reviewer called it), but I'm also not a really heavy mouse user.
Bottom line: Intriguing idea, but this is one product that I'd suggest you find an opportunity to try in person at a retail store before buying.