Almost six years ago, we reviewed the first ever glass mouse surface on the market by Icemat. Made entirely of glass, it provided one of the smoothest surfaces you could get your mouse on. Not only that, the idea of a non-bending and easy to clean surface was quite intriguing.
Over the years, there have been a number of companies that have come out with large and solid material mouse surfaces. Not to be left in the dust, Icemat went back to the drawing board and came up with a second edition of their flagship glass mouse surface, aptly named 'Second Edition'. Now aside from being larger at 10 x 12 inches, it also comes in a variety of colors to compliment your setup.
The Second Edition (SE) comes packaged nicely between two styrofoam pieces for protection. Included in the package are five Padsurfers that you can stick on your mouse.
Here are some features of the Icemat Second Edition:
At 10 x 12 inches, it may be a tight fit if you have a small desk. Most medium to full sized computer desks should be able to accomodate the SE perfectly. The sample we received from Icemat was the black version. Other colors are available which includes blue, purple, green, red, silver, grey, yellow, and white.
There is only a small Icemat logo on the bottom right of the surface.
The underside of the SE is attached with six rubber feat that provide steady usage.
For testing, I used my trusty Logitech MX700 optical mouse and MX610 laser mouse.
I attached the Padsurfers v2 to the bottom of the MX700. Icemat actually makes specifically sized feet for the a slew of Logitech mice, including the MX700. The v2 work just fine and even lets the MX700 fit it's recharging base without any issues.
I ran some tests by playing Counterstrike Source. With the aid of the Padsurfers on top of the glass surface, it was one of the slickest times I've ever had. I'm by no means a pro at CS:S, but the slick movement just made everything seem quicker.
Using the MX610 without the Padsurfers, the movement was smooth, but I could feel the sluggishness exhibited by the stock feet. However, both optical and laser mice performed without any problems. With the original transparent Icemat, the optical had some issues with tracking due to the light getting through the surface.
In every day usage, I'm zipping around the desktop like no tomorrow. I'm quite impressed with the combination that Icemat created with their Second Edition.
Thanks to Icemat for sending over this sample!