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-- Icemat Mouse Surface
-- Price: ~ $29.00 USD
-- 7.25.2001
-- By: GideonX
-- Page: 1 2

   One of the least noticed components of a complete system is the mouse pad.  Up until recent times, all mouse pads were created equal.  The main surface that came in contact with the mouse was made of cloth that was glued to a large piece of foam.  Sweat, lint, and all sorts of goodness was laid into the pad and on your hands.

   Along came a few designers, mostly gamers I think, that came up with a different type of mousing surface.  Instead of using a soft foam like material, they used harder surfaces made out of plastic.  We have reviewed some of them including the regular vinyl type and the hard plastic type in our mouse pad round up a while ago.

   Today we will focus on a newer mouse surface.  This one is made entirely of glass (!) and hails from the fine folks over at Denmark.  The Icemat is created entirely from glass.  The main surface that is in contact with the mouse is treated differently.  It has a rougher surface which provides enough friction on the mouse ball to move.  It comes in measuring at 250 x 210 x 6.2 mm, about the same size as a regular cloth pad.

   Included in the package is the mouse surface itself, a small strip of teflon tape and a card that tells of the Icemat a little.  The mouse surface is sent in a box made entirely of Styrofoam.  It survived all the way over from Denmark, so the box is doing its job in protecting the glass.  One of the interesting parts of the package is that it includes a strip of Teflon tape.  This is supposed to tape of the bottom of the mouse's feet.  As a result, the mouse should move even quicker and smoother.

   The whole surface is transparent except for the bottom right corner which displays the Icemat logo.  The logo is printed on the under side so it doesn't impede on your mouse movement in case you were wondering that.

   The whole surface contains six of these silicone feet on the under side.  It keeps the whole surface from moving while in use.  We pushed it pretty hard and it did its job.  Ok, we really didn't push that hard since it was all glass : )

   Here is a shot of the main surface that the mouse will be using.  Notice it isn't a finished glass surface, so the roughness creates the friction needed.

   The bottom side is a finished surface, you can notice the nice shine it provides.  At the far end is another one of the silicone feet needed to keep this surface in place.

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