Icemat, Steelpad 4D, & Steelpad 4S Mouse Pad ShootoutBosco - November 15, 2003
Category: Mouse Pad
The Steelpad 4D is in a thin cardboard box, but arrived to me (from Denmark no less) in fine condition. The box includes the Steelpad 4D, Padsurfers, Padsurfer instructions, and the mousepad 'feet' - a plastic grid that sits under the mousepad (more on why later).
Its made of plastic, and thus isn't hugely sturdy, but is very durable. More interesting, it isn't solely an optical mousepad. This mousepad has 2 sides to it. One side is for optical mice, and the other for older ball mice. This is accomplished by using a separate 'sticky' pad as the feet, as opposed to having feet already on the mousepad: it has no 'bottom', so where would they go? The sticky pad isn't actually sticky, it just grips the mousepad & your desk (don't ask me how, its some sort of crazy plastic). It doesn't leave any residue and it doesn't damage the mousepad.
The mousepad itself is a lot rougher then I expected (I thought the smooth side was the optical side for a while) but with the Teflon tape, it glides fairly smoothly across the surface.