PureTrak Mouse Pads
Published: 11th January 2010 | Source: PureTrak | Price: €9.99 - €24.99 |
The PureTrak Deluxe is what we refer to as a hard mouse mat. Whereas some mouse mats are cloth and therefore soft, some are a hybrid of a soft style but with a hard coating, this Deluxe mouse pad is hard and that's that. You receive it flat packed because it just wouldn't roll up and this is something I always like to see in a mouse pad. Too often we've received pads that end up unwilling to remove those curves from the edge, or because they need some settling time you can't use straight away.
I'm sure you're all much like us in that when you get a new toy to tinker with the last thing you want to do is hang around for a day or two waiting to use it.
Probably the first thing that strikes you is the design. If ever there was a "Marmite" design we think this is it. Some of us here at the OC3D bunker felt it was delightfully quirky and unique, making a lovely change from the rather austere blacks that have passed through here. Whilst others think it's eye-catching in all the wrong ways. Before you decide for yourselves we do have to point out that the photographs make it look a lot busier than it appears in the flesh. I'm not the biggest fan of it but even I'll admit that the photos don't do it full justice.
Whichever camp you fall into there is no denying that you wont miss it on your workspace. Measuring a robust 13.5" by 10.5" PureTrak have it available with either a 1/8" deep back or, if you prefer to rest your wrist upon something about a credit card in thickness, a 1/16" back. Mouse pad height is important in comfort and reducing RSI and so it's good to see Puretrak giving us the choice. We've got the 1/8" one with us and it definitely isn't a noticeable height on your wrist.
Robust is a great word to describe the surface too. If you're one of these people who use their mouse somewhere that requires a certainly sturdiness to it, then the the PureTrak Deluxe should definitely fit the bill.
Moving to the rear we can see the PureGrip rubber backing in all its glory. PureTrak advertise this as providing huge grip to prevent movement on even the shiniest surface. It is certainly sticky but also has a lovely opulence to the rubber than helps cushion your wrist as much as is possible for something with such a rugged top coating.
Made from 100% recycled materials and designed and built in the USA the Deluxe is the fastest surface that PureTrak make. We'll see if it lives up to all these claims later on.
But first, let's take a look at the most expensive mouse pad in the PureTrak range, the Talent.