A Simple Design
Most mouse pads are of the foam or gel varieties with some random printed fabric covering. At one point in time, this provided the proper amount of friction to allow a mouse to roll and simultaneous kept the roller ball somewhat clean, but with most computer mice now optical (working with the use of an LED and a built-in sensor), mouse pads have become almost obsolete. The main reason to own a mouse pad today, with an optical mouse, is to provide a properly reflective surface without too much interference from super reflective desktops (like the highly polished marble desk I once had). Nostalgia and habit are two additional reasons you may find a mouse pad by a keyboard.
The Alupad is different from most mouse pads. It is designed to be “the ideal gift for the man who has it all” as well as compliment the Apple line of products. The Alupad is simple, elegant, and metal, the perfect design criteria for most men, and the white plastic wrapped anodized aluminum is the ideal companion to Apple’s signature white mouse and aluminum wireless keyboard. It is just over 8 inches wide by 10 inches long and sits just under 1/2 an inch tall.
A High Performance Pad
I must admit, I was not really expecting much out of the Alupad, even with its design nominations and awards. My initial urge to review it came from the thought It’s an aluminum mouse pad! And it’s pretty! Yes, lump me in with all of those men Just Mobile targets on the packaging! I blame that on my engineer side; you know, the side that likes form and function. The Alupad has both.
I did expect the white plastic to cause some interference with my mouse, but I was pleasantly surprised; it isn’t a high gloss plastic, so my mouse was not jumping all across my screen. The rubber feet also kept the Alupad locked in place on my wooden desk, even when I accidentally nudged it while moving papers around.
If there are any downsides to this mouse pad, they are few. They are also very important to note. Made of solid aluminum, it also boasts a nice little heft, which can hurt if dropped on fingers or bare toes. There are no color options, just the aluminum with white plastic. This is also an imported object, made of one solid piece of metal, and a flawless/seamless length of plastic, and its quality is reflected in the manufacturer price tag of $49.95 USD before nearly $20USD in shipping charge (although you can save some of that at Amazon).
- 10.4 x 8.2 x 0.4 in (26.5 x 20.9 x 0.9 cm)
- Solid aluminum design
- Non-slip rubber feet
- No-nonsense packaging