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What really is there to say about mousemats? Everyone has one but no-one tends to care about which one they have. I attended a medical conference recently and was given this Google Mousemat from a vendor. Don't ask me why Google were at a medical conference!
The mousemat is the typical size, roughly 9"x 9" with a rubber backing and a ridged plastic surface for moving the mouse around on. The rubber/foam works quite well at sticking to your desk and not sliding around, it leaves no residue on the desk afterwards however so you can feel safe in using it on a good kitchen or dining room table. The ridged plastic side is clear and white with the iconic google logo featured prominently alongside some coloured balls. I haven't seen the balls before but I assume they are some marketing ploy by the good people at Google.
The surface is hard and stiff, making it ideal for moving a mouse around on. There are few things more annoying than a mousemat the has a ton of give and the mouse sinks into. The ridges add a small bit of friction so that neither the mouse nor your hand will suddenly slide away. Previous reviews have given out about how the plastic refracted the optical mice sensors and sent the cursor flying around. I haven't found this to be a problem on my mousemat, or maybe it lies with my mouse. I'd say it may happen once or twice a day and it can be annoying but nothing debilitating. As a bonus this plastic surface is very easy to clean if you're ham-fisted like I am and manage to spill coffee on it with alarming regularity.
Overall I'm happy to recommend this mousemat, I wouldn't spend any money on it but if you're given one at a conference don't throw it out!
Will Google take over the world in the future due to their enormous growth? Perhaps, but this mousemat says otherwise.
The first and foremost feature you should look for in a mouse mat is comfort on the wrists. Repetitive strain injury from long computer use is a pain you really don't want in your life. Fortunately, the mouse mat itself is cushioned with a foam undercoating and a fabric top (instead of the usual plastic). The material offers good comfort for the wrist. The only issue is that the material doesn't take long to start breaking apart making the mouse mat look tatty and old.
The fabric top means that a laser mouse will work as well as its supposed too. Plastic surfaces can cause issues for laser guided mice.
Google were not trying to win any awards with this mouse mat and neither is it customised for one type of computer user. If you love the Google brand then this mouse mat may be the one for you. But if you are looking for a long-term with long hours computer use mouse mat, I would search for one with a bit more life expectancy.
When it comes to mousemats there isn't generally much to get excited about which this Google Mouse Mat proves. I have owned the mouse mat for a number of years and it is of the exact same design as is on the Dooyoo picture for this item. The mat itself has a foam underside to it, which helps with cushioning my wrist when I rest on it, and also ensures it doesn't slip around when on a shiny surface. I prefer the rubber undersided mats, though, as they offer even more resistance but seen as I blagged this one from a former employer I won't be too harsh with it. The top surface of the mouse mat is cloth. A lot of mousemats have a plastic coating on the top but unfortunately these don't work as well with optical mice as I have found in the past. The material surfaces must lend itself well to the optical mouse and so this mat is ideal for my use.
One downside to the cloth covering on the mouse mat is that it can become dirty very quickly, especially because it has a white background to it. Another point to note about cloth finished mats is that the top tends to peel off quite easily. After a while of using the mat you may notice the edges to come away and fray, and quite often the corners will roll back on themselves.
This isn't the most hard wearing of mouse mats but as it is a very cheap solution I would say it is worth the while buying one. Google do have their own store (I believe) and perhaps this would be the best place to go for them. Fortunately for me I got it very cheap (free) and so struggle to fault it due to this.
I have owned this Google mousemat for many years now having inherited it when I moved desks at work. There is not much to get excited about (is there ever with a mousemat?!) it is standard size with a foam underside that both stops the mat sliding around the desk and gives you some cushioning when you rest your hand on it.
Topside you have the plastic like coating that shows you the google image with those 4 balls that are shown in the picture. I much prefer mats with the plastic coating to the ones that come with a bit of coloured fabric glued to the base. The problem with fabric ones is that they are difficult to clean and over time the fabric will start to come away from the base and roll up at the corners. This Google model though looks as good as new after several years use. The plastic is covered in tiny ridges that improve the grip of the mouse and stop it and your hand from sliding around. Cleaning it is also very easy - I just use a damp cloth and then dry it off with a towel.
Having said all that I have to admit that I haven't used this mousemat for a long time. When I used the old style of mouse with a ball in the bottom it worked perfectly but with optical mice it is a waste of time. The red light in the bottom of the mouse that usually picks up movement will misinterpet the picture on the mousemat and will think you are moving your mouse even when you aren't. The end result is that your mouse pointer will suddenly fly off to the edge of the screen. You take control again and a short while later the same thing happens again. I still use the same style of mat but make do with one that is a plain cover....which I think is a pity because it used to be nice to show a bit of individualism at work by having a nice colourful mousemat like this one!
Google Mouse Pad
I have to point out now that I did not actually go out and buy this Google mouse mat. When my sister was having a clear out, she handed a lot of things to me and one of them was this mat. To be honest, if I had not have been given this, I doubt very much I would have gone out and bought it as I like my mouse mats with decoration more to my liking, though a mouse mat is a mouse mat and my old one was looking a little scruffy so I started using this one which was still in its wrapper when my sister bought it to me.
I would assume that most people know that Google is probably the most well used/well known search engine on the internet. This mouse mat is designed in the way the Google home page is, with the Google wording and in this case, four balls of different sizes in the colours of the Google logo. I have seen other Google mouse mat designs out there so there are at least 5 designs to choose from.
As I already said, a mouse mat is generally a mouse mat no matter what the design. This one is a simpler version of a mouse mat, not like I am used to using. My old one was a USB connected mouse mat with a thick, hard feel to it. This, on the other hand, is completely the opposite with its thin material and no USB or other modern connections to speak of.
The surface of the mat is smooth, yet slightly textured. I find the mouse rolls over the surface easily though at times does seem to slip a little which is annoying. The bottom of the mat, however, is not slippery and does have a good grip on it.
Even though I wouldn't have gone out and bought this mat, and still wouldn't, it is a decent, basic mouse mat that suits your basic mouse needs.
My mouse mat has seen better days and has lots of coffee stains and other indentations on it as I have had it years and it has lasted really well, but the only thing is that the mouse doesn't glide over the mat properly so I get the arrow on the screen freeze on me until I lift the mouse and try again.
I was really happy to recieve a mouse mat as a funny gift from my daughter who says I'm addicted to the internet and she bought me a Google mouse mat so that I could see the logo incase I missed it when the computer was switched off... cheeky thing.
This has really made a difference to how the mouse reacts with the computer, instead of the arrow that is shown getting stuck on the screen when I'm trying to navigate a page, it glides around the screen smoothly and quickly, this has improved my browsing as the mat is easy to use with the mouse.
The mat is 23.5cm x 20cm and has a hard top which is wipeable if you spill anything on it, unlike my material topped older mouse mat that used to suck it up like blotting paper and is now in the bin. This one is more modern and has the Google design of the four little coloured balls on the white back ground.
The mat is can be bought at the Google online store where it will cost you £3.99 which is a good price to pay for a nicely designed mouse mat which could be collected if your into collecting mouse mats. It also has a non slip surface which makes it easier to glide the mouse across and I noticed the difference from this and my old mouse mat straight away. A vast improvement.
It's cheap to buy, better quality than other mouse mats, collectable and a designer product, so I would recommend it to you if your looking for a new mouse mat.
I'm happy I have one
You have never Googled like this!
As a big Google fan my friends thought I would be funny to give me lots of stuff from Google along with this Mouse pad from Google. You would be surprised of all the things they sell with Google on it. You have Google beach towels, bags, mug, pencils and lots more. Of course I got the mouse pad but also the pencils, a key ring, glass and lip balm! Yes a lip balm from Google. Like I said you wouldn't believe all the stuff they sell with Google on it.
As a Google fan I didn't even know that they sell that much and after I got these present I looked on the website and found the actual Google Store with hundreds of items even for YouTube. I would never buy something there myself but suppose its something fun to give to other people. I saw that you can buy this mouse pad for around 4 pounds.
The mouse pad is 23.5cm by 20cm and 3mm, it has a non slip base and is hard toped. Of course you have the name Google on it with the famous logo. It's actually quite a fun looking mouse pad and it looks nice enough next to the computer. The colours are really bright so I'm quite happy with it!
Looks aren't everything but luckily the mouse pad is great in use. It's smooth with the mouse and sticks a little bit underneath so it doesn't slide from the desk. So when you compare it with other mouse pad, it's a pretty decent and good in use. I really like the style of the mouse pad and it's one that does stand out and gets everybody attention so overall a really nice one to use!
I've got a bit of a thing about mouse mats, I wouldn't actually say I COLLECT them or anything like that but I've got sooooo many that I need to have a bit of a sort out in my PC Bits drawer because mouse mats are taking over the place!
I bought this Google one from a car boot sale a couple of weeks ago, I like mouse mats that have got brands on them and I really wanted this one because I use Google ALL day long so thought it would be kind of cool to have.
The mouse mat I've got is exactly the same as the one Dooyoo have got up, it shows the standard Google logo with the coloured balls that are sometimes used when Google goes a bit trendy and changes its logo around. The guy I brought this off had got about 6 different Google designs on the mouse mats though so it's worth having a look around before deciding which one it is you want.
It's just a basic mouse mat, standard size and everything like that. One of the things I like about it is that even though it feels pretty rigid it's quite thin. For me that's perfect because I like using thinner mouse mats because I think they're a lot easier to use, I've got a Barbie mouse mat that I use sometimes and that's soooooo think that I always feel like my wrist is on too much of a slant when I come to use it.
The surface of this Google mouse mat is smooth but you can feel that it's covered in loads of tiny ridges to give the mouse a good texture to hold onto. I think the mouse is very smooth and comfortable to use when I'm using this mouse mat, the mouse never misses a click or slides further than I want it to and that's important because some cheapo mouse mats are just too smooth and that makes the mouse much harder to control.
The bottom of the mouse mat is made out of a sticky sort of foam. I don't mean it actually FEELS sticky but it grips onto the desk good and I've never had it start sliding around on me or anything like that. It's quite a thin layer of foam so it doesn't make the mouse mat feel spongey to use.
Recommended..... a mouse mat that looks cool but is also lovely to use!!!