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I received one of these Hama Mouse Mat's free at my work when they were dishing out new mats. I already had a nice one of my own, but I thought I'd give this new one a try anyway. I believe they normally retail for £2-4, so they are definintely at the lower end of the mouse mat market.
In terms of looks, it's an unexciting mat, being a very plain red colour and being made of black foam on the bottom. The mat is very thin, so it looks quite sleek and like it would perform well, but I wasn't very impressed with it. The top layer is made of a kind of fabric which looks like the mouse will move smoothly across, and it feels reasonably smooth.
When I first used the mouse, I was disappointed. The mat was very loose on the surface of my desk, it was sliding all over the place whenever I used my mouse in larger movements, so I had to adjust how I used my mouse, which I really shouldn't have to do, and it made my wrist ache more. My normal mouse mat doesn't slide around, so I was irritated by this.
I also had to change to a mouse with a ball after a while, as opposed to my normal optical one, as the movements were coming through on the screen as jerky, and my mouse couldn't pick up movements on the plain mat. Compared with my Fellowes mat, which is plain, but can work with an optical mouse easily, this again was a disappointment. With a rollerball mouse the performance was better and the movements weren't jerky on the screen, but in general, by this point I'd already decided that I was going to be switching back to my original, comfortable mouse mat.
For infrequent use and casual users, this mat might be ok, particularly if you're looking for something cheap, but for anyone who wants to use a mat more often, or more accurately, this Hama Mouse Mat might irritate you as it did me, so I can't recommend it. Add some non-slip, make opticals register on it, and it's be ok, but until that happens, it's a poor choice of mat.
I had a thin looking hama mouse mat and I thought it was going to be fine with my mouse. I got it because it was cheap and I paid £2.99 for it. I have seen them for £1.99 in some places but I don't think I got ripped off on the price.
The mouse mat was plain, very plain. I think it was a boring mat when I think about it now, but at the time it was an impulse buy that I should have thought more about. The mat I had was a bit flexible but not so flexy that it bent out of shape if I picked it up, that was ok and it didn't crease.
When I got the mat I thought the slim design was cool. A bit like the fashion for ever thinner laptops and netbooks. The hama mouse mat was a skinny beggar that promised to make my mouse fly over with with no problems at all. It didn't work like that when I had it, it was harder to use than the thicker mats I think.
I can't say that when I was using the mat it was all that good. I have had stuff by hama before and most of it has been good, some great. This mouse mat wasn't one of those. I was a bit cheesed off with it in the end. I expected more from it but didn't get it.
I think it was too thin to be any real good and my mouse kept getting stuck and then flipping the mat up. I got cross about that because you don't want that when you are trying to click on something or scroll down a page do you. When I wanted to scroll down and had to move my mouse the mat wouldn't stay put, whats the point of that.
I had mouse mats before that are much better than the skinny old hama mat I had. I would not recommend this one and I would not buy one again. Better to spend a bit more and get a thicker one. I didn't get on with it at all.
I think the idea of a thin mat was great, when in use it didn't work with the mouse I had then. I think it was cheap but couldn't do what is was sold for, when it should have made using the mouse easier not harder. Tesco do some hama mats that they sell very cheap and they are much better than this one was.
I have previously reviewed a few Hama products and it would be fair to say that I like their computer accessories very much. I work on my laptop around the house and I found that using envelopes and books to rest my mouse on was unnecessary. The Hama laser mouse mat is very thin compared to ones I have used in the past. At first, I thought this was not a positive point, as a thicker pad offers a more responsive surface, right? Wrong! The fact the pad is very thin, it gives a more rigid surface, which is what you want for an accurate and responsive surface.
This particular mouse mat is designed especially for laser mice, and they are becoming more popular among laptop users. The mat also has an adhesive underside, and gives a lot of grip if you use it as a portable mouse mat. One other advantage to the fact it is so thin is that I can put it on my laptop keyboard and close the lid without any problems.
There isn't much more to say about a simple mouse mat, although this is one of the better quality mats I have come across, and at just a few pounds they are worth looking out for. Hama sell them in a variety of colours and designs, and there is something to match any room/laptop!