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I use computers on a daily basis and thanks to many working environment assessments I am aware of all the potential dangers and injuries that can be obtained from just sitting at a desk! The Kensington Duo Gel Wave mouse mat was provided to me by my employers after I suggested that this would be a more comfortable way of working that would help improve my posture. It's currently available to purchase from www.Amazon.co.uk at the price of £3.99.
First off the mouse mat actually looks pretty cool. It's sleek and professional but it has a stylish design as well. The mat is laid out in a portrait format, with the longer edges being on the sides and the top and bottom being shorter. This is different to many mouse mats that have a horizontal landscape positioning. The mouse mat has a rubber base with a moulded section at the bottom that contains gel filled inserts. The main area of the mouse mat is a plain black area that is where you place the mouse for use. The gel pads have a dual-coloured swirl design in black and blue. This detail adds a bit of interest to an ordinary piece of equipment and is nice to look at.
As well as looking tidy it is extremely comfortable. I have the bad habits of always dropping my wrist down to rest my arm when I am using my mouse, and this can become quite painful after prolonged periods of having my wrist angled up from the hard surface of my desk. The Kensington Duo Gel Wave eliminates this problem as the gel cushions are raised high enough to allow me to rest my wrist in a flat position but still have my hand elevated enough to allow my fingers to work the mouse buttons. The gel is very soft and squishy and will settle as you put pressure onto it. You can then find the best position to suit you and sit and work in comfort while the gel provides a stable and secure resting point.
As if that wasn't enough, the mouse mat is also extremely durable and hardwearing. The gel inserts are resistant and responsive, so they can mould to the shape of your wrist and then will return to their fully plumped state again afterwards. They can be prodded and poked but the coating is very strong and has not suffered any scuffs or punctures. The base of the mouse pad is prone to getting dirty, particularly as I often eat at my desk and get mess everywhere, and there is an overload of dust on all my surfaces! I have tried cleaning the mouse pad with cloths and wipes and this seems to help but there are a couple of stains that will not budge. Still, other than that I have had absolutely no problems.
As for using the mat, it provides a smooth clear surface for you to run your mouse over. This allows for a good direct contact between the mouse and the base, and has made tracking my movements with the cursor more responsive and less prone to the jumps that I would get when not using a mouse pad as obstacles often got in the way, as well as irregularities in the surface causing problems.
Kensington have taken something very simple and provided an effective alteration that is comfortable, practical and essential in my line of work. I am hardly ever away from my computer when I'm in the office and the Kensington Duo Gel Wave mouse mat is a fantastic piece of kit that I would not want to be without.
I have had this mousemat for a while now and its still great. I used to have an old dell mouse (Dell are rubbish dont buy Dell btw). Anyway, when this mat was new it had a great grip and traction on the track ball in the dell mouse. The many dimpled surface has worn a bit but it still grips the track ball as well as it ever did.
I upgraded to a laser mouse about a year ago, as that works perfectly as well, no problems whatsoever. I cant really comment on optical mice, but from my experience most of them felt cheap and jumped to the end of the screen a lot from subtle movements anyway.
As for the wristrest itselt, its amazingly squidgey, you'll be poking fun at it for ages, though this was my first gel rest. Something that is annoying is that others who sit at your desk will try to pop it open so the gel oozes out, this hasnt happed though despite great efforts from various people. The rest is on the firm side and of course plastic coated rather than the softer fabric coated belkin gel rests.
Another fantasic thing about it is that the underside of the mat is made from sticky squidgey rubber that will adhere to any flat surface, so it wont move about while your using it. This can lead to the eventualy build up of dust and debris on the underside, but you can rinse it off... its all plastic.
For me its great, makes my pc seem 100 pounds more expensive due to its professional look. Be warned however, if you need a large mat or use your mouse in large turning circle movements this will not suffice, and it will not replace a gaming mat, which arent comfortable at all but ensure you wont run the mouse off the mat easily. But im a gamer dabbling in the old Oblivion and UT3 goodness and i have not a problem with it...BUY IT.