If you're a fan of Intel's Arc GPUs, you'll love this new accessory. Intel is selling a new Arc-inspired RGB mousepad (via its Intel store) that can fit under both your keyboard and mouse. The mousepad measures 36.5 x 15.5' (930 x 400mm) and is made of a soft fabric designed for all mice sensitivities and optics. A USB-C port powers the RGB lighting.
The mousepad's color theme is the same as Intel's Arc GPUs, featuring a pink and blue color combination. Its graphics feature two very bright RGB halos, one complete and one not complete. The right one is a complete ring representing where your mouse should be located, while the other is just for show, being a much larger halo that protrudes beyond the edges of the mousepad, so only a part of the ring is visible.
These pink and blue halos are the same halos you'll find across all of Intel's Arc GPU advertisements and presentations.
Unlike more traditional RGB mousepads that use a hard surface along with bright RGB perimeter lighting, Intel's mousepad is the opposite utilizing a softer diffused RGB lighting solution, along with the use of softer fabric material. The dimmer light gives the mousepad a more mature look and can be less distracting when gaming, while the soft fabric material allows you to fold the mousepad for much easier transportability if you need to take it with you on vacation or on a business trip.
For now, the super wide 930 x 400mm form factor is the only size Intel carries. We don't know if Intel will expand its portfolio of sizes, but we hope to see a normal-sized version at the very least for those of us who only use mousepads for the mouse alone.
Unfortunately, Intel's mousepad does not come cheap, being priced at $64.77 (opens in new tab). Similar mousepads with cloth material and RGB illumination can be found for under half that price. But if you want to show your love for Intel's discrete GPUs, some of which are now among the best graphics cards, this mousepad provides a great way to do so.
At this point I am rooting for dot com bubble 2.0 so tech companies get back to Earth and lose their arrogance.
My guess is that they made this for their own events, demos, etc. and then decided also to offer it to the few members of the public who might want one.
I find the aspect ratio of it somewhat surprising. Is this a new thing in mousepads, maybe driven by the prevalence of ultra-widescreen gaming monitors?
BTW, reminds me of this:
In that case, I think actually fan-made.
Too much? xD
Remember when we were given free things in exchange for ads, instead of being expected to pay upfront for the privilege of hosting an advertisement in our office?
Will version 2.0 require a monthly subscription?
Better question: Why are mouse pads back to being made with grippy dirt-magnet surfaces, as if mice still have balls?
How about something with a nice slick optical-friendly surface that won't gunk up the sliders?
That sounds hard. It should be soft. It really bugs me to hear my co-workers slapping their mouse on their bare desks. A mousepad with a slick surface probably wouldn't be much better.
I've used foam + cloth mousepads for like 30 years. If you wash your hands and don't eat finger food at your PC, they tend to stay clean for a long time. Every now and then, you can wash them with dish soap and warm water, in a sink. Maybe not these RGB versions...
Obviously not, and that would make me a lot less likely to use it. RGB mouse pads are usually the cheapest of the cheap quality, can't be PC controlled (or require massive bloat/spyware when they are), and don't even light up that well.
But if you really want one, a "brand promotion" quality rgb mouse pad is like $15-$20.
It sounds like your coworkers are like me, and are tired of wasting money on mousepads which actively make it harder to use a mouse. Maybe they would actually use one if the pad was more comfortable or made the mouse work better, which is the point. If a mouse pad made their lives easier then they would use one.
I have a dog with short hair like porcupine quills and an optical mouse. The way to get his hair out of a cloth mouse pad is with tweezers. They perform worse than nothing, and probably only still exist because it's super cheap and easy for social media mega-shills to get their logo printed on one.
But I guess I'm just too old for this "PC accessories as a fashion trend for little kids" trash. I still have no idea why anybody was spending $200 on a keyboard that's missing half the keys, then another $200 on a macro keyboard to partially replace the keys they paid extra to not-have.