Hearty thanks go out to the wonderful
people at Icemat.com and Soft Trading for sending
me this lovely Black Icemat all the way from Denmark.
The perfect mousing surface is not something
that most people will ever experience in their lifetime.
Usually the equivalent of a dirty rag is used to help
control one of the most vital extensions to a gamer's
life. Up until I received the Icemat, I had been that
sad sorry gamer. Let's see if the Icemat can become
the holy grail of mousing surfaces or just a hard
The concept of producing a mouse pad out
of glass is not something that you come across every
day. Usually it would be ignored because of the obvious
problems that it could cause with the incredibly popular
The Icemat has overcome this problem and
has been certified for use with the following optical
- Wireless Intellimouse® Explorer
- Intellimouse® Explorer 3.0
- Optical Mouse Blue
- Optical Mouse Blue, wireless
- MX 300
- MX 500
- MX 700
The Icemat may very well work with other
mice but no official tests have been performed. It
worked well on my Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical USB.
I rather unexpected received this package
one evening and for the life of me couldn't remember
what it was. After a few head scratches I ripped open
the packaging and the room was filled with Ooooohh's
The Icemat itself was packed to survive
even the most abusive courier with the item being
sandwiched between two thick pieces of Styrofoam.
My first impression of the Icemat as it
emerged from its square cocoon was a simple "wow".
Various other comments from the peanut gallery were
similar as well with a few mentions of "cool" or "interesting".
It is really quite the beautiful piece of work.
The Black Icemat is made up of a plate
of glass of similar thickness to a typical window
with the official thickness being 6.2mm. On the back
is a metallic surface that gives it its flat black
colour. Also mounted on the back are 6 polyurethane
feet to prevent the Icemat from sliding during those
frantic gaming sessions.
The dimensions of the Icemat are larger
than your typical mouse pad. Measuring a hefty 250x210mm,
it gives you plenty of space that will keep those
with even the lowest sensitivity from having to readjust
The www.Icemat.com logo is printed nicely
in the corner of the pad and because of the surface
looks almost slightly out of phase with its surroundings.
Saving the most important for last, the
surface of the Icemat is extremely fine and smooth
but you can just barely see and feel the minute bumps
on the surface. To describe it more accurately:
If you have ever found a piece of glass
that has washed up on shore at a beach you will know
the feeling. Incredibly smooth and beautiful yet it
has the wonderful ability to prevent your hand from
The surface also tends to take on a decent
amount of static cling. I found during my testing
that it held onto a good amount of dust. It could
be easily brushed off and the cling can only help
the mouse ball maintain its grip.
The Icemat also came shipped with a strip
of Teflon tape and a small information card. The card
states, "To improve accuracy, please apply the enclosed
Padsurfers." These Padsurfers are specially designed
to allow the mouse to slide more smoothly over the
surface of the mouse pad when attached to the mouse
feet. Unfortunately the amount that they give you
is rather minimal and will run out after about 4 mice.
Without the Padsurfers you may find that the mouse
pad gives off a distracting scratching noise.