11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A simple plain black mouse mat with the Amazon Basics logo. Well made for the price.
Nothing more that you can really say about it, other than the mouse moves easily on it and it blends in nicely with the rest of the equipment in a simple and understated way.
Two and a half years later, still going strong. Still looks good. Maybe very very slightly looking frayed at edges but barely noticeable. Good buy!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A rubber backed mouse mat with a cloth front. Black, with a small Amazon Basics logo in the bottom right hand corner.
The rubber is quite thick and comfortable to rest your wrist on while moving the mouse. The matt black cloth front looks snazzy, and my optical mouse works well with it, with a smooth movement of the cursor on the screen as the mouse is moved. The rubber grip is effective and keeps the mat stationary.
Cheap, smart looking and effective at its job. Excellent.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Smart-looking black pad with a discreet logo in the lower right corner. It goes well with my keyboard. It is a good size (20 x 22.7 cm), large enough but not too vast on a smallish desk. The pad is very supple, covered in smooth jersey material with a textured rubber backing which seems to grip just about everywhere (my desk is covered by a decorative cloth).
I expected the fabric to start coming away from the backing at the lower edge, where my wrist rests and rubs on it, but so far (after 6 weeks of constant daily use), I can see no signs of wear whatsoever. My AmazonBasics 3-Button USB Wired Mouse Black (also AmazonBasics) glides effortlessly over the surface and I am very pleased with this small but useful purchase. I noticed how good this pad is when I washed it and briefly reverted to my old one during drying time. Huge difference!
UPDATE: After almost a year and a half of daily use, this pad is still in one piece, the fabric covering shows no sign of detaching and the bottom edge (where my wrist makes contact) is a bit shiny and slightly worn. Excellent durability in my experience.
The title more or less says it all; this is a better than average mouse mat for general computing (email, browsing, occasional gaming, desktop publishing, etc), but is not quite up to the quality of a more serious gamer's mat.
The mat has three layers rather than the usual two; the top layer is shiny cloth, then there is a foam layer, and at the bottom is a thin rubber layer. The bottom layer is not present on most mats in this price range, and it is this that gives the mat a slightly better than average look and feel (as well as giving good grip).
The mat is a little thinner than usual, coming in at 3mm, and works ok with both optical and tracker-ball mice. It also looks quite smart, especially with an all-black or all-white mouse.
As the mat has a cloth covering, it doesn't have the slick feel of a gaming mouse mat (which tend to have low friction plastic coverings rather than cloth), but I don't suppose this mat is aimed at serious gamers in any case.
One issue I don't know yet is how well the mat will last. The biggest issue with cloth covered mats is how quickly the cloth starts peeling off. I will update this review if I find any surprises on this front.
For the record, I use my computer for web design (Adobe Creative Suite), 3D authoring (SoftImage) and photography (Adobe Lightroom) as well as general computing (word processing, browsing, email) and a fair bit of more cerebral gaming (tending more towards strategy/simulations rather than first person shooters).
on 16 March 2014
HAVING READ THE REVIEWS I knew what to expect, good and bad. "Nice rubber mat but cloth upper layer frays at the edge." Knowing I wanted an organic surface with some traction, a rubber mat overlaid with cloth would be ideal - my only worry about this was the fraying some reviewers mention. WELL, it's easy to fix! (Whilst admitting the edge should perhaps be vulcanised to seal it - at this price?), I thought I would buy it and tape the front edge before any fraying occurred. I stuck quality black plastic electrical insulation tape along the front edge where the movement of the wrist is, and now months later (update: a YEAR later), the tape's still there, it stays put and doesn't lift. So, Shazoom! - I have the mat I wanted - and cheap - with some purchase (resistance) so I don't overshoot.
So many mouse mats are a hard synthetic somewhat shiny surface, not too dissimilar to a kitchen worktop, too slippy! If you want to buy this, apply some ordinary electrical insulation tape along the front edge of yours so your wrist movement doesn't fray it. You'll have "A Mousemat To Die For," to mouse quickly, intuitively and accurately. It's been going for over a year now and it's clear this cheap as chips at Amazon Basics price mousemat is a winner. I'm very happy with this inexpensive mat! (Update: 2 years now - the mat still has the same electrical insulation tape there, and all is okay).
on 1 August 2012
Before I write this I should point out that I got this item for free (promotion when purchasing a mouse as well), so I am technically not actually reviewing this with respect to the £5 price tag.
Anyway, I am a fan of cloth mouse pads (I had a Razor one in New Zealand) and I can say that while this isn't as good, It still does the job. The mat is a nice weight and the bottom surface is surprisingly hard to move while using the mouse. I am primarilly a 'wrist' user in that I use high resolution (dpi) settings to get the mouse to move further with little actual movement, and this probably keeps the mat in the same place as I don't move my hand.
The cloth surface provides a nice smooth surface and my mouse glides over it well. It is also kind on any fingers you have trailing off the mouse along the pad.
The only caveat I would make with this mat is it's ability when paired with a high resolution laser mouse. I haven't such a mouse to test this with, but I would suspect that there would be a little cursor 'jumping' as the laser tracks over the cloth weave.
Would I pay £5 for it? I have to admit I would have been much more reserved had I not been given the mousepad as part of a promotion, but I still would consider is a worthwhile buy.
It is so easy to downgrade the quest to find a good mouse mat, but it is foolish to do so. Consider the amount of time you sit in front of your computer in the course of a year. Even an average user will spend several hundred hours at least and, if your mouse mat is ineffective and inefficient, it could cause serious frustration, to say the least, and wrist pain and uncomfort at worst.
For some time now I have been using the Apple Magic Mouse together with a relatively expensive pad with a gel wrist support. For many operations, I began to find this combination frustrating, slow and unsatisfactory and decided to try out the inexpensive AmazonBasics pad. It is a simple, flexible rectangle, measuring approximately 8 x 9 inches. It is black in colour and has an excellent gripping back surface. I have found the pad to be ideal. A big improvement on my previous set-up, it allows my Mouse to glide effortlessly over its upper surface, improving the smoothness and the speed of my browsing. Additional bonuses are its simple, pleasing appearance and the fact that it colour co-ordinates with my computer equipment.
My more expensive Mat has now been mothballed and I highly recommend my new AmazonBasics one.
on 8 January 2011
It does seem a little odd to be reviewing a mouse mat! But, when looking at your home computing setup, a decent mouse mat is an important part of the setup that faces you on your desktop, so it's worth getting it right. This mat is in essence what it says on the tin: a good value, solid basic item that would be a good starting point for someone setting up their computer network for the first time-perhaps a student or a youngster getting their own room first time. There's a good surface with just the right amount of friction: the edges of which do seem a little prone to fraying, so I'm not sure how long this item would keep its pristine looks! Most important for me is the rubberised base which secures it exactly we want to be, and so far on my setup, has stayed foursquare!
I also think the wider issue of the Amazon Basics range is a good one. I like the push towards user friendly packaging, and there is a good range of products which provides a safe home for a user-friendly item like this. Obviously, the "value" ranges of other major retailers are the competition for this range, but so far it looks good, offers good value, and is a another few yards of territory for the expanding Amazon Empire!
Plain and simple with no thrills, a black mouse mat which would suit anyone - well apart from those that want some colour in their mat.
My husband wanted a plain black (boring to me, as I like the coloured ones) but he is more than happy with this Amazon Basics mat. It doesn't slip on the desk, no curling unlike some cheaper makes, but even so a little expensive for what you can get (patterned and shaped ones) at much the same price or slightly cheaper in sales.
His optical mouse and mine (both different types) work extremely well with it, have had one that our mouse didn't like. The one thing I will mention though if you put it into your laptop bag to use whilst at another office or such, then you may have trouble finding it, (dark bag insides and black mouse mats are not the easiest things when put together).
The Amazon Basic range is a great little range that does away with expensive packing, it comes (this item) in a white thin cardboard envelope inside a brown cardboard envelope, so won't get bent in the post but cuts down on packing.
Still have to give it 5 stars though as it does the job well and with the delivery thrown in not such a bad deal.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Part of the Amazon Basics range this mousemat is one of an ever growing selection of products that Amazon brands under its own name. The product itself is of reasonable quality about 0.5cm thick, of reasonable size and with a discreet Amazon Basics logo in the bottom right hand corner. The underside has a matted surface so it does not slip on the desk and the entire product came in "Amazon Certified Frustration Free" packaging, so was easy to get into.
Overall, my only criticism with the product would be the edges of the upper coating of that mat which appear as if they might fray. While there is no obvious reason to buy this over any other mousemat, I would say that this product is functional at a reasonable price.