I’ve been traveling to our mouse pad supplier many times in the past two months. I went there with the China team to check the demo sample, get the material confirmed, monitor the prototype run, calibrate the logo print, and oversee the mass production. The workers got so used to me shooting wherever I can that they know to keep doing their stuff when I’m approaching with a flashy phone pointing toward them, leaving me good photos and videos of how they carry out their work. Now that the mouse pads have been shipped out, I flew back home to prepare for the soon-to-come Chinese New Year and enjoy some precious time with my family.
Mouse pads and desk mats
As we mentioned back in December, we set upon the journey of creating mouse pads and desk mats to challenge our sourcing and logistics teams. Not only are these products relatively quick to develop, low-cost, and easy to store, they also let us test our systems before Spectrums start rolling off the conveyor belt and need to be ferried to their new homes.
We didn’t go in-depth in our survey but were able to pick up on some essential preferences. We already mentioned how a good mouse pad should offer a smooth surface that your mouse can freely move on, and a texture that lets the sensor in your mouse track to the best of its capability, and you seemed to agree there. On top of that, second only to precise tracking came durability, which is why we ended up with a strong, water- and dirt-repellent Cordura fabric to top our mats. These mouse pads will provide a great mousing surface, last you a long time, and be easy to keep clean!
This fabric is bonded to a flexible but sturdy base patterned for optimal grip so that it doesn’t glide around. We found that 3mm was a thickness that will nicely even out small ridges or gaps in your desk, without making it feel like your mouse is up on a shelf. Our factory uses a secret mixture based on natural rubber to create the base, so there are no chemical smells like with some rubberized products.
Here, a mysteriously masked and caped stranger adds the factory’s secret ingredients to the rubber mix. Either that, or it’s just protective equipment. I prefer the first version…
To ensure your mat stays in great shape, the edges are machine-stitched to prevent fraying. And since most of you preferred a simple logo print over the more in-your-face options, we kept things simple and subtle. No bright colors, no big images, no contrast stitching, just our triangle logo unobtrusively in the corner.
Finally, we have five different sizes available, based on your feedback. We were surprised at the popularity of the larger sizes and would have loved to offer even bigger desk mats. We found that larger sizes required multiple operators to handle and would end up wasting more of our fabric. Add to that the higher cost in shipping, and their price would have been much higher than what we can offer today.
|Size (mm)||Size (inches)||Price|
|300 × 250 × 3 mm||13.8 × 9.8 × 1/8||19.99$/€|
|400 × 300 × 3 mm||17.7 × 11.8 × 1/8||25.99$/€|
|500 × 500 × 3 mm||19.7 × 19.7 × 1/8||29.99$/€|
|900 × 350 × 3 mm||35.4 × 13.8 × 1/8||39.99$/€|
|1000 × 500 × 3 mm||37.4 × 19.7 × 1/8||49.99$/€|
What are you waiting for?
Feel free to leave your questions here, and we’ll try our best to answer them all. The mouse pads are in stock and shipping now, grab yours before supply runs out!