What's in the box?!

What the hell did I just buy?

If you’ve been following my Loot Crate videos, you’ll know that I recently renovated my home office. My wife and I now have our own desks and little areas of the office. So far, it’s working out pretty well. Part of that whole transition was replacing our massive “L” shaped desk with two new desks; one for each of us. The desk I picked up has a pretty nice keyboard tray that I’ve been using without a mouse pad, but not using a mouse pad on a laminate wood desk is just a bad idea in general. Not only will it ruin the finish on the desk over time, it is less accurate for gaming. To remedy that, I set out to buy a mouse pad.

I’ll be honest here, I’ve never actually bought a mouse pad. I’ve either gotten them for free at work conferences, or they’ve come with a piece of hardware I bought, or I just didn’t use one. I figured I’d spend about $1 and get a floppy piece of neoprene to slap on the desk. Boy, was I wrong.

In typical fashion, I pinged the crew and asked for their input on what makes a good mouse pad and does it really matter which one I should get. Samba recommended that I check out the Func Surface 1030. Up until this point, my impression of a mouse pad is that it has always been an afterthought, something that you get but it really doesn’t matter which one. Boy, was I wrong.

First of all, it wasn’t $1 … it was $26. Yes. Twenty-six dollars. Two thousand six hundred pennies. Dafuq? For a mouse pad? But, I’m a sucker so I bought it. I mean, it’s only $26 right?

What's in the box?!
What’s in the box?!

The mouse pad arrived yesterday. In. A. Massive. Box. Seriously, look at the size of the box! I really thought Newegg screwed up and sent me the wrong thing. Honestly, how could a mouse pad be in a box this big? WHY would a mouse pad be in a box this large? Can’t we just roll them up and stick them in a padded envelope? When I opened up the box I was immediately taken back by the Apple level of detail to the packaging. This was entirely unexpected. Even more so than the size of the box it was shipped in.

Apple-esque packaging.
Apple-esque packaging.

It was at this point that I realized where my $26 went. It was all about the presentation.

There's important information here about a mouse pad.
There’s important information here about a mouse pad.

Then I opened up the box and saw what little bit of mouse pad goodness was lying in wait for my grubby hands. This thing really is impressive (at least as far as mouse pads go). It has different surfaces on each side depending on what you want to do. The speed side is very smooth and my mouse simply glides across it while the precision side has s slight bit or resistance to help improve your sniping or … your sniping.

Attention to detail.
Attention to detail.

It has a few other nifty things as well. Most importantly, it’s washable. That’s probably a good thing considering I just paid $26 for a fucking mouse pad. Oh, and it has a cord catcher for your mouse cable. When I get around to actually replacing my mouse with a quality wired gaming mouse, that will certainly come in handy.

Fits just right on my desk.
Fits just right on my desk.

I suppose it also helps that it fits nicely on my keyboard tray and looks good next to my Ducky Shine III keyboard.

Pickles

The Associates Press tech geek, web bastard and general jackass.

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