Date: May 5th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Corepad
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Black Icemat 2
Price: $47.50 + Shipping
Material: Frosted Glass
Dimensions: 250mm x 300mm
The Black Icemat 2 comes in a rather attractive branded
box complete with precut styrofoam protection. The review sample was
shipped from the head office in Europe and arrived in my home in Canada
intact. Although glass is rather tough, proper packaging is a must.
Also included is a strip of teflon tape called padsurfer
which can be cut into sections to fit perfectly on your mouse feet.
With careful measurements, you can easily get 3 or 4 complete applications
out of this one strip.
The Black Icemat 2 is exactly like the original Black
Icemat (Review: HERE)
other than it is 44% bigger. The surface is finely textured and very
smooth and the overall thickness is 5mm. The pad is kept in place through
the use of 6 small rubber feet (three on the top and three on the bottom).
Price: US$35.25 + Shipping
Dimensions: 220mm x 280mm
The Corepad came in a generic cardboard folded box which
again allowed the mousepad to be shipped from Europe to my door without
any breakage. The retail version box will have an attractive cover much
like the Icemat.
What first caught my eye when opening the package was
a rather stiff foam pad. This pad is meant to be an ergonomic wrist
support. One thing I would have liked to have seen is some sort of temporary
adhesion (soft rubber?) to keep the support in place at all times. In
most cases it did stick in place rather nicely, but after some extended
use, an adjustment is needed to put it back in place.
The Corepad also came with the exact same strip of teflon
tape as the Icemat. Only difference is that Corepad didn't brand it
and just called it Teflon tape.
The actual mousepad is slightly smaller than the Icemat
and is rather attractive. The surface is textured via a fine lattice
fencing over a 5mm thick pane of clear glass. The pad is kept in place
via four small rubber feet.
With the wrist support in place, you have a rather attractive
and ergonomic gaming surface.