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July 28, 2011

3M Precise Optical Mousing Surface


Most of the time I use my Air while sitting at an old wooden table.

I noticed that my Magic Mouse wasn't working very well with the Air even though I'd Pledged the wood as best I could.

So badly was it tracking that I had to switch to a wired mouse which worked just fine.

But who wants that?

So I had my Crack Research Team™ (I've decided to become proprietary about it again, at least for the time being, what with TechnoDolt™ poised to go viral any decade now) drill down and see what they could find to make my wireless mouse work the way it's supposed to.

After only a week of searching they came up with this tool.

It arrived yesterday and I put it to the test, first mousing around without it and then with it.

Bottom line: works perfectly, does what it says, tracks precisely and effortlessly, and thus consigns my backup wired mouse to the utility drawer.

Details: it's a 7-inch x 8.5-inch piece of thin plastic with some sort of specialized texture akin to a diffraction grating engraved on the top.

The reverse side has a repositionable backing that keeps the surface in place and lifts off without damaging furniture or leaving any residue.

The package shows some guy removing it from the top of his laptop, which would be an easy way to take it with you.

Also works nicely with a wired mouse, by the way.

Bonus: On the front of the package it says "Extends battery life up to 75% for wireless mice*."

On the back in really tiny print it says, "*Our lab testing has shown that these surfaces draw less current and thus offer 75% more battery life. The lab tests were done using mice from the leading manufacturers in the marketplace (Microsoft and Logitech) in conjunction with batteries from the leading battery manufacturers in the U.S. (Energizer, Duracell and Rayovac). Our battery saving mousing surfaces feature the 3M micro-textured technology used to make 3M™ Precise™ Optical Mousing Surfaces."

You'll have to take 3M's word for the battery life extension but even if it's wishful thinking, the improved mouse function makes this an excellent addition to your batterie de computer.

Highly recommended.



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I have one. Not the same brand, but same concept. Love 'em.

Posted by: bubbub | Aug 3, 2011 12:09:42 AM

I'd double-down on the recommendation. I've had these for 10 years or so, and they are the best mousepads I've ever used.

Posted by: Dave Tufte | Jul 28, 2011 1:29:04 PM

Wonder if they changed the plastic on the back? I used to love these until about 4 years ago, when the changed the backing to something that slips around all over the table.

Posted by: jim` | Jul 28, 2011 12:03:26 PM

Gawd...I remember 3M being the guys that made the HORRIBLE pads for things like the old Sunstation mice and other high end unix machines. Couldn't use ANYTHING but these pads, or the optical mice didn't work.

Wasn't that they couldn't have figured out universal mousing like the ones do today, it was that they wanted you to be indebted to their horrible horrible computer accessories. Even if this works, no thank you...I had enough bad experiences 15 years ago...

Posted by: clifyt | Jul 28, 2011 9:38:59 AM

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