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November 4, 2012

Magnetic Project Mat

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Oliver Hulland, editor of Kevin Kelly's Cool Toolsraved about this mat in the latest edition.

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If someone as skilled and experienced as Oliver says it's fo shizzle then it's plenty good enough for me.

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Below, his review.

In the past few months I've had to repair my iPhone, my digital camera, and my Macbook Pro and I've found iFixit's magnetic mat indispensable.

Not only does the magnetic surface mean fewer lost screws, but it's whiteboard surface also means I can keep track of what came from where.

Intelligently, iFixit includes a very nice fine-tipped dry-erase marker from Staedtler for quickly jotting down repair notes (the marker also features a bit of wool on the cap for erasing).

The Pro model mat, which I own, also features a nonslip foam backing much like that of a mousepad which, when flipped upside down, features cutouts that act like cups.

I like mine so much that it never leaves my desk, where it serves as a miniature whiteboard, mousepad, and DIY repair station.


Standard or Pro: $12.95–$19.95.

November 4, 2012 at 10:01 PM | Permalink


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The folks at iFixit say that they've tested it over and over with hard drives, etc, and it hasn't caused a problem. I've disassembled a portable hard drive with an LCD and a spinning drive in it, and it worked just fine.

I imagine that because it's a fairly weak magnet, and there isn't a lot of movement through the field that the likelihood of something happening is close to zero.

Posted by: Oliver Hulland | Nov 4, 2012 11:20:20 PM

Won't the magnetic field mess with electronics like the chips or maybe the display?

Posted by: Paul Pruitt | Nov 4, 2012 11:02:04 PM

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