Arriving a few weeks ago just in time for the cold winter weather in Canada's national capital, Ottawa, I received a package from NewerTech and Other World Computing. I was excited to receive this package, and not because it contained high tech goodies, but because it had a pair of NuTouch gloves. The reason I was looking forward to receiving these gloves is because I use my iPhone a lot when I'm outside, and my old pair of gloves didn't work with touchscreens. This meant having to take off my gloves when operating touchscreen devices, and with outside temperatures frequently dropping into the -20 degree celcius (-4F) range, this resulted in frozen hands.
From my first personal computer to now, I've never regularly used a mousepad. I used them once and a while when using someone else's computer or when at a public lab, but I never really picked up on use for myself. I've always found a plain desk surface to be much more usable. Things changed when I got a new desk. When using my cordless optical mouse on it, I found that the desk wasn't so great for optical mice to track on. With fast movement, or even on certain parts of the desk pattern, the cursor would jump erratically. Not wanting to give up the comfortable mouse I was using, I looked for other alternatives, namely a mousepad. The reason why I never really found mousepads to be practical in the past was because they were generally too small, most smaller than an 8.5x11 inch sheet of paper. When I used ball mice, this would prove to be annoying because the mouse would lose the ability to track when it rolls over the edge of the mousepad. As well, most mousepads were generally of the foam and cloth variety which tended to be pretty thick. This was more of a comfort thing. And concerning construction, I've seen that these generic mousepads don't last long. I've seen many mousepads with the cloth peeling from the foam base which leads to bad tracking over that area.
I just bought a new notebook computer recently, and when I received it, I evaluated which accessories I could keep from my old notebook for use with the new one. One of these components was my old travel mouse, a Microsoft Optical Notebook Mouse. It worked fine, although it was a little small and not as comfortable as a full sized desktop mouse. When I went to use it with my new notebook, I found that the USB cable wasn't long enough. On my old notebook, the USB port was on the back, and on my new notebook, the USB ports are on the left side. Being right handed, the cable would have to pass behind my notebook in order to use the mouse properly. No dice. Anyway, this gave me an excuse to buy a new notebook mouse and this time I was aiming for a cordless one.