MouseGlider - Virtual MousePad
|MouseGlider - Virtual MousePad|
|Closer Look at the Virtual Pad|
|Testing and Conclusion|
A few weeks back MouseGlider contacted us and asked us if we wanted to try out a revolutionary new product aimed for the computer market. We were immediately excited and I personally had visions of a hover mouse that floated above your desk and glided effortlessly with a mere feather touch. My mind snapped back to reality and I took at look at MouseGlider.com to see exactly what was new and revolutionary about their products. The concept is that your hand causes the most friction on your mouse pad, and even if you put Teflon feet on your mouse, your hand still drags on the pad. The MouseGlider is sort of portable "Hand Pad" that eliminates the friction between your hand and the mouse pad. Sounds like an interesting idea for sure, and in this review we'll find out how well it works in the real world.
MouseGlider was started by a "computer geek" who wanted and needed something better than a traditional mouse pad. He wanted something to eliminate friction from rubbing his arm on the edge of the desk. The MouseGlider was born to reduce friction and make using the computer a smoother more enjoyable experience. Here's what they say:
The MouseGlider™ (US and Foreign Patents Pending) is the world's first moveable and glideable mouse pad unique in the industry and is the ultimate ergonomic accessory for your mouse, and once you try it you will not want to use your mouse without it.
Leonardo da Vinci once said "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." The MouseGlider™ System is a perfect example. Detailed design and high quality material make the MouseGlider™ a sophisticated product that is simple to use with any mouse.
What are the benefits of the MouseGlider™ System? It eliminates the friction caused by the palm and forearm when using a mouse – and it works with ANY mouse! Now your hand and palm glide with your mouse – increasing precision while reducing fatigue and eliminating the friction and irritation created by a stationary mouse pad or work surface.
The secret? It is the palm of your hand, the major cause of friction. In fact, the MouseGlider™ System may even eliminate the need for a conventional mouse pad, giving gamers, graphic artists, and other power users a virtual mouse pad area limited only by desk space.
BCCHardware received a total of three MouseGlider products. I received the LS7 and LS7-D (Deluxe) and Jason "Fujitsu" Schneider received the LL6-D unit. MouseGlider is not a one-size-fits-all product and you need to order the appropriate model for the mouse you intended to use it with. You'll see why in a moment.
The "Standard" Glider is essentially a neoprene surface that has a hole cut in it where you mouse fits. The bottom of all MouseGlider products is made from a smooth Teflon material that glides quite easily on most surfaces. On the Deluxe glider, the Teflon bottom surface extends into the hole and has a smaller hole in it to allow the mouse sensor to track on the surface below it. Both come with a detachable forearm protector as you'll see on the next page.