Icemat 2nd Edition Mouse Mat

Introduction and Packaging

Introduction

Recently, manufacturers have been introducing additional gaming equipment and peripherals beyond the ordinary mouse and keyboard. The introduction of mouse mats aimed at gamers has taken off, with most mouse manufacturers introducing a specialist mouse mat to get the most from their mice.

Icemat however, are a company who literally made their name with their first offering to the gaming community, the "Icemat". Since then they have began producing other gaming products such as headsets, and have also introduced a new version of their trademark mouse mat. Today I will be reviewing the "Icemat 2nd Edition"


Packaging

Externally, the retail packaging is basic, but eye catching. A list of the specifications and the colour of the mat is found on the front, but besides that there isn't much to tell. Personally I prefer subtle packaging, and I think Icemat have done well by not including too much on the exterior.


Box - Front Box - Rear

As you may or may not know, the Icemat 2nd Edition is made of glass, which is why I was interested to see just which precautions were taken when designing the packaging for this product. As you lift the lid of the box, you see a plain white sheet of styrofoam, and lifting this you are greeted with the Icemat itself.

 

open box

 

The mouse mat is secured between this top piece of styrofoam, and another underneath it, which lock in together to keep the glass safe. I think that this should be enough for everyday situations, and even the most clumsy postman shouldn't cause the Icemat 2nd Edition any trouble.

 

Included in the box is a small plastic bag, which contains 5 "padsurfers", and the instructions on using them. I will elaborate on these later. These are the only items included, so again Icemat have resisted the urge to overdo the packaging. To me this creates a good first impression of not only the product, but the company as well.


padsurfers

Well that's enough for the packaging, let's move on to the mat itself and how it looks.
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Most Recent Comments

29-06-2007, 12:40:33

Ham
Another nice job ins.

One thing, you havn't mentioned the price (or expected price) anywhere, just that its expensive...Quote

29-06-2007, 12:41:07

mVp24
Great review INS! This pad seems interesting

PS: We need a thumbs up smiley...Quote

29-06-2007, 14:39:02

[Ins]
I don't think the pad has been released yet in the UK so price is to be tba. However the marketing I received with the pad stated that it was aimed at the "pro gamer" and as a result would be priced at the higher end of the market.Quote

29-06-2007, 15:09:48

equk
nice review.

hopefully these alu mats will last longer than the old ones as mine (4S) wore out within 5-6months

I also laugh at this "pro gamer" "pc enthusiast" etc marketing.Quote

29-06-2007, 15:26:50

AydST
aye not in the UK yet is correct, last time I checked I was told a month or so but I'll confirm on MondayQuote
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