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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [03.11.04]
Manufactured by: Everglide

Price: $39.95

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Weekly One Pager

Today's subject for the Weekly One Pager is the brand new "Ray" mousepad from Everglide.

If this mousepad looks familiar to you, it's because it is the newest version of Everglide's top end gaming mousepad, the Giganta. It is made of the same material, is the same enormous 9.5" by 11.5" size. However it has a few tricks up its sleeve:

When plugged into a USB slot (it comes equipped with a 5' cable), six blue LED's light up, giving a beautiful effect. There is no switch, so the only way to turn it off is to unplug the USB port. Also, it will take up a port without having a pass-through. With motherboards coming with 6 or more USB ports however, this isn't too much of a problem.

Let's go back to the pad itself for a moment.

The surface is a smooth-grain surface, that I find to be very quick and precise.

To make for the light-up effect, the Ray has to be composed of a clear plastic. This of course would not work well with optical mice. To remedy any problems, the plastic contains some reflective material. The Ray worked fine with all six of the optical mice I tested on it (brands ranging from Logitech, to Microsoft, to some no-namers).

One thing I have to mention that the original Gigantas didn't have that this one does - the entire back surface is coated with a rubber non-stick pad. The older pads had 6 or 9 rubber feet to try to keep the behemoth pad in place, and it didn't work too well. With the new rear surface, this mouse pad isn't going ANYWHERE. Kudos to Everglide!

Well that about covers the Everglide Ray for this week's One-Pager! If you already liked the Giganta, then this makes for a very cool addition to a modded PC. If you are looking to upgrade to a hard surface pad, then you can't go wrong here.

The only problem I can think of is the incredible $40 price tag - $40 for a mouse pad! Wow, I remember when people questioned me for spending $15 on a 3M mousepad 5 years ago!

If you are interested in the Giganta, but don't want to drop $40 on a mouse pad, you can get the plain Giganta for just $14 at various online vendors. It should be the same in every way, except the lack of lights, and $40 price tag.