Mousepads are still a huge favourite! An affordable promotional give-away of premium quality and durability. We print up to full colour with UV inks and die cut into all sorts of customised shapes and sizes. Printing is done directly onto a crosshatch substrate with either a foam or rubber backing for non-slip, optimal grip.
The rigid substrate we use for our mousepads provide excellent tracking for all devices and applications. The printed surface is vibrant in colour with a textured feel.
A mouse pad is a fantastic way to promote your business and web site. Mouse pads are seen every time your client / customer use their computer or are at their work station. How else could you get so much targeted exposure?
For cutomised mousepads supply us with designs ready for print and let one of our qualified designers do something spectacular for you. Have photo or image printed, have your mousepad as an enlarged business card, or do a calendar – the options are endless! You can use one of our existing dies or have your own unique shape custom made.
Facts for fun
The History of Mousepads
During a 1968 presentation by Douglas Engelbart marking the public debut of a mouse, Engelbart used a control console designed by Jack Kelley of Herman Miller that included a keyboard and an inset portion used as a support area for the mouse. According to Kelley and also stated by Alex Pang, Kelley designed the first mousepad a year later, in 1969.
Details of a mousepad designed by Armando M. Fernandez were published in the Xerox Disclosure Journal in 1979 with the description:
CRT CURSER CONTROL MECHANISM PAD
To assist the operation of a cathode ray tube pointer 10 wherein a metal ball is rolled on a hard surface, the disclosed pad may be utilized. A resilient, rubber-like material 12 is bonded or otherwise attached to a hard base material 14 which keeps the rubber-like material flat. The base has four rubber-like pads 16 on the opposite side from the resilient material to refrain the pad from sliding on the surface of a table, for instance.
—Xerox Disclosure Journal, Volume 4, Number 6, November/December 1979
By 1982, most users of the Xerox ball mouse were using “special pads” to increase the friction of the ball.
The Oxford English Dictionary tracks the term mouse pad to the 25 August 1983, publication of InfoWorld, and the predominantly British term mousemat to 17 October 1989, in the publication 3D.