The first mouse was introduced in 1968 by the Stanford Research Institute. You may recall our post on the Hama MW-300 three-button mouse where we cover a little bit of history of the mouse.

Back in the sixties, they were also using a mouse tray designed by Jack Kelley. This was used with a mouse that had wheels.

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Popular Office Mouse Mat with wristrest

Companies like Xerox then developed a mouse that used a rollerball, and this type of mouse was used for decades. These types of mice (as some of you might remember) were always used with office mouse mats to protect them from dirt and damage.

You might even remember clicking off the bottom of a mouse to fish out some dust bunnies. Mousepads did help preserve the mouse’s control mechanism as well.

The optical mouse was invented in the 1980s and is most likely what you use now. This does make the job of a mouse mat somewhat obsolete. However, there is still something to be said for extra comfort and cleanliness wherever it can be found.

So what are some of the benefits of investing in a mouse mat, no matter how small or large the investment?

So here are a few things to consider when choosing an office mouse mat

What’s the need?

Whether it be a wrist support or perhaps more of a cleanliness issue, think about the why before you buy.


Cloth, plastic with rubber bottoms, aluminium, and glass, there is a multitude of choices. This is depending on what your need is you might choose cloth or comfort or something more towards plastic or metal. if you’re looking to keep things clean.

The ‘look’

Your desk might be minimalist, it might be multicoloured, think about how you want your mat to blend in (or stand out).

No matter what you’re looking for, it might just come down to something usable, comfortable and cost-effective. If that’s the case we cant recommencement this easy clean, soft gel mat enough.

With wrist rest in soft translucent gel providing this ticks with the comfort box no matter how long you’re using it.

The easy wipe down material helps you to keep clean and free of germs, and the look is simple elegant black to complement any office desk.

Wondering how you should sit at your desk.  Read the NHS guidelines here.

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