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Buying another one after several years of daily use
May 5, 2013
I bought mine at least 6 years ago, maybe 10. It has held up very well, with just a few soda-can and coffee-mug-sized ring marks and a little scuffing after daily use. The surface is still smooth, and the foam backing is still intact. The foam backing grips my desk the way I want it to, and never adhered inappropriately as one reviewer wrote, nor could I imagine it doing that in normal office conditions; it isn't a sticky surface. This deskpad has a nice weight to it, a simple design, and a matte non-glare surface, all of which make it look and feel classy. When I told my office mate I was getting a new one, he quickly asked if he could have the old one. I don't recognize this product in the negative reviews I'm reading, and I'm hoping the product has not changed since I bought it (or I will be reclaiming the old one). If I find the product has changed, I will write a follow-up post, but for now I'm investing in another one that I trust is exactly like it.
Update 5/8/13: Just received my new deskpad. It isn't exactly the same as the old one (and the old one has an Artistic label on it, so I know I'm comparing apples to apples). The new one doesn't have an Artistic label on it, just came in their packaging -- does it mean they no longer want to put their name on their work? Hmmm. The padding is a different color (dark gray), a rougher texture, and about half as thick. When I slide my thumb over the old padding, my thumb slides over it easily, and I don't worry about the padding rubbing off. When I do the same on the new padding, I worry that if I press too hard the padding might rub right off. The surface of the deskpad is also a little different. The old one is very smooth and a little shiny, maybe from years of use, though it seems uniformly shiny at the edges too. The new one feels rougher and is much less shiny. Similar to the difference between construction paper and copy paper, the new surface is just a little grainier. My office mate offered me my old one back and I considered the trade. Then he said you can change your mind at any time. I'll keep the new one and see how it goes.