Portable Mousing: Alupad


I found this one when I discovered the UpStand earlier, and it got my attention. At first, the concept seems a bit weird. After further consideration however, it made sense.

I was working a job last week, which involved working on a brand-new 27-inch iMac. It was three days old, so of course, it came with a Magic Mouse. They needed lots of space to get everyone in one area, so we all sat around this conference table with a glass top. This caused havoc with the Magic Mouse, and no one could get it to work. No one had a mousepad handy, so they used a piece of paper held onto the surface by a heavy paperweight. It was stupid.

On first blush, this is just a really expensive mousepad. It’s called the Alupad, and at $49.99, it ain’t cheap. Yet it succeeds where other mousepads have issues. It’s slim enough to fit into a laptop bag, and about the same size as well. It’s durable enough to handle lots of road trips as well. Yet it also seems like a bit of needless spending, particularly when other mice don’t suffer the same problem. Is it worth it? Depends on your cashflow, frankly. For me, it seems a bit much. But then again, maybe I’m just a bit cheap.


Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.

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  1. Why not just by a Magic Trackpad for $69… seems far more durable and transportable!
    And for those with Windows units… well… just by a Mac!