Everglide Update 1
Thresh's comments in BLACK
Kenn's comments in BLUE
We had the opportunity for a short e-mail Q&A session with Everglide's David Welsh, and he was kind enough to address all of the issues we brought up in our review. David's replies are in
FS: Do you plan on making a thinner version? If so, when?
DW: Yes. 1/8" thinness pads are in production for a spring launch - March 1998. We will also be offering our mousing surfaces in assorted colors like beige, hunter green, canary yellow, blue, and black.
FS: The corners are curved and smooth, but the edges are a little bit rough.
Do you plan on changing this?
DW: Yes. Immediately. We stumbled on the discovery that this material made an excellent gliding surface. Its popularity really took us by surprise. A real word of mouth thing. Now that we have our production process under control, we have located a better manufacturer ( a molded process rather than routed process). We are also designing several configurations that will feature support devices like wrist supports. We are designing a line of pads for the physically handicapped, as well.
FS: Do you plan on making any versions of this mouse pad that have more/less traction? If so, when?
DW: I apologize, I do not understand the question. I believe you mean, will we change the surface at all. This particular poly surface allows us to texture the surface any way we choose. We have long felt a collaboration with a professional gamer or gamer publication could result in an entire line of custom gaming surfaces for a variety of games and situations. We have been in touch with both Gamers Extreme and PC Gamer about just such an idea.
FS: Is the EMS dishwasher safe?
DW: Yes. And it does not contain PVCs. It will not oxidize or damage varnished, urethaned, or veneered surfaces like another famous brand.
Finally, we are preparing a feature on our web site that will allow gamers to transmit their custom design to us. We will quote it, produce it, and ship it to them. Sever handicapped users are already utilizing this service. Look for it to launch in the spring along with our new, thinner, more colorful line.
Well, there you have it! They've listened to the comments and criticisms for their product, and it looks like they're working hard on correcting everything we had an issue for (apparently we weren't the only ones who experienced problems with the thickness, rough edges, and monochromatic scheme). How's that for a manufacturer? Now if only we could get Microsoft to get rid of those tiny function keys on the Natural Elite Keyboard :)