When it comes to promotional merchandise, printed mouse mats have always been a favourable item. It will remind a client of your good business terms while he uses it at his office. It can also serve as an advertisement tool while serving one of your customers at their home PC.
Wherever there is a mouse, your printed mouse mats are bound to serve their purpose well. And up till now, wherever there was a computer, there used to be a mouse. However, with the advent of newer technology such as the ‘tablet’, there is really a ‘mouse’ race going on.
A mouse is essentially the very first pointing device ever invented. Invented in 1963, the earliest device did resemble a real mouse, especially because of a cord that looked like a tail. Within half a decade of its invention, it has undergone quite a few changes like losing its tail and ball. It has seen many devices come and leave. Despite a number of competitors, it remains the most commonly used as well as the most preferred pointing device for computer users around the world.
Although it has already beaten many devices which claimed to be the rightful replacement, the tablet has simply eliminated the requirement of an external pointing device altogether. Some people might see it as the end of the mouse’s glorifying period and in turn, the end of promotional printed mouse mats. However, the good old mouse still proves to be a better input option in some places.
The very first reason why people would prefer using a mouse despite the touch screen PC available is that most of them have been using it for decades. It is something that our hands have become accustomed to. It is not likely that people with a frequent keyboard and mouse usage would find it easier to make use of this new and advance technology any sooner.
The tablet does have its own set of disadvantages as well. Despite getting used to the new technology and interface, people with faster input requirement might not be very satisfied with the speed of this technology. For typing purposes, tablets don’t really have a physical keyboard either. You can use either the pen or your finger as a handwriting input device.
Sounds convenient, but a fast typist might not find it very helpful as the maximum reachable typing speed is much faster than the maximum handwriting speed reachable by humans.
Even if all the problems are fixed and everyone does get used to this touch screen technology, there are a few problems that do make a palm rest’s and mouse mat’s life secure for many years to come. The first factor is the price which is not very affordable.
Secondly, it’s the sensitive touch screen itself which can easily be scratched or damage. Therefore, the conclusion arrives that as long as tablets are not able to provide durable and powerful performance, printed mouse mats shall remain a favourable promotional item.