For most of the past 10 years, I’ve used a trackpad on my Mac. However, due to a failure of both my Magic Trackpad and Magic Keyboard to “do their Magic”, I decided to use some old review keyboards and mice until I make a decision on replacing my old iMac. Mice tend to work better on mouse pads, which are usually slightly rougher than desktops and allow for better tracking, so when Toast offered me a test drive of one of their $39 leather mouse pads ($49 for the large size), I took them up on the offer.
I’m very happy with that decision, as the Logitech M720 Triathlon optical mouse I’m using was starting to wear on the top of my desk. I wanted something that would compliment the cherry wood desktop, so I selected a plain (no pattern) medium (7.25 x 9.25 inch) mouse pad in a Syrah finish. It’s quite nice, extremely thin with a neoprene layer sandwiched between the top leather and a bottom suede layers. A large size (9 x 11 inch) pad would have been too large for the area on my desk, but the medium fits perfectly.
Toast offers ten different leather finishes, the two sizes, and five different designs in addition to plain. The plain pad just has the word TOAST in small letters at the bottom of the pad. If you have a custom design you’d like added to the top leather, that’s an option for $30 more and you get a digital mockup sent to you for approval before your order is completed. Having custom text added is a $10 option.
I noticed when using the online design tool that the the custom designs seem to work best on the lighter colors — “dark and stormy”, Mojito, Bluetini, Cosmo, Lemon Drop, Moscow Mule and Prosecco — where the pattern contrasts with the base color.
The leather finish is soft enough to let your mouse glide effortlessly with just enough texture to have a great hand feel. These mouse pads are laser cut, finished, and edge painted by hand, and the quality shows. This is no cheap plastic and neoprene mass-market mouse pad; it’s a work of art.
The Bottom Line
If you use a mouse, you owe it to yourself to spend a little and get a beautiful leather mouse pad from Toast. These pads are definitely worth the money if you spend — like I do — many hours a day at moving that mouse around.