The adhesive should last as long as the product
This is a hard plastic 'mouse pad' with a nice gell wrist support. It *should* last a VERY long time. I've used the cheap, spongy mouse pads for a couple years at a time and this one from Fellowes should AT LEAST outlive one of those. Oh! The plastic holds up. And the gel wrist pad holds up. But the adhesive that holds the top plastic with "Microban" printed on it to the body plastic fails withing a few months.
My pad is not exposes to heat, cold, OR liquida or anything that would break down the adhesive. However, I'm on my 4th pad in a YEAR because as the adhesive fails it causes the top plastic to warp. Sure - you can push it back down and it will stick for a while, but I'm trying to WORK here. If my mouse won't slide from side to side smoothly, if I jave to keep pushing down the warped spots, then the product has FAILED. Plain and simple.
I have to wonder if Fellowes tests their products for any length of time of if they do this on purpose just to make sure you have to replace their fancy dancy mouse pad 6x more often than you had to with the cheap, spongy ones. Of course I'll buy another one, I have to.
For the COST of one of these they should LAST!
January 26, 2012