Carbon fiber 'mouse mat'

Formula 1 mousepads starting at $491

Formula 1 Carbon Mouse Mat
Formula 1 Carbon Mouse Mat Formula 1

How much is too much for a mousepad?

Anything that's not free? $20? $512?

Formula 1 offers a wide variety of overpriced memorabilia on its F1 store and we have seen our share of fashion and sport mice, but never have I seen something so ridiculous.

For a mere $491 you can buy a polished carbon fiber mousepad--excuse me "mouse mat"--with the Formula 1 logo. As if that alone were not outrageous enough, the mousepad will not work with optical mice. You need to shell out $512 for the carbon and leather version if you want a mousepad that works with both track-ball and optical mice.

Formula 1 Carbon/Leather Mouse Mat
Formula 1 Carbon/Leather Mouse Mat Formula 1

So, who's running over right now to their site to buy it? Massa ? Alonso?

Would the fact that it is "hand-made in England" or designed using "state of the art automotive 3D modeling software" bring you any closer to changing you mind about that?

We didn't think so.

About the author

In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments
Latest Galleries from CNET
Nissan gives new Murano bold style (pictures)
Top great space moments in 2014 (pictures)
This is it: The Audiophiliac's top in-ear headphones of 2014 (pictures)
ZTE's wallet-friendly Grand X (pictures)
Lenovo reprises clever design for the Yoga Tablet 2 (Pictures)
Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)