Pros: First off it is a good sized mat that you can lay your mobo and other components side by side. Definitely a good buy for those who are looking for decent static protection
Cons: Wish the bottom of the mat had enough grip.
Overall Review: Save the box the mat comes in. It is useful for storing it for future use.
Pros: - It's difficult to say exactly how much this mat helps when working on computers, but the fact there were no ESDs, I guess it's doing it's job. After hooking it up to a bare metal pipe in my basement, and testing it with a Fluke multimeter, all the readings are correct for being grounded.
- When working with PCs, having this beneath your feet is infinitely more comfortable and preferable than tying your hands down with anti-static wrist-bands. Wrist-bands just get in the way, while the mat stays out of your mind entirely, while insuring confidence.
- It's better to be safe than sorry, so if you crack open a lot of computers, you should probably have this mat, just to avoid any unlikely problems with electrostatic that may occur.
Cons: - It's big, which is good as it provides more coverage, but it slips around a lot too. The biggest problem I had with the mat was how much it moved while I was working and subsequently moving my feet. If you remain mostly stationary this likely won't be a big problem; however, putting some rubber stoppers on the bottom of the mat would have solved this issue.
- It also comes out of the box, tube, rolled up, which is practically unavoidable, but it did take a while to straighten the mat out and train it.
Overall Review: - Overall, I recommend to buy this mat for any one that seeks peace of mind, works on the innards of PCs a lot, and want to be rid of the nuisance that is anti-static wrist-bands.
Pros: It's big.
It has a long grounding cord.
It is a neutral cream color.
Impedance to ground measures 1.003 MΩ on my Fluke meter, which is perfect.
Cons: It has no place to attach a wrist strap.
Unlike every commercial grounding mat I have ever used, this one does not have a place to plug in a wrist strap. That feature is so common that I didn't even think to check if it had one before ordering it. It does not.
That is a serious omission that could easily have been included at little or no extra manufacturing cost. A wrist strap cord typically is a lot shorter than the mat cord, so stretching it to a good electrical ground will be awkward, with two cords instead of one stretching across the room.
Overall Review: If someone from Rosewill reads this review, I hope you will revise the design of this otherwise great mat to include a wrist strap connection. Mat-to-ground cords are available with a wrist strap socket on the snap that connects to the mat, and they should cost no more than the socketless cord you used.
Pros: Is a mat.
can be grounded to reduce static discharge damage to components.
Cons: doesn't build my PC for me.
Overall Review: I bought the open box version, because its a mat that you ground with a cord and it was a good bit cheaper. So who cares if the box was opened?
Pros: Decent space to work with, does what it says.
Cons: Could've been bigger, hard to keep flat instead of rolling itself up.
Pros: Good for the money.
Cons: Cheap build. It is already starting to wear.
Overall Review: I do use it 5 days a week for my job. Plus i keep it rolled up in my bag. so more than likely the wear and tear is from my bag.
Pros: This is an excellent, well made mat worth the price. It does not feel flimsy or cheap in any way.
Has a Smooth Anti-ESD side and nice no-slip padding on the back.
Overall Review: Some will complain it doesn't allow an Anti-ESD wrist strap to connect to it, but I had a wrist strap that I connected to the case. I felt double secure and double grounded.
Get a basic PC repair kit with an Anti-ESD wrist trap along with this mat if you don't have one already.
Pros: Gives you a nice peace of mind in face of your first build.
Cons: Less than ideal grounding method.
Overall Review: It's a mat. It does as it's advertised