|Product: webColor Pad
|Platform: Your desktop
Street Price: same
|Cred Rating:||Special Award: Object Value|
When we reviewed the first version of the webColor Pad, we were thrilled. What a grand idea: a mousepad with all of the 216 browser-safe colors on it with their hexadecimal values. Mine has been on my desk since the moment I took it out of the mailer and I use it nearly every day. It shows it too. Like a well-used reference book, it's edges are worn -- it definitely looks like a tool that's spent lots of time in the trenches. When I first put it on my desk it looked so cool, but now that R35 has released a new version, the original looks antique by comparison.
The new webColor Pad is bigger and badder. It's 10-1/2" x 10-1/2", so there's lots of real estate for your mouse. It's covered in Lexan, which is hopefully more durable than the original. It's also thicker than the first version, so there's a little cushioning for your hand. Where the original had the hex numbers for each color represented, the new pad has the hexies, plus the RGB values. The drawback to this is that the information is printed over each color rectangle. The first pad had the hexies *under* each color, so the color fields weren't obscured. Whether this is annoying to you is probably a matter of personal taste. Once I got used to it, it wasn't such a big deal.
If you're a Web desiger or work a lot with graphics programs, and are looking for a color picker that's always there when you need it, the webColor Pad is worth more than the twenty bucks.
- Gareth Branwyn [5/16/01]
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