Hear me out: a desk mat is an unheralded home office accessory that everyone who works from home and at a computer should own. A well designed desk mat smooths out the feel of the mouse as your move it across the surface, softens where your wrists might rest upon throughout the day, dampens keyboard noises, and of course, protects the desk surface from scratches or other small blemishes. I honestly don’t know how I once worked with only the scant coverage of a mouse pad. I might as well have relied upon a napkin or doily!
The JOURNEY ALTI Desk Mat does everything of a typical desk mat and a bit more, adding wireless charging for up to two wireless devices while also offering two surface options to appease whether your tactile preference skews plush or smooth.
There’s no use in buying a small desk mat; you’re better off settling for a mouse pad if desk space demands staying within modest bounds. Fortunately the ALTI spans nearly 31-inches wide and 15-inches deep, resulting in a pad that’s large enough to accommodate for nearly any typical keyboard and mouse setup with room to spare. Available in Black or Light Grey, these desk mats are reversible, with one side covered in smooth vegan leather and a plush felt surface on the other. It’s hard imagine choosing any side other than the waterproof vegan leather side if convenient cleaning is a concern/habit.
And now for the JOURNEY’s ALTI Wireless Charging Desk Mat ace card and the reason I find myself tempted by the fruit of another like that famous meme even though I currently work from a more than perfectly good desk mat: the inclusion of built-in wireless charging. The ALTI includes an attachable/detachable magnetic charging panel capable of wirelessly charging a phone with up to 15W while simultaneously powering up an AirPods case or other wireless charging earbuds – a convenient and space saving design that operates as a landing pad for your mobile peripherals.
A prudent and thoughtful decision was made by the ALTI designers by making the wireless charging panel compatible for either the left or right side of the main desk mat, meaning left-handers can freely move their wireless devices to the right without issue.
At $129.99 the ALTI Wireless Charging Desk Mat doesn’t come cheap, but it might make for a thoughtful gift for the person in your life who values organization and a place for everything.