No, it's not just you. Your office is quite cold—especially if you're a woman. (Most offices actually set temperatures based on the metabolic rate of men, according to The New York Times.) You can pile on layer upon layer, but your hands are still exposed because it's pretty difficult to do hands-on tasks with gloves or mittens on. This winter, however, you can say goodbye to freezing fingers thanks to an innovative—and affordable— mouse pad we recently found on Amazon.
The Heated Mouse Pad is a fuzzy device that comes with a USB chargeable heater to warm up your hand. It's compatible with both wireless and wired mouses, just as long as your mouse fits in the 11.2 by 8.7-inch space, according to the product description. It comes in a handful of different colors, including beige, brown, dark green, gray, lavender, magenta, and white, and retails for for $21.57. To use the pad, all you have to do is insert the heater in a pouch at the top of the pad, and plug in the USB cord to your computer. As long as it's plugged in, the pad will rise to a "suitable degree," notes the description. The heater is actually a separate piece from the pad, so you can choose to use the mouse pad with or without it, depending on how much heat you desire.
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Not only does the mouse pad work well for those with cold hands, but it's also useful for people with Raynaud's syndrome. One reviewer wrote the disease can cause his fingers to turn blue, and this pad has really helped—his only qualm is he wishes he would have bought it sooner. "Because I enter data into a computer all day, my right hand tends to lose heat from the mouse. This pad totally counters this, and so far my hand has stayed very comfortable," she writes.
The pad is handy whether you use it in your home, office or both. Pair with some heated socks and you'll stay nice and cozy wherever you are.