Was it RGB? That seems to be the main selling point, here. Also, why it costs quite so much.
Obviously not, and that would make me a lot less likely to use it. RGB mouse pads are usually the cheapest of the cheap quality, can't be PC controlled (or require massive bloat/spyware when they are), and don't even light up that well.
But if you really want one, a "brand promotion" quality rgb mouse pad is like $15-$20.
That sounds hard. It should be soft. It really bugs me to hear my co-workers slapping their mouse on their bare desks. A mousepad with a slick surface probably wouldn't be much better.
It sounds like your coworkers are like me, and are tired of wasting money on mousepads which actively make it harder to use a mouse. Maybe they would actually use one if the pad was more comfortable or made the mouse work better, which is the point. If a mouse pad made their lives easier then they would use one.
I've used foam + cloth mousepads for like 30 years. If you wash your hands and don't eat finger food at your PC, they tend to stay clean for a long time. Every now and then, you can wash them with dish soap and warm water, in a sink. Maybe not these RGB versions...
I have a dog with short hair like porcupine quills and an optical mouse. The way to get his hair out of a cloth mouse pad is with tweezers. They perform worse than nothing, and probably only still exist because it's super cheap and easy for social media mega-shills to get their logo printed on one.
But I guess I'm just too old for this "PC accessories as a fashion trend for little kids" trash. I still have no idea why anybody was spending $200 on a keyboard that's missing half the keys, then another $200 on a macro keyboard to partially replace the keys they paid extra to not-have.