The issue of reading on black depends on the sensor type you have. All my mice read on black but mice that read optical light and not laser light have issues on a sky blue and white cloud pad. This issue is very subjective to the mouse itself and the type of sensor it uses.As cool as it looks, I've found black to be a terrible color for a mouse pad. The optical tracking on mice relies on light reflected off the surface the mouse is sitting on. If the surface is black, less light is reflected, and the tracking is less accurate.