I bought this as a gift for my mom who, like me, loves colorful things. She does not care about gaming at all, so we don't know how useful it is for its intended purpose. Last year I got her the Black Widow Chroma keyboard, and this mouse pad, in addition to the Mamba TE Chroma mouse, this year. The lights on the mouse pad are awesome, my only complaint about them is even at their brightest, they're still not that bright, since you're mostly seeing the light cast on the surface beneath it, and not the lights themselves. Since she has the other Chroma peripherals, it was awesome seeing them all do the rainbow wave together. Unlike the other peripherals, though, the rainbow wave is all the mouse pad can do. You also cannot program the logo in the upper right hand corner separately, it just does the rainbow wave too. I would have liked if you could program it to be a single color, while the parameter lights cycle through the wave. Also, since she doesn't do any gaming, its size is almost inconvenient. The cord and little plastic covering at the top get in the way when using a wired mouse.