The Value Series is intended to give you a good pad for little money. Frankly, some people don't want a picture on their desk, so these pads are simple neutral colors. Their sole purpose is to be there without you thinking about them. It has a grip base, so it won't slide around your desk. It's not too "slick", not too "rough". And it won't curl up on the edges. All of the benefits you would expect from an Allsop Mouse Pad without the glitz.