Calling the Razer Firefly just a mouse pad would not be neat. Yes, it is an excellent surface for your optical or laser mouse. What makes it different, however, is the customizable Chroma backlighting with 16.8 million color options and effects. A nice extra: the FireFly can be synchronized with Razer Chroma mice and keyboards. In other words: you can provide the mouse pad, mouse and keyboard with synchronic light effects.