The desk was handed down from a previous generation, so it's nice but we're trying to protect the top of it from accumulating daily wear and tear. I used to just use ugly plastic to cover it, but inevitably ended up accumulating stuff on my desk that didn't need to be there. Now that I've replaced that ugly plastic with something nice to look at, I'm optimistic this will help me keep my desk tidier, because like a good desktop background image (note: it's also a Myst screenshot) when it's something you want to look at it you're more likely to handle clutter sooner that begins to cover over it. It's a good size. The material feels soft but rugged--it's basically like a huge mouse pad, may even be the same material? The print is also really nice, with clear details and bright colors.