So you have got your new gaming mouse, keyboard and bungee but what surface are you playing on? maybe you’re still using the desktop as a surface, which these days isn’t too unreliable with the new sensors available. Maybe you are using that old free mouse pad from an old job or maybe you are just using a book? in this section we will go into detail about what we need to consider when buying a mouse pad. Mouse pads are crucial to a lot of gamers as they provide a consistently flat surface which helps detect small, incremental mouse movements. There are quite a few factors to consider when it comes to mouse pads as the user experience can vary depending on your mouse, work space and play style.
What to consider
- Keep in mind the material, the gaming mouse you use, the size and thickness options
- Size Selection (play style,work space)
- Smooth vs. Textured Surface
- Mouse Pad Friction
- Slow to Fast – variants in mouse pad textures for gamers
How we test?
Here at Gaming Verdict we test our mouse pads the only way we know how, playing games! We put these mouse pads to the test through a mixture of FPS and RTS multiplayer titles using a variety of different mouse sensitivities. These test give us a good indication on how different mouse pads perform in game which is the most important factor. We also perform extensive tests using the Aimbooster software tool available online and the in game CSGO aim training workshop.
Our mouse pad recommendations
We have broken down our recommendations in to the following, best for wireless charging, best RGB and most affordable.
Logitech G Powerplay
Best wireless charging mouse pad
Best RGB mouse pad
- Surface Type: Hard
- Surface Texture: Plastic or cloth
- Size: 14 x 10 x 0.2 Inches (355 x 255 x 4 mm)
- Visually Exciting – Simplistic and elegant design.
- High quality – High quality build with a durable surface.
- Easy to clean – Hard surface can be wiped down.
- Non-slip – Rubber base stops the mouse pad from moving when playing.
- Great Tracking – Optimised surface engineered for a balance of control and speed.
- Chroma lighting – Customise your lighting.
- Price – Priced around £50/$50, which is quite a lot for a mouse pad.
- USB Slot – You will lose a USB slot for the privilege of RGB.
- Extra wire – Additional wire for powering the RGB.
With RGB growing increasingly popular in a lot of different technology its no surprise RGB mouse pads are now becoming the norm. Razer entered the market with their RGB mouse pad the ‘Firefly’ and its simply the best option overall if you are considering a robust, responsive gaming surface. The lighting feature may raise a few questions in terms of functionality as its purely aesthetic but the Razer Firefly offers more than just a fancy light show. This mouse pad boasts a micro-textured surface allowing you to effortlessly glide without losing any precision.
Using Razers Synapse software you can modify the lighting effects of the pad. If you already own Razer devices with Chroma technology you can sync your devices together producing even better RGB results. You can read our full review of the Razer Firefly mouse pad right here.
Best affordable mouse pad
Asus ROG Sheath
Best cloth pad
- Surface Type: Soft
- Surface Texture: Cloth
- Size: 35 x 17 x 0.1 Inches (900 x 440 x 3 mm)
- Aesthetically pleasing – Simple and stylish design with a visually appealing logo.
- High quality and Resilient – Looks high quality and feels durable.
- Easy to clean – Really smooth surface makes it easier to clean than other mouse pads.
- Non-slip – Rubber base stops the mouse pad from moving when playing.
- Comfortable – The soft smooth surface feels nice against the arm and wrist.
- Edge – The stitched marrow edge stops the surface from fraying at the sides.
- Edge – The marrow edge doesn’t have non-stick rubber beneath it allowing occasional small movements
You can read our full review of the Asus ROG Sheath mouse pad right here.
Gigabyte AMP 500
What to look for when purchasing a gaming mouse pad
Materials – Smooth or Textured?
When it comes to selecting the best mouse pad available you should consider the main three factors: Material, Texture and Size. Everyone plays differently so recommending a mouse pad must be done after considering all the factors. Most manufacturers produce hard or soft mouse pads. The materials commonly used are; a plastic for hard mouse pads and a tightly woven fibre covering rubber for the softer cloth mouse pads. Hard plastic mouse pads are easier to clean than their soft cloth counter parts but the cloth mouse pads can be easily rolled up which can be a game changer if you take your mouse pad on the move to events or even a friends house. Another thing to consider is that both plastic and cloth mouse pads can come with a smooth or rough surface. The surface is down to the gamers preference with smooth surfaces offering speed. The speedy smooth surface allows for quicker reaction times without compromising on accuracy. Speed surfaces are better for high sensitivity gamers as there is less friction to contend with. The textured mouse pads give you more control without sacrificing too much speed, offering gamers a slightly slower yet more precise aiming experience. Textured mouse pads tend to be better for low sensitivity gamers and they wear the mouse feet down slower compared to smooth surfaces. Just in case you couldn’t decide on what type of surface to use some manufactures offer mouse pads with a reversible side giving you speed on one and control on the other.
So you know what material and texture you would prefer, but what size mouse pad is best for you? When it comes to sizes in mouse pads there are a few other things to consider. Gaming mouse pads vary massively in size. From mini mouse pads (ENTER SIZE) to some of the bigger almost table cloth sized mouse pads. With this in mind its crucial to consider what size desktop space you have. it may seem obvious but if your gaming desk is a bit small or cluttered the larger XXL steelseries mouse pads are going to hang off the edge of your desk they are that big. Maybe you have a small work space but like having your keyboard on top of your mouse pad, in which case id go for a large mouse pad at most. The most important factor to consider with size though is your play style and DPI. For example if you are a low sensitivity arm aimer then a large mouse pad may be required for those large swipes and flicks. High sensitivity wrist aimers however require less space and the smaller mouse pads would be a better choice.
There are a couple of other small features to consider when buying a mouse pad that are largely down to preference. Firstly the thickness of mouse pads available varies and when choosing the thickness you prefer its worth to know that a thicker mouse pad will smooth out an uneven/ bumpy computer desk but may feel slightly more uncomfortable on the wrist or arm when leaning on it. For gamers with completely smooth and flat desk tops perhaps a thin low profile mouse pad is a better option. Another small thing to consider with cloth mouse pads is the edge. There are two types of edges on a cloth mouse pad, a marrow edge or a raw edge. a marrow edge will stop a cloth mouse pad from fraying at the edges over time. The raw edge is just one continuous surface that can overtime begin to fray (often where it meets the edge of your desk below your arm).
These days mouse pads are no longer simple bits of material with a rubber base. Now they come with a variety of features to cater for all gamers needs. You can get mouse pads with wrist pads fixed to the pad its self. Some of the bigger manufacturers are now releasing mouse pads that charge your wireless mouse straight from the mouse pad its self. Some mouse pads offer you some extra USB slots and others light up like Christmas trees with the introduction of RGB lighting becoming a more popular feature.
Wireless Charging Mouse Pads
There has been a rise of wireless gaming mice within the industry due to them being much more reliable than they use to be with response times. Wireless mice still need to charge though which can be a real nuisance for a hardcore gamer. Enter the charging mouse pad. Anything wireless is built to be convenient and wireless charging is a new technology becoming increasingly popular due to its convenience. Companies such as Corsair, Logitech, and Razer all offer wireless charging solutions that actively charge your mouse while it sits on the mouse pad. That means more game time for the wireless mouse users!
Logitech G Powerplay Mouse Pad
Our number one wireless mouse pad recommendation
Logitech’s G Powerplay mouse pad is a serious bit of hardware. This mouse pad offers much more than its rivals in the wireless charging world. It uses Logitech’s own proprietary technology to charge the mouse anywhere on the mouse pad even while playing! The G Powerplay comes with some RGB lighting that you can customize to match the rest of your gaming rig. Another great feature to this mouse pad is the surface can be customized. The G Powerplay comes with a soft and hard surface that are easily interchangeable, catering for all gamers surface needs.
Corsair Wireless Mouse Pad
Corsair are another brand that offer a wireless charging solution. They have introduced the MM1000 QI to the market. The MM1000 is a hard mouse pad paired with QI wireless charging technology. QI technology is is growing in popularity with giant tech companies and it’s introduction into gaming is something we welcome. Firstly its worth noting that with the Corsair MM1000 QI you are only getting a hard pad. Unlike Logitech’s G Powerplay and Razer’s Hyperflux you cannot customize the surface texture meaning you have to be a hard pad enthusiast to go for this one.
Razer Firefly Hyperflux
Last but not least the Razer Firefly Hyperflux (bundle). The wireless mouse pad from Razer is another slightly unique solution to wireless charging. The Hyperflux doesn’t charge the mouse like its rivals it actually just powers it! This is why the Hyperflux comes as a bundle with the wireless Razer Mamba(Hyperflux edition) only. The Mamba ‘Hyperflux’ wireless mouse doesn’t actually have a battery so it wont hold any charge. This makes the mouse one of the lightest wireless gaming mice available from Razer. The main drawback of course being the fact you can only use the Mamba Hyperflux with the the Firefly Hyperflux. As it is a Razer product the design is immaculate. Users can customize the surface with either a hard or cloth type surface and it comes with Razer’s classy Chroma lighting. This is a very pricey pad but if money is no object then this is to be considered, as it offers a truly wireless experience that doesn’t run out of battery.
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RGB Mouse Pads
Like everything in the world of computers mouse pads now have RGB lighting, and it is available on both hard and soft mouse pads. The RGB is quite subtle compared to a keyboard as the lighting just goes around the edge of the surface, which highlights the pad nicely. RGB mouse pads offer a lovely glow emitting from the edges of your mouse pad. Is there any other reason to go for RGB mouse pads you ask? No, its main selling point is simply how cool it looks as part of a gaming setup.
Our number one RGB mouse pad recommendation
The innovative Razer Firefly was one of the first RGB lighting mouse pads on the market. It comes as no shock the quality of the mouse pad is excellent. The hard but textured surface offers gamers great control without sacrificing speed. The Razer Firefly also comes in a cloth version, for gamers seeking a slower, smooth surface in full RGB. Of course you don’t need a mouse pad that lights up, its purely for the visual pleasure it brings. For that reason the price may put you off but the Chroma feature makes this a really attractive surface. The Firefly only comes in one size and is just about in the medium sized mouse pad bracket. It is 355 mm in length and 255 mm in width sitting with a thickness of 4mm. That makes the Firefly a common sized pad that many gamers would opt for.
The MM800 POLARIS is a great addition from corsair. Just like the Razer Hyperflux, corsair offer you a choice of either hard or cloth pad in full RGB. The hard version has a similar texture to the Razer pad as it has a micro textured surface helping with precision but keeping the speed a hard pad normally delivers. like the Razer pad the power station is centralised at the top of the pad out of the way. The MM800 however has a USB pass-through on its power station to make up for the extra slot you are losing in your machine. This extra USB slot is in a convenient place and is great for wireless mouse dongles or pen drives. The MM800’s dimensions are 360 x 260 x 5 mm again making this a medium sized mouse that your typical gamer can enjoy.
Coolermasters MP720 is a slightly cheaper RGB mouse pad option. Regardless of the price this is actually a good RGB pad to consider as it offers a similar micro textured hard surface to its rivals. The MP720 is a similar size too at 350 x 264 mm and roughly half the thickness of its competitors. Like the Razer and Corsair RBG mouse pads the MP720 is optimised for both optical and laser mice. The MP720 comes with a unique touch sensitive ‘button’ that only works with your finger. This enables you to change between the 9 different RGB lighting presets without having to go into the software. So if you’re considering an RGB mouse pad but have been disappointed with the prices then the Coolermaster MP720 is an option.
SteelSeries QcK Prism
The Steelseries QcK Prism mouse pad is in line with the Razer, Corsair, and Coolermaster RBG mouse pads especially in terms of its size and build quality. However Steelseries have gone a slightly more unique way and placed the RGB lighting on the surface surrounded by a sturdy looking border. This gives the mouse pad a really polished, high quality look. The QcK Prism also has its power cord running from the top left of the pad which limits any wire friction caused by wired mice when gaming. Another feature unique to this RGB mouse pad is its reversible surface. You can swap out the smooth hard pad for a textured one by just flipping it over. The QcK Prism is available in a bigger size if you go for the cloth version but the hard pad with its personalised lighting effects and intuitive cable design are definitely one to think about.
To test the performance of the mouse pads, we use the following software:
- Aimbooster software
- csgo aim training