Gaming Mouse Pads Guide

Best Gaming Mouse Pad in 2019

Take your gaming to the next level with one of our tried and tested gaming mouse pads, including the Logitech Powerplay, Razer Firefly and SteelSeries QcK.

Gaming Mouse Pads Guide

Best Gaming Mouse Pad in 2019

Take your gaming to the next level with one of our tried and tested gaming mouse pads, including the Logitech Powerplay, Razer Firefly and SteelSeries QcK.

by Will

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, workspace 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,workspace)
  • 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 tests give us a good indication of 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

best gaming mouse pad

We have broken down our recommendations into the following, best for wireless charging, best RGB and most affordable.

Logitech G Powerplay

Best wireless charging mouse pad

Specifications:

  • Surface Type: Hard or Soft
  • Surface Texture: Cloth or Plastic
  • Size: 11 x 12.5 x 0.4 Inches (275 x 320 x 12 mm)

Pros

  • Infinite Power – Wireless technology charges the mouse at all times while turned on.
  • Surface Options – Customise the surface to your preference (Cloth or Plastic).
  • Mice options – Compatible with a few different wireless Logitech mice.
  • Lightsync – Dynamic and customisable lighting.
  • Wireless Charging – Entire surface will charge your mouse.

Cons

  • Price – Over £70/$70 for this pad without the compatible mouse.

With most of the big manufacturers offering slightly different wireless charging solutions Logitech’s can be considered one of the best. The G Powerplay will charge your mouse even while you play giving you a fully wireless experience at all times.

The G Powerplay comes with the option of cloth or hard surface and is compatible with the latest wireless mice from Logitech such as the G903 and the G pro wireless. This pad has brought technology forward to the point where wires are not far from being eradicated with unparalleled performance. It may seem pricey but the annoyance of charging is solved and freedom from cables is dreamy, well worth a look!

Logitech G Powerplay Mouse Pad
Using Logitech's Litespeed wireless technology, charge whilst you play and never run out of battery with the Logitech G Powerplay mouse pad.

Razer Firefly

razer firefly rgb mouse pad

Best RGB mouse pad

Specifications:

  • Surface Type: Hard
  • Surface Texture: Plastic or cloth
  • Size: 14 x 10 x 0.2 Inches (355 x 255 x 4 mm)

Pros

  • 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 mousepad from moving when playing.
  • Great Tracking – Optimised surface engineered for a balance of control and speed.
  • Chroma lighting – Customise your lighting.

Cons

  • 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 mousepads are now becoming the norm. Razer entered the market with their RGB mouse pad the ‘Firefly’ and it’s 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.

Razer Firefly Mouse Pad
The ultimate in RGB mouse pads

SteelSeries QcK

steelseries qck mouse pad review

Best affordable mouse pad

Specifications:

  • Surface Type: Soft
  • Surface Texture: Cloth
  • Size: From (250 x 210 x 2 mm) to (900 x 400 x 4 mm)

Pros

  • Design – Simple and understated.
  • Micro-Woven Cloth – Gives you greater mouse control.
  • Optimised – Great for both low and high DPI.
  • Comfortable – The soft smooth surface feels nice against the arm and wrist.
  • Non-slip – Rubber base stops the mousepad from moving when playing.
  • Size – The QcK is available in a variety of sizes.

Cons

  • Difficult to clean –  Holds dirt easier than other pads.

SteelSeries is well known for producing quality products, most notably the QcK gaming surface. This gaming mouse pad is a gaming favourite and who can be surprised as it comes in a variety of sizes whilst giving gamers a consistent surface.

Steelseries balance control and speed well with this pads high thread count. The pad comes in a variety of sizes and the base is completely rubber to prevent any slips no matter where your mouse is.

This mousepad does exactly what you want and its no-frills design means it won’t look out of place on any desk.

SteelSeries QcK Mouse Pad
Our budget recommendation, the SteelSeries QcK provides fantastic performance and a wide range of sizes.

Asus ROG Sheath

asus rog sheath mouse pad

Best cloth pad

Specifications:

  • Surface Type: Soft
  • Surface Texture: Cloth
  • Size: 35 x 17 x 0.1 Inches (900 x 440 x 3 mm)

Pros

  • 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 mousepad from moving when playing.
  • Comfortable – The soft smooth surface feels nice against the arm and wrist.
  • Anti-fray – The stitched merrowed edge stops the surface from fraying at the sides.

Cons

  • Edge – The merrowed edge doesn’t have non-stick rubber beneath it allowing occasional small movements.

The ASUS ROG Sheath is one of the biggest cloth pads available. If you’re a low sensitivity / DPI player then an oversized cloth pad could be just what you need. The Sheath will accommodate for large wrist and arm movements while gaming. Our recommended best cloth pad sits at 35 inches long and is designed to sprawl across the desk.

The ROG Sheath is made of a tightly woven fabric designed to be smooth, helping you glide your mouse effortlessly across the surface. This mouse pad boasts stitched merrowed edges to stop the cloth pad from fraying and a rubber base cementing it to any desk. This elegantly designed mousepad is only 3mm thick and feels extremely comfortable under the wrist/arm.

You can read our full review of the Asus ROG Sheath mouse pad right here.

Gigabyte AMP 500

Specifications:

  • Surface Type: Soft
  • Surface Texture: Cloth
  • Size: 17 x 14.5 x 0.1 Inches (430 x 370 x 2 mm)

Pros

  • Stylish – Black canvas with a vibrant logo in the corner.
  • Optimised – Great surface for precise clicking and smooth gliding.
  • Non-Slip – Features a silicone hybrid base.
  • Moulded Edge – Heat moulded edges give you extra comfort and prevent fraying
  • Spill Resistant – Can be easily wiped down/ cleaned.

Cons

  • Go-Flat – Took longer than other cloth pads to flatten out.

With the Gigabyte AMP 500 mouse pad, you are getting a basic ‘fit for purpose’ pad with some simple design touches. The silicone hybrid rubber base is bright orange and keeps the pad cemented to the desk whilst also being visually appealing. These edges are heat moulded rather than stitched meaning they are durable but are also able to have the rubber non-slip grip beneath the edge.

This stylish little number is waterproof and spills can be easily wiped down making this contender a convenient travel companion.

Razer Goliathus Control – Fissure Edition

razer goliathus mouse pad review

Specifications:

  • Surface Type: Soft
  • Surface Texture: Cloth
  • Size: From (270 x 215 x 3 mm) to (920 x 294 x 3 mm)

Pros

  • Micro-Textured –  The right amount of friction for precise movements.
  • Optimised – For all sensitivity settings and sensors.
  • Sizes – Available in 4 sizes.
  • Non-Slip – Rubber base.
  • Anti-Fray – The stitched merrowed edge stops the surface from fraying at the sides.

Cons

  • Edge – The merrowed edge doesn’t have non-stick rubber beneath it allowing occasional small movements.
  • Design – Quite a loud design.
  • Width – Narrowest Extended pad we recommend.

Razer with the Goliathus series offers both Control and Speed editions. Here we have the control edition and the first thing you notice from this giant pad is the huge ‘fissure’ like design all the way across. The design may be an acquired taste but the performance is top quality and aiming feels really precise with this mousepad which comes down to the micro-textured surface giving you the right amount of friction.

This optimised gaming surface comes in a variety of sizes to cater for all environments and of course, is fitted with a rubber base to prevent any slipping. This might not be the widest desk pad on the market but it still a solid performer and well worth a look.

Check out our in-depth review of the Razer Golaithus mousepad here.

 

HyperX Fury S

hyperx fury mouse pad review

Specifications:

  • Surface Type: Soft
  • Surface Texture: Cloth
  • Size: From (270 x 215 x 3 mm) to (900 x 400 x 3 mm)

Pros

  • Aesthetically pleasing – Simple and stylish design with a visually appealing logo.
  • High quality and Resilient – Looks high quality and feels durable.
  • Non-slip – Textured rubber base stops the mousepad from moving when playing.
  • Comfortable – The soft smooth surface feels nice against the arm and wrist.
  • Size – It’s pretty big! (desk-sized)

Cons

  • Rough Surface – Slightly rough surface can become a bit scratchy for some under the wrist. (nitpick)

The HyperX Fury S is considered to be a ‘desk pad’ and you won’t be left short of room for those huge flick shots with this one. At 90 x 42 cm, this pad can be the base of all your peripherals and give low sensitivity players confidence when hitting shots.

The surface is slightly rougher than some but it’s designed to give a perfect balance of control and speed. With a rubber base to prevent slipping and stitched edges, this pad is a durable contender and has to be considered for XL pad lovers.

You can read the full review of the HyperX Fury mousepad right here.

Corsair MM300

Specifications:

  • Surface Type: Soft
  • Surface Texture: Cloth
  • Size: From (256 x 210 x 3 mm) to (920 x 300 x 3 mm)

Pros

  • Design – Scratched steel pattern with a large Corsair logo in the corner.
  • Textile-Weave – Precise control with low friction movement.
  • Optimised – Compatible with all sensors (Laser or optical).
  • Sizes – Available in 3 sizes.
  • Non-Slip – Rubber base.
  • Anti-Fray – The stitched merrowed edge stops the surface from fraying at the sides.

Cons

  • Edge – The merrowed edge doesn’t have non-stick rubber beneath it allowing occasional small movements.

The Corsair MM300 is one of the few mousepads that feature a pattern design and still looks elegant. Like most cloth pads this offers precision but thanks to the surface having a closer weave than other pads it feels silky to the touch and there is a nice speediness to the pad too.

This extended pad features a rubber base for grip and is available in 3 different sizes if this one is a bit on the long side for your setup. The surface has been optimised so all sensors work without issues and the edges are stitched to prolong the life. A nice reliable alternative to standard black mousepads here.

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 counterparts 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 manufacturers offer mouse pads with a reversible side giving you speed on one and control on the other.

Size Matters

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 workspace 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.

Thickness

There are a couple of other small features to consider when buying a mouse pad that is 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 desktops 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 merrowed edge or a raw edge. a merowed edge will stop a cloth mouse pad from fraying at the edges over time. The raw edge is just one continuous surface that can over time begin to fray (often where it meets the edge of your desk below your arm).

Extra Features

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 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.

Logitech G Powerplay Mouse Pad
Using Logitech's Litespeed wireless technology, charge whilst you play and never run out of battery with the Logitech G Powerplay mouse pad.

Corsair Wireless Mouse Pad

Corsair is another brand that offers 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 growing in popularity with giant tech companies and its 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 won’t 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 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.

RGB Mouse Pads

Like everything in the world of computers mouse pads now has 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 like part of a gaming setup.

Razer Firefly

Our number one RGB mouse pad recommendation

razer firefly mouse pad review

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 commonly sized pad that many gamers would opt for.

Razer Firefly Mouse Pad
The ultimate in RGB mouse pads

Corsair MM800

The MM800 POLARIS is a great addition from Corsair. Just like the Razer Hyperflux, Corsair offers 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 mouse 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.

Coolermaster MP720

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.

Software Tests

To test the performance of the mouse pads, we use the following software:

  • Aimbooster software
  • csgo aim training
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