You take your PC gaming seriously so you invest in a top of the line mouse and keyboard. But, what about a surface to use your mouse on? Believe it or not, the pad you have under your mouse can have positive and negative effects on your in-game performance.
Personal tastes will vary, but if you're on the hunt for a quality pad then give one of these a go.
Razer is one of the most well-recognized brands in gaming PC accessories and its Goliathus mouse mat has something for everyone. It's available in four sizes from the very small to the very large, with a rubber base to stop it moving under pressure. The thick weave on the top is built to meet the demands of the pros, and besides looking very eye-catching, the Goliathus has one more trick up its sleeve.
It's engineered to be compatible with the Razer Synapse software, which means perfect calibration for your Razer gaming mouse. And you can't say that about most mouse and mat combinations. The largest one tops out around $40, which is pretty reasonable.
Corsair Gaming MM200
Available in a range of sizes, the MM200 from well-respected Corsair packs a textile weave designed for maximum precision whether you use an optical or a laser gaming mouse.
Throw in the necessary no-slip base and you've got a well-made, comfortable gaming surface that'll keep you accurate when you need it the most. With a subtle design, it's not going to look out of place in any setup, either. The smaller ones can be had under $10 now, which also makes them a steal.
HyperX Fury Pro Gaming mouse pad
HyperX from Kingston make a range of gaming accessories, and this Pro Gaming mouse pad is well worth a look. It's priced very well and available in a range of sizes to suit all setups.
The reduced friction, soft cloth surface combines comfort with precision. It's so tough that HyperX offers a 2-year warranty on it. Depending on the size, you'll be spending between $10 and $40 for one of these excellent mousepads.
German brand, Roccat, offers the solid Taito mousepad in a range of sizes and two levels of thickness to help you get that perfect feel. The largest is the XXL, but it goes right down to small, and the Taito boasts a nano matrix structure for quick, silent mousing.
The Taito will stand up to some extended periods of abuse with ease, and its thick rubber underside will stop any unnecessary slippage. Best of all, it's a great price at just $18.
SteelSeries QCK Prism
Do you really need LED lighting on your mousepad? Probably not, but if you want some then the QCK Prism by SteelSeries is the one to get, though you'll have to spend around $50 for the privilege.
SteelSeries didn't forget about making a great gaming pad in the quest to make it light up. It's solid as a rock and has a double-sided surface so you get the feeling you're looking for. And in some games, the mousepad lighting will react to what's happening on screen. Which is pretty neat!
Glorious PC Gaming Race XXXL
Sometimes size really does matter and if you think you've seen a big mousepad before, you haven't seen one this big. The Glorious PC Gaming Race XXXL is one of the largest mousepads you'll ever see. You'll be able to get your keyboard on here, mouse, maybe a plate of food, a hot drink, it's that big. It's also thick, durable and heavily rubberized on the back so it won't slip about with all that stuff on top of it.
Not bad for around $40.
Updated January 15, 2018: We've removed two older choices and added the superb and enormous Glorious XXXL!
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