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If you want to protect your desk from permanent scratches and protect the underside of your mouse from tarnishing, a mouse pad is the best way to prevent wear and tear.
Maybe if you’re someone who clicks on spreadsheet cells all day, a mouse pad might not be that crucial. However, if you are someone who spends hours playing games like civilization V or Minecraft that are very click-happy, it is imperative that you choose one that aids in pointer precision and tracking.
Whether you’re playing competitively or for marathon bouts, here are eight gaming mousepads that will improve your comfort and support your wrist while you play.
EXCO game pad
This 700 by 300mm mouse pad is not only budget friendly, but also has a non-slip rubber base for stability and precise aiming. It fits both your keyboard and mouse, while providing a low-friction surface that provides speed and control.
Where to Buy Exco Gaming Pad
Amazon ($12.99) | eBay ($37.91)
Corsair Gaming MM300 High Speed Gaming Mouse Pad
If you’re short on space for your mouse pad, Corsair’s MM300 model may be a good fit. It has stitched edges to keep your mouse from flying off on its own after too many serious side swipes, a rubber base to keep it from sliding across your desk and a smooth surface for those who want a frictionless gaming experience.
Where to buy Corsair gaming mouse pad
Amazon ($23) | eBay ($55)
Redragon P020 Mouse Pad with Wrist Rest
If you’re short on desk space and want a mouse pad that provides wrist support, this cushioning Redragon P020 mouse pad is perfect for you.
Not only is it waterproof, but it also has a memory foam wrist pad to prevent wrist pain and add stability to your playing style. The mouse pad itself is non-slip and designed to prevent curling, making it a contender to stand the test of time.
Where to buy Redragon mouse pad
Amazon ($24.99) | eBay ($37.93)
Steelseries QCK Edge Cloth XXL Gaming Pad
Being comfortable with your gaming mouse pad is often a matter of size, as you won’t be as comfortable having to stretch your arms over a surface other than that of your mouse. That’s where a super-sized gaming mouse pad like the SteelSeries QCK Edge could work to your advantage.
If your game desk also needs to double as a serious workspace, it’s also a simply decorated black pad so the boss doesn’t have to know what you’re doing after hours.
Where to buy Steelseries mouse pad
Amazon ($61.95) | eBay ($41)
Corsair RGB Polaris Gaming Mouse Pad
Comfort in your gaming mousepad doesn’t have to rest explicitly on soft, squishy surfaces. Depending on your mouse movement, you may be dragging more on a softer surface and working harder on your wrists and hands that way.
Corsair’s RGB Polaris mouse pad offers a harder surface, but one that claims more precision, reducing movements you don’t need – making it more comfortable on the go. There’s no science to suggest that incorporating RGB lighting has any beneficial health effects, but as with so much RGB lighting, it’s more about the fun of creating your own lighting style while gaming to intimidate your enemies.
Where to buy Corsair RGB gaming mousepad
Amazon ($88) | eBay ($101)
Cooler Master MP750 XL
Nobody buys a gaming mouse pad for the short term — or at least nobody sane — and most of us want durability as well as comfort. That’s one area where the Cooler Master MP750 should have a clear edge, with splash-proof fabric to protect it from accidental drink spills.
Where to buy Cooler Master XL mouse pad
Amazon ($69.95) | eBay ($62.95)
Razer Goliathus Speed L Mouse Pad
Razer’s gaming accessories are highly regarded and are of course more than a little flashy if that’s your style, but that’s not all the Razer Goliathus mouse pad needs. As the name suggests, this is a very large mouse pad, measuring 35.5cm by 44.4cm and 0.3cm deep to be exact, but that means even the most expansive strategy maps or frenetic FPS shootouts are well within reach.
Where to buy Razer Goliathus mouse pad
3D Corgi Silicone Pad
This one’s just for fun, but who wouldn’t want a corgi butt-shaped wrist rest? Not only will you enjoy that crucial wrist support (carpal tunnel syndrome), but your desk will be both cute and wear-free.
Where to buy this 3D corgi butt mouse pad
Editor’s Note: Descriptions and features are taken from manufacturer/vendor claims and user reviews.