Best gaming mouse pads 2018: the best mouse mats for gamers

Best gaming mouse pad

If you would have told us a decade ago that the best gaming mouse pads would feature wireless charging a year ago, we would’ve looked at you funny.

Plenty has changed through the last decade, though and the best gaming mouse pads have evolved in so many ways. These MLG tablecloths have evolved to feature new technology and innovations that will change the way you look at that electronic coaster on your desk. They may follow the same general design that mouse pads have for years, but now they come with cool tech like Qi wireless charging, so you can finally get rid of all your charging cables.

We don’t need to tell you that the best mouse pads are important, but if you’re already playing the best PC games on the best gaming PC with one of the best gaming mice, why would you settle for anything less than the best gaming mouse pad?

Unfortunately, when you go out looking for the best mouse pads, one thing you’ll notice is that there are a ton of different ones out there – making it difficult to find the best mouse pad for you. Fortunately, we thought ahead and created a guide to the best gaming mouse pads on the market in 2018. Whether you’re the kind of gamer that likes to light up the room with RGB lighting, or if you just need a reliable pad that’ll let you dominate the competition, we’ve found something for you.

1. Corsair MM600

The best gaming mouse pad for most users

Surface: 147.66-inches square | Size: 13.8 x 10.7 x 0.2 inches (352 x 272 x 5 mm; W x D x H)

Huge Surface space
Low-friction surface 
No USB pass-through 

The Corsair MM600 isn’t interested in distracting you with brightly colored lights like the MM800. Instead, it offers a great deal more versatility than its higher priced sibling. This double sided mouse pad stays secure in place with rubber stoppers on each corner so that your mouse moves – not your mouse pad. The MM600 is also made of aluminum, and features a low-friction surface that will boost your response times in-game. 

2. SteelSeries QcK

The best budget gaming mouse pad

Surface: 133.56-inches square | Size: 12.6 x 10.6 x 0.07 inches (320 X 270 x 2mm; W x D x H)

Relatively thin (2mm)
Smooth Frictionless Surface 
Budget model

Existing solely as a budget mousepad, the SteelSeries QcK does exactly what you want out of a mousepad and nothing more. The QcK’s surface material has a high thread count for extremely precise mouse control and a smooth glide. At the same time, its rubber base helps prevent it from sliding around your desk while you’re gaming. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and there’s even a higher end version with RGB lighting – the SteelSeries QcK Prism. 

3. Cooler Master Make It Yours mouse pad

No nonsense, straight to the business

Surface: 92.04 | Size: 11.8 x 7.8 x 0.11 inches (300 x 200 x 3mm; W x D x H)

No gimmicks
Low-Friction surface 
Smaller in size

Yeah, it might not look like much, but the Cooler Master Make It Yours is one of the best mouse pads for all of your gaming needs. It features a low friction cloth surface for near frictionless mouse movement, and has a nice neutral aesthetic that will help it blend into any setup. It’s not very thick, but it’s still wide enough to freely move around without accidentally moving off of the mouse pad.  

  • This product is only available in the UK as of this writing. US and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the SteelSeries QcK.

4. Razer Sphex v2

A minimalist’s dream and ultra-thin gaming mouse pad

Surface: 140-inches square | Size: 14 x 10 x 0.02 inches (355 x 254 x 0.5 mm; W x D x H)

Super thin
No lighting

Sure, everyone loves RGB lighting, but what if you’re looking for an unobtrusive, seamless desk surface? Well, the ultra thin – less than half a millimeter in height – Razer Sphex v2 is the mouse pad for you. Despite its thin profile, the polycarbonate surface is durable and optimised for laser or optical gaming mouse control. We picked the regular size, but if you have a smaller desk, there’s a Small size variant as well. 

5. Roccat Hiro+

Engineered for greatness

Surface: 111.2-inches square | Size: 13.78 x 8.07 x 0.09 inches (350 x 205 x 2.5 mm; W x D x H)

Smooth mouse control
Low-friction surface 
Costly for no lighting

The top of the Hiro+ is covered in a vulcanized silicone surface with a 3D structure to help increase your  gaming accuracy and speed. The base has a non-slip surface for steady mouse control, and the edges have been rounded for a smoother profile. Its surface is also coated to protect from water and grime, and makes for easy cleaning.

6. Corsair MM1000 Qi

Charge your phone while you play

Surface: Micro-textured hard surface | Size: 350mm x 260mm x 5mm (W x D x H)

Great surface
Qi wireless charging
Qi charging only in specific zone

You thought that the best mouse pads for gaming were just for moving your mouse on top of didn’t you? Well, so did we – at least until we got our hand son the Corsair MM1000 Qi. Not only is this thing a great mouse pad, but it also features Qi charging. Launching alongside the Corsair Dark Core RGB SE, which itself features Qi compatibility, the MM1000 Qi is Corsair’s answer to the Logitech PowerPlay, but it takes it to another level by allowing you to charge your phone. It even costs less than the PowerPlay – it’s better in every way. 

7. Razer Goliathus Chroma

Soft and shiny

Surface: 140.6-inches square | Size: 13.99 x 10.05 x 0.12 inches (355 x 255 x 3 mm; W x D x H)

 Razer Chroma-enabled 
 Gaming optimized 
No USB pass-through

If you’ve had your eye on a RGB mouse-pad to match all of your tricked out peripherals, and you didn’t want to settle for a rigid piece of plastic, you’re in luck. The Razer Goliathus takes Razer’s expert RGB implementation and throws into a soft gaming mouse pad that will let you score those headshots in comfort and style. 

8. Corsair MM800 RGB Polaris

The ultimate mouse pad for RGB lighting enthusaists

Surface: 139.7-inches square | Size: 13.7 x 10.2 x 0.2 inches (350 x 260 x 5mm; W x D x H)

Customizable lighting
Low-friction surface 
Wired connection

You simply can’t go out looking for the best mouse mat for gaming in 2018 without considering RGB. All the hottest gaming peripherals right now boast about how they can light your desk up like a Christmas tree, and the Corsair MM800 RGB Polaris is no different. On top of Corsair’s always-fantastic RGB implementation, the MM800 uses a low-friction finish that’ll allow for quick and precise tracking across its surface. And if the lighting wasn’t enough, the MM800 uses Corsair’s special CUE2 interface to sync its lighting with your other peripherals and even your PC through RGB share. It’s even available in two materials: cloth and a micro-texture surface.  

9. Asus ROG Scabbard

A rugged giant of a mouse pad

Surface: 613.65-inches square | Size: 35.43 x 17.32 x 0.11 inches (900 x 440 x 3 mm; W x D x H)

Might be too large for its own good

The Asus ROG Scabbard is less mouse pad and more ‘everything pad’. It can hold your laptop or keyboard and mouse, and whatever other accessories you have lying around – it’s seriously huge. It has a non-slip ROG-red rubber base and low-friction Sheath woven surface for gaming control. Asus has even temperature tested the ROG scabbard down to -30°C – but why you’d game in sub-zero conditions is unimaginable, unless you really take overclocking that seriously.  

10. MSI Thunderstorm

The heavy metal gaming mouse pad

Surface: 110.88-inches square | Size: 12.6 x 8.8 x 0.07 inches (320 x 225 x 2 mm; W x D x H)

Durable Aluminum make 
Cold to the touch

Are other mouse pads just too soft for your gaming setup? Well, if so, you’re in luck – the MSI Thunderstorm gaming mouse pad is all metal. To be precise, this gaming mouse pad is made of an anodized, hairline-surfaced aluminum material with rubber stoppers. This textured surface is optimized for mouse control and speed, while its L shape allows it to be situated close to the keyboard. And, if that metal surface is just too real for you, you can flip it over for a micro-textured surface and the comfort of cloth.