Just a few years ago, gaming mouse pads weren’t so different than all the other mouse pads. Just get a piece of foam, cover it in fabric and call it day.
These days, however, the best gaming mouse pads have evolved in ways that no one could have anticipated. These MLG tablecloths have evolved to feature new innovations and technologies that will blow your mind. They may follow the same general design that mouse pads have for the last couple decades, but now they can include things like Qi wireless charging, so you’ll never have to search your apartment for a charging cable ever again.
And, really, at the end of the day, you already likely know that mouse pads are very important, but if you’re already using one of the best gaming mice, why wouldn’t you use one of the best mouse pads for gaming?
Unfortunately, when you set out to find the best mouse pad for gaming, you’ll find dozens of brand names and knockoffs saturating the market – making it hard to discern what you actually need. Fortunately we here on the TechRadar editorial team have created a list of the best gaming mouse pads we’ve used over the last year or so. Whether you’re the type of gamer who likes to have their desk lit up like a Christmas tree at all hours of the day, or if you just need a slick pad that’ll let you dominate the leaderboards – we’ve found something just 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)
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)
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)
This mouse pad might look simple, but that doesn’t mean that the Cooler Master Make It Yours Mouse Pad won’t be perfect for all of your gaming needs. It’s got a low friction cloth surface for near-frictionless mouse movement. And rather than having all that flashy built-in lighting, it comes in a neutral gray color to blend with any setup you might have. And while it doesn’t have much in the way of thickness, it’s wide enough to move around comfortably without having to move your mouse all the time.
- 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)
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)
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)
Sure, there have been mouse pads with wireless charging tech in the past, but Corsair has taken it a step further with the Corsair MM1000 Qi by including Qi charging. Launching alongside the Corsair Dark Core RGB SE, which features Qi charging compatibility the MM1000 Qi is Corsair’s answer to the Logitech PowerPlay, but because you can actually use it to charge your phone while gaming (and even comes with an assortment of adapters for doing just that) and costs significantly less at $79 (about £55, AU$100), the MM1000 comes out ahead 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)
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)
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)
The Scabbard is less mouse pad and more ‘gear pad’. The Asus Republic of Gaming (ROG) Scabbard pad can hold the laptop or keyboard and mouse. It has a non-slip ROG-red rubber base and low-friction Sheath woven surface for gaming control. They’ve even temperature tested the ROG Scabbard down to -30°C – but why you’d game in sub-zero conditions is unimaginable.
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)
Unlike all the other soft pads and plastic surfaces in this article, the MSI Thunderstorm gaming mouse pad is made of pure metal. To be specific, this mouse mat is made of an anodized, hairline-surfaced aluminum piece with rubber stoppers. The hairline textured surface is optimized for mouse control and speed, while its L-shape allows it to be situated close to the keyboard. Flip it over for a micro-textured surface and the comfort of cloth.