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


If you were looking for the best mouse pad for gaming a few years ago, you could probably get away with using your normal everyday mouse pad. All you really needed was some foam covered with some fabric. These days, however, the best mouse pads for gaming have actually evolved considerably. These MLG tablecloths are far and away more advanced than anyone would have imagined even 5 years ago. Sure, there are some mouse pads out there that are the same general design that you’re used to, but there are some that have gone as far as including wireless charging technology into the pad so that you can charge your mouse as you play.

You don’t need us to tell you that mouse pads are important, everybody knows that, 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?

However, no matter how awesome the best gaming mouse pads are, there’s no getting around the fact that the market is absolutely filled with myriad brand names and knockoffs. Luckily, we here at TechRadar have your back. So whether you’re an extremely competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player, or you just want to sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite RPG without having to constantly re-adjust your mouse – you’re sure to find something you’ll love in this list.

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

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)

Super thin


No lighting

RGB lighting is cool and all, but some gamers prefer having a seamless, unobtrusive desk surface. The ultra-thin – less than half a millimeter in height – Razer Sphex v2 is the mouse pad for such a gamer. Despite its thinness, the  polycarbonate surface is durable and optimized for laser or optical mouse gaming mouse control. We’ve picked out the regular size, but it also comes in a Small size variant.

5. Roccat Hiro+

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. Logitech G PowerPlay

The ultimate charging mouse pad for wireless gaming mice

Surface: 170.1-inches square | Size: 12.6 x 13.5 x 1.7 inches (321 x 344 x 43 mm; W x D x H)

Wireless charging and quick connection

Customizable lighting


Is it a charging pad or a mouse pad? The Logitech G PowerPlay gaming mouse pad is both. Similar to wireless smartphone chargers, the PowerPlay creates an electromagnetic resonance over the surface of the mat allowing compatible mice to charge even while in use. As if that wasn’t enough technology, this mouse pad has an integrated wireless receiver with an one-millisecond report rate, automatic frequency interference avoidance system and end-to-end signal optimization, making it perfect for professional gamers.

7. Razer Firefly RGB

Super colorful, super fly

Surface: 140.36-inches square | Size: 13.98 x 10.04 x 0.16 inches (355 x 255 x 4 mm; W x D x H)

Gaming Optimized

Syncs RGB lighting with other Chroma-enabled peripherals

No USB pass-through

The Razer Firefly RBG gaming mouse pad has been eSports tested to ensure gamer success. It boasts a micro-textured surface, focusing on precise controls for gamers. Razer even lab-tested the Firefly RGB’s coating to ensure it has the right reflectiveness for a quicker response rate. The Razer Firefly RGB also uses Chroma Lighting, with more than 16.8 million colors to personalize gaming experiences.

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

The Corsair MM800 RGB Polaris isn’t just a mouthful, it’s a nifty gaming mouse pad, too. It uses a low-friction finish for quick and precise tracking across its surface. The MM800 RGB Polaris uses the CUE2 interface to sync its  lighting with your other peripherals and PC through RGB share. It’s also available in two top 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 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.

  •  This product is only available in the US and UK at the time of writing. Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Corsair MM800 RGB Polaris

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

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.

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