This is a common question, and honestly, if buying a better or bigger mouse pad is worth it or not depends on what you intend to use it for, we will cover the major differences between a cheap and an expensive mousepad and why they’re better, especially for gamers.
Why Mousepads are important
The first thing that’s usually brought up when talking about these things is glide performance as well as tracking accuracy. A good surface offers frictionless movement so your cursor responds instantly without having any kind of delay associated with it, which is crucial in fast-paced games. If you’re a gamer and you are looking to compete, having pinpoint accuracy is probably important for you, and a good surface will help you achieve that.
Another thing to mention is comfort, and while it’s not directly related to performance or tracking, having a comfortable mousepad can make the difference between an enjoyable gaming session and one where your arm starts hurting after playing for just half an hour because of how much effort you have to put into moving the cursor around. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that manufacturers advertise too often so finding out which one works best for your hand size might take some digging through user reviews before buying anything (which we recommend if possible).
Are bigger pads better than small ones?
This is a question that doesn’t really have a definitive answer, as it depends on personal preferences. Generally speaking, though, large mousepads tend to be more comfortable because they offer more space for your hand to move around and don’t require you to constantly reposition the device so you can reach all of the buttons comfortably. On the other hand, small pads are often cheaper and take up less space on your desk, which might be important if you’re limited in terms of how much room you have.
If you play FPS games, most people use low sensitivity for pinpoint accuracy and that’s where bigger pads really help a lot since you’ll need to move your mouse a lot more for flicks / 180º turns.
The brands aren’t too important as long as it has a good fabric and has enough size that fits your needs as explained above, however, for a large mousepad we usually recommend SteelSeries QCK+ or perhaps one of the Razer large options if you like RGB, albeit Razer products are generally overpriced.
If you’re just going for a regular sized one then almost any other brand should do the trick, just avoid the really cheap ones as they tend to wear out quickly and offer a poor experience.
Do Mousepads make a difference in gaming?
In conclusion, they are important for competitive gamers who want better glide performance and pinpoint accuracy as well as those looking for increased comfort during long gaming sessions. Do some research on which one would be best suited for your needs before making a purchase – you won’t regret it!