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Tech Explained: Gaming Mousepads

A lot of people think that a mouse pad is a pretty simple thing - you put your mouse on top of it and let it rip. Well, it might look that way on the surface (pun intended), but there’s actually a lot of science, technology and specialist material that goes into making one that’s great for gaming.

The surface...


Offers greater control via the texture resulting in less wear on mouse feet. Great for low sensitivity gaming.



Ultra-smooth tracking surface providing accuracy with very little friction. Great for high-sensitivity gaming.



Designed to provide a smooth, consistent and durable surface. Cloth pads are preferred by gamers requiring pin-point accuracy with little friction.


Looks to provide the best of both worlds; Combining the speed of a hard surface with the comfort of a cloth one.


Generally has a rubber backing and a smooth plastic surface. Works well with optical and laser mice providing an advantage of precise mouse movements. Laser mice perform better on a hard surface mouse pad.


Non-Slip Grip

The non-slip rubber grip allows the mouse pad to stay rooted in place on the desktop surface.

Stitched Edging

The edging of the mouse pad is stitched, basically preventing the pad from fraying or peeling. This gives it increased durability as well as being machine washable.

RGB Lighting

The lighting strip around the edge of the mousepad which can usually be controlled/adjusted with software. Also makes you aim better 😎