We briefly covered mouse pads in our general article about setting up and jumped into recommending SteelSeries QcK+ to anybody. If you are not interested in studying the subject any further, it is still your safest bet but due to popular demand we decided to give a little more insight on the subject.
Which Mouse Pad Should I Get?
Obviously no one can outright answer this question for you . It’s like someone telling you if you should get cotton or silk boxers. However there is one aspect that the newcomers to the game too often neglect – size. This is purely because they are not familiar with how games that require extreme precision are played: at low sensitivity. “Low” is of course a very subjective measure but compared to vast majority of people – who play games casually (if they play at all) and are not comfortable with having to move their mouse a lot while playing – almost every pro players’ sensitivity would be considered as low.
The mats we are about to introduce to you are gaming mouse pads and the viewpoint we have on the subject is focused on competitive FPS games which require extreme mouse precision. However, we are fairly certain that there is no better purpose for benchmarking mouse pads than professional gaming (CS:GO in this case) – these gaming mouse mats are also perfect for any other purpose such as doing graphical work that requires mouse precision. If you have stumbled upon this article and your needs are somewhere else you can rest assured that all of the products we are about to introduce feature the basics like non slip / rubber base bottoms. What you won’t find below are the office worker gimmicks like ergonomic wrist rests or wrist pads and you are more than likely to be surprised by the large size of these.
Two Types of Material – Hard Pad and Soft Pad
These are pretty self-explanatory: on a hard pad your mouse will move faster and vice versa. Which suits you better is something you will have to test out for yourself but in general vast majority of good players tend to use soft mats. Personally I think they give you a better feel and precision on your mouse movements. There are some variations in the cloth that soft pads are made of, but the differences between these are best done by your own hand.
Soft pad: mousepad with soft fabric on top, smooth surface
Hard pad: mousepad with hard plastic on top
Mouse Pad Comparison Table
|Mouse pad||Width (mm)||Height (mm)||Depth (mm)||Surface|
|SteelSeries QcK Heavy||450||400||6||Soft|
|Razer Goliathus Speed Large||444||355||3||Soft|
|Corsair MM200 XL||450||375||4||Soft|
|Corsair MM400 (Standard)||352||272||2||Hard|
|Corsair MM600||352||272||5||Both (double-sided)|
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Mouse Pads Professional CS:GO Players Use
Source: our Pro Setup Database
Top 10 Mouse Pads 2017
As you can tell by the comparison table the mouse pads we have picked are rather similar in size. This is the standard size pretty much every serious CS:GO player use – large enough for any “normal” sensitivity yet still small enough to fit in any setup. The size aspect is especially important for players who attend LAN tournaments as you want to have the same exact setup at both home and offline events. Thus using a full table sized mat is not ideal, but we will introduce a few further on as they are getting more popular.
Another criterion for getting a place on this list is being widely used among professional players. Of course the differences are quite minimal so getting a “gaming” branded mouse pad might sound a bit geeky for newcomers but if you are about to buy one why not go for the best? It is not like you are using your life savings on one anyway.
The Soft Pads
- SteelSeries QcK+
- SteelSeries QcK Heavy
- ZOWIE GS-R
- Razer Goliathus Speed Large
- Corsair MM200 XL
- Logitech G640
- Xtrfy XGP1-L4
SteelSeries QcK+ has become the go-to mouse pad among CS:GO players due to its unbeatable value for money ratio and SteelSeries QcK Heavy is a thicker version of it. You can’t go wrong with either of these unless you know for sure that you want a hard pad.
ZOWIE GS-R is almost as widely used as QcK’s and it is slightly bigger in size. These three are the ones we recommend the most, but if you don’t like their design the rest of the list are just as great but a bit more expensive than the QcK+ and similar to GS-R.
The Hard Pads and Hybrid
I have never been a hard pad guy so these are picked purely because they are the most used in professional Counter-Strike.
Corsair MM600 promises to deliver the best of both worlds with it’s dual-sided design but in reality the “soft” side of it is not as soft as the real soft pads on the list as both sides are made of polymer. It still is a decent choice if you are still looking for that perfect touch.
The Bigger the Better – Extended Mats
If you want to get fancy you might want to consider an XXL or extended mouse pad or mouse mat as they tend to be called. These are meant to be under both your keyboard and mouse.