Gaming Mousepad Buying Guide
Mousepads come in various forms and sizes; From super large to peasant small, plastic to cloth, and thick to thin. Nowadays the gamer has several choices for arguably one of the most important accessories for competitive gaming. The right gaming mouse mat could be the key factor in significantly improving your gameplay.
If you are reading this, you have already made the right brand choice for your mouse mat. Glorious PC Gaming Race LLC started off by focusing on creating the best competitive gaming mousepad for various different competitive games. Several hundred hours went into testing, and refining what we are proud to call our ultimate gaming mouse mat.
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THE BASICS OF A GAMING MOUSEPAD
There are three main components of a mousepad: THE SURFACE, THE BASE, THE EDGE.
Each component that is important in its own regard. We are going to break down each component below and tell you how we have perfected it in our cloth gaming mouse mats.
There are several types of surfaces available on the market today. For cloth pads, the type of fabric, the weave, and construction are the most critical features. Don’t be fooled by other products labeled as “CONTROL” or “SPEED” optimized mousepads, it is just a marketing gimmick used to drive sales.
The key is to have a mousepad that combines both elements of SPEED and CONTROL. So when designing our mousepad, this is exactly what we aimed to achieve:
In addition to getting the perfect flow for the mousepad, the friction of the surface was also an important consideration. Because our surfaces are huge, and primarily designed for people using their gaming mice on low-DPI, we wanted to have a surface that was slick enough where the wear down on your mice’s feet would be minimal. We also wanted the surface to be comfortable enough when gliding your hand (wrist) along the surface.
Ultimately at the end, we engineered a unique surface on our mouse mats (and wrist pads!) that satisfied all the requirements above – providing you an enhanced and comfortable gaming experience.
Aka the skeleton of a mouse pad, and often the most overlooked component. The base can make or break a mousepad, and is often the difference between good and great mousepads.
The base comes in several thicknesses, and this can play a significant role in your gaming experience:
A slim base (2mm), is ideal for those that prefer a more solid feel. Similar to using a plastic/hard surface mouse mat, but with more comfort.
A heavy base (5mm), is ideal for those that prefer a more comfortable feel. The surface is much softer and comfortable. In addition, the added thickness is ideal for LAN parties/tournaments, as you are not sure what kind of surface you will be playing on. The added thickness helps negate any uneven surfaces the mouse mat would be on, giving you the flattest surface possible.
A standard base (3mm), is the best of slim and heavy. It’s not too thin, but not too thick providing a happy medium. We use this base for most of our mousemats.
You have the surface, and the base. Both those two pieces are usually secured by an adhesive. But overtime, you probably have seen on cheap mousepads, that it will always begin to fray as the surface and base begin to detach.
To solve this issue, we decided to provide a thick stitched frame around the perimeter of the mouse pad, securing the seams between the surface and base. This anti-fraying frame, will greatly increase the lifespan and aesthetics of your mouse mat, and survive the test of time with your game sessions.
As a further benefit, this also allows you to wash your mousepad with ease. The construction is strong enough to survive machine washes (with a dash of soap), bringing your surface looking brand new (just remember to air dry only!).
RISE OF THE EXTENDED MOUSE MATS
Typically, when you think of a mousepad you think of a small square dude that is for only your mouse. Extended mouse mats have become increasingly popular over the years, as they not only provide you massive room for your mouse, but they also support your gaming keyboard.
Most gamers today use Mechanical Keyboards as their preferred gaming keyboard. By placing your mechanical keyboard on an Extended Mat, the overall typing experience is significantly increased.
On a mechanical keyboard, the surface material of your desk can vastly change your typing experience (i.e typing on a glass desk is very different as typing on a real, wood desk). An Extended Mat, will typically absorb vibrations produced from striking keys on a mechanical keyboard, and ultimately provide a more “solid” and “anchored” feeling when using your mechanical board. The Extended Mat’s surface also provides added grip, help preventing your keyboard from moving around.