Top 5 Gaming Mouse Pads of 2018

The finishing touch to every gamers’ set up, the gaming mouse pad has evolved over the years. Wireless charging and RGB lighting for gaming mouse pads were unheard of years ago. Today, gaming mouse pads consider all the latest features gamers demand from their peripherals. The product at its core is the same but many of the best day-to-day mouse pads have unique features incorporated like Qi wireless charging and RGB lighting.

It may seem unimportant, but having the right mouse pad for gaming can make a difference in making a rewarding last-second clutch play or a humiliating defeat. The material and size of the mouse pad is the key. Furthermore, there is the common understanding that over-sized, soft model is the top mousepad for gaming of all types. However, gaming mouse pads with harder surfaces can offer better precision. 

Ultimately, it boils down to personal preference as well. Whether you want the innovative features as mentioned above? Or the gaming mouse pads that light up beautifully? BIILT factors in the value of our selection, so pricing is an important factor for us as well. Without further ado, here are our top gaming mouse pad picks of 2018. 

1. The SteelSeries Qck Mouse Pad

Dimension: 320 x 270 x 2mm; W x D x H

Surface Type: Soft

Surface Material: Cloth

Base Material: Rubber

Price: US$6.99, from SG$11.90

The first in our list and the Top Gaming mouse pad of 2018, the iconic product from SteelSeries.

Highly affordable and full of value. The SteelSeries QCK sets the benchmark for what every gaming mouse pad should encompass. The flagship product from SteelSeries’s comes in an array of shapes and sizes to fit all the many different gamers’ needs. The extremely versatile gaming mouse pad’s surface material has a high thread count for incredibly precise mouse control and a seamless guide. Furthermore, its grip to the desk’s surface is strong as well, so it doesn’t slip whether you’re making large movements in CS:GO. Neither will it slip when smaller movements are made while playing MMORPGs. Hence, if you’re the type of gamer that wants the set-up to look gorgeous, the Qck comes in RGB lighting too – the SteelSeries Qck Prism. The prism is the higher-end version of the fundamental product.

Overall, we ranked it top simply because it is so versatile. Moreover, its performance to cost ratio is astronomical. Therefore, the Qck is the absolute top gaming mouse pad of 2018. 

op Gaming Mouse pads 1 - SteelSeries Qck Gaming Mouse Pad

Photo Credit: Steelseries Qck Gaming Mouse Pad (Black). Retrieved from Newegg, URL: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826995022

2. Corsair MM300 Extended

Dimension: 930 x 300 x 3mm; W x D x H

Surface Type: Soft

Surface Material: Cloth

Base Material: Rubber

Price: US$29.99, from SG$43.00

The runner-up for the top gaming mouse pad of 2019. This over-sized gaming mouse pad is one to get if you love gaming with lowered DPI and sensitivity settings. The MM300 is perfect for FPS gamers with massive mouse movements needed to make those sick and accurate head-shots in game. The best in its category, the MM300 is Corsair’s high-end line of cloth mouse pads featuring a strong grip rubber base, stitched edges to prevent fraying and a sturdy thickness of 3 mm. Additionally, its size is perfect to place keyboards on it too. It feels smooth, uniform and seems to provide an endless area of space. The MM300 Extended’s seamless, textile-weave design assures slick and effortless movement across its surface.

As a result, the masterpiece from Corsair is perfect for moving your mouse across the desk or just a couple of inches to make a 180 degrees turn in FPS games. Simply the best in its class and rightly deserves the second placing on our list. 

Top Gaming Mouse Pads 2 - Corsair MM300 Extended

Photo Credit: MM300 Anti-Fray Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad – Extended. Retrieved from Corsair, URL: https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Gaming-Mousepads/Cloth-Textile-Surface-Mousepads/MM300-Anti-Fray-Cloth-Gaming-Mouse-Pad-%E2%80%94-Extended/p/CH-9000108-WW

3. Logitech G440

Dimension: 340 x 280 x 3.3mm; W x D x H

Surface Type: Hard

Surface Material: Plastic

Base Material: Rubber

Price: US$29.99, SG$39.00

If you’re a gamer who prefers subtle but rapid mouse movements, you would prefer the hard surface gaming mouse pad. Hard surface gaming mouse pads are preferably used to play RTS/MOBA games because of the required swift map navigation and tight mobility. Hence, in our opinion, the simplistic and smooth G440 from Logitech is our recommended choice if you plan to incorporate speed into your game. Our third placing for the top gaming mouse pad of 2018 is made of a polythene surface featuring micro-textures that provide the optimal amount of resistance. Thus, ensuring the right amount of feedback without creating the excess noise from rapid mouse movements. Moreover, the G440’s rubber base prevents the pad from making unnecessary movements when you’re gaming intensively. Additionally, with the generous size, it makes gaming at different DPI levels comfortable and possible.

In conclusion, the G440 from Logitech has the perfect balance between an abrasive and smooth surface due to its durability and stability. Hence, this perfect balance brings G440 to the third spot on our list. 

 

Top Gaming Mouse Pads 3 - Logitech G440

 

Photo Credit: G440 HARD GAMING MOUSEPAD. Retrieved from Logitech, URL: https://www.logitechg.com/en-za/products/gaming-mouse-pads/g440-hard-gaming-mouse-pad.html

4. Razer Firefly and Mamba Hyperflux

Dimension: 355 x 282 x 12.7mm; W x D x H

Surface Type: Hard or Soft

Surface Material: Plastic or Cloth

Base Material: Rubber

Price: US$249.99, SG$399.90

Top Gaming Mouse Pads 4 - Razer Firefly and Mamba Hyperflux

Photo Credit: Razer Mamba Hyperflux & Firefly Hyperflux Bundle: Wireless Power technology – 5G True 16,000 Dpi Optical Sensor – Razer Chroma Enabled – Ultra-Lightweight Wireless Gaming Mouse. Retrieved from Amazon, URL: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Razer-Mamba-Hyperflux-Firefly-Bundle/dp/B0793D9ZNT?th=1

The wireless gaming mice of today are rid of problems of yesterday thanks to wireless charging gaming mouse pads. Therefore, the issues of latency, replacing batteries mid-battle and more are resolved. In our humblest opinion, the best would be the Razer Firefly Hyperflux coupled with the Mamba Hyperflux.

The fourth on our list and the best wireless mouse pad in our opinion is instilled with magnetic field technology to transfer power from the pad to the mouse. Therefore, the Mamba is always provided with a constant power source. Versatility is also a feature as the unique gaming mouse pad allows users to switch between a hard or soft surface as he/she please for their gaming needs. The unique mouse also eliminates the need for a battery. As a result, the Mamba Hyperflux is as light as feather at only 96 grams. Bundled together, it is simply the top choice for its performance and sleek RGB lighting. What about the downside? As with any other Razer product, the mouse pad is expensive. However, we still feel that it is a worthwhile investment for the long run, considering the convenience and features it provides.

In conclusion, its unique features, performance, and sleek design gives the Razer product the fourth spot on our list. 

5. Razer Goliathus Control

Dimension: Small – 270 x 215 x 3mm; W x D x H

Medium – 355 x 215 x 3mm; W x D x H

Large – 444 x 355 x 3mm; W x D x H

 Extended – 920 x 294 x 3mm; W x D x H

Surface Type: Soft

Surface Material: Cloth

Base Material: Rubber

Price: From US$14.99, From SG$24.90

Versatile and a wide array of choices to pick from for the gamer’s choice of games. Therefore, the Goliathus is the fifth top gaming mouse of 2018.

The control edition of this gaming mouse pad has a heavily textured weave feature which heightens the gamer’s experience because it promotes precision and effective mouse control. The pad has pixel-precise targeting, tracking technology and anti-fraying stitched frames supported by anti-slip rubber base features. Thus, this gaming mouse pad is built for effective and efficient gaming. Additionally, the comfort never wavers despite hours of usage. Furthermore, it is designed and engineered with material that suits gaming mice of all kinds of sensitivities and DPI settings. Hence, its versatility is unparalleled. Also, there are many unique designs and styles to choose from. It is a definite that gamers will be spoilt for choices when designing their gaming set-up.

Overall, the iconic product from Razer is a sure-shot to enhance gaming experience with its remarkable features. This fundamental mouse pad from Razer takes the fifth position in the top 5 gaming mouse pads of 2018. 

Top Gaming Mouse Pads 5 - Razer Goliathus Control

Photo Credit: Razer Gloiathus Control, Retrieved from Razer, URL: https://www.razer.com/gaming-mouse-mats/razer-goliathus-control

Likewise, like all Top 5 recommendations articles from BIILT. The ultimate decision lies with the gamers themselves as each individuals’ tastes and styles are different. What works for us, may not work for you. It ultimately depends on the individuals’ preferred games, gaming style, preferred mouse DPI and sensitivity settings and their budget. However, after much research and review, we strongly believe the above-mentioned gaming mouse pads are the optimal ones of value. 

 

Find out more…

Every gamer with a great gaming mouse pad would require an extraordinary gaming mouse as well. View the Top 5 gaming mouses in 2018 to find out BIILT’s top 5 picks for gaming mouses in 2018! To add on, every gamer would require a keyboard to pair their top gaming mouse with. Regardless for pure performance or for a sleek gaming set-up. Find out more about BIILT’s top 5 gaming keyboards of 2018 here!

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