To some it might seem crazy to go all out and spend $50+ dollars on getting a mouse pad. At the end of the day it is just a mouse pad. Most Mouses no longer have a ball that needs to touch the surface in order to work. Most optical or laser mice can pick up input without even touching something. So why have a need for a mouse pad anyway? Other than having glorious RGB effects that go with the rest of the battle station. I want to go over some of the benefits so you can help justify spending $50 bucks on something that isn’t totally needed. After all this is all about creating the perfect desktop environment that enthusiast lust after.
The Surface Matters
Depending on the surface that you are using for your mouse. Can have a negative impact on how well your mouse performs. If there is too little friction on the surface your accuracy and start stop motions will be impacted. If the surface is reflective, then you will get interference, giving your mouse wrong information. Even the size of a mouse pad can help elimante any over reach when playing a game. All of these issues are what a gaming mouse pad is trying to solve. Lets take a look and see how a gaming mouse pad adds benefits to your game.
Accuracy and Precision
What really makes a gaming mouse pad better then a regular surface or other mouse pads. Is the texture of the surface. Laser and optical mouse are better at tracking information of the surface if it is textured uneven pattern. Glass on the other hand is not textured, meaning that it will miss crucial information. Laser and Optical mouse can still pick up information on glass but you will lose out some crucial pixels especially at high levels of DPI or rapid hand movements.
Soft and hard gaming mouse mats have a textured surface that works best with Laser and optical mouse. Soft mouse mat tend to have a high thread count woven surface. That creates a texture for mice not only to glide on but to pick up crucial information.
As you can see from the above image, The Razer Gigantus V2 has a woven texture. This texture doesn’t show any repeated pattern. Creating a optimum surface for laser mice to pick information. Hard mouse mat will also have a textured surface.
Now this is a personal preference on how much glide you would like your mouse to have. For the most part you want a surface that is smooth and glides well adding little friction for more control. If you have to much friction your mouse will be hard to move. If there is net enough friction you will over aim and miss your shots. Its all about finding that happy balance.
Most modern gaming mouse pads come with difference levels of friction. Depending on the type of material that they are using. Cloth tend to be more of a middle ground offering a smooth service with a little added friction. Hard mouse mats that are made out of metal or polyethylene will add more glide or even more friction depending on the texture.
When using typical programs in a desktop environment, you don’t have a lot of mouse movement. Even when you do run out of space you can easily adjust the position of the mouse and keep on working. But for games when timing, precision and reflex is everything. Running out of space for you mouse in the middle of a flick shot is going to cost you that kill. Which is why gaming mouse pad are made oversized to include the whole area of your desk and even you keyboard.
You don’t need a “Gaming” mouse pad to get a oversized one. Over sized mouse pads come in a number of difference colors, graphics and materials. The mousepad being oversized allows you more room to operate the mouse. Also it allows your keyboard to be placed on top of the mouse mat. This gives allows your keyboard and mouse to be at the same level. Which after switching over is a better ergonomic felling.
Gaming mousepads come in a number of difference matters. All of which are made to last. Placing your mouse on a hard surface such as a wooden table will slowly wear away at the surface of the desk. Damaging your desk and marking it up. A gaming mouse pad surface is made to be constantly used and will not wear away like a desk would over long periods of time. The surface of a mouse pad will also expend the durably of your mouse. The feet on your mouse will also wear away adding more friction and reducing the overall glide of the mouse.
This is all about personal preference but if you who set up has RGB why doesn’t your mouse mat. Personally I have a full Steel Series setup on my peripherals at the moment. So Mouse, Keyboard and oversized Mousemat from the same brand just suites my desktop. Creating a more clean environment that is pleasing to the eye.
This might seem more of a luxury than a necessity. The average user will not need an expensive mouse mat but for the enthusiats or gamer that is looking for precision and smooth gliding surface to place their mouse on. Then going for a gaming grade mouse pad does provide some added benefits. Spending 50+ dollars on a mouse pad is only really going to add some RGB effects to your gaming setup. Leaving the higher range of gaming mouse pads to the enthusiast. Who want there whole setup looking like a disco.