When we talk about upgrading a gaming computer, we, first of all, mean the purchase of a processor, RAM, video card, SDD-drive, and other expensive and powerful hardware. Meanwhile, even such a seemingly primitive accessory, like a large mouse pad, can significantly affect the gaming results. It is because the accuracy of mouse movements, the comfort of the gamer, his mood, and sometimes even health depend on the correct selection of it.
How is a playing pad different from a regular one?
Even novice gamers these days understand how a gaming mouse or headphones differs from ordinary ones. But the phrase “gaming mouse pad” is sometimes puzzling. After all, modern mice with a laser sensor, unlike the old “ball” models, theoretically do not need a rug at all. They work even right on the table, even on a piece of paper, even on an old book, even on a 10-year-old cork mat.
In theory, this is the case, but in practice, the speed of its movement and the accuracy of positioning of the sensor significantly depends on the properties of the surface on which the mouse operates. In general, the smoother the surface of the rug, the faster the manipulator slides over it. On the other hand, the rougher the rug is, the more accurately the laser tracks movements. Since in modern games, and especially in e-sports, the speed and accuracy of reaction sometimes decide the outcome of the largest battles.
Today’s play mat manufacturers take these factors into account when designing their products. They strive to maximize both the speed and accuracy of mice through the use of advanced technology and materials. An increase in the speed of movement of the mouse is accompanied by an increase in the range of its positions on the table. So often gaming rugs are also much larger than the classic ones in size.
Best mouse pad materials
The material from which it is made will have a significant impact on the properties of the gaming mouse. Currently, the most widespread are the following materials:
• Rubber or rubberized fabric is, in fact, an intermediate option between playing and ordinary mice. They give a good grip of the mouse to the surface, protect the table and hands well, and slightly increase the speed of movement.
• The plastic is harder, smoother. It differs in slightly higher speed than fabric, significantly higher accuracy, and a slightly higher price.
• Metal (most often aluminum) is the hardest and smoothest option, it is characterized by maximum speed and accuracy. Such a gaming rug is almost immortal, especially against the background of the quickly-wearing fabric.
• Glass is close to metal in properties, shares all its advantages and limitations. Currently, it is almost impossible to buy such an option online.
In addition to the material, playmats are often divided according to the surface roughness. Rough ones give more accuracy, so they are classified under the Control category. Smoother ones increase the speed of movements, therefore they belong to the Speed category.