SteelSeries sure knows how to produce top of the line mouse pads as they have been in this industry for over 17 years. Their newest addition is the QcK Limited, which offers a very smooth, micro-woven surface and stitched edges. It comes in two sizes as there is a QcK+ Limited available that is of the same size as other QcK+ models.
RGB lighting is taking over the IT world, and even peripherals like mouse pads cannot run from this! Sharkoon released their own answer to the demands of the market with the 1337 RGB. This is the illuminated version of their renowned 1337 cloth mouse pad series, with RGB lighting implemented into the edge's stitching.
The DM PAD L and XL are the first mouse pads from Dream Machines. Competing with such well-known large mouse pads as the Steelseries Qck+ and Zowie G-SR, they do so while being very competitively priced for large mouse mats - only costing $14 / $22.
QPAD's newest gaming mats are put to the test. The new UC series is the simple soft-performance mat, while the FX-series seeks to bridge the gap between the harder hybrid mats and the soft top mats. Both are available in five different sizes, so you can get one that fits your needs. Prices start at a very reasonable €10 for the smallest ones.
CM Storm's gaming product portfolio just got expanded with the release of the Speed-RX cloth mats. The mats feature a new high performance surface and have a hefty 5 mm thick rubber base. The mat is available in three different sizes and costs $19.99.
ROCCAT's newest double sided gaming surface is dubbed Alumic. New for the Alumic is an aluminum core construction, to which ROCCAT has applied two different plastic surfaces. The Alumic features a control and speed side in order to accommodate all gaming styles.
Epic Gear's mouse mat offering is the slimline Hybrid Pad. As the name suggests the mat uses a hybrid type surface coating. It comes in two sizes to fit both average and low sensitivity gamers. With a thickness of only 3 mm the mat is ideally suited for prolonged gaming sessions and can be transported with ease.
ModMyMachine's first mouse mat is tested to see whether it can compete with the more estabilshed brands. The SlamePad is made from aluminum and has a lot of distinctive design features. All those looking for a certain color of mouse mat will be pleased to find that the SlamePad is available in a multitude of different colors.
Zowie's newest mouse mat is dubbed the G-TF and features triple stitched edges for better durability. The surface smoothness has been improved and provides a better and more consistent glide than many other high end cloth mat offerings.
SteelSeries' latest mat is quite a tiger leap forward in terms of technology. Called 9HD this mat has the potential to fill the gap left behind from the elderly SteelSeries S&S mat which elevated SteelSeries to the elite of mouse mat manufacturers.
Razer recently launched a new mouse mat concept dubbed Goliathus. The Goliathus mats are available with two different surfaces and in three different sizes. Add the fact that they can be had for as low as $14.99 makes them extremely interesting.
The OCZ Behemoth Regulator is a classic cloth mouse pad with ample size and good feel for the casual gamer. The price of less than 10 US Dollars should make this an interesting buy.
QPAD|UC is the name of a brand new cloth based mouse pad from QPAD. The mat is available in four different sizes and the shape is similar to that of the hard QPAD mats. It is QPAD's first attempt at making a soft cloth based mat, see how this giant performed in the review.
Razer Destructor is the name of the newest hard gaming surface that uses a new surface technology. The Destructor features the all new "Fractal" surface that should enable you to get the best tracking out of your laser or optical mouse.
The SteelSeries SP mouse mat is the latest hard plastic mat from SteelSeries that builds on the legacy of the S&S mouse pad. The SP features a lot of new innovations such as a macroscopic surface and a solid rubber base. In our testing we were amazed by the glide performance, accuracy and speed of this mousepad which is one of the best gaming surfaces on the market today.
The Fanatec Headshot Controller is a mouse and mousepad combination from German manufacturer Fanatec. Usually such a combo is a low quality product, but not in this case. We were surprised by the excellent build quality which is on par, if not better, with big names like Logitech and Microsoft. Also the mousepad has an incredibly smooth surface with almost no friction.
The P3 is a large mousepad made from cloth with a soft and very fine surface. The orange logo on the edge looks very nice and the overall feel is great. If you are in the market for an XL pad, this may just be for you. The great price makes this pad a very affordable choice for low-sensitivity gamers who need a large gaming surface.
The Icemat 2nd Edition mouse pad utilizes actual glass as surface. Making this material usable for optical and laser mice is certainly no small feat. We take a look at the black pad, but Icemat offers it in many other different colors as well.
The SteelSeries SX gaming mouse pad is made from highly polished aluminum which gives this pad a completely new type of surface grip. In our testing we come to the conclusion that the pad is extremely accurate and great for fast paced gaming. The only drawback is the high price of almost $60.
The Cyber Snipa Pro Gamer Mouse Matt is a perfectly sized cloth pad. It is surprisingly thin and comes packaged in a clear tube. The image on the pad gears this surface toward FPS gamers. The slighly rough surface may take a bit of getting used to, but actually works quite well. We take three different mice for a spin on the surface. The Cyber Snipa pad is sized perfectly for mid range gamers while still being small enough for high sensitity players and big enough if you use low sensitivity settings.
The XTracPads Mad Dotz try to overcome the weakest link between a mouse and the mouse pad - the glide feet. The Mad Dotz greatly reduce the friction between the two parts and make mouse movement a lot easier and increase the speed greatly. At a price of just under four US Dollars, these Dotz perform well for a limited time.
The XTracPads Ripper is the smaller brother of the Ripper XXL. The mouse pad series comes in three different sizes, all with a wide aspect ratio. The thin cloth pad is incredibly soft and comfortable, with the under-padding clinging to the table quite nicely. We give a few mice a hurl on the Ripper to see if the unique aspect ratio is just what a gamer needs.
The Ideazon Fragmat rounds up the company's offerings with a unique mouse pad, which features a hard plastic surface with a thin but soft underlining. It is also available in multiple themes and is big enough for high and mid sensitivity gamers. We give the pad a test run and let you know if it is something for the crowd of all-round gamers.
The XTracPads Zoom is incredibly thin and lightweight. In fact it is thinner than the pad's own packaging. The Zoom is meant for speed and the low height should make it quite comfortable. We take a few mice for a spin and let you know if the hard surface stays in place and does the job.
The XTracPads Pro is a specialty mouse pad. The smooth surface and small size coupled with a great sense of accuracy make it perfect for RPG or real time strategy gamers. We take a close look at each of these attributes and its durability to see if it is the pro choice for these type of games.