A decade ago, before I really got into PC gaming, I had your generic ball mouse and mousepad that you’d find at any Walmart. It wasn’t until I started to heavily game online (on a 56k modem, no less) in Quake 2, that I started tweaking my computer, upgrading to the latest and greatest, and learning that I need a better mouse and mousepad. The first specialized mousepad I got was a 3M pad that was sleek, thin, and tiny. So tiny and thin, in fact, that it would curl easily. It didn’t last long.
Then HardOCP came out with their Ratzpad. It was hard plastic, had a slight texture to it, and ended up lasting me a long time. It wasn’t until 2 years later that I realized it was worn thin. Next up was the funcpad 1030, which lasted about a year. It was too tiny for me, and had a bad habit of slipping around. Finally, I broke down and spent $40 on the Icemat, 2nd revision. I’ve had this mousepad for a year and a half now.
The reason for my history of mousepad use is to highlight how I’ve tried to find that perfect mousepad over the years. A perfect mousepad has to be versatile for a variety of gaming styles, but still be durable and easy to clean. At first, I thought cloth mousepads were horrible; too much friction, and not easy to clean compared to a glass/plastic/metal one. For over 7 years, I’ve had the hard plastic and then a glass one, and only the Icemat had been worth the purchase. The Icemat was durable, easy to clean, and frictionless. Now I’m not so sure cloth mousepads are bad for gaming.
The reason for my change of mind? The Steelpad QcK heavy mousepad, which is cloth-based and gigantic. No wait, don’t go, I’m dead serious. I’m not kidding here. This is a big mousepad. Its dimensions are 17.7 inches wide and 15.7 inches tall, and almost a quarter of an inch thick (.23in). Get a ruler out to understand that size, or check out the picture below, with a Logitech MX700 and MX510, plus CD to give you a reference of its scale:
Or as a placeholder at your dinner table for when you run out of placeholders: