Bigger isn’t always better. But in the case of mouse pads, it usually is. That’s even more true if you want a huge surface across your entire desk for fast, gaming-grade mice, as in MOBA or strategy games. Here are the best that we’ve found.
These pads are great for bigger desktop setups, especially if you’re in the habit of eating at your desk. (They’re washable, protecting your desk’s finish while they offer a comfy mousing surface.) They’re less practical for, well, anything else: the fabric surface won’t be great for moving around tools or papers, for example. But if you’re looking to trick out your “battlestation,” these will certainly do the trick.
Best Standard Desk Mat: Glorious 3XL Extended ($50)
Forty bucks gets you an “extended” mouse pad that’s longer and taller than any of the offerings from more mainstream suppliers like Razer or Corsair. This pad is 48 inches by 24 inches, enough to completely cover a small desk, including the area under a typical monitor and speakers.
Unlike some even larger options, this one comes with a stitched edge that’s resistant to frays on the fabric top. The design is also machine washable, so it’s easy to clean. If you’re looking for a solution that doesn’t require any custom cutting or ordering, this is it.
Best Oversized Desk Mat: Battlestation Depot Battle Mat ($50)
For those who want to cover every last inch of their desk with a mouse pad surface, this pad should do the job. It measures a massive five feet wide and 30 inches deep—large enough for most standard desks, and about four times the size of the other desk mats on this list.
The edges aren’t stitched, but that’s by design: if your desk is smaller than the pad, you can cut it down. If you need something even better, the supplier Battlestation Depot will cut one custom to your specifications. Even so, the standard model for $50 is pretty reasonable considering the size.
Best Ridiculously Huge Desk Mat: Pad-Zilla ($60-130)
Alright, so you need a desk mat that’s both enormous enough to fit your massive eight-foot desk, and includes a stitched edge. The appropriately-named “Pad-Zilla” comes in a variety of sizes, in three, four, five, six, seven, and eight feet wide, with a maximum are of 96×36 inches on the largest model.
All come with anti-fray stitched edges, and the woven surface is intended for the kind of speedy mouse movements that gamers crave. Prices range from $50 for the four-foot version to $130 for the largest option, but if you want something this niche, you’re going to have to pay top dollar.
Best light-up: Razer Goliathus Extended Chroma ($60)
There’s a certain type of desktop gamer who wants every single item within view, from mice to headsets to coasters, to blaze with the light of internal LEDs. If that’s you, look no further than the Razer Goliathus Extended Chroma.
This pad is smaller than the other options on this list—it’s only going to cover the primary mouse and keyboard area—but it’s your only choice if you want an LED lighted pad that works with an established software system for coordination. Don’t worry, I’m sure Razer will come out with an even bigger one before too long.