The Best Extended Mouse Pads in 2020: Reviewed

Although extended mouse pads, those that encompass both the mouse and the keyboard, might seem like a simple aesthetic choice, they can be much more. Aside from looking nice and cool, they can make your gaming experience better, especially in games which require more accuracy.

Additionally, it is important to know the difference between mouse pads that will help your aim and tracking from purely aesthetical ones. The reflectivity of the material becomes essential, as well as the thickness.

Thankfully, there are a lot of good models on the market today, and they are generally not pricey. You might want to pay extra for an RGB model or some other aesthetic choice like that, but that would be it.

Regardless of your style of gaming, or the size of your setup, there is something for you. You might need different thickness or a change in materials, but neither would require sacrifices in either gameplay or budget.

Why Should You Use Extended Mouse Pads for Gaming?

Extended mouse pads do two very important things when it comes to gaming. Primarily, they give you more space for your mouse tracking, which allows you to lower the DPI and be more precise.

Also, it will keep your mouse and keyboard always in the same place. There is no chance that your keyboard will slide away and that you will lose your finger positioning because of a slippery surface.

Furthermore, the best extended mouse pads offer everything their smaller counterparts do. The responsiveness and tracking of the mouse will be better, and you will have a soft surface to rest your palm, preventing the ‘gamer’s mark’.

The Best Extended Mouse Pads for Gaming 2020

ProductSizeRGBOur Rating
Corsair MM30036.6 x 11.8 × 0.1 InchesNo4.8
World Map31.5 x 11.8 x 0.12 InchesNo4.5
PECHAM30.71 x 11.81 x 0.1 InchesNo4.6
Ktrio35.4 x 15.7 InchesNo4.6
Yucoon Extended Forest Pad47.2 x 15.7 x 0.1 InchesNo4.6
LUXCOMS RGB Soft31.5 x 12 x 0.18 InchesYes4.7
UtechSmart Large31.5 x 11.8 InchesYes4.7
SubZERO Gaming TYKA36 x 18 x 0.12 InchesNo4.8
Glorious Extended36 x 11x 0.12 InchesNo4.8
Razer Goliathus36.25 x 11.58 x 0.12 InchesYes4.9

Corsair MM300

  • Type: XXXL Extended Motive
  • Size: 36.6x 11.8×0.1 Inches
  • Material: MM100 Cloth over rubber
  • Color: Etched gray
  • Reflectiveness: ~3% LRV
  • Lighting: No

Corsair is a recognizable brand in the world of PC peripherals, so it is not unexpected that it is so popular when it comes to extended mouse pads. You are not only buying a brand, but also a high-quality product that will improve your gaming performance and experience.

The cloth covering the base rubber is very thin but allows for low reflection, even though the design of the pad is relatively bright. It is also fairly soft and smooth, making it nice to the touch.

The biggest advantage of this mouse pad is that it is very thin, only 1/10th of an inch. In spite of this, it still gives a bit of dip for added accuracy when playing shooters.

Even though there are less reflective products, it is all in top-range numbers, and uniformity will compensate for this minuscule difference. Overall, it is a top-notch mouse pad.

Pros

  • Good size
  • Nice design
  • Low and uniform reflectiveness
  • Good grip
  • Solid and soft edges
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cons

  • Slightly elevated edges

Our Rating: 4.8/5

World Map

  • Type: XXL Extended w/ Image
  • Size: 31.5Lx11.8Wx0.12H
  • Material: Fabric over rubber
  • Color: Image
  • Reflectiveness: 6%-12% LRV
  • Lighting: No

Although mouse pads are usually focused on FPS games, this one might be aimed at RTS and Grand Strategy players. The design alone is reminiscent of something from Command & Conquer and makes you feel like a general assessing the situation.

As far as materials go, this ‘World Map’ is a good choice of high-quality cloth over the rubber. The combination makes a nice mix of stability and softness, and it is very easy to play on.

For wider gaming mice, the dip will be only the thickness of the cloth, which is about a millimeter, or 1/20th of an inch. If you have a narrower mouse it might be slightly more, but not so much that it is distracting.

The only issue with the design is that the reflectiveness is not the same all over the pad. This will be noticeable only on DIP over 1600 where you will see slightly more pixels moving over Russia than over China.

On the bottom, the rubbery material gives a nice bounce if you lean on it and is fairly comfortable on the palms.

Pros

  • Nice softness
  • Very stable and solid
  • A design reminiscent of C&C

Cons

  • Inconsistent reflectiveness
  • Hard-stitched edges

Our Rating: 4.5/5

PECHAM

  • Type: XXL Extended Monochrome Matte
  • Size: 30.71×11.81 – ~1/10th Inch (3mm)
  • Material: Fabric over rubber
  • Color: Matte black
  • Reflectiveness: ~2% LRV
  • Lighting: No

This mouse pad is probably the most rational choice when it comes to professional products, as it gives only the results without any additional bells and whistles. It is a clear dark field where you can efficiently roll your mouse.

The surface is a relatively soft fabric that is very easy on the skin and that lets the mouse slide over it. The softness compensates for the almost negligible dip, as even harder pressing on the pad doesn’t leave marks.

On the bottom, you will find a rubberized material that feels almost like natural rubber. This will prevent any moving and shaking while you play.

Finally, the main advantage of this pad when it comes to gameplay is that it has a uniform reflective surface. This means that you will have total control of the pixel you are pointing to, even in complete darkness.

Pros

  • Solid desk grip
  • Uniform reflectiveness
  • Water-resistant and easy to clean.

Cons

  • Hard-stitched edges
  • No mouse dip

Our Rating: 4.6/5

Ktrio

  • Type: XXXL Extended Monochrome Matte
  • Size: 35.4 x 15.7
  • Material: Lycra over rubber
  • Color: Matte black
  • Reflectiveness: ~2% LRV
  • Lighting: No

While there is a smaller model, the real advantages of the Ktrio extended mouse pad come when you pick the largest XXXL model that is not only more than 35 inches wide, but also over 15 inches in length. 

The size and uniformity of the pad mean that you can turn most of your desk into a comfortable working and gaming surface. For most gamers, there will even be space left on the off-hand when you set up your mouse pad.

The Lycra cover is very durable and soft to the touch. Additionally, it allows the mouse to move freely, even though the dip of the pad in on the higher side.

Combining Lycra with rubber means that the whole thing is water-resistant and mostly stain-proof. This will allow you to clean the pad in the washing machine.

Finally, the bottom is not only rubber that is naturally sticky but is also designed to give a much bigger surface area for grip. Combined with the already large pad, you might forget that you are using anything between your desk and peripherals after a while.

Pros

  • Very large size
  • Excellent grip
  • Low and uniform reflectiveness
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Hard-stitched edges
  • Lycra might irritate some people’s skin

Our Rating: 4.6/5

Yucoon Extended Forest Pad

  • Type: XXXL Extended Custom Image
  • Size: 47.2*15.7*0.1inches
  • Material: Fabric over rubber
  • Color: Image
  • Reflectiveness: ~5% LRV
  • Lighting: No

The colors and designs on the Yucoon mouse pads are so stunning that it is almost a shame to cover it with your keyboard, mouse, and many other things that will fit within the edges.

The idea behind this very large pad is to provide a truly vast working surface that will be easy on your skin and your arms. Also, there are options when it comes to aesthetics, which are important in this case due to the amount of space it will take up.

Having the surface topped with a soft cloth fabric makes everything easy on the skin, and provides just a bit of dip where it is needed the most.

The bottom is fairly stable simply due to the large size. Two pairs of hands pressing down and to the side will move it, but it is hard to imagine a situation where that will happen involuntarily.

The reflectiveness, albeit not the best due to the custom image, is fairly good and surprisingly uniform all over the pad. The downside of this uniformity is that the cloth is not as water-resistant as most.

Thankfully, you can wash it in the machine and it won’t fall apart any time soon.

Pros

  • Very large size
  • Good grip
  • Very enticing design

Cons

  • Hard-stitched edges
  • Not water-resistant

Our Rating: 4.6/5

LUXCOMS RGB Soft

  • Type: XXL Extended Monochrome Matte RGB
  • Size: 31.5*12*3/16th-inch
  • Material: Microfiber over rubber
  • Color: Matte black
  • Reflectiveness: ~2% LRV
  • Lighting: RGB

It is a mystery as to why PC gamers are enticed by RGB lighting in our fans and peripherals, but we are. This is a high-quality extended mouse pad with a simple addition – it has a line of customizable RGB lights on the side.

The pad itself is very good, providing a uniform field of low reflectiveness and enough space for a standard gaming keyboard and mouse.

On the top, there is a thin covering of microfiber cloth. This material is not only ideal when it comes to using as much DPI as available with your mouse, but is also very easy to clean. Dust won’t settle into the materials and it is fairly stain-proof.

The downside is that the cover is fairly thin and the rubber beneath it doesn’t give any dip to your mouse. For RTS and RPG players this might be ideal, but some FPS gamers might have an issue with the mouse flying over the pad.

The centerpiece of this pad is the outline containing the RGP LED lights. Nine modes of lighting can be customizable and changed quickly whenever you like. The lights are powered through any USB port and work from the moment you plug them in.

Pros

  • RGB lights
  • Low and uniform reflectiveness
  • Good grip
  • Solid edges
  • Water-resistant

Cons

  • Somewhat slim
  • One more cable to manage

Our Rating: 4.7/5

UtechSmart Large

  • Type: XXL Extended Monochrome Matte RGB
  • Size: 31.5×11.8 inches
  • Material: Nano-fiber over rubber
  • Color: Matte black
  • Reflectiveness: ~1% LRV
  • Lighting: RGB

The UtlechSmart mouse pad is, by all metrics, a professional-style extended mouse pad. It is slick and non-reflective, and for such a thin pad it gives just enough dip as you need. 

It might not be as big as some other models, but it compensates for that in performance. Because of the covering material that seems like finely woven fibers, it will register virtually all of the dots provided by the sensor.

And, with the nice dip, you can increase your accuracy to as much as your eye and hand will allow. With something like a 1600 DPI mouse, you will be able to go pixel by pixel on the screen if you have a steady enough hand.

Finally, the RGB light is a nice touch and will go nicely with most gaming rigs. Aside from allowing for the outline of the pad to be a rainbow, you can also select any individual color you like and let that illuminate the edges of your mouse surface.

Pros

  • RGB lights
  • Very low and uniform reflectiveness
  • Good grip
  • Solid edges

Cons

  • Slimmer than most models
  • Hard-edge stitching

Our Rating: 4.7/5

SubZERO Gaming TYKA

  • Type: 4XL Extended Monochrome Matte
  • Size: 36x18x0.12inches
  • Material: Rubber under the cloth 
  • Color: Matte black
  • Reflectiveness: ~0.5% LRV
  • Lighting: No

This is not only an enormous mouse pad, but it also has one of the lowest reflection results from anything tested. The dark cloth absorbs all of the light and you will need professional photometric tools to realize that there is any reflection.

The reason for this is that unlike other pads, this one has a thicker cloth covering a slim rubber base made for grip. This allows both less reflection and just the right amount of dip with the mouse.

The grip is not an issue because of the sheer size of the pad. Unless you peel half of the pad off the table, you will experience no movement whatsoever.

Finally, while the edges of this pad don’t have lighting fixtures or such frills, they are stitched very discreetly preventing rough edges and peeling sides.

Pros

  • Very large surface
  • Extremely low and uniform reflectiveness
  • Excellent grip
  • Solid and soft edges
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cons

  • Hard to reposition
  • Washes like a Yoga mat

Our Rating: 4.8/5

Glorious Extended

  • Type: XXXL Narrow Extended Monochrome Matte
  • Size: 36x11x0.12inches
  • Material: Rubber under the cloth
  • Color: Matte black
  • Reflectiveness: ~1% LRV
  • Lighting: No

The reason why this mouse pad is so popular is that it has combined the professional features usually found in much bigger models with a slim and elongated profile. There is plenty of elbow room for you to use, and it is easy to move and clean if you need to.

Additionally, because it is a thick cloth pad with a slim rubber bottom, there is next to no reflection from the surface. Generally, your mouse is more likely to make a reading mistake from an internal glitch than from the cloth reflecting rays.

The base is made from padded rubber, which provides an excellent grip for the surface and there is no way to move the pad unless you peel it off.

Covered and rubberized stitching on the side is also a nice touch. It doesn’t interfere with your gaming and is very soft on your underarm.

Pros

  • Very low and uniform reflectiveness
  • Excellent grip
  • Solid and soft edges
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cons

  • Hard to reposition
  • Needs to be washed in the machine

Our Rating: 4.8/5

Razer Goliathus

  • Type: XXXL Narrow Extended Chroma RGB
  • Size: 36.25×11.58×0.12 inches
  • Material: Microfiber/Cloth/Rubber
  • Color: Matte black +RGB
  • Reflectiveness: ~0.5% LRV
  • Lighting: RGB

Razor is known for sparing no expense when giving just a bit of edge to gamers. This pad is no different and for many, it might seem like overkill for everything that is included.

Inside the 0.12 inches (~4mm) of the mouse pad, you will get three layers, all working for a different purpose.

On the top, there is a microfiber that prevents virtually any reflection, allowing you top precision in that aspect. This material is also water-resistant and generally very easy to clean.

In the middle, there is a soft cloth made to allow for just the right amount of dip, especially when using gaming mice. The fiber will still let the mouse slide, but allow you much more control than usual.

Underneath, there is a fine rubber mesh, preventing any slipping whatsoever. Combined with the size of the pad, the whole thing is impossible to move without pulling it up first.

Finally, there is the RGB edge that can be customized quickly and easily. The tones of the light are made to be similar to other Razer products, meaning that if you already use their products it will seem like a package.

Pros

  • Very large size
  • High-quality design
  • Extremely low and uniform reflectiveness
  • Excellent grip
  • Low edges

Cons

  • Adds a cable
  • Slight drag to clean

Our Rating: 4.9/5

Buyer’s Guide for Extended Mouse Pads

The best thing about buying extended mouse pads compared to most other peripherals is that you don’t need to match them to your system or the types of games you play. The only thing you should be worried about is your style of gameplay and how it can be improved.

Different materials will react with the mouse sensor in different ways. Some might be beneficial for lower DPI settings and allow you to have a more stable aim. Others will reflect everything more and make your mouse fly across the screen.

Additionally, it will be a question about how heavy your hands are and how hard you will press on the surface. Gamers with thinner nerves will want to have thicker pads to compensate for them pressing down on their mouse and keyboard.

Finally, there is a completely personal question of design. Although totally subjective, some designs will work better with specific setups and the time and place you play your games.

Something that looks nice in theory might be annoying in practice, and that should be noted in advance.

How Do Extended Mouse Pads Help?

Mouse pads in general are used to make the mouse track better and stop faster when you stop pushing on it. Additionally, modern pads are made from materials formed to assist the sensor and ensure that every dot is registered.

Currently, there are gaming desks that might have such a material covering them. But, this would be going into the very expensive custom-made territory, which also has its downsides.

Unlike soft desks, extended mouse pads can be removed and cleaned separately. Most pads are very easy to clean, even if they require hand-washing. And, as they are water-proof and usually made from a rubbery material, they just need a little scrub.

Additionally, there are some medical benefits for using a soft surface under your mouse and keyboard. They are not always just from keeping your hand on top of something soft but may be because you won’t be gripping your tools as hard.

Better Precision

The difference in precision is almost instantly noticeable when you place a pad under your mouse. Even if you have a matte black desk that doesn’t waste many of the rays, it will have some losses, where a pad won’t.

This is very useful in any type of precision-based gaming, including both FPS and RTS games. Because you have every dot on your DPI scale measured, you can fit the mouse specifically to your requirements to make it as precise as you want.

Also, if you have a gaming mouse where you can scale your DPI, you can make your precision on the screen as good as your hand-eye coordination, which is necessary for competitive gameplay today.

Comfortable Hand Rest

This feature might be forgotten at times because it is not something we focus on when gaming. The marks only come much later, and for some, appear with blisters.

Some solve this issue in the worst possible way, by resting their forearms right under the elbow on the edge of the table. This not only creates a plethora of skin problems but can also damage the circulation into the arms.

But, if you have something soft and comfortable to rest your palms on, you will prefer it. This will also allow you to rest your palms as close as you need to the mouse and keyboard, improving your reaction time.

Preventing Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, comes from pressing the nerve located in the base of your palm. Regretfully, this is exactly what happens when you hold your gaming mouse over a hard surface.

If damaged over prolonged periods, this syndrome can inflict numbness and pain in your index finger and thumb. As you might notice, this is your tracking finger and trigger finger for FPS games, and you can’t play without them.

But, if you have a soft surface just under your palms, this won’t be an issue. Even if you have no mass in your Pollicis muscles (the ones under your thumb) you still won’t be able to press on the carpal nerve so it will be hard to damage it.

What to Look For

How your mouse pad will work is almost completely dependent on you, especially if we are looking at better models. The amount of reflectiveness doesn’t make one pad better or worse, just different.

If you know how different aspects of a mouse pad produce results, you will have an easy time picking out what you need, even if you don’t have time to test them personally.

Some features influence everyone equally across the board. The type of material will always work the same concerning DPI. Others, such as softness and thickness, really depend on your type of gaming.

Finally, while the design you will pick is all up to you, it is reasonable to check if your choice will influence some other aspect. Having a bright picture on the pad will impact how refractive it is, even with good materials.

Reflectiveness

Thankfully, this aspect of a mouse pad is not something you need to investigate deeply. From the look of the pads alone, you can determine if they are reflective or not and how they might react with your mouse.

The lower the gloss of the pad is, the more dots your mouse will notice and give you the fullest experience possible. This can make pointers on some pads seem slower, but that is just because you are not jumping around.

If you have a gaming mouse, you can usually increase the DPI settings on the device and customize it to your liking.

In some cases, you might want the surface to be a bit brighter or glossier. There are games where reaction time is more important than the precision and here you might want your mouse to jump on the slightest push.

Otherwise, you should always stick with matte surfaces. And while rubber is a good material when it comes to cleaning, there should be at least some fabric covering that will prevent the material from shining up after a period of use.

Thickness

This aspect is almost entirely up to you. If you are someone who barely touches their mouse and keyboard when playing, you might not need or want a thick pad. And, the difference won’t make any changes to your results or experience.

But, if you don’t possess a Zen-like calmness, you might want a few extra layers under your mouse.

Pushing harder on your peripherals is not only damaging for the mouse and keyboard, but for your hands as well. You will constantly be pressing and punching those palm nerves, accumulating damage over time.

But, if you have thick extended mouse pads they will protect your hands and your gear from wearing out. For your gaming mouse, changing it will just be a drain on your pocket. But, when it comes to your hands, there is still no way to buy new ones.

Softness and Dip Levels

Soft mouse pads might seem like a better choice at first, but there is a limit to how far you should go. The surface shouldn’t be hard, and there should be a bit of a dip, but not too much.

Ideally, you want your mouse to press into the pad not more than 1/20th of an inch, adjusted for comfort.

Having this amount of dip will increase your accuracy as you will need slightly more sideways force to move the mouse. Combined with good material, this will allow you to use every single dot available and snipe the exact pixel on the screen that you want.

If there is less, it might make your mouse fly over the pad and lose some of the benefits of having a pad in the first place. At some point, it might be no different from simply having a matte desk.

But, if your pad is too soft and dips over 1/10th of an inch or more, you might find it hard to move it at some point. Ironically, the more stressful the situation the more you will push, the harder it will be to move the mouse.

This makes a sort of a vicious circle that might make you despise your mouse pad.

Stability

Both faces of your extended mouse pad are important. If the bottom side is slippery and unstable, that will annul everything you wanted to achieve with the pad. It should stand readily in place and only move when you detach it upward.

For this purpose, you will want to have something like rubber or soft plastic on the bottom side. Otherwise, there should be some sort of stoppers on the side.

Most extended mouse pads will opt to have a singular material over the whole thing just for the sake of lowering costs. In that case, you will want the edges to be made from a ‘stickier’ material and prevent the whole thing from sliding around.

Always take into consideration that how your pad will react depends on the table. Most gaming desks will go nicely with rubbery or plastic pads, but if you are playing on a regular desk you might want to use something else.

Regardless, the result should be a stable mouse pad that stays in one place however much you push your mouse and keyboard around while playing.

Design

Thanks to the extended format, large mousepads are exceptionally suitable for great designs. Whatever your design preference, you will probably be able to find it.

Competitive players will usually opt for something simple and utilitarian, like a black pad, often with RGB element added for lighting. This is less often for aesthetics and more because of the consistency in DPI provided by a monochrome pad.

But, if you don’t plan on competing in the highest of e-sports levels just yet, you might choose any design that you like.

Currently, there is a large selection of both bright and dark pads, as well as those depicting scenes from games, shows, or anime. If there is a good pad under the picture, any such item is viable.

Finally, some manufacturers might even allow you to send them your own custom picture that they will print onto your extended mouse pad. This means that you can pick something that you would love seeing every day and that will bring you joy when you start gaming.

Conclusion

Mousepads might not be necessary overall, but they sure come in handy if you want to game longer and better.

Extended mouse pads for gaming encompass both your mouse and keyboard, giving you more elbow room to aim and focus. And the best pads bring some other benefits that you won’t have on a lesser product, or when gaming on a ‘naked’ desk.

Ultimately, these mouse pads are not only comfortable and improve your gaming, but can be downright beautiful. With enough space given, they can improve your desk appearance, and thus your gaming experience overall.