Best Mousepad for CS:GO – The Ultimate Guide
Becoming the best gamer you can be means getting gear that will suit your personal needs and preferences. A lot of people tend to spend heavy on their mouse (click here to see our recommended mice for CS:GO) but it’s not really common for people to spend a lot of time or money searching for their perfect mousepad. That’s a shame because, much like mice, pads come in a wide variety of sizes and materials, each with their own distinct characteristics.
Getting a pad that’s large enough to accommodate even the largest mouse swipe while still offering enough stopping power so that you can accurately flick to enemy heads can really make a world of difference in a game where one bullet to the dome can mean the difference between a round won or a round lost.
There’s lots of marketing speak out there when it comes to mousepads so if you’re unsure what to pick you’ve come to the right place. We have gathered the top picks among CS:GO professionals and listed them here, along with a couple of lines of information on what makes the pads in question unique or worth getting.
What makes a mousepad good for CS:GO?
The pads in this top five all have slightly different characteristics, but they have two things in common: all of them are cloth pads, and all of them are large pads.
Cloth pads have been the de facto standard in competitive gaming for a pretty long time now (they’re more portable and are far less harsh on mouse feet, among other reasons) so there’s no real surprise there, but some newer PC gamers might be surprised to see that all of these pads are very large, at least when compared to standard office mats.
That’s because you really don’t want your sensitivity to be too high when you’re playing shooters. The average sensitivity of professional players varies between games, but in general pro players have to move their mouse pretty far to perform a 180, for example. It’s well-known that having a lower sensitivity leads to more consistent and precise aim, and since accuracy and pinpoint precision are among the most important qualities for a CS:GO player the average eDPI is indeed on the lower side in CS:GO.
And even if you don’t need all of that mousepad real estate; it’s still better to have too much space than to accidentally drag your mouse off of the pad every so often.
Zowie on a spree
Zowie’s gaming gear is tailor-made for shooter games and the brand’s roots lay firmly in the world of Counter-Strike so it’s not really a massive surprise that the brand is so well-represented in the pro CS:GO scene. Their control-oriented G-SR model is well-represented on professional desks, and the SE version (which does differ from the regular G-SR, but more on that later) also sees a lot of usage. What’s interesting here is that the G-SR used to be used a lot more than the SE, but over the past year or so we’ve seen the usage numbers of the G-SR drop rather drastically in favor of the G-SR-SE.
Coming in second we’ve got SteelSeries who account for about 28% of mousepads, and after that we’ve got Logitech. Other brands such as Razer and HyperX are used around 7% of professionals and after those brands we see a pretty sharp decline in usage numbers.
Little side note: a lot of CS:GO pros use a pad with custom team/personal branding. In most (if not all) cases these pads are the same as the ones without custom printing as far as specs go.
Most used manufacturers
Most used mousepads
SteelSeries QcK Heavy
1. SteelSeries QcK Heavy
The QcK Heavy is an absolute unit of a pad. With its 6 mm thickness and large size it’ll certainly have your monitor wobbling a bit if you slap it down on a desk indiscriminately, and that heft is probably also what makes it so popular.
A thickness of six millimeters means that the pad will rather easily cover up any irregularities that can be found on the surface that you put it on. That’s not really the most useful aspect if you’re sat at home gaming on a perfectly smooth desk, but if you’re playing on a different surface with any regularity (like the pros do) it’s definitely worth it to consider this problem.
Aside from the thickness aspect the QcK Heavy is also just a good gaming pad. It offers a medium-fast gliding experience which is really similar to what a lot of other pads offer, but it does it well and doesn’t need a lot of maintenance, so it’s a really good LAN pad.
2. Zowie G-SR
It’s often said that cloth pads are all extremely similar in feel, and while that might be true for some pads (and even then you’re painting with very broad strokes) our number one pad is already evidence to the contrary.
The G-SR is the most controlling pad on this list by a long shot, offering plenty of stopping power and surface friction. That’s going to make it a great choice for people who have a tendency to overshoot their targets or players who are often doing large sweeping motions and want to control those swipes a bit better, or just for people who don’t want a fast pad and prefer a grittier, more controlled glide.
The G-SR definitely isn’t for everyone due to its very specific glide, but if you like the sound of a control pad then this is definitely the one for you. It lays flat almost immediately and has a perfectly smooth surface. The pad is finished with stitched edges as well, so it’ll last you for years if you take good care of it.
CS:GO is a rather slow-paced game where there’s a lot of focus on crosshair placement and holding and controlling angles and sites so in our minds it makes sense that the most popular pad is a slower pad which allows you to perfectly control your aim.
3. Zowie G-SR-SE
Letting go of the reins a bit
The GS-R-SE might sound as if it’s just some recolor of the G-SR, but that’s not the case. The SE version offers a faster glide than its brother while staying true to the G-SR feeling of leaning more towards control.
The SE offers a super smooth playing surface which lays flat almost immediately, and thanks to its tightly packed foam it’s better at covering up playing surface irregularities than most other pads of the same (3.5 mm) thickness. All of these qualities combined make it a pretty great LAN pad, and the interesting glide (it’s a bit slower and more controlled than ‘the usual’ cloth pad gliding experience, yet doesn’t feel overly controlling) makes it an intriguing pad and something that you should definitely try out if you want to step away from the usual ‘medium-fast’ cloth pad gliding experiences.
4. Logitech G640
Low maintenance action
We counted added G840 users to the list of G640 users since both pads are the exact same aside from the fact that the G840 is desk sized.
The Logitech G640 is Logitech’s take on a cloth gaming mousepad. It’s a solid pad with a nice and consistent medium to fast glide (which is very similar to that glide that both the QcK pads offer) and a thickness of 3mm.
In essence there’s nothing really special about this pad; it doesn’t try to offer a super controlling experience nor does it try to be the fastest pad out there, but it is a very reliable mousepad that needs very little maintenance which can make it a great choice for people who like to go on extended gaming marathons or for people who go to LAN parties often.
The regular version of this pad does not feature stitched edges, which is kind of a bummer for a pad that’s this durable (when it comes to the glide) but there are some team specific versions out there that do have stitched edges, so if you’re looking for that clean stitched look it could pay off to look around a bit.
5. SteelSeries QcK+
The QcK not-so-heavy
The QcK+ has the same surface material as the QcK Heavy, but the + version is thinner. With its two millimeter thickness it’s quite possible that the QcK+ feels a little bit faster than the Heavy, and that’s because it offers a less cushioned feel when compared to the heavy and as such the pad doesn’t ‘absorb’ the mouse as much. Compare it to running on very soft and mushy grass vs on concrete, if you will, though the difference between these pads obviously isn’t that staggering.
The QcK+ is an ideal option if you like how the Heavy glides and feels but you can’t get over the thickness and/or you want a bit more of a solid feeling surface compared to the ‘cushier’ feeling of the QcK Heavy.
Conclusion: the best mousepad for CS:GO
This list offers a pretty wide variety of pads, though it does trend more towards the controlling side of things. It’s not easy to see the forest for the trees when it comes to gaming peripherals, but luckily pads are a bit easier in this regard than most other peripherals. If your mousepad doesn’t mess up the tracking of your mouse you’re, technically speaking, golden.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t drastic differences between different products, though. This list (and the accompanying in-depth reviews) can hopefully serve as a baseline to see the advantages and disadvantages of certain types of pad and help you with choosing your next (or first) gaming mousepad.
If you have any questions about any particular mousepad feel free to write a comment on one of the reviews, or contact us on Twitter or Discord.
Thanks for reading!