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.

The Top 5:
1. Steelseries QcK Heavy

2. Zowie G-SR

3. Zowie G-SR-SE

4. Logitech G640


What makes a mousepad good for CS:GO?

The pads in this list are all slightly different when it comes to their features and build, but they do have a couple of things in common: they're all cloth pads that have somewhat of a focus towards control. None of the pads in this list are speed pads, and that makes sense. CS:GO is a very 'stable' game when it comes to aiming; crosshair placement and prefiring angles is as important (and arguably even more important) than flicking and tracking, so it makes sense to see professionals go for steadier, slower mousepads that allow you to have that micro control that's so important in a game like this.

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 overall sensitivity is indeed on the lower side in CS:GO, and the choice of mousepads in this scene reflects that.

Of course there's still such a thing as preference: if you're someone who wants a speedy glide you're by all means free to experiment with faster pads. This list is just a guideline, and we're just commenting on the trends that we see in the pro scene. It's incredibly important to use gear that matches your personal preferences, but this list should be a good starting point for people who are looking for a new CS:GO mousepad.

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 two we've seen the usage numbers of the G-SR drop rather drastically in favor of the G-SR-SE.

A very noticeable trend with mousepads (and we see this across all of our analyzed games) is that niche/more specialized brands and pads are on the up. Brands like Artisan and Lethal Gaming Gear are seeing more and more use, and even a relative newcomer such as VAXEE has a pad in the top 5. This could indicate that professionals are spending more time picking out a pad that suits their preferences, as opposed to just going for the first pad they can find.

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.

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Most used manufacturers

Most used mousepads

SteelSeries QcK Heavy
Zowie G-SR
Zowie G-SR-SE
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1. SteelSeries QcK Heavy

Heavy duty

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

Full control

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.

of analyzed CS:GO pros use a customized pad (with personal or team branding)

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. It's also one of the most used and bought mousepads in the world, so you're always bound to find a replacement in case your pad has started going downhill (which is something that will happen to almost all cloth pads).

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, but the normal version comes without stitched edges.

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The newcomer

The VAXEE PA is made by a relatively new brand that's unlikely to ring any bells with the more casual audience, but they have certainly already made a name for themselves in the pro scene. VAXEE is a company that was founded by the same people behind the original ZOWIE gears team, so it's no surprise that their gear is so well-loved by professional CS:GO players.

The VAXEE PA comes in a number of different varieties, but all (except for the Black version, which has a slightly higher dynamic friction, making it a slower pad) feature the same glide. The PA is very similar to the G-SR-SE, offering a touch more control than your average cloth pad while never becoming as muddy or gritty as a dedicated control mousepad.

It has a firm base, relatively smooth surface, and a decent (though not flawless) resistance to humidity, making it a reliable mousepad for professional and competitive gamers who want a bit more control.

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.

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