Best Mousepad for Fortnite - The Ultimate Guide
If you want to take your game to the next level you'll want to make sure that your gear is up to scratch. This goes for things such as your mouse and headset, but the mousepad is also a vital part of your setup. Different pads can have all sorts of different characteristics, and finding the one that's right for you can greatly enhance your comfort and performance.
To help you find the mousepad that's right for you we've been looking at the stuff that the pros are using. What you're looking at are the five most used mousepads in the professional Fortnite scene. We'll take a deeper look at every pad and highlight the most important features and characteristics so that we can help you find the perfect mousepad for you. Feel free to check out our review section where we have already reviewed a large selection of the most popular gaming mousepads as well.
What makes a mousepad good for Fortnite?
If you've already taken a gander at the most used pads and you know a thing or two about mousepads you'll have noticed that there is a pattern here. Fortnite pros use a wide variety of pads, but they do have one thing in common across the board: all of them are at least large sized pads. That's something that we've seen in every game that we've analyzed so far, and it makes sense as well.
The average eDPI of professional players is much lower than that of most 'casual gamers', which means that they need a bigger surface to execute large sweeping motions with their mouse. You can take a look at our Fortnite Settings & Options guide to see the average eDPI and sensitivity of professional players. If you find that your overall sensitivity is way higher you might want to consider lowering it to get your aim to a more consistent level.
Aside from that we can also see that cloth pads are clearly in the majority here. That's perhaps partially down to the fact that many companies don't even make hard pads anymore, but it could also have something to do with the fact that cloth pads are easier to transport (doubly so if you're using a large mousepad) and are, in general, less tough on your mouse feet. That being said: if speed is the name of the game for you it's definitely a good idea to look at hard pads, since they can offer a much faster glide than cloth pads can.
A new trend
If you look to the right you will see mousepads that are primarily made by the usual big gaming brands, but what's interesting to see in the Fortnite scene is that a relatively high percentage of professionals use mousepads from more niche companies. Companies like Artisan and The Mousepad Company combined get to about 8% of Fortnite professionals which is an interesting number when we compare it to other scenes that we analyze.
These niche companies produce a large number of different mousepads so that they can offer something for everyone so there isn't one 'flagship model' that gets used by everyone, meaning that these pads have a much harder time to break into the top five of the most used pads but that of course shouldn't prevent you from trying out different companies. Mousepads, the mice they're made to accommodate, come in many different configurations and can have wildly different characteristics so it can be quite exciting if you find one that matches your personal tastes.
Most used pads
SteelSeries QcK XXL
1. Zowie G-SR-SE
A special pad
If you know a bit about mousepads you might know that the Zowie G-SR is a very, very controlling mousepad with an extremely slow glide. This can lead people to think that the G-SR-SE is just a recolor of that pad with the same glide characteristics but that's not the case at all.
The Zowie G-SR-SE is a pad that's firmly in the 'medium glide' category, and it's one of the best pads in the business at that. It gives you a very nicely balanced glide to allow you to make micro movements without it feeling as if you're struggling through a swamp but there's enough control to make sure you don't feel as if you've ventured onto an icy lake without ice skates.
If you're looking for something that's the 'best of both worlds' this is definitely a great pad to consider. One downside is the fact that it comes with a coating, so once the glide goes (this can take months or even years though, depending on how often you use it) you cannot restore it, but if you can live with that this is a great pad.
2. Logitech G640
The G640 (we counted the G840 along with it since it's the same pad in a larger size) is one of those pads that's quite popular across a variety of games. It's also perhaps the most 'industry standard' pad in this list.
With a thickness of 3 mm, size of 45 x 40 cm and medium-fast glide it's basically the average of all these pads combined. It's not an average pad, however. Our reviewer noted that it's got a very pleasant glide that stays consistent over multiple days of heavy gaming. The glide itself is on the slower side when compared to some other pads in this list that fit into that 'slightly faster than medium' category but that of course doesn't have to be a problem.
It's a bummer that the G640 doesn't have stitched edges (some team editions do have stitched edges though) but aside from that this should be a safe choice for almost everyone.
3. Glorious 3XL
A lot of companies produce XL version of their mousepads, but Glorious have taken that whole concept up a notch and have created the table-sized 3XL. At a whopping 122 x 61 centimeters it's by far the largest mousepad in this lineup (and, according to Glorious, in the entire world) so you can rest assured that you'll never run out of space with this one.
This isn't a gimmicky pad, though. It's got stitched edges and a very smooth and consistent medium-fast glide. It'll lay flat almost immediately due to the sheer size of it and once it's in place it's gonna be impossible to move it even if you're doing crazy swipes every few seconds.
Having literally your entire desk consisting of mousepad gives you sort of a liberating feeling so if you are always looking for a bigger pad you should definitely check this one out. Due to the enormous size this obviously isn't gonna cut it as a mousepad for people who go to LANs often though.
4. SteelSeries QcK+
The QcK line is one of the industry standards in the gaming world. If you go to any given LAN tournament, odds are you're gonna find a lot of these pads lying around on various desks.
The QcK+ has the same surface material as the QcK Heavy (which we've reviewed here) but is way thinner at 2 mm. It offers a pretty fast glide and due to the thin design it's going to feel pretty seamless, but that has the trade-off that it won't do a great job at covering up major imperfections on your playing surface.
Still, the QcK line is so popular in the gaming world for a reason. The QcK+ is a budget friendly pad with great performance, and thanks to its size and thickness it's very portable to boot. Just make sure that you're always using it on a decently even surface, or that you have another thicker or harder pad to place underneath it in case you have to play on a rocky desk.
5. SteelSeries QcK XXL
One thick pad
The regular QcK is a pretty thin pad, but the QcK XXL (which is the desk-sized version of the QcK Heavy) is the thickest pad on this list.
It's got a thickness of 6 millimeters, which will ensure that it covers up everything but the rockiest of desks. Some people note that the QcK XXL feels a bit slower than the regular QcK, but in essence they're both the same. The XXL might feel a bit slower because of the thickness which can cause your mouse to 'sink in' the pad a bit if you apply a lot of pressure when swiping, but the materials used are exactly the same.
The XXL is the perfect pad if you want to make sure that you'll never feel your desk or playing surface through your pad, but you do have to be able to ignore the sheer thickness of it, which is something that some people find difficult to do.
Conclusion: the best mousepad for Fortnite
Fortnite pros don't really go for one particular pad as a clear winner. All of the mousepads in this top five are very close together when it comes to overall pro scene usage, and that's not really a huge surprise since they all offer a very similar glide.
If we can take anything away from this list it's that you'll want a large pad that offers a medium to fast glide for Fortnite. These things are very much subjective though. A mouse, for example, can have a dodgy sensor which hampers performance but as long as you've got a pad that feels comfortable and doesn't limit your ability to swipe or anything like that you're good to go. Mousepads aren't the most expensive peripheral out there either so it's definitely feasible to experiment a bit and buy a couple of pads.
In any case, we hope that this list has been helpful to you. If you have any questions on any of these pads feel free to write a comment on their reviews or contact us on Twitter.
Thanks for reading!