Gaming Mousepad Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Gaming Mousepad RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Bloody MP-60R RGB Mousepad Review: Waterproof but Sinkable Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:10:27 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Despite advancements in mouse tech, mousepads are still a necessary component of every gaming setup. If you're a serious gamer, you already know rough surfaces, glass, and chip-ridden desks aren't ideal even if mice have evolved from balls to lasers. 

For gaming, mousepads have a lot of upside, but with the market ostensibly flooded with dozens of variations, grading mousepads really comes down to subjectivity and preference. 

On the surface, Bloody's MP-60R is an average pad; even its RGB functionality doesn't help it stand out from the likes of the QCK Prism or Enhance LED.

Not "standing out" or being "unique" doesn't make a mousepad bad. However, there are a few things to consider before you buy. 

The MP-60R is one of the thinner pads on the market. Measuring in at 354mm(L) by 256mm(W), the pad is only 2.6mm thick. Compared to the QCK and Enhance, the MP-60R is both lighter and more flexible, although neither matter all that much if you don't plan on carrying the pad from desktop to desktop. 

Its angular, hard-cut corners give it a futuristic look that's intensified by the thin RGB light-rail that runs along the edges of the pad. Although super thin (thinner than the 2.6mm of the pad itself), the light-rail powerfully emits light from the full 16-million color spectrum in a lateral plain when turned on, which keeps in-game distraction to a minimum. In contrast, the QCK emits light upward, which is more noticeable during play and might affect certain users differently.  

At the top of the pad, located directly in the middle, you'll find the MP-60R's polygonal interface module, where you'll find the lighting switch and micro-USB port. When you plug the pad into your computer, you'll have access to its 10 onboard preset lighting effects, which you can toggle using the fat, responsive switch located on the right side of the module.

However, since the module is placed at the top of the pad, its bulky height tends to get in the way if you have a wired mouse. There were dozens of times my mouse cord got caught on the edge of the module, either impeding my mouse movements or, in extreme cases, torquing my wrist sideways. It happened so often that the issue forced me to dock the pad a full score, from an 8 to a 7. 

The cloth surface of the pad is meant for speed an accuracy. Comparing to the QCK and the HyperX Fury S Pro, which is my everyday mousepad, The MP-60R didn't feel more accurate or speedier. In fact, it felt slower in some respects, specifically to the Fury S Pro.

One thing I can say for sure is that the fabric feels better on the fingertips than the fabric found on the reversible QCK. It's noticeably softer and less scratchy. That's something to keep in mind when you're buying an RGB mousepad for aesthetic and feel.    

Another interesting tidbit about the MP-60R is that the surface is waterproof. I tested the efficacy of that claim by dumping a cup of water on it and the QCK. Water immediately beaded of the sides of the MP-60R, with several ounces pooling in the middle. The water on the QCK simply pooled in the middle. 

After a full 90 seconds, I wiped the water off of each mousepad with a dishrag. The MP-60R showed zero signs of spillage, while the QCK was left with a large, damp stain in the middle (you can see a comparison in the image above).  

The Verdict

For the most part, it's hard to complain about the MP-60R. Its colors are vibrant, its fabric is smooth and water resistant, its non-slip rubber backing keeps it from sliding around on even the slickest surfaces, and the braided cable doesn't get tangled. That's not to mention the deep Illumine software that lets you essentially design and assign your own effects and color presets, storing it on the pad's 160Kb onboard memory. 

My biggest gripe is that the interface module at the top of the pad is bulky and inconveniently placed. If you have a wireless mouse, it won't be an issue at all. However, if you're one of the many who has a wired mouse, there's a significant chance the module will get in the way. 

Lastly, although the Illumine software is surprisingly robust, it's also extremely difficult to navigate and looks like a remnant of the Netscape era. While the latter is just a personal peeve, the latter can make assigning custom effects and color combinations an unnecessary pain in the rear. Add to that you won't be able to sync your creations across other Bloody products, like its mechanical keyboards and mice, and the MP-60R pushes itself out of the eighth position. 

You can buy the Bloody MP-60R Mousepad on Amazon for $29.99. 

[Note: Bloody provided the mousepad used in this review.]

HyperX Fury S Pro Gaming Mousepad Review Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:25:54 -0400 Jonathan Moore

There was a time not that long ago I would've scoffed at the notion of ever buying an "oversized" mousepad. Whenever I walked into a Mirco Center or a Fry's and saw those "oafish" extra-large pads dangling on the racks or lounging on the shelves, I chuckled at the "obvious" overkill of it all.

I had my regular-sized rinky-dink pad, and it worked just fine. I thought to myself, "Why would I need anything bigger?"

But that's the type of thinking you have when don't know any better. It's the type of thinking that gets you killed in competitive shooters, and it's the type of thinking that keeps you from knowing the true majesty of unfettered size.

Luckily for me, all that changed when I got my hands on the HyperX Fury S Pro Gaming XL.

Bigger than both the SteelSeries Qck XXL and Logitech G840, the Fury S Pro measures in at a whopping 35.4"x16.5". That means that no matter how exaggerated your movements, your mouse isn't likely to fall off the edges of this pad.

It comes in two variants: a standard, goes-with-everything black and the louder, yet still elegant, Speed Edition. The former keeps things understated with a muted black background, accented by the red and silver HyperX logo in the bottom right-hand corner. The latter features the same black background but this time embellished with a red, whispy flourish across most of the pad. A white HyperX logo pops in the lower right-hand corner, tying it all together.

The soft cloth of the pad is bound with a nicely woven anti-fray stitch. Not only does it extend the pad's shelf life, but it also provides a small tactile barrier to let you know you're getting close to the edges (if you ever reach them). On top of that, I haven't had a single issue with the pad folding or sliding because of its nicely textured rubber bottom.

Testing the mousepad in a plethora of different scenarios, ranging from elongated gaming sessions and every-day surfing to article editing and graphic design, the Fury S Pro proved to be an asset at both work and home. But if you're more the gamer, the pad's normal and Speed editions have a slight, yet important difference you'll want to be aware of.

HyperX says the normal pad has more friction than the Speed Edition and is built specifically for precision. The Speed Edition loses some of the friction found in the normal edition and helps increase player speed.

Although I wasn't able to confirm the Speed Edition is any faster than the normal edition, I was able to confirm that the normal edition's friction increased my precision in games like Battlefield 1 and Paladins -- and that's the primary reason it hasn't left my desk since I unboxed it. What's more, re-centering the mouse wasn't an issue because I didn't need to worry about sliding off the pad. The peace of mind provided by the size of Fury S Pro helped me keep my focus when it mattered most.

However, as good as the Fury S Pro is, its material may deter some gamers from picking it up. There's no doubt the pad is extremely comfortable, but those looking for a hard-plastic surface won't find what they're looking for here. Unfortunately, if you were looking to stay in the HyperX family, the company currently doesn't make hard-plastic pads, so you'll have to look to companies like SteelSeries and Logitech if that's what you're looking for.

But honestly, that's the only caveat I could find when deciding if I could recommend this fantastic pad. If you do want to go smaller, then HyperX has you covered (which makes getting a Fury S Pro even more of a no-brainer). Both the standard and Speed editions come in four different sizes: small, medium, large, and XL.

You can see them all here.

The extra large variant I tested retails for $29.99, a steal considering the quality and size of the pad. Even better, the smallest pad in the bunch, which is the size of a normal mousepad, will only set you back $9.99.

There's little reason this mousepad shouldn't be on your desk yesterday.

[Note: HyperX provided the Fury S Pro XL mousepad used for this review.]

Corsair Looks to Cut the Cord With New Wireless Gaming Peripherals Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:13:02 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Pushing into the wireless peripherals space for the first time, Corsair announced at CES 2018 a new line of wireless devices they say will provide PC gamers "high performance ... without compromise". 

Dubbed Unplug and Play, Corsair's new wireless technology is the focal point of four new products: the K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard, the K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard, the Dark Core RGB Wireless Gaming Mouse, and the MM1000 Qi Wireless Charging Mouse Pad. As of this writing, the K63 keyboard and lapboard are already available for purchase, while the Dark Core RGB and MM1000 are set to be released sometime later this month. 

A CES 2018 Innovation Award honoree, the K63 mechanical keyboard looks to bring the reliability and durability of the original K63 gaming keyboard to wireless gamers and aficionados everywhere. It sports Cherry MX Red switches, per-key LED backlighting, and programmable keys. Corsair says the K63's battery will last up to 75 hours, and that the keyboard also supports three different connection options: 1ms 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth wireless, and wired USB. 

On top of that, if you're a PC gamer that LANs -- or might prefer playing in your living room, for example -- the K63 Lapboard looks to provide an even gaming surface in any setting. The lapboard is billed as lightweight and comfortable, complete with a full-size mouse pad.

The K63 mechanical gaming keyboard currently retails for $109.99 without the lapboard and $159.99 with the board. 

Not to be outdone by other peripherals manufacturers, Corsair also unveiled its first wireless mouse in the Dark Core RGB. Inside its outer shell, the Dark Core houses a 16,000 DPI optical sensor and can connect to your PC via the same three connection options available to the K63 wireless keyboard: 1ms 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth wireless, and wired USB. According to press materials, the Dark Core's battery will provide 24 hours of use before needing a recharge and will employ CUE technology for lighting and programming options. 

For those wanting to cut the cord completely, Corsair will also release a 100% wireless option in the Dark Core SE. Although there is no word on if the SE's battery will achieve the same longevity as the Dark Cor RGB, the SE does support Qi wireless technology, which can be found in the new MM1000 hard-surface mousepad.

Corsair says the mat will not only charge the Dark Core SE, but any device that supports Qi charging. Measuring in at 260mmx350mm, the MM1000 also has ports for charging peripherals that don't allow for wireless charging by providing USB Micro-B, Type-C, and Lightning Qi ports. 

As of this writing, there was no information on price or availability for the Dark Core, the Dark Core SE, or the MM1000. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Corsair's new line of Unplug and Play gaming peripherals as it develops. 

Logitech G703 PowerPlay Mouse Review: Reinventing Wireless Gaming Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:00:14 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Logitech has been in the peripherals business for a long time -- since 1981, to be exact. And what put the company on the map was its attention to detail, its engineering prowess, and its damn good mice. In the 36 years since the company came onto the world's stage, Logitech has expanded its peripherals catalog to include gaming keyboards and top-of-the-line gaming headsets. But the mouse remains one of its biggest, most reliable products. 

The Logitech G403 Prodigy gaming mouse wasn't the company's first attempt at making a revolutionary gaming peripheral, but it was one that proved widely popular with fans of the brand. It's a wired mouse that provides immense accuracy and speed, and a mouse many pros and competitive players swear by. But the next logical step in iterating that mouse meant it should be wireless. 

Enter the Logitech G703 PowerPlay wireless mouse. At $99, it's a bit more expensive than the years-old Prodigy, even though it looks exactly like it on the outside. However, what's on the inside of the 703 is what sets it apart.  


Out of the Box

The G703 comes packaged in an unobtrusive box that keeps its various parts well organized -- and can double as a nifty carrying case if needed. Inside, you'll find the mouse itself, a charging-data cable, a wireless extension adapter, a lightspeed-enabled nano receiver, and a 10g weight. In the mouse itself, you'll find a lithium-ion battery and a PowerPlay charging cookie. 

The about 4.5-foot-long charging and data pass-through cable is braided and made of high-quality composite. It's flexible but sturdy enough to ensure you won't get any shorts in the wire itself over hours of use. Being that it's a tad on the thick side does means that it can sometimes catch on the edges of certain mousepads, such as the thick sides found on the SteelSeries Qck Prism, which can somewhat impede mouse movement depending on your setup. At any rate, you'll really only use the cable when charging the mouse if you're not using its PowerPlay functionality or want a wired alternative, so most players won't come up against this issue anyway. 

Looking toward the wireless front, and to what this mouse is really all about, you'll find in the box a wireless lightspeed nano receiver and a wireless extension adapter. The former is what provides the G703's game-changing wireless capabilities, while the latter allows you to bring the lightspeed receiver closer to the mouse, giving you a better, purer signal if need be. 

Finally, the 10g weight is for those who find the G703's 107 grams a bit too feathery. Inserting the weight into the bottom of the mouse is extremely easy and takes about five seconds to do. However, using it means you won't be able to take advantage of the mouse's PowerPlay charging features. Consequently, using the mouse's weight is really only an option for those not using the mouse's wireless charging functionality, which seems like a bit of an oversight by Logitech. 


G703 Design

There's no way around it: the G703 looks identical to the G403 Prodigy. From its ergonomically curved architecture to its six programmable buttons, the G703 doesn't do much to distinguish itself through its outer shell. The only real noticeable difference is that its body doesn't sport the complete black finish of the Prodigy. Instead, you can get the G703 in both a grey/black color scheme and a black/white color scheme, the latter of which pops when coupled with the mouse's elegant design. 

Made for palm- or claw-grip styles, the G703 feels great to hold for both long and short periods. I often found myself switching between styles for different games and different scenarios without a single hitch. I preferred the mouse's slicker matte finish to the grainier finishes of other mice, such as Logitech's own G603, a mouse that also imitates the 703 and Prodigy. And I loved the mouse's rubberized sides, which helped me better grip the mouse and keep it firmly in control. 

On top of that, the 703 has the same six fully programmable buttons as the Prodigy and G603: the right and left mouse buttons, two lateral buttons on the left side, one below the scroll wheel for DPI cycling, and one on the mouse wheel itself. The peripheral's LMB and RMB are clickable from the tip of the mouse to about halfway up the 703's body -- and they're rated for 50 million clicks. The DPI is nicely placed and easy to reach, and the mouse button itself provides a nice, meaty click when depressed. 

On the underside of the mouse, you'll find the switch to turn it on, the circular area for the weight and/or PowerPlay cookie, and two feet. Although I've seen some complaints that the feet provide a bit too much friction because of their placements at the front and back of the mouse, I never felt as if they impeded my use of the 703. 

G703 Performance and LightSpeed Technology 

Since the dawn of the digital age, man has dreamed of going truly wireless, while retaining the robust performance of the wired mouse. And for a long time, that was simply unachievable. But -- if I may be a tad bit melodramatic -- that day has finally come with Logitech's LightSpeed wireless technology. 

In my day to day, whether it be gaming or pounding out gear reviews and news, I exclusively use wired mice because of two reasons: One, that's mainly what we have lying around the office, and two, wired mice are so damn reliable. Historically, lag and latency have plagued wireless mice, keeping them from being the go to for a lot of gamers, especially those in eSports and the competitive scene. 

Using the G703 for more than a month playing games like Battlefield 1, Battlefront 2, Fallout 4, Endless Space 2, and Paladins, I can definitively say that G703 is as accurate -- if not more accurate -- than any of the wired mice I've reviewed this year. Click latency is virtually nonexistent, and using the PMW3366 optical gaming sensor in conjunction with Lightspeed means the G703's motion latency is top of the line. Getting headshots in BF2 with the 703 is a cinch, and commanding units in Endless Space 2 is effortless. 

Using zero smoothing and no pixel rounding, the G703 completes its responsive arsenal with technology that ensures accurate sensitivities even at high DPIs. As someone who typically plays with his DPI somewhere in the 800-1,000 range, toying with higher settings was a breeze with these functionalities, and I even found that I was more accurate scaling up my typical settings.  

PowerPlay Wireless Charging 

Even when gamers choose wireless mice over their wired brethren, those gamers still have to plug their mice in to charge them. It might be a bit pretentious, but plugging and unplugging cables can be a real pain in the keester -- and having dangling cords can pose other problems, too, the least of which is aesthetic. But Logitech has solved that with true wireless charging in the G703. 

Using the PowerPlay charging mat, which we reviewed extensively here, the G703 never (ever) has to be plugged in. Really. Never. 

The TL;DR of it is that the PowerPlay mat (which is sold separately for $100) uses electromagnetic resonance to create an energy field just above the surface of the mat, which is then converted into a charging current. All you have to do is insert the PowerPlay cookie (receiver) into the slot on the bottom of the G703, and you're ready to go. The mat even has a LightSpeed receiver built in (which sends the main wireless signal over a cable to the computer). 

Without the charging mat, you'll get about 24 to 32 hours of game time before having to recharge. With the charging mat, you essentially get unlimited charging power. In my time using the G703 and the PowerPlay charging mat, I never once had to plug the mouse in to charge -- and that's after playing 36 hours in Fallout 4, 25 hours of Battlefront 2, 12 hours of Endless Space 2, and 15 hours of Paladins

And for those of you who might think the electromagnetic charging field might interfere with the accuracy of the LightSpeed signal, you can rest easy: the mouse functions as optimally with the mat as it does without the mat in that regard. I did experience some stuttering when first powering on the mouse and moving to the extreme outside the widely defined signal area of the mat, but those instances were (very) few and far between and had more to do with the mat than the mouse itself. 

All in all, the G703 works with the PowerPlay mat exactly as advertised, ushering in a truly wireless gaming future. 

Customizability Using Logitech's Gaming Software

If you've owned a Logitech gaming mouse or peripheral before, you're already aware of the vast customizability options the Logitech Gaming Software offers gamers. From setting specific RGB lighting sequences and macros to creating per-game DPI profiles and keeping track of your battery life (if not using the PowerPlay mat), everything you could possibly ask for is at your fingertips. 

And if you're a competitive gamer or want to take the mouse with you to LANs, the G703 provides five on-board profiles that can hold your settings for quick recall. 

The Verdict

On the surface, the G703 looks a lot like the G403 Prodigy. It even has some of the same bells and whistles under the hood. But what really sets this mouse apart from the Prodigy, and essentially any other mouse on the market, is that it's truly wireless -- and ridiculously accurate while doing it. 

At $99, it's well worth the investment if you're looking for a wireless mouse that has all the functionality of its wired brethren. If you're willing to plunk down another $100, you'll have a wireless mouse with infinite battery life. I'm not one to lightly suggest anyone spend $200 -- that's a big chunk of change to drop on anything, let alone a mouse and mouse pad. But what you get for that investment is well (well) worth the price. 

I would have liked to have seen Logitech take the G703 as a chance to iterate a tad bit more on the Prodigy's design -- perhaps add an extra button or incorporate some of the features found in the G603 -- but all in all, the Logitech G703 is a fantastic wireless mouse that reinvents wireless gaming -- and aggressively challenges the status quo in the gaming peripherals space. 

You can buy the Logitech G703 on Amazon

[Note: Logitech provided the G703 mouse used in this review.]

Enhance LED Mouse Pad Review: Colorful, Functional, Affordable Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:34:19 -0500 Jonathan Moore

There's a lot that goes into choosing a good gaming mouse pad. From soft cloth to rigid plastic, surface area, and RGB lighting, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. And when buying a mousepad on a budget, there are tons of options to choose from.

Some are better for sniping in games like Call of Duty and Battlefield 1, while others are better for granular unit movements in games like Endless Space 2 and Total War, providing more or less friction based on materials and in-game need 

Accessory Power's Enhance mouse pad falls strictly on the side of rigid plastic; it's a model designed for increased speed and low resistance. Like many pads out there, it doesn't reinvent the wheel. Though it may stumble in places, at $30, it does provide the functionality expected of a budget pad while adding in some accouterment found at higher prices.


Out of the box, the Enhance mouse pad measures a moderate 14x10 inches, making it a mid-range offering with a rectangular shape. It won't take up too much room on your desktop but will provide a relatively sizeable area for sweeping mouse movements.

Sporting a futuristic design, the slab's matte black surface is emblazoned with cyberpunk-inspired translucent decals on the right and left sides, as well as the transparent Enhance logo at the pad's bottom center. At the top, you'll find the USB socket for the pad's braided power cable and cycle switches for lighting options and presets. 

Finally, the back of the pad sports a textured, rubberized surface that does a fantastic job of keeping it in place. When compared to my other go-to gaming pad, the SteelSeries Qck Prism, the Enhance takes the (slight) nod here. Not once did I experience any slippage or base movement in my time with it, which is perfect for long gaming sessions or intense competitive bouts. 

RGB Lighting

With RGB lighting all the rage these days, it's little surprise that the Enhance LED gaming mouse pad provides backlighting functionality (it's in the name, after all). Using the power and cycle switches at the top of the pad, you'll be able to choose between seven different static colors (red, blue, purple, green, yellow, teal, and white), as well as two lighting effects, Fade and Rainbow, which cycle through all of the pad's available color options. On top of that, you'll be able to cycle between three brightness options to help you better tune the pad to your liking.

In a dark room, the light emanating from the Enhance's edges and the translucent designs on its surface are vibrant, yet not too distracting even at the brightest setting. The fade and rainbow effects add a nice contrast to the pad's static offerings but aren't as smooth between transitions as other backlighting presets. 

When put into a brightly lit room, the RGB lighting falters a bit more. Depending upon the angle at which you're sitting (or have the pad situated), the lighting can appear splotchy, with some sections along the edges producing vibrant light and others emitting no perceivable light at all.

On top of that, some colors appear washed out along the sides and on the top of the pad depending on the lighting of the room. For example, the purple can sometimes appear white in areas, white can occasionally appear as a washed out cyan, and yellow can periodically appear the hue of lemon-lime Gatorade. 


As you'd expect, the rigid plastic surface of the Enhance lends itself to speed, agility, and low resistance. That means it's not entirely ideal for first-person and third-person shooters like Call of Duty, Paladins, or Battlefront 2, especially when using a gaming mouse at higher DPI settings. Instead, the Enhance is more suited to subtle mouse movements that might require rapidity to execute, such as flicking between units in StarCraft 2.

During my time with the pad, I tested it with the SteelSeries Rival 310 gaming mouse, as well as the Logitech G703. Playing BF2, Paladins, and Fallout 4, I didn't notice any perceivable mouse float at lower DPI settings, but at higher settings, the slickness of the pad's surface definitely impeded my accuracy, causing quite a few errant shots. 

Using AimBooster and comparing the Enhance to another rigid-top pad in the Qck Prism, which provides a bit more friction than the Enhance, I was able to confirm my observations. Through more than 80 individual tests, I found that my average accuracy with each mouse was greater with the Qck, while my speed was increased with the Enhance. 

Note: In the table below, Avg. Speed denotes the average speed at which I was able to hit targets within a 60-second window using AimBooster. 

Mouse Mouse Pad DPI Avg. Speed Avg. Accuracy
Rival 310 Enhance LED 800 2.93s 91.70%
Rival 310 Enhance LED 1600 2.98s 92.71%
Rival 310 Qck Prism 800 2.84s 94.71%
Rival 310 Qck Prism 1600 2.91s 94.70%
Logitech G703 Enhance LED 800 2.93s  92.20% 
Logitech G703 Enhance LED 1600 2.96s  90.01%  
Logitech G703 Qck Prism 800 2.82s 95.12%
Logitech G703 Qck Prism 1600 2.86s 93.93%

As you can see, the Enhance surface allows for higher speeds in both the Rival 310 and the G703, but sacrifices accuracy to do so. The Qck's slightly "rougher" surface decreases average speeds but increases average accuracy across both mice. 


Overall, the Enhance LED mouse pad is a decent mid-range option, even if it stumbles in the RGB spectrum, but it isn't the most comfortable slab on the market, and it is easily dinged up.

However, if you're on a budget and looking for a slick, hump-free surface that promotes speed, the Enhance is an option to consider. Its surface performs as you'd expect from a rigid-top pad, and at the end of the day, that's what matters for hard-surface fans that need something better than their pockmarked desktop. 

[Note: An Enhance LED mouse pad review unit was provided by Accessory Power for the purpose of this review.]

8 Best Gaming Desks for PC Gamers in 2017 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:31:43 -0500 Craig Snyder


From desks built for the office that just happen to meet the spacious needs and demands of gamers to desks that have peripherals like mousepads built into their designs, it's safe to say that there's a quality computer gaming desk out there for you -- no matter what kind of person you are.


Be it a $90 budget gaming desk or $500 computer desk with stands and hooks for every type of peripheral you can imagine, equipping yourself with a desk that can meet your gaming needs and demands is just as important as getting one of the best gaming mice or keyboards. Not only do you feel it in game but out of game, too. It should be the best you can get.


When you're comfortable, you play better. When you play better, you win more. Find the desk that's right for you and improve!


Bell'O CD8841 Computer Gaming Desk


Price: $199.99
Buy on: Amazon


The Bell'O CD8841 computer desk is a classic and elegant tempered glass desk with the basic features that a gamer is probably looking for. This desk doesn't overwhelm you, offering a spacious desktop, pull-out keyboard tray, and cable management system.


With curved wood sides, steel framing, and a beautiful Espresso color, it's a great piece to any gamer's bedroom that will both look and feel good. When less is more, the Bell'O CD8841 is a great mid-range option for someone who plays games at their PC.


Techni Mobili Hip Black Glass Corner Computer Desk


Price: $238.39
Buy on: Amazon


The Techni Mobili Hip Black Glass Corner Computer Desk is left or right-hand interchangeable with a scratch-resistant, powder-coated steel frame. It has a pull-out keyboard tray equipped with a safety stop.


The desktop panels have a max weight capacity of 110 pounds and the curved panel has a capacity of 66 pounds. The keyboard tray can hold up to 33 pounds. These are all more than adequate to serve their intended purpose, and this adds up to one of the most stylish and effective corner desks at this price point.


ApexDesk Elite Series Standing Gaming Desk


Price: $599.99
Buy on: Amazon


The 71" ApexDesk Elite Series 71 electric height-adjustable standing desk is at the highest end of PC desks suitable for gaming. The height is adjustable from 29" to 48" at 1.3"/second through dual motors with 225 pounds of capacity. This desk offers enhanced stability through its one-piece fixed steel beam.


Being free of a crossbar, this computer desk allows for extra leg room and even the flexibility of adding an excercise bike. The screwless design should allow for setup in under 30 minutes. The desktop itself is made of medium density fiberboard with anti-scratch, high-pressure laminate. It's of the most premium material when it comes to PC gaming desks.


Reviews promise that this is one of, if not the, best standing gaming desks out right now.


Atlantic 33950212 Gaming Desk Pro


Price: $131.84
Buy on: Amazon


The Atlantic 33950212 Gaming Desk Pro caters well to gamers who love their controllers and and other accessories. Trays and pads around this computer desk function as a charging stand, speaker trays, game storage, controller hooks, wire management racks, a rear power-strip holder, and a headphone and cup holder.


This unique gaming desk can fit speakers up to 6"×5" and has a charcoal-colored, carbon fiber laminated top. The elevated shelf supports a monitor up to 32". This is a fantastic desk for anyone with a dedicated gaming setup.


Arozzi Arena Gaming Desk


Price: $399.99
Buy on: Amazon


The Arozzi Arena computer desk is a true-to-form, pure gamer's desk. What looks on the surface to be just a flat, surfboard-like PC desk is actually something that can really level up your gaming experience


The surface area can support up to three large monitors at 160cm in width. At 80cm in depth, you have a huge field of play for your mouse, keyboard, and other peripherals. The Arozzi Arena has a mousepad built in with a microfiber cloth surface that isn't going to damage or stick when you spill liquids around it.


The Arozzi Arena gaming desk comes in red, blue, green, white, and black. It's also designed for easy transport as the desktop and frame are divided into three separate sections.As far as minimalist designs go, this is one of the best gaming desks in its price range. 


Z-Line Belaire Glass L-Shaped Computer Gaming Desk


Price: $135.15
Buy on: Amazon


The Z-Line Belaire Glass L-Shaped computer desk is one of the prettiest glass desks you'll find at just over $100. In both clear and black-bordered glass, it has a sturdy metal frame with reinforced plates.


This computer desk features clear tempered glass, a raised monitor shelf, a pull-out tray for keyboard and mouse, and a spacious desktop work area.


Those of you who are new to glass desks should know that they require some pretty extensive home assembly, and they're some of the heaviest desks out there. This specific desk weighs in at just a few pounds under 100 when fully assembled.


DXRacer DGD/1000/N Newedge Edition Gaming Desk


Price: $399.99
Buy on: Amazon


As one of the most well-respected brands in PC gaming chairs, it's no surprise that the DXRacer DGD/1000/N Newedge Edition gaming desk comes with a heavier price tag than some of the other desks on this list.


The DXRacer boasts a double triangle design with a 10-degree slope, robust wire management options, an extended work surface, and 360-degree rotatable trapezoid feet. The design and finish is as sleek and clean as you've come to expect from the DXRacer name.


Reviews say that this computer desk is of incredible quality and offers some really great forearm rest space for those of you who reach across your desks with mouse-intensive games.


Origami RDE-01 Computer Gaming Desk


Price: $90.13
Buy it on: Amazon


As one of the most popular, well-rounded, and well-reviewed PC gaming desks out there, the Origami RDE-01 combines simple elegance with the lowest of setup requirements.


This computer gaming desk opens and folds in 40 seconds, requires no tools to set up, folds flat for easier storage, has a removable tabletop, and offers a hanging bottom level for your tower to keep dust away from it.


The desk weighs a total of 43.8 pounds and stands as one of the best examples that PC gaming desks don't have to be flashy and expensive to get the job done. At the budget price point, this is one of the best gaming desks out there. 


If you're a gamer, you're no stranger to spending hundreds of dollars on a great gaming mouse, a fancy gaming chair, a nice pair of headphones, and fantastic mechanical gaming keyboard.


However, something you might not often consider is the most obvious and important piece of equipment of all: your gaming desk. Your desk can make or break your gaming experience. A desk too low or too high, too uncomfortable or too tilted can really be the difference between being in the top 1% or the top 10% in whatever game it is that you play.


Both comfort and features are incredibly important when it comes to picking the right computer gaming desk, and that's why we're here to bring you eight of the best desks out there for PC gamers, from cheap budget desks to the highest of the high end.

Logitech G903 Mouse & PowerPlay Charging Mat Review: Wireless Gaming Revolutionized Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:50:08 -0400 Auverin Morrow

When it comes to innovation in the world of gaming peripherals, Logitech is often on the forefront. Whether it's high-accuracy sensors or typing-friendly mechanical switches, this tech giant has tons of proprietary hardware that's constantly pushing the market forward. And with its new PowerPlay system, Logitech is conquering an aspect of gaming peripherals that has been impeding developers since the market began -- hassle-free wireless performance. 

The PowerPlay system consists of two parts: Logitech's proprietary charging mat and a compatible wireless mouse (in this case, the newly released G903). It's intended to provide constant power to your wireless mouse and charge it as you use it so that you never have to plug it in.

It sounds like a PC gamer's pipe dream come true -- but does it actually work?After spending weeks using the G903 as part of the PowerPlay system, I can confidently say that it goes far beyond just being "functional". This totally wireless system really works, and it's easily the most significant innovation that gaming mice have seen in the last several years.

Design & Specs

G903 Mouse

When it comes to design, the G903 wireless mouse is nearly identical to its predecessor, the G900 Chaos Spectrum (which up until now, was my favorite gaming mouse on the market). The main body is made from a black, matte plastic body with grooved side grips, while the middle inset and mounted shoulder buttons are constructed from smooth, glossy plastic for some slight differentiation. 

The G903's ambidextrous design allows you to use the shoulder buttons on either the left or right side of the mouse, and you can switch between the two by simply removing the magnetic panel on either side and popping in the corresponding buttons. 

In addition to these interchangeable shoulder buttons, the mouse also features dedicated L/R buttons, DPI cycling buttons with an LED indicator, and a scroll wheel with a button to toggle between notched scrolling and free scrolling. 

For charging or wired play, the G903 has a long, braided USB cable that plugs into the front of the mouse. I would speak to the durability and function of this cable if I could -- but thanks to the wireless charging that I'll talk about below, I never even had to take the cable out of the box. 


PowerPlay Charging Mat

At around11"x13.5", the PowerPlay mat is slightly larger than a standard mousepad and offers plenty of space for you to play. The top surface of the mat is interchangeable, so you can choose whether you want to use soft cloth or hard plastic. I opted to use the cloth version, which has stayed smooth after constant use and shown almost no signs of wear. But the hard plastic top also seems very durable and feels rather similar to the SteelSeries QCK Prism mat. 

Attached to the top left corner of the mat is a hub cased in black plastic that serves as the power source and wireless receiver for the G903 (or any other compatible mouse). Though this hub is illuminated with an RGB Logitech G logo, its minimalist design is unobtrusive and fits in nicely with the overall aesthetic of the mat. 

The G903 Performs Like a Dream

When I first unboxed the G903 and added it to my work desk, it felt like I had just brought my G900 mouse from home -- and that's a great thing. I love the feel and performance of the G900, and it's nice to see all my favorite features from that mouse make a return in this new iteration. If you're a G900 user who's looking for a major upgrade in the G903, you're not going to find it. Instead, the G903 seems to be a near-clone of its predecessor, but with a few minor design tweaks and and added PowerPlay functionality. 

According to Logitech's press materials, this mouse utilizes proprietary Lightspeed wireless technology for optimal connectivity, boasting a 1 ms report rate and top-tier responsiveness so that you don't miss a single twitch-targeted shot in Overwatch. That's a tall order, and the G903 has definitely met those expectations in the time I've spent with it. Whether I was ganking mid-laners in SMITE or trying to mow down enemies in Paladins, this mouse kept up with my frantic movements and fired off commands as quickly as I could input them. 

On occasion, though, I did notice a little bit of stuttering or lag -- especially in the first few minutes after waking the mouse. However, I suspect this had more to do with the PowerPlay mat than the mouse itself, so I'll elaborate further on the issue later in this review. 

That aside, I did run into a minor hiccup with DPI settings. On occasion, the mouse would seemingly change the DPI without any input from me. Upon waking up or in the middle of using it, the DPI would suddenly increase or decrease, then stay that way until I cycled back to the proper setting. This was a rare occurrence that never really affected my performance in-game, but it did happen just consistently enough that it's worth mentioning. 


Just like the G900 before it, the G903 feels great to use. It's got nice click feedback on both the main L/R buttons and the shoulder buttons, and the dedicated DPI cycling buttons take the guesswork out of what DPI you've cycled to. The scroll wheel offers satisfying feedback in notched mode as well, and the ability to switch over to free-scrolling on the fly makes navigating long docs or web pages significantly easier. 

The G903 is also incredibly comfortable. Because it's so lightweight, no amount of sliding or picking up will tire out your hand. And its design is well-suited to a variety of grips. It's proven to be perfect for my particular style of palm-gripping, especially with the ideal placement of its shoulder buttons. Even through long Elder Scrolls Online marathons and the 9-5 editing grind, I never got cramps, sore spots, sweaty palms, or any other malady while using the G903.

PowerPlay: A High-Performing Wireless Ecosystem

Let's get down to brass tacks. I know the big question on your mind is whether or not the PowerPlay wireless charging and connectivity system actually works as advertised. It certainly sounds too good to be true -- but luckily for wireless gamers everywhere, Logitech delivers on every promise made by its promotional materials. 

I'm nowhere close to being a hardware engineer, so I'm not qualified to give you a full rundown of how this technology works. But here's the TL;DR. Using elecromagnetic resonance, the PowerPlay mat base generates an energy field at its surface that's large enough and powerful enough to allow charging while the mouse is in motion -- and it can do so without interfering with the performance of the mouse itself. This energy is turned into a charging current and delivered to the mouse via a special PowerCore module that attaches magnetically to an inset underneath the mouse.

According to the User Manual, the PowerPlay mat has a "usable surface" that takes up a fair portion of the mat, as outlined below: 

This area is designated as the sure-fire place where your mouse will function and charge optimally. I know some of you might be thinking that this is a catch with the setup, but it's actually not much of an issue. In practice, the whole mat seems to be a usable surface. Even when using it outside of the outlined area above, my G903 still appeared to play and charge exactly as it would inside those bounds. 

That said, there were a few rare occasions where I noticed some stuttering or missed input. While at first I was tempted to chalk this up to issues with the mouse sensor, I'm leaning more toward the conclusion that these minor hiccups had more to do with moving the mouse outside the usable surface. But in the context of the weeks upon weeks that I've used this mouse without any issue, the few times that this did happen were negligible at best. 

All in all, this wireless ecosystem works exactly as intended -- and nothing proves this quite like the fact that my charging cord for the G903 is still bound up in its original packaging. Some gamers may be disappointed that this wireless charging system won't work with their mouse of choice, but the G903 and G703 mice that it's compatible with are both excellent products. 


I've got to say... I'm incredibly impressed with what Logitech has accomplished here. The G903 is a top-tier mouse that takes all the quality performance of the G900 and adds PowerPlay functionality. And the PowerPlay charging mat provides a totally wireless experience that doesn't interfere with the mouse's performance and completely negates the need for a charging cable of any kind. 

I could throw any number of fancy, articulate statements at you about how functional this setup is. But that feels disingenuous. Instead, I'll just say that this is some seriously good sh*t. Being totally wire-free is incredible, and I don't think I'll ever go back to using traditional mice again. 

Both these products are available on Amazon. You can pick up the G903 mouse for $149.99, and the PowerPlay charging system for $99.99. The price tag might sound steep, but I can confidently say that it's worth every penny. 

SteelSeries Qck Prism Review: Not Necessary, But Mostly Worth It Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:27:00 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Since I'm not an RGB nerdonaught, it's a good thing SteelSeries' Qck Prism mousepad isn't all about lighting.

Sure, I get why so many gamers want the functionality and love it, but I'm certainly not one that needs neon rays bombarding my peripheral vision while playing Cities: Skylines or Fallout 4. So when I first heard that the Qck Prism had RGB lighting, I was nonplussed that another piece of gear was being added to the cadre of RGB accessories and peripherals. 

After I unpackaged the Qck and put it into action, I quickly realized that its selling points are really its ubiquity and its intuitive design not its RGB capabilities.

Size and Surface Usability

The Qck Prism measures a moderate 11.51 inches wide, 0.34 inches high, and 14.04 inches deep. I had to rearrange my tight home setup to accommodate for its size, but its relatively expansive nature also meant that I didn't find myself careening off the edge like with other pads. So it was worth the reorganization. Overall, the Qck's size feels just right for most situations, coming in at the lower end of SteelSeries' other offerings. 

On top of that, the mousepad has two sides: cloth and hard-polymer plastic. Using the SteelSeries Rival 700 with the Qck, I preferred the cloth side of the pad for its accuracy at higher DPI settings, as well as its tactile feedback as I maneuvered across the surface.

However, those who prefer hard plastic to cloth will find that the opposite side of the pad functions just fine  and increases mouse movement speeds. Flipping the pad from one side to the other is (mostly) quick and (mostly) painless, although I did have to bend the Qck's base from time to time to pop the pad out, which can be precarious with the RGB lighting that runs around the pad's periphery. 

Staying Where You Need It to Be

Another thing the Qck Prism does very well is staying put. The silicon rubber base makes sure that the Prism doesn't float around your desk, something I found very useful when compared to other mousepads.

Having the USB cable intuitively placed on the side of the pad also helps in this regard, and it keeps your mouse cable from getting tangled during use. 

Qck Means RGB

Although I opined about not being an RGB enthusiast in the opening graphs of this review, I will say that if you're fiending for more RGB in your life, the Qck Prism is a nice accent.

Setting the colors and patterns on the Prism is a cinch, too. Featuring 12-zone, 360-degree illumination, and varying dynamic effects, you can set each of the Prism's zones to the color and speed you want. You can even set the Qck to illuminate when you're low on health or when you complete certain in-game tasks in Dota 2, CS:GO, or Minecraft. There aren't any others at the time of writing. And, for those that just want to take advantage of the Qck's amazing surfaces, you can even turn the illumination properties completely off. 

The Verdict

At $59.99 and compatible with PCs and Macs, SteelSeries' Qck Prism isn't a cheap mousepad but that's because it isn't one. Out of all the SteelSeries products I've tested, the Prism is one of the best, providing precision mousing and accurate movement on a comfortable pad with nice illumination. It won't revolutionize your game, but it will give you the solid and functional foundation on which to take it to the next level. It's just kind of hard to dole out $60 for a mousepad. 

[Note: A Qck Prism review model was provided by SteelSeries for the purpose of this review.]

Logitech Releases World's First Continuous Charging Mat for Wireless Gaming Mice Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:50:38 -0400 The Blind Seer

Today, Logitech revealed an innovative new piece of technology that hopes to revolutionize the use of wireless gaming mice -- the Powerplay Wireless Charging System. 

This system is a charging mat that allows users to continuously charge their wireless devices without ever having to plug in. Where other charging options require cords or having the device sit idle in a single area, Logitech's Powerplay delivers "uninterrupted charging" over the whole surface of the mousepad -- so gamers can juice up their wireless mouse even while they're playing their favorite games, without losing any performance. 

The Powerplay mat will be compatible with the two newest mice in Logitech's lineup -- the G903 and the G703. Both these mice will come with a Powercore module, which attaches magnetically to their undercarriages and harnesses the Powerplay mat's energy field to turn it into a charging current. 

The Powerplay mat will be available beginning August 2017, priced at $99.99. The two mice that are currently compatible with the mat will be made available in late June, at $99.99 for the G703 and $149.99 for the G903. This wireless charging mousepad will be available in both hard and soft finishes to suit any player's preference. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for reviews of these products as they hit shelves, and for further updates on this innovative new technology as we learn more.

Things we love: The best rated gaming mouse mats Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:00:02 -0400 kate.farrow

For when your mouse pad needs to double as a memory foam mattress. These XXL accessories are long enough to hold both your keyboard and mouse in place during the most intense matches and provide extra thickness for your comfort.

Glorious Extended Gaming Mouse Mat

Why not find your mouse mat solution at the very fount of PC gaming wisdom -- the Glorious PC Gaming Race (.com)? At 36”x11”, this mouse mat will keep your peripherals in place. It can’t really keep you from wiping, though. That’s on you. 1,696 reviews, 5 stars = GLORIOUS!

Reflex Lab Large Extended Heavy Mouse Pad

This mat is 40-60% thicker than regular mouse pads to provide optimal comfort while gaming, with a waterproof coating for any spills. 36”x12” and machine washable. This option combines quality with affordability. 1,065 reviews, 5 stars = must have!

Razer Overwatch Goliathus Extended SPEED Soft Gaming Mouse Mat

This mouse mat’s built for speed with a slick surface that also maximizes control. Perfect for your next Overwatch match. 36.22”x11.57” with 3mm thickness. According to Slothy Geek, CS GO pros such as EliGE and FugLy have used the Razer Goliathus Extended mat (not the Overwatch one, of course). 895 reviews, 4.5 stars = we love it!

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Three New Logitech Products Will Hit Shelves in September 2013 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:43:49 -0400 Ryan Chizmar

Following up on their announcement of the Logitech G line of products in March, Logitech announced today three new products that will be added to those currently on offer: the Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming MouseLogitech G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad and the Logitech G240 Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad.

The G440 Hard Gaming Mouse Pad focuses on providing low surface friction and a consistent surface texture so you don't have to worry about your cursor jumping because you hit a bump on your mouse pad. Thus leaving you the ability to react quickly and gun down your opponents as fast as you can.


The design of both the hard and cloth mouse pads.

The G240 Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad, on the other hand, focuses on bringing moderate surface friction for games that require precise control. Just like the G440, it also focuses on a consistent surface texture for worry-free gaming.

The main item announced today of course would be the G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse, which at first glance looks like Logitech's answer to Razor's Naga. Featuring 11 programmable buttons and in-game sensitivity switching, Logitech says the G602 can last up to 250 hours in performance mode. Not to mention the estimated 1440 hours for when it's used in endurance mode.

Looking at all of those buttons makes me wonder what it would be like to use it in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn...

What's most impressive about this is that it's a wireless mouse and a gaming mouse at that. With most professionals using corded mice to reduce potential lag and other problems, it'll be interesting to see how this new addition to Logitech's G series will hold up to the competition.