A gaming mouse pad is one of those peripherals that you never think you’ll need to add to your computing setup until you’ve got one.

Not only do the better ones add a luxurious strip of strokable material to your desktop that your palms will thank you for, they also help improve your mouse’s aiming accuracy and protect your desk from inevitable energy drink spillages during heated gaming sessions.

They aren’t all boring rectangular slabs of stitching and fuzz, either. There’s square-sized ones, rectangular pads and ultrawides that cover larger desks. Some even bring RGB backlighting to the party, coupled with a USB port for good measure.