So, lately, your arm and wrist are going through additional fatigue and stress, even though you have an ergonomic mouse. You have right! in case you are not using a good, comfortable and ergonomic mouse, we would suggest you check out our list of the 7 best ergonomic mice for 2023. Half of your problem will be solved.
Now, let’s focus on the other half. You are using a best-in-class ergonomic mouse but still suffering from wrist pain, here most likely the problem is your mouse pad.
We have observed that professionals don’t use a mouse pad at work, which is very wrong. In order to prevent wrist fatigue and injuries, one should always use an ergonomic mouse pad that complements your ergonomic mouse.
In this guide, we have listed the 5 best ergonomic mouse pads that will reduce your wrist fatigue and stress significantly.
But before we jump onto the list, let’s quickly understand the various factors you must consider while buying a mouse pad.
Factors to Consider While Buying Mouse Pads
The following are a few important factors that you must consider while buying an ergonomic mouse pad:
Generally, mouse pads’ wrist rests are made up of either gel or memory foam.
Gel-based wrist rests are best-suitable if you need a more sturdy wrist rest or have a big and heavy hand. Besides that, these gel-based wrist rest tends to get sticky if used continuously for hours.
On the other hand, modern-day mouse pads have memory foam-based wrist rest. These wrist rests are often used in bigger and larger mouse pads. Even after continuous usage for hours, these wrist rests stay intact and doesn’t cause any irritations.
Mouse pads with Gel-based wrist rests are comparatively cheaper than memory foam-based ones.
Since you are doing all this research to prevent wrist pain and fatigue, you have to be careful about the wrist rest height.
If your mouse pad’s wrist rest is too low, your wrist muscles have to put effort to maintain the neutral position and that will increase the stress on them. On the other hand, if the wrist rest height is too steep, your wrist muscles will be stretched and that will directly add stress on your fingers and palm.
The appropriate height of a wrist rest must be in the range of 0.7” to 1.3”.
When it comes to functionality, material plays a very important role, if a rough material is used on the top surface of the mouse pad, it will directly impact your mouse movements and accuracy.
Ideal materials for mouse pads are lycra, jersey cloth, and leatherette finish materials. Also, you must ensure that the materials are toxic-free.
Since you are going to place the mouse pad on a desk, you must be well aware of its dimensions. In case you have a large vacant space on your desk, you can go for larger mouse pads, or in case you have limited space on your desk, you have to pick a comparetively smaller mouse pad.
When it comes to dimensions, you must also check the wrist rest size as too small might not be spacious enough to hold your wrist, and too big might reduce the mouse surface and its movements.
While buying a mouse pad, you should always prefer an easy-to-clean product. It is because there could be situations where you will accidentally stain your mouse pad and have to wipe it off. If the mouse pad is not easy to clean or washable then you might to adjust with the stain.
Now, since you have enough knowledge about mouse pads, let’s move on to the list.
If you need a simple and premium mouse pad without diving deep into the product list, the 3M Precise Mouse Pad is the appropriate option for you.
This mouse pad is equipped with all the features you would need to prevent additional fatigue on your wrist.
It has a very premium surface, 3M calls it “Precise”. This surface enhances your mouse movements by many folds. This surface is very easy to clean and comes with disinfectant features.
In case you use a wireless mouse, this precise surface can extend your mice’s battery life up to 75%, even studies have proven it.
On top of all these features, this mouse pad comes with Anti-Microbial protection. It allows you to work for extended hours without worrying about bacterial growth. Even if your spill your coffee on the mousepad, you can easily wipe it off without degrading the product.
Along with the industry-leading mouse surface, you get a super comfortable gel pillow with a leatherette finish. This gel pillow is sturdy enough to sustain a natural wrist posture for hours and cushy enough to offer best-in-class comfort.
3M as a responsible eco-friendly manufacturer has used 25% preconsumer recycled material while building this “perfect” mouse pad.
In case you want a compact mouse pad, you can check out this smaller variant. It will cost you comparatively less and will fit in any workspace. Apart from a smaller footprint, there is no other difference.
Dimensions: 8.7” W x 9.7” L x 0.75” H
If you have a limited budget, you must have a look at MROCO ergonomic mouse pad. Unlike the 3M Precise mousepads, it has a more curvy design and a smaller footprint.
You get a black design with gel filled pillow to support your wrist effectively and a decent surface for smooth and accurate mouse movements. The gel is enclosed in a lycra cloth therefore even after hours of usage, the pillow won’t get sticky.
This mousepad is compatible with all different mouse variants. At the bottom, you get an anti-skid PU base that will hold your desk firmly.
Even though it doesn’t have a boxy design, you can move the mouse comfortably on all axis without leaving the pad. You also get reinforced edges that ensure perfect shape even after years of usage.
While using this mousepad, we would recommend you take regular breaks to prevent bacterial growth as it doesn’t have anti-microbial protection. Small breaks will also help you reduce muscle fatigue of your body.
MROCO as the manufacturer offers an 18-Months money-back guarantee in case of a gel leak and offers replacement service in case the mouse pad gets damaged.
Dimension: 8.1” W x 9.4” L x 0.98” H
If you have enough room on your desk, you must check the Soundance Ergonomic Mouse pad.
It’s a modern-day mouse pad with a revolutionary design and large footprint. In typical mousepads, you get a wrist rest (pillow) at the bottom, whereas, on this Soundance Mouse Pad, you get half of the mousepad as a wrist rest.
The manufacturer claim that this design is much more effective in reducing wrist pain and fatigue. Even the users have found it more effective than their previous mouse pads.
Technically, we look at the design sidewise, we see a triangle (8 Degrees of tilt angle on both sides) with memory foam on one side and a textured surface on the other.
At the textured surface, lycra cloth is used to offer smooth and accurate optimal mouse movements.
Usually, we get a gel-filled pillow as wrist rest, as mentioned above, on this mousepad, we get a memory foam that offers optimal comfort even during extended usage.
At the bottom, you get an Anit-slip PU base that holds any desk surface very easily and firmly.
Overall, it’s a great-looking modern mouse pad that can fit in any workspace desk irrespective of the theme.
Dimensions: 8” W x 14” L x 1.3” H
If you are looking for a large mousepad with a big and comfortable traditional wrist rest, Gimar Extra large ergonomic mouse pad would be a perfect fit for you.
This gimars mouse pad is designed with extra large footprints considering the requirements of gamers. Besides that, the all-black design will complement your gaming mice perfectly.
In the wrist rest, you get a memory-foam based pillow that will support your wrist comfortably for hours. Even during extended working hours, you can prevent carpel tunnel syndrome quite easily using this ergonomic mouse pad.
The mouse surface of this pad is made up of lycra cloth and offers buttery smooth and precise mouse movements in all directions.
At the bottom, you get a non-slip rubber base with four small anti-slip buttons. These additional anti-slip buttons will add extra grip to the pad.
In order to prevent curling and damage, all the edges of this mousepad are reinforced, and we are glad to say that manufacturer has done a great job at it.
Dimensions: 9.9” W x 11.8” L x 1.18” H
Here comes the cutest mousepad on our list. This bright pink colored mouse pad has a special wave design that offers industry-standard ergonomics.
At the top, you get a super smooth jersey cloth that offers pin-point and precise mouse movements. This jersey material is eco-friendly and non-toxic, therefore you won’t get any bad odor even after years of usage.
In case, you spill your coffee on the top surface, you can easily clean it off with a simple water wash.
At the bottom, you get a very sturdy and comfortable wrist rest filled with memory foam that helps you avoid fatigue and stress even after stretched working hours.
Along with a very smooth and sturdy product, the manufacturer offers you a full refund and free replacement service for a period of 18 months.
Dimensions: 7.86” W x 9.65” L x 0.91” H
We hope, now you can get an appropriate ergonomic mouse pad that will fulfill all your requirements.
We have tried to cover a wide range of mousepads, you can pick any of them as per your preferences.
In case you have any queries regarding mouse pads, do let us know in the comments, and we will discuss it further.