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A mousepad is simply a small surface that is used to enhance the function & tracking of an optical mouse. This provides better traction, an easier gliding surface to move your mouse on, better optics, and an overall improved experience with your mouse. That's why using a mousepad is fairly common for desktop PCs and especially with gamers.
While there is no hard and fast rule that differentiates a mousepad from a mousemat, typically a mouse pad is smaller and designed to only provide coverage on the surface area you would be using for mouse usage. A mouse mat is a more flexible term that can provide coverage for your mouse and other devices (like your keyboard). We've seen different companies use these terms interchangeably.
Gaming mousepads are usually built from more resilient, rigid material to improve performance past that of a more standard mousepad. You'll find that gamer pads are more likely to be made of slick plastics and often cost more.
Mouse pads will allow your mouse to glide more smoothly and track more accurately. Using a mouse pad also makes moving your mouse feel more fluid.
Choosing a mouse pad all comes down to what purpose it will serve. For basic daily tasks, any mouse pad should do the job. For gaming, there are mouse pads designed specifically to aid your mouse to glide more efficiently.
SteelSeries and Razer are well-known in this department so their mouse pads are an excellent choice. For basic usage any of the brands will do just fine.