Although many would say that purchasing a gaming mouse pad is not a wise investment, in my experience I wouldn't be able to go back to a "regular" cloth mouse pad. Steelpad is one of the leading companies that is currently designing and releasing gaming mouse pads. Their latest offering is the Steelpad 5L, a pad that has the durability and stability of plastic, and the softness and smoothness of cloth. Although this is the first mouse pad designed with laser mice on mind, it is still well suited to handle optical and ball mice. The 5L is now available for pre-order at the official Steelpad website.