There seem to be a lot of “Gaming” mousepads on the market – some very expensive. Do these make any real impact with today’s optical mice over an old mousepad or desk?
It depends on the mouse.
One of my favorite mice is a Laser mouse made by Razer, but the mouse really sucks unless you’ve got a good mousing surface to go with it. I personally use good mousing surfaces for all of my computers (even when I’m just at work programming, without a gaming mouse), because I like the extra precision.