A wrist rest is one of those accessories that you might not actually know you need until you try them out, so they are very easy to overlook.
Nonetheless, they can be invaluable for anyone who has the habit of gaming for hours on end or simply spends a lot of time in front of a computer.
In this buying guide, we will be listing several of the very best wrist rests for gaming that you can get your hands on right now.
Let’s get started!
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- Quality make
- Mouse pad and wrist rest combo
- Not the most durable mouse pad out there
- Only worthwhile for those looking for both a mouse pad and a wrist rest
The first on our list is an AmazonBasics mouse pad with a built-in wrist rest. Granted, it is not as flexible as standalone wrist rests, but if you’re looking to kill two birds with one stone, get both a wrist rest and a mouse pad, and this product may end up as a perfect choice for you.
The mouse pad is covered with cloth that ensures both smooth movement and precision, while the underside is made of rubber to minimize any sliding around the desk surface. As for the wrist rest itself, it is covered with the same type of cloth and is filled with gel.
In the end, this is still a mouse pad firstly. So, if all you’re looking for is a wrist rest and you have no interest in a mouse pad, or you already own one, then this AmazonBasics product is out of the question. However, as mentioned above, it does make for an excellent combo if you’re looking to get both.
- Comfortable microfleece exterior and microbead interior
- Easy to wash and maintain
- Somewhat pricey
This particular wrist rest made by ErgaComfort is different from the other wrist rests on the list in that it is made specifically to provide the greatest amount of comfort possible. This is especially important for people suffering from various medical conditions that lead to wrist pain or just regular discomfort, such as CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome).
The ErgaComfort wrist rest comes only in light grey color and sports a soft, comfortable microfleece exterior. Best of all, this combination of microfleece and microbeads make it possible to wash the wrist rest using a washing machine with no risk of damaging the material.
The only issue we have with this wrist rest is that it is a bit high-priced, especially considering how simple the concept behind it is. Apart from that, it fulfills its purpose nicely.
- Great build quality
- Comes in a variety of sizes
- Not very stable on smoother surfaces
If we move past the meme-inspired branding, this wrist rest is quite competently made and comes in several variants. These are:
- Compact – intended for smaller keyboards without a number pad
- Tenkeyless – designed for larger keyboards that exclude the number pad
- Full size – intended for full-sized keyboards, as the name obviously implies
- Mouse – intended to be used with mice
Furthermore, several models come in regular and “slim” versions, the latter being the models with a lower elevation that are intended for use with keyboards with low-profile keys. All of them are extremely well-made, incorporating a stable rubber base with a smooth and comfortable cloth surface, making for a thoroughly enjoyable gaming experience.
At the end of the day, these are some of the best wrist rests that you can get, as they have no major shortcomings other than the fact that the rubber on the underside does not really have enough grip to keep the wrist rest stable on smoother desk surfaces.
- Includes both a keyboard and a mouse wrist rest
- Very affordable
- Great value
- Not the most durable
- Not very stable
The Gimars wrist rest is one of the most popular wrist rests around, and upon closer inspection, it is not difficult to see why: it provides everything that a wrist rest should, and all of that at virtually no expense whatsoever.
First of all, the package contains two wrist rests, as you can tell from the picture above: a smaller one meant for the mouse and a larger one meant for the keyboard. Both are made of memory foam, covered with lycra fabric, and come complete with textured rubber bases that prevent both wrist rests from sliding around on the desk.
But of course, no product is perfect, and considering how affordable a set this is, it’s understandable that there are some long-term durability issues and that the rubber on the underside doesn’t grip every type of surface all that well. Other than that, there are no major issues to speak of, and this wrist rest is more than a good deal at such a low price tag.
- Very comfortable high-quality memory foam
- Includes both a keyboard and a mouse wrist rest
- Can be a hassle to clean
The Aelfox wrist rest may not seem all that special at first glance, but its primary advantage lies solely in the fact that it is made of high-quality memory foam. It is noticeably more comfortable than cheaper memory foam wrist rests, as well as gel-based ones. Like the others, it incorporates a rubber base, which, naturally, helps keep the wrist rest fairly stable.
Much like the above Gimars wrist rest, this is a 2-in-1 deal, so you get a wrist rest both for your keyboard and for your mouse. Furthermore, Aelfox also sells these in two colors: black and light grey, allowing you to pick whichever option fits better with your gaming setup.
Now, the only real problem with the Aelfox wrist rest is that it might be a bit difficult to clean, but other than that, there is nothing to complain about. The extra comfort does come at a price, though, as this wrist rest is twice the price of the one offered by Gimars.
- High-quality gel wrist rest
- Easy to clean leatherette cover
- Platform can double as a lapdesk
This 3M wrist rest is quite a bit different than the others on this list, primarily because it is more akin to a lapdesk than a mere wrist rest. That said, it not only includes a leatherette-covered gel wrist rest, but also an adjustable platform large enough to house a keyboard comfortably, or keyboard and a mouse, based on which version we’re talking about.
The platform can be adjusted for tilt, and there are two versions available: a keyboard-only model and a keyboard and mouse model. The latter includes extra space for mouse movement.
At the end of the day, this 3M wrist rest is undoubtedly a top-quality product, but as is often the case with such products, the price is the biggest drawback. It is significantly more expensive than other, standalone wrist rests, so whether it is worth the money will depend entirely on the user and whether they want an adjustable platform for their keyboard and mouse that can also work as a lapdesk.
Conclusion – The Best Wrist Rest For 2023
So, all things considered, which do we find to be the best deal out of all the wrist rests mentioned here? Well, we’d have to go with the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race wrist rest.
The meme-inspired branding aside, we find the wrist rests produced by this company to offer the all-around best value for your money. True, they are neither the most comfortable nor the most affordable, but they do find a golden balance between the two. Best of all, the wrist rests come in several sizes to provide a nigh-perfect fit for all keyboard types.
But that’s only our pick! If you’re prioritizing comfort over price or vice versa, some of the other products on the list might be a better choice for you. However, you can rest assured that whichever one you choose will still get you a good bang for your buck.