Mouse pads today as we know them are a little underestimated for what they offer. If we look back a few years back to the days of mice that had the weighted balls in them that only performed at their best on a mat, some may wonder why we bother with them with today's technology?
Well in a way when it comes to general day to day use, there is no real need for a specifically dedicated mat. Practically all mice that you buy these days are either infra red (the ones that emit a red right from the base) or laser operated and some of the latest laser models are designed to work on practically any surface that you can imagine. my Logitech Performance MX for example even works on 100% clear glass!