Wrist rests for keyboard and mouse. I like my Glorious Gaming brand ones
fear not, ladies that want a wrist stack but work on computers all day long and can't handle the scraping/scuffing/sound that bracelets and watches make!!!! behold these bois from amazon! they have changed the game a TON and i highly recommend
I’ve been using this one for about a year now and it’s still holding up fairly well. I find that sometimes it doesn’t spring back to its full height, buts that typically only for the smaller one when I’ve been playing games all day.
i keep my two rep loves on all the time, even when showering and stuff! and it does scratch my keyboard but i found these pads on amazon that have been absolute lifesavers! i highly recommend getting them if you wear anything on your wrists
The ergodox ones were okay but a bit too low and shallow. Also I sold the ergodox.
The printed one that I did was a big no-go. The shape felt weird to me.
I’m using these rests from graffiti right now : https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01HQXD5OG/
They are a bit too wide and short, but they are better than nothing. Wish they were 40% taller and smaller foot print.
The best height support I found was using my chairs arm rests which put my hands at the perfect height with no compression on the wrist/palm. Unfortunately the extra height needed for the keyboard caused the desk to press down on my legs and it was difficult positioning when playing FPS games.
Good luck and let me know if you do find a good solution :)
I've considered that hardness may be an issue. It's between one of the many wooden options and the Grifiti Fat Wrist Pad for me. Maybe the Grifiti is one you might enjoy.
I bought these, then I bought another set to double stack because they're not tall enough with the keyboard in tent mode. Not honestly impressed with the quality. Now I've moved on to full OCD territory and am building new arm/wrist rests for my desk with a jigsaw and a sheet of plywood...
I've enjoyed this one so far. Not sure how durable it will be.
I’ve tried both a nice cedar wood wrist rest I bought off Etsy for too much money and also this one from amazon:
Grifiti Fat Wrist Pad 12 Inch Wrist Rest for .75 Inch Thick Small Mechanical Keyboards, MacBooks, Laptops, and Notebooks (Wide 12 x 4 x .75) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004DANDN4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_CrAUFbMBHPMP0
The one from amazon I will buy over and over again as I need to. I love it.
If you're just looking for a comfortable wrist rest I'll shout out Grifiti wrist rests. Quality stuff, and it feels very good. Amazon has you covered. Different colors and sizes also available. That wrist rest is thick, and fits the CM case dimensions well.
I'm looking for a wrist rest but am unsure what to get.
I’m using the Apex 750TKL and bought myself this wrist rest off Amazon. It been working awesome and it comes in regular or tkl sizes. Grifiti Fat Wrist Rest
I buy most things on amazon, hopefully that’s available where you live.
For the wrist rest: Gimars Memory Foam Set Keyboard Wrist Rest Pad & Mouse Wrist Rest Support https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M11FLUJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Aed7BbZWEYDW6
For the tape: 2" Vet Wrap Tape Bulk, Self Adherent Wrap Tape, Self Grip Roll (2" inches Wide x 15' Feet Long) - 18 Rolls https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UEHDRQI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_D6c7BbA47W0NK
(I buy the pet version of the tape because the human version can cost much more)
First, lower your sensitivity in-game. Whatever it is, unless you've taken the liberty to learn your DPI/Sens settings from somebody else, you'll likely want to play around with both until you're comfortable. DPI controls the "dots per inch" of your mouse, while in-game sensitivity is a multiplier to that value. So a DPI of 400 with 2.5 sensitivity (my settings), would be the same as 800 DPI and 1.25 sensitivity.
On console having a fast sensitivity is essential to turning on people behind you since you have to wait for your "head on a swivel". Assuming you have a large enough mousepad, with a lower sensitivity you should be able to comfortably turn around back and forth.
Soreness can be addressed with a wrist rest. I recently started having that problem and picked up this on amazon.
Usually it’s not great to rest your wrists like that as it can restrict blood flow. It’s better to either float your hands while you type or use palm rests like these: https://www.amazon.com/Memory-Keyboard-Support-Cushion-Computer/dp/B07DF83HK7
If you dont mind me asking what mouse DPI are you using? I think people with high sensitivity are more prone to carpal tunnel cause they use their wrist to stabalize mouse and make micro movements.
Have you ever tried those padded mouse pads https://www.amazon.com/Gimars-Memory-Keyboard-Support-Computer/dp/B01M11FLUJ/ref=sr_1_3?crid=VKL04C4HM7X5&keywords=mouse+padding&qid=1661196805&sprefix=mouse+padding+%2Caps%2C102&sr=8-3
It's a Grifiti fat wrist rest that I cut to "fit" with a hacksaw lol. While the aesthetics look harsh in the light of day, it words surprisingly well as the keyboard has a really tall chin.
This one I think.
My best advise would be to make sure your wrists are properly supported. So use something like a small memory foam pillow in front of your mouse and keyboard so your wrists aren't resting on the table but are elevated so they are mostly straight.
So something like these:
Here is a link to the one I use at work. I don't use one at home, but I work in IT so when I am at work I can be at my desk using a crappy office mouse for up to 12 hours each day. I am not saying it is the best, but it works for me.
They're pretty nice. I'd debated getting wood ones to go with the overall theme, but these provide good support while still having just a little give that wood wouldn't. I went with two because they almost perfectly match the length of my deskpad and so I've got support the entire way without ever having to reposition.
HyperX Wrist Rest - Cooling Gel - Memory Foam - Anti-Slip - Ergonomic - Keyboard Accessory https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GP7JXQY/
you should get a Griffiti fat wrist pad imo, the 12 inch one matches my hhkb pro 2 perfectly.
So here’s the deal, you cannot unfortunately reverse any of the (slight) discoloration that your palm sweat has caused. The warmth of the laptop unfortunately is a culprit here. That being said, you can avoid any future discoloration (and add comfort) by using palm pads like these
This one is for the people who type a lot, A Wrist Rest. This is good if you have a keyboard that has some height to it. It's all about your wrist extensions and angles at which you type. I have a mechanical keyboard, which means it has some height to it and this sits at just the right height.
You could also consider a trackball and place it between the halves. Rotating your shoulder internally, towards the middle of your keyboards, is likely less stressful. Rotating your shoulder/arm externally, as you are now, is probably a more unnatural/strenuous movement for your shoulder/arm.
That said, I tried this switch and did not enjoy it. I just try to be conscious of my posture now when I use the mouse. Instead of just pivoting at my elbow/forearm to grab the mouse, I move my whole arm out, keeping my wrist/forearm at about the same angle (relative to the edge of my desk) it was while using the keyboard.
Also, wristpads make a pretty big difference. I use these: https://smile.amazon.com/Grifiti-Massdrop-Ergodox-Infinity-Keyboard/dp/B01HQXD5OG?sa-no-redirect=1
I use squishy bread toys as wrist rests. They're on aliexpress sometimes, so a link is hard to track down. Underneath, I use https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DF83HK7/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_V8EGG05BCA4Z6PBRS8N9 these underneath the bread when standing to increase the height.
Just realized that's the wrong size, there is a 14 inch that fits the K4 quite well, which is the one I got.
I got picked up this one with my K4 and it's been great so far. Time will tell how well it will hold up.
I like this personally, they've been good for me
either those, or these are the usual recommendations that I see often
I've been using the ErgoDox Grifiti rests to provide a negative tilt for the Centromere LP over the last week, and it's been working well for me.
I purchased this (also Canadian):
Was a little stiff at first, particularly the edges, but after a week or so and getting it broken in, it's great
I've got one from Genius, can't find it exactly, but basically something like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Memory-Keyboard-Support-Cushion-Computer/dp/B07DF83HK7/
The Apex Pro wrist rest is terrible, as are most included wrist rests.
I bought this wrist rest, https://www.amazon.com/HyperX-Wrist-Rest-Anti-Slip-Ergonomic/dp/B07GP7JXQY
At first I didn't like it, but later I realized that was because I was trying to push it against the keyboard like the wrist rests that come with the Apex Pro or Huntsman Elite. Give it a few inches of space and a rest like this is fantastic. Also make sure it's either only used for resting or *light* support, you should not be pushing down with force at all with your wrist.
You're going to need to get used to the height of normal keys I think. It's possible though that you'd prefer a different keyboard, I found that the Apex Pro caused much more finger fatigue for me (not sure why) than other KB's, I switched to the Huntsman Elite and I have no hand fatigue and the keys feel much better to me.
>what are some good keyboard wrist rests for high profile cases
That's not a thing, there's no difference. High profile cases aren't any higher than low profile cases, it's just named that because the lip of the case covers the sides and hides the switches. Any wrist rest will work fine, you can get a Grifiti Fat pad on Amazon for about $15 here
I was able to find it on Amazon for a decent price. haha and Oscar does approve
these palm pads from Amazon.
saw somewhere on this subreddit to try them out to be able to rest my wrist on the Alcantara without the fear of staining it....
No wrist rest with good posture is the best, palms should be in the air. But if you really want one just go for the soft gel ones on Amazon like so: https://www.amazon.com/Gimars-Memory-Keyboard-Support-Computer/dp/B01M11FLUJ/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=keyboard+wrist+rest&qid=1571679210&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEySzNCTjVFVEhDU041JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMTIxNT...
Personally i would go for the Hyper X Alloy origins core, as it comes with Hyper X branded switches, which are much more premium than the cherry switches you get with the steel-series. Both the linear Hyper X red and tactile Hyper X aqua switches have had amazing reviews and i would recommend them over a cherry switch any day. I'm not to sure about the clicky blue switch but i would assume its a lot better too. It also does come with RGB backlighting and you can always pick up a wrist rest like this one Wrist Rest amazon. if you were to buy the wrist rest + keyboard it would only cost you $110 compared to $150 with the steel series. Even though the Hyper X is cheaper it is definitely a more premium feeling keyboard.
Arm and wrist stretches. Take a break if you start hurting. Also, get a good keyboard rest (this is the one I use).
I think I was getting cubital tunnel syndrome from my hand position in addition to a very hard arm rest. I got these and it fixed it overnight.
BRILA Ergonomic Memory Foam Mouse Wrist Rest Support Pad Cushion for Computer, Laptop, Office Work, PC Gaming - Massage Holes Design - Wrist Pain Relief (Black Mouse Wrist Rest) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DF83HK7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fab_ITrDFbHPHR7T9
Aloudy Ergonomic Memory Foam... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M8F9IYC?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
You can if you float your wrists and don’t try to lay them on the desk however I’d recommend getting one. I have the K6 and use this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004DANDN4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_7RKuFbFERDSWA
Not a solution to replacing the wrist rest 1 for 1, but I would recommend this:
I've been using one of these for 3 years and while it's worn in/faded, it's still going strong for an affordable rate.
If you can't find it, this seems like a reasonable alternative: https://www.amazon.ca/Grifiti-Massdrop-Ergodox-Infinity-Keyboard/dp/B01HQXD5OG/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1ZY0TQQSJCKJZ&dchild=1&keywords=ergodox+wrist+rest&qid=1594762254&sprefix=ergodox+wr%2Caps%2C171&sr=8-2
I use one of the cheap foam ones from Amazon. It's almost the exact width and height of the HHKB. The one pictured in the Amazon ad has some obnoxious writing on it, but the two I ordered came without any markings at all. Here's mine.
Lol...well...umm....uhhh.....darn...maybe the patent isn't really submitted.
A bit out of context...was part of an inside joke with a friend.
Materials are here: Amazon for the wrist pads, gorilla glue and alcohol pads to clean.
I have a slim one. There are several sizes.
Some are full length, some are half length.
Plenty to choose from on amazon.
I find it comfortable with a pretty cheap wrist rest I got from amazon (link )
I have not had extensive experience with other switches so this is where my opinion loses some value, but I do find the Red’s to be very nice. I use it for my work in programming and light gaming sometimes. I think if you prefer a certain type then go for those switches (red suited my needs but was also the only available at the time).
I opted for the aluminum frame which makes it a little heavier than the other options. I have the RGB backlights too and they look great with a lot of variety. It comes with some extra keycaps so you can choose Windows/Mac specific keys like Command vs. Alt. I think I’m going to use the extra to try some customizing.
Yeah I'll get those for you. Here is from website https://www.pcgamingrace.com/products/glorious-gaming-keyboard-wrist-rest-padded and for Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Glorious-Gaming-Wrist-Pad-Rest/dp/B00V5AXPTW?th=1&psc=1. They have different sizes to choose from.
I would definitely agree that the pain is coming from my elbows. I am trying to keep them straight, but it's not really solving the problem. I just ordered this pad from Amazon two days ago, so that should be arriving today actually.
I actually looked into the MX ergo though, but felt like it would still cause the same issues I'm having with traditional mice. Do you have experience with any of the Kensington trackballs?
I'm also looking to purchase a chair. I spent a few hours yesterday researching them.
Agree with the other comments to not pinch your rests. However, resting your palms on something other than the desk when not typing is good, IMO. I bought two of these mouse rests for my Lily58 at work and found the curve fits my palm perfectly, plus helps me get back to proper home row position: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DF83HK7.
Grifiti Fat Wrist Pad Massdrop Ergodox 2 Piece Set About 6.5 x 4.2 x 0.75 Inch Mirror Image Wrist Rests for Ergodox and Infinity Keyboard Sets (Black Nylon) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HQXD5OG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_ymV0CbVPTJ0YE
I got mine here.
Sorry, by attached wrist rest, I meant this link which I though was included:
Anyone used this? Feedback? Any option they liked better?
I used to have some problems with my wrists a lot and these wrist rests helped me. Idk if you use one but putting on some braces when the pain comes up could maybe help too
I bought these from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Grifiti-Massdrop-Ergodox-Infinity-Keyboard/dp/B01HQXD5OG/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=graffiti+ergodox&qid=1552076454&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmr0
The materials are good but I don't feel them too comfortable, the surface is too hard for me. I am looking for an alternative for my next keyboard.
I have these both full sized and mouse sized and it has helped me a ton with my wrist pains. Comfy too
Glorious Gaming Wrist Pad/Rest - FULL STANDARD SIZE - Black - Mechanical Keyboards,Stitched Edges,Ergonomic | 17.5x4 inches/25mm Thick (GWR-100) Full Size (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V5AXPTW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_OAsgCb16V8YCV
A lot of the reviews say you will need to remove beads for regular profile comfort, but I found these to be quite nice given the angle of the tent, these pair nicely: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001CWI0XY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I have been using this one for quite a while and I really like it. https://www.amazon.com/Glorious-Gaming-Wrist-Pad-Rest/dp/B00V5AXPTW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532235420&sr=8-1&keywords=glorious+pc+gaming+race+wrist+rest
Depends on what material you want:
Glorious PC Gaming Race
Those are probably the best value. Honestly, anything about an inch thick will work fine. You could make your own from a 1x4 pine board.
All chance you could do 2 Ergodox rests in something very dark like African blackwood or Wenge? In the same shape as https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HQXD5OG/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_17?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2DYI0TZHMIXXX
This? Or you could be cheap and use a USB extension cable to bring keyboard to edge, and just fold a handkerchief in front of mouse pad like me :)
Do you have a wristrest ? i got this one and it ROCKS its the PERFECT height and thick and wide an dthe length is within a couple mm of being Exact > https://www.amazon.com/Grifiti-Standard-Keyboards-Mechanical-Materials/dp/B004D8PYE2/ref=sr_1_4?s=office-products&srs=3030034011&ie=UTF8&qid=1503021659&sr=1-4
MAKE SURE you get a desk pad also > i got the pecham one like OP
If you're open to a soft wrist pad as an alternative (well, it's not squishy-soft, it's actually quite firm), check out the Grifiti ones on Amazon. They've got a few different sizes. I love mine
Grifit pads all the way. I own the one linked and 2 of the one here.
The one linked above it much stiffer and higher up than the Grifiti pads. The Grifiti pads are cheaper and are a much better pad. Only downside is that they aren't stitched like the one above.
I would go with the Grifiti one if you're looking for a pad.
For me, the feel is good. A bit mushy for about a week, but afterwards, if you can touch type, I'd say its perfect. The bumps do help a TON with tactility. As a high school senior, I've only written a couple long session papers on this but from my experience its really awesome. If i have one recommendation for this board for typing, i'd say get a wrist rest since it sits high in my opinion. I got the Grifiti fat wristrest and now I can game and type for hours. (: About 3 months into this combination and i really like it.
edit: like this! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FPDAU6Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_-Mf5ybJMK5A67
> 'm looking for something to protect the lower third of the computer when he's using the keyboard.
You're looking for palm rest covers. Something like this:
I got the measurements from a kind fellow on /r/mk already, thanks though! Now I just gotta find somewhere to source foam pads kind of like these: https://www.amazon.ca/Notebook-Silicone-Reposition-Travelling-MacBooks/dp/B00CMJ1S8A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483469476&sr=8-1&keywords=macbook+wrist+rest
Not sure I want to pay $17 for some foam and adhesive. If I can source it from AliExpress, that'd be awesome.
S Pro looks awesome. I have a model down from that, the QuickFire Rapid with brown switches. Amazing keyboard.
I would highly recommend getting a grifiti wrist rest for it. It fits perfectly with this keyboard form factor and makes typing a lot more comfortable.
Same here, only thing I'd say is a real negative about this keyboard is the lack of an included wrist rest. I'll be ordering this wrist rest soon to fix this issue.
I bought it and the mouse wrist pad separately.
I've had a Filco Minila for the last few weeks. It feels awesome to type on, but it's my first mechanical keyboard and I find that the keys are quite high, causing a sharp angle in my wrist.
My previous keyboard was a fair bit lower. Anyway, now I'm starting to get consistent wrist pain. I use my keyboard a lot every day for work and for gaming..
How can I treat this wrist pain? I just plugged in my old keyboard because I don't want to risk some sort of strain injury.
Was considering a wrist pad like this: https://www.amazon.com/Glorious-Gaming-Wrist-Pad-Rest/dp/B00V5AXPTW It might bring my wrists up to more level with the keyboard so there's a less severe angle.
Maybe there's some "hand yoga" I should be doing?
Any thoughts appreciated. Pls help this old keyboard is horrible by comparison.
Well, personally I'd recommend to not use a wrist rest at all. But~~ if I were to use one, I'd go with something like this:
Now, I'm not sure about the strafe, but my original K70 wrist rest fits on my K70 LUX. It's a little looser than the one that came with the K70 LUX, but it still works. Maybe see if you can find the replacement wrist rest from somewhere that's easy to return it to. Try it, see if it works, return if it doesn't. Not sure how I can help other than this, but good luck!
Get a wrist pad and mouse pad:
Grafiti Wrist Pad
Steel Series Mouse Pad
You could go with something like this http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V5AXPTW/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1463674205&sr=1&keywords=keyboard+wrist+rest
I hand wash mine when they start to get a little dirty.
Which MKB did you acquire? Mine's a 60% MKB, the wrist rest will definitely work well for you and your wrists will thank you for it.
This is the one I purchased, remember don't get the nylon one since it frays easily. Grifiti Fat 12 Neoprene wrist rest
You mean the black pastic wrist pad that attaches to the keyboard? Yea I threw that out with the box.
If anyone actually uses the plastic shit wrist pads that comes with any keyboard, you're doing it wrong. You need one of these bad boys, it's what I have with my G710+: http://smile.amazon.com/Grifiti-Standard-Keyboards-Mechanical-Materials/dp/B004D8PYE2
You might need something a little smaller if you use a keyboard tray that pulls out from under a desk. But yea, most of the plastic wrist pads/rests that come with keyboards are shit. Take that thing off and do yourself a favor and get a proper wrist pad/rest. Your wrists are probably dying typing on a mechanical with that thing.
Get one of these. It'll go bad in 6 months, but they're so cheap, just buy another one.
Hmm that was an interesting study to read. I'm not sure if it makes any difference, but it seems like that study was focused mainly on the ergonomics of using mice. I know some mouse pads themselves come with wrist rests, typically made out of that silicon material. However, i'm just talking about keyboard wrist rests.
It would have been interesting to see this study being done on subjects using a keyboard, both with and without a wrist rest (i'm sure there is such a study, somewhere..not going to bother with trying to dig one up at this moment). A keyboard requires much more work from one's hands so I could assume that a wrist rest would help alleviate someone who maybe works for long hours at a time at a keyboard that doesn't already provide some sort of angled wrist support.
From personal experience-- I've had a co-worker who is an avid PC gamer and always uses his K65 compact mechanical keyboard which comes equipped with a rubberized (or some sort of softer plastic) slope for support.
At our job, we need to be using a computer at all times. The keyboards provided to us there have absolutely no support for the wrist. He began to complain of feeling strain on his wrists, and bought himself one of these, and hasn't complained since.
So it's a bit tough to say, but I feel like there's a lot of factors. For some people it could work and for others, maybe not.
> Numpad | MX Browns | Replaceable keycaps | Simplistic Design
If you're willing to compromise a tad, /u/Hifimanz is selling a Deck Hassium Pro. /u/Maysock hit the nail on the head with the G710+, that's a great mech as well, had one myself. The Deck is also great, meeting the simplistic design (handsome) and the replaceable keycaps (standard layout). Get something like a Grifiti and all you're sacrificing is the volume roller!
Maybe get a wrist wrest, I would suggest a hard wooden one like these or a soft foam one like this
The advantage of it would be that your arms arent bent unnatural, hence making it much more comfortable. Also these wrist rests look amazing!
If you really dont want wood: Grifiti FAT, I havent tried it but it doesnt look squishy.
have you tried the glorious wrist pads yet? by the same people that made the mouse pads you linked:
UK Amazon link, US Amazon link. For some reason the text on the bottom is different to what I have, but Amazon still says that I purchased that product.
I had a similar problem (but the pain wasn't super bad) and I got one of these. Wrist and arm feels way better now.
If you feel weird with your wrists that high up, you may want to look into getting a wrist rest. I have one of these and it serves my needs very well, but you can find a million different variations on the theme.
> ducky wrist rest
Is it this one? http://www.amazon.com/Grifiti-Standard-Keyboards-Mechanical-Materials/dp/B004D8PYE2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432320177&sr=8-1&keywords=ducky+wrist+rest
Trying this one. ducky wrist rest
It's called a Grifiti Pad.
Here's a link on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mechanical-Keyboards-MacBooks-Notebooks-Neoprene/dp/B004DANDN4
It comes in all sorts of sizes (and colors if you have a standard-sized keyboard), so make sure to get the one that best fits your keyboard :P.
Should I get these? If so, it'll be my first mech. I'm Australian so that's why there's PCCaseGear. Amazon is awesome so that's why it's Amazon.
Ducky shine 4 (Cherry Blue)
Grifiti Fat Wrist Pad (I have medium-ish hands and I'm 13 years old (nearly 14) but this is what I could find).
I mainly game on my PC if that makes any difference. I also Reddit as you can see on your monitor. I also use a Logitech G502, in case there's any difference that makes. It's also a fairly cramped desk.
I have a 2011 blackwidow and prefer to use a Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard for a number of game-enchancing factors that Razer didn't bother with. I've got a ps2 connector for this thing (interrupt instead of polling), detachable wire, it fits with 3rd party accessories, it's lighter, and it doesn't have a gloss finish that ends up with smudges. Small things, but together they add up to make one keyboard experience superior to the other. The gaming aspect of the Blackwidow is the macro program it comes with, rest is marketing.
Don't worry about the anti-Razer circlejerk.
In general, people misuse wrist rests. You shouldn't constantly set your wrists on the pad; instead, use it every now and then to give them a rest. Ideally, you should be "floating" over the keyboard. I'm typing this post at a standing desk, and I have my keyboard positioned such that my wrists hang over empty space.
This random article I found has more information.
If you decide you still want a wrist rest, Grifiti makes popular ones. No need for cheap-looking bonded leather.
If you want a TKL I have the Ducky Zero with reds for gaming and I'm very happy with it. Blue switches are probably nicer but we decided we're gonna go for the quieter ones for now (my partner has a Ducky Shine 3 with browns, those are really nice as well). If you don't need a number pad I would highly recommend a TKL, it's very comfortable and saves a surprising amount of space on your desk.
I would recommend this keyboard and this wrist pad - it comes a bit over £100 but it's well worth it. Or if OCUK has some deals running grab something else, the reviews are quite good there.
I would say that yes, Blacks are better for gaming than either Blues or Clears. They are completely linear, with no bump or click, so it's easier to rapidly double tap/mash keys.
You can try this, I personally use a towel as a makeshift wrist rest.
sorry to disappoint you, it is merely a Grifiti Fat Wrist Pad