So I've been playing games on PC for a long time now, and my biggest complaint with a mouse and keyboard setup is that it's simply uncomfortable, especially on my wrists. Recently, my brother bought himself a new keyboard, one of these to be precise. I wanted to try it, to see if it was any more comfortable than the old-ass regular keyboard with no rest whatsoever that I'd been using. I thought it would be uncomfortable or hard to get used to, but it was not. Holy crap, I played Dragon Age Origins for quite a while with absolutely no ache on my left wrist whatsoever. In fact, I finished playing and my wrist felt pretty good.
So, naturally, I'm going to get one of these as soon as I can. But that doesn't solve the problem of my mouse hand being uncomfortable. What makes me wary of going out and buying a mousepad with one of those gel rests is that every time I've used one, it has felt supremely unnatural to use. Not necessarily "uncomfortable", but definitely "unnatural", and the purpose of this topic is to ask:
Have you ever used a mousepad like this for gaming and have you ever gotten used to it? Or is there something else you might recommend to more comfortably use a mouse, preferably costing less than $20?
(Yes, I do try to practice good posture as well as I can. No, I don't think I have carpal tunnel - but I'd very much like to prevent it)