Mouse technology has come a long way in recent years, as more peripheral companies compete to create the best possible mouse. If you glance at any spec sheet on their websites, you’ll be sure to come across a vast array of terms used as selling points, such as DPI, polling rate and acceleration. However, one feature which often seems to get overlooked from a design point of view is how grippy it feels in your hand.
Whether we like to admit it or not, many of us will spend hours at a time in gaming sessions, and naturally it can cause our hands to perspire, which makes gripping some mice like trying to hold a bar of soap. Some manufacturers have factored this into their designs, and released mice with rubber sides to improve grip, but if your mouse doesn’t have this, it can be a struggle. Well fear not, at Setup.gg we’ve got you covered.
Here’s everything you’ll need to end your slippery-mouse syndrome:
- Lizard skins 0.5mm hockey grip tape – (link to buy)
- Painters tape
- Isopropyl alcohol wipe
* Note: If you don’t have an isopropyl wipe, you can use a slightly damp cloth with mild soap. Just be careful not to get water inside the mouse. You can also use a different type of grip tape if you can’t buy a Lizard Skins one (we just really like the feel of them and they don’t leave too much residue behind if you have to remove it).
1. To begin with, carefully clean the casing of your mouse with an isopropyl alcohol wipe, to ensure the grip tape can adhere properly.
2. Once clean, grip the mouse as you normally would when using, and inspect where you naturally hold it, to give you an idea of where to apply the grip tape.
3. Now cut a strip of painters tape and stick it on the area you observed when holding the mouse. Then, draw an outline around the tape to create your desired shape.
4. Remove the painters tape from the mouse and stick it on top of the Lizard Skins tape. Pay attention to avoid the edges of the grip tape, as there is no adhesive there. Using scissors, carefully cut out the shape.
5. Stick the grip tape on the mouse and press down on all areas to ensure proper bonding.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 for any other areas that you want to enhance the grip. In our example we use 2 strips of tape on the left and right sides. We’ve seen some people using it on the left/right click buttons as well, so feel free to get creative and see what suits your grip style the best.
You should notice an immediate improvement in both the grip and control you have over your mouse.
That’s it. We hope this article has been helpful. Feel free to comment if you have any suggestions, or share with someone else who might find it useful.