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Left Handed Gaming Mouse (November 2016)

When it comes to gaming, one of the best upgrades to improve your gaming performance is to upgrade your regular mouse to a gaming mouse. A gaming mouse can improve and ease your game play, with the addition of extra buttons on your mouse.  Many of the gaming mouse buttons are highly programmable and can be customized, which means you can be quicker and get the jump on your enemies.  Programmable buttons make repetitive tasks much easier.

Being left-handed, a couple of years ago, meant having a limited option, or even no option, when it comes to high quality gaming mice.  Today there are many options for left-handed people, but few of them are good gaming.

In this world, there are 730 million left-handed people, that is approximately 10% of the world’s population.

Yes, they are rarer for apparent reasons but the fact that approximately 10% of the world’s population are left handed would mean that sales could effectively be increased by an additional 10% by implementing an ambidextrous mouse or a left handed mouse option for their products. I could be mistaken but apparently some of the major mouse-makers (namely Razer and SteelSeries) do agree with me.

Many of today’s gaming mice are :

  • Not symmetrical and only made for right-handed players because of this
  • Not available in a “mirrored” version for lefties as well!
  • Lack of customization options.

So basically : when looking for a left-handed gaming mouse, you only have a limited pool of mice to chose from. This kinda sucks for all lefties out there – you just found the perfect gaming mouse for your needs only to find out that there is no left-handed version of it.

Fortunately for you (I’m assuming you’re a lefty since you’re reading this post), We are here to tell you that really good left-handed mice do exist. Although most of them seem to be targeting gamers, there’s no reason that they aren’t able to be used for conventional purposes.

Ambidextrous VS Left-Hand Edition ?

Why is a purely left-handed mouse better than an ambidextrous version? This essentially means that its shape and curves aren’t just linear or symmetrical to suit both right and left hand users but its design is developed to fit left-handers perfectly. The comfort factor that was previously only available to right-handers thanks to the fact that most mice have been manufactured with right-handers in mind can now be enjoyed equally by lefties as well, though they still lack the freedom of a wider choice.


Best Left-Handed Gaming Mouse – Razer NAGA MMO Gaming Mouse

Razer NAGAIf you’re looking to play MMO games or any game that’s going to require key binding then a Razer Naga is probably your best bet.

The massively multiplayer online games also known as MMO are really specific genre, where you need lot of buttons in order to actuate different skills and weapons.

Not only is this mouse specifically tailored for left-handed gamers, but it also comes with a great deal of other features that make it my top pick in this list. There is no doubt that Razer has the reputation for delivering a diverse list of products and the Naga is a great example.

This mouse has always been an iconic peripheral for MMO players, especially for World of Warcraft. It’s the true innovation of engineering and technology created by Razer.

The build quality of the mouse feels great with an anti-slip coating and nice rubber coating. At 135 grams the Naga is on a heavier side, but it’s pretty well balanced with system. Ergonomically mouse is well shaped there is a rubber grip on the left side, that complements a secure fit for both my ring and pinky fingers. Naga is equipped with the 8200 dpi 4G laser sensor which delivers precise tracking in game and its super accurate on any DPI setting. The cable is braided and it comes with proper logo on the tip, to help differentiate between other cables you may have plugged in.

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The Razer Naga’s revolutionary 12 button thumb grid has been outfitted with mechanical switches to give you tactile and audible feedback, so you can be assured of every actuation. Having 12 programmable buttons at first time it may sound like a lot, but to put things in perspective there are 9 main buttons on the top and 12 buttons on the right side where you can program macros to your preference. The primary left and right click buttons do provide excellent tactile feedback.

 


Bestbuy Left-Handed Gaming Mouse – Razer DeathAdder Left-Hand Edition Gaming Mouse

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Razerzone has been developing gaming mice solely for left-handed people for so many years now, and Razer Deathadder has been their most sought after gaming mice.

First off, the DeathAdder Left Handed Edition mouse has a DPI of 3500, which is more than sufficient in most cases unless you have a multi-monitor setup and you wish to drag your cursor quickly across one screen to another with a flick of your wrist. Otherwise, anything above 3000 is overkill. It is the highest native DPI optical sensor available on any gaming mouse today. This ensures mouse movements of up to 200 inches per second and 50g acceleration.

For FPS games most important feature is the accuracy and precision, because every fault movement can dramatically change the final result of the match. That being said this mouse is equipped with the world’s best optical sensor and more powerful software to help you win the game. The DeathAdder proved extremely comfortable during gameplay, and using it to aim felt very natural. We were particularly impressed with the maximum polling rate of 1,000Hz. The polling rate determines how many times per second the mouse reports its position to the computer. A standard mouse reports its co-ordinates about 125 times per second, so its polling rate is about 125Hz. The more frequently the mouse reports its position, the smoother mouse movements will feel. Turning up the DeathAdder’s polling rate to 1,000Hz made for an extremely smooth experience that hardcore gamers will certainly appreciate.

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The overall design is pretty unique, Razer has designed true ergonomics left-handed mice equipped with strategically placed side buttons and accurate scroll wheel. There are two different zones of illumination, including the logo and the scroll wheel. Both parts are highlighted with blue LED and provide nice visual feedback while playing. For more luxury look the left-handed version also comes with braided cable and gold plated USB connector, which not only looks great but also performs amazingly. In addition to great sensor and ergonomics the Razer Deathadder comes with five programmable buttons, which can be independently programmed to assign new macros or commands using Synapse 2.0. At 145 grams mouse is very light weight and well balanced, perfect for smooth movements and lifting.

Generally speaking main advantage of this product is that it was specifically molded for lefties and it’s not an ambidextrous one. Every part of this peripheral is the result of innovation and experience based on Razer Team research. This company has designed world’s first true FPS mouse using ergonomic form factor, accurate laser sensor and programmable buttons. In addition to great hardware it bears mentioning that DeathAdder comes with most intuitive software, where gamers can adjust polling rate, LED lighting and most importantly the mouse sensitivity.

 

 


Bestseller Left-Handed Gaming Mouse – SteelSeries Sensei

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The Steelseries Sensei is an absolute powerhouse, designed for wireless gaming with stylish form factor and performance. This is also a popular left handed gaming mouse that is ambidextrous, meaning it fits in both hands. The Steel Series Sensei is used by many left-handed pro gamers because of its superior features. This mouse is very famous with pro gamers: there’s a huge list of eSports professionals that rely on the Sensei, for example the European powerhouse Fnatic.

Like many gaming mice, the SteelSeries Sensei includes a set of programmable buttons (in this case, there are seven), along with software that lets you fine-tune your settings and save profiles for different games or applications. The new design ensures that players are getting maximum performance in any situation.
Surrounding LED strips satisfies both the gaming setup with its multiple color options and the practicality, as it can be configured to showcase the battery status with green, yellow and red colors. To ensure maximum performance in all gaming scenarios SteelSeries enlisted help from world-class StarCraft® II, Counter-Strike, DotA 2, League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, WarCraft® III and Doom players while building this mouse.
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The body is symmetrical, so good news for both right and left-handed users, plus it favors claw and finger-tip grip users. The rubberized top and side prevent hands from slippage and provide excellent tracking experience. The two browser buttons on each side are also very helpful as they can be reprogrammed to your own personal preference. The scroll wheel is also rubberized and illuminated and it gives nice tactile feedback while scrolling and clicking. The CPI change buttons is pretty low profile, with two setting that which is placed just below the scroll wheel.
I think that SteelSeries Engine 3 software is definitely one of the best in the market, as it’s helpful for all their gaming peripherals. All the hardware with Sensei is top notch, including the 12,000 DPI with 1ms of response time, that can be increased to 16,000 using software configurator.

 

Conclusion

For those who want a left-handed mouse without needing to feel like making a compromise, consider the Razer & SteelSeries peripherals. There are many companies presented here with left-handed models that will please your needs. But if you look closer it is obvious that Razer and SteelSeries dominate the market, offering mirrored and left-handed versions of their flagship gaming mouse models. Beside the Razer and SteelSeries there are lots of left-handed gaming mice available out there. Each one promises quality and top performance, so it is all up to you to choose the right one for your budget and taste as well.

As you can see, being a left-handed gamer has its downsides: there are just not as many gaming mice to chose from. But hey – there’s also a good thing! As I showed you above, some of the best gaming mice are ambidextrous or have a special left-handed version. So, while there’s a lack of quantity, there is no lack of quality. Especially the three mice recommended above are perfect for gamers and can be considered the best left-handed gaming mouses!


Other left-handed mouses :

Hippus Handshoe Left Handed Ergonomic Mouse
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The special shape of the HandShoe Mouse allows your hand and wrist to float without any effort.
Its full hand and finger support prevents skin contact with the desktop, unlike most computer mouse types where you press down on the desktop and work from the wrist or rub over the desktop while sliding. Both of these actions are a source of complaints.

With a HandShoe Mouse you don’t need to hover your fingers over the buttons:  Only a minor effort is required to switch while your thumb rests on its support. This prevents thumb action which can otherwise be harmful. In Dutch the word HandShoe means “Glove”. The HandShoe Mouse “fits like a glove” or, like some people say “feels like a saddle for the hand”. The HandShoe Mouse is available in three standard sizes (Small, Medium and Large) which are available in a wireless and a wired version. The HandShoe Mouse is developed, based on proper university research and measurements and not on beliefs of individuals.


ELECOM M-XT4DRBK Left Handed Trackball mouse

 

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Elecom is the only brand that offers a left-handed trackball – the Elecom M-XT4DRBK Wireless Trackball. (It must be noted that left-handed users can also get an ambidextrous trackball, which is symmetrical so can be used both by left- and right-handed people.)

The scroll wheel acts as a button as well and can be tilted to the left or right to scroll horizontally, for example in an Excel sheet.

When buying a trackball, you have decide for yourself if you prefer the wireless version or wired version, both have pros and cons. The wireless trackball takes up less space and you can place it far away from your computer or media center (if you use it to control your TV or movie player from your couch for example). The connection of the wired trackball is much more reliable compared to a wireless trackball. The wire offers a direct connection with your computer, while the wireless trackballs sometimes take a few seconds to ‘wake up’ or might lose connection for a second, which during a computer game could be a problem. Both wired and wireless versions need a USB port. The wireless trackball uses a very small USB 2.4GHz receiver while the wired models have a cable with a length of 1.5 meter (5ft).


Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum

g900-chaos-spectrum-mouseThe main features why I love this product are; highly optimized wireless connection, most accurate optical sensor, power efficient battery and most importantly the symmetrical design. Looking over the mouse you will see that it supports an ambidextrous design, perfect for both left and right hand users.

The Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum is ideal for eSports gamers just because Logitech puts great effort to make it a truly professional gaming mouse that can be wireless or wired. Performance wise, it is one of the fastest gaming mice gamers will ever use. The speed and responsiveness of the mouse are due to the Pixert PMW3366 optical sensor.

One thing I always hated about ambidextrous mice was having the buttons on both sides. Main issue is that when you are left-handed you can’t equally use both sides and finally you end up with accidentally hitting them while playing. Thankfully this is not a problem with G900, here you can swap the buttons out on either side or remove them all together. Even though the side buttons are removable there seems to be no compromises, they do deliver perfect travel distance and give off a quite nice tactile click.


Razer Ouroboros Gaming Mouse

1669_razer_ouroboros_ambidextrous_mouseRazer Ouroboros is the latest ambidextrous gaming mouse from Razer, perfect choice for left-handed people. This state of the art mouse offers lefties many essential features, than they are normally used to get.

The Razer Elite Ouroboros gaming mouse has an 8200dpi 4G laser sensor which alone qualifies it to be regarded as one of the best left handed gaming mouse under $100. Another feature that makes the Ouroboros gaming mouse stand out is that it can be either wireless or wired therefore making it more convenient to use in any situation. To make it even better it has a dedicated clutch trigger which is used to adjust the DPI to the users’ preferences. Its battery is powerful in that it can last for up to twelve hours, therefore, giving users more time to play. Designers of this particular mouse made it in a way that users can reach all the buttons without straining. I think what really makes this mouse stand out from the competition is the number of interchangeable parts, which is included especially for the left-handed people. Here you can change the palm rest using four different side panels. Moreover you can do it without needing any extra tools, because all the parts are magnetic and they swap pretty easily.


Zowie Fk2 Gaming Mouse

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The key feature to look at while choosing the best gaming mouse for you is probably the precision and the comfortable shape. There is no such thing as perfect mouse and we all want different things, the idea is to find the one that is most suitable to your needs. That being said, I think that Zowie FK2 is the one of the best high-End gaming peripheral on the market today. Firstly it’s ambidextrous which is ideal for left and right hand users, plus it comes with super-fast optical sensor that cycles through 400 – 3200 DPI. Moreover this product is favored by top eSport athletes and FK2 tends to be their number one weapon on any tournaments.

I’d generally recommend it for people who have smaller hands that don’t have to struggle to handle it as it is a rather slim mouse and people with bigger hands might struggle to use the FK2 comfortably. With all that being said I’d recommend this mouse for people who are looking to play FPS Shooters competitively due to its amazing sensor that really allows you to get the edge on your opponent or any games that have few programmable skills, but require precise actions.


Razer Taipan Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

 razer-taipan-gallery-4-blackThis is another superior left handed mouse from Razer which is light for easy handling and has a V shape to allow the hand of the user to rest perfectly. It is also super sensitive where the gamers who use it do not have to struggle controlling the different features. This mouse has a 1600gpi which is ideal for pro gamers who like high quality sensitivity. It is designed to be used by people with relatively big hands but its ideal shape allows even gamers with relatively smaller hands to hold it perfectly.

Overall the ergonomics are fine, considering form factor and the materials used for body.

The build quality of Taipan feels great. At only 95grams the mouse does feel very light, with perfect weight distribution and top anti-slip coating. The Teflon feet at the bottom of the mouse complement a smooth glide and provide perfect tracking experience. Plus there is a nice cable which proper logo on the tip to help differentiate, between other cables that you may have plugged-in to your computer. There are two illuminated portions including the logo at the top and the scroll wheel, which are both highlighted with green LED lights. You can’t change the color, so the only adjustment is a breathing affect or turning lights completely off.

The Taipan is equipped with 8,200 DPI Avago laser sensor which tracks so precisely that you always hit the target where you need to. The DPI settings can cycles through pinpoint precise 200 DPI, to super-fast 8,200 so I suggest you sticking to the perfect CPI level that you feel most comfortable with. There are nine programmable buttons and the left and right primary switches.

Choice is yours.

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