The variety of left handed mice that are available seems to be severely lacking even today, which is really unfortunate. While I’ve come across quite a few claims of left-handers making effective use of mice that are specifically made to suit right-handers, it just doesn’t make sense to do that. I mean, don’t they know that left-handed mice exist? Perhaps they don’t.
Yes, they are rarer for apparent reasons but the fact that approximately 10% of the world’s population are left handers 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.
Fortunately for you (I’m assuming you’re a lefty since you’re reading this post), I’m 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.
You have a few options when it comes to choosing a mouse for left handed people. I’ve prepared a chart here for you to compare your options more easily.
|Gaming Mice||Maximum DPI||Extra Buttons||Sensor Type||Weight |
|Price||Average Rating in Amazon||No. of Amazon Reviews|
Razer DeathAdder Left-Hand Edition
Razer Orochi 2013
|8200||8||Dual (laser + optical) (Wireless)||4.1||$$$||3.8/5||40|
Roccat Kone [+]
*The prices here are represented by dollar signs due to fluctuation:
$ = below $50
$$ = $50-100
$$$ = above $100
As you can see, most of the mice that are available in an ambidextrous or left hand option seem to come from Razer and SteelSeries. Both of them are great and well established mouse-makers so you don’t have to worry much about not being able to get the best just because you’re a lefty.
If you ask me what the best left handed gaming mouse is however, I would have to say that it’s the Razer DeathAdder Left Hand Edition. It’s true that it isn’t ambidextrous but it has an exclusive left-handed version made for that particular model in the Razer series, and that’s way better than an ambidextrous gaming mouse.
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.
Are there any other similar mice that do this? Not to our knowledge, no but as much as I sound like a Razer fan (I am), there isn’t really a better alternative to this. Unfortunately though, the latest 2013 model isn’t available in a left hand edition so you’re stuck with its 2010 left hand edition.
DeathAdder Left Handed Edition Review
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.
As for the surface texture, the DeathAdder has a glossy surface to it. If you have really sweaty palms (which I incidentally do), then you might have problems with the glossy texture of the left-hand edition because the surface will feel sticky after prolonged use.
The latest mice from Razer (such as Orochi 2013) come with a matte finish, which will feel a little rough, with a sandpapery kind of surface (but significantly less coarse) but it’s better for people with sweaty palms and fingers, so it’s really entirely up to you.
In terms of the looks, the glossy surface of the DeathAdder Left Handed Edition will look reflective and shiny whereas the matte surface of the Razer Orochi 2013 will look.. well, matte.
As a recap, for gamers with sweaty fingers, we recommend either the Razer Orochi 2013 or the SteelSeries Sensei. For gamers with no such problems, the DeathAdder Left Handed mouse will be the ideal choice. If you’re planning on purchasing the DeathAdder mouse, please ensure that you pick the left-hand edition!