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The best left-handed mouse for gaming

The best left-handed mouse for gaming
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The best left-handed mouse for gaming is a rare beast. Browse gaming mice lists online or walk into a gaming store, and you won't see anything that resembles one of the best left-handed mouses for gaming. Like the equally-as-discriminated-against left-handed golfers, (at least in the first instance), it is pretty barren field. While there has been a slight resurgence in left-handed mouse models that are good for us southpaws to use—becoming some of the best left-handed mice for gaming by default—there's even less around (barely any) that are made for us.

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Now, of course, a lot of us left-handers can use the rodents designed for the masses quite competently, having had to, but its not really the same, particularly in ergonomics and careful button arrangement. Unfortunately, there's only one model that really is for left-handers. However, the selection to peruse when you're looking for a best left-handed mouse for gaming is larger than just this one model, given the rise of ambidextrous models, some of which are genuinely good options (this is a key word) for those of us on the hunt looking for a sinister pointer. I speak from personal experience and the top dogs at PC Gamer have allowed me to create this guide to help others find the best left-handed mouse for gaming, that's the perfect fit for them.

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Razer Deathadder Left-Handed Edition

The absolute best left-handed mouse for gaming

CPI: 3,500 | Sensor: Infrared | Interface: USB | Buttons: 5 | Ergonomic: Pure Left handed | Weight: 148 g (0.33 lbs)

Genuine and excellent left-handed ergonomic design
Fast, programmable buttons
Reliable, medium-sized mouse
Not a very high CPI
Not as many buttons as others

This is basically the only true left-handed gaming mouse going, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. This is the one I can personally vouch for after using it for two plus years—for gaming and everyday work use. It’s got all the earmarks of a couple of its right-handed Razer brothers, and is most closely related to the Razer Deathadder Essential. It’s pedigree is undeniable, then. And its has the specs to back it up: 3500 DPI infra-red sensor; five programmable Hyperesponse buttons; 1ms response time; gold plated USB connector; braided cable; among others. It’s probably what could be considered a medium-sized mouse and medium weight, at 0.33 lbs / 148g. 

It’s genuinely left-handed ergonomic design works brilliantly and has a smooth, comfortable feel. In essence it is just a quality Razer mouse for a particular audience, and I don’t mean that as an insult: it just simply is an excellent left-handed version of an already very good gaming mouse (or perhaps hybridised version of a couple of Razer’s pointers) from one of the best manufacturers in town. Teamed with a great mouse pad your movements will be smooth, while the grip will be secure, and buttons will be satisfying and responsive - it only has five of them but I very quickly found myself using all of them and changing the mouse’s loadout frequently. Basically, it’s worth every penny.

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Logitech G903

The best wireless left-handed mouse

CPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Optical PMW3366 | Battery: 32 hours (w/o RGB) rechargeable | Interface: USB | Buttons: 11 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 107 g (0.24 lbs)

Removable buttons
Great ergonomics and battery life
Very satisfying click
Aesthetic is acquired taste
More expensive than most wired pointers

It’s not strictly a left-handed mouse, but with its ambidextrous design and as a wireless mouse, it has to be in contention. Starting with the design, it's a really comfortable fit and shape that fits the hand well but also houses removable thumb buttons which can be changed according to the user (should you ever have a right-hander usurp your mouse from you). Said thumb buttons, and the others on the pointer have the best click we’ve ever tested: satisfying to push, feel and hear. On top its metal scroll wheel can click side-to-side and spin freely for 15 seconds—though you can use it as a notched button—and gives a good quality feel. It uses Logitech’s tried and tested (and incredibly accurate) 12,000 CPI sensor, too.

It’s quality design feel extends to it feeling sturdy and accident-proof but it comes in quite light despite having to house a battery, weighing only 107 grams. It is a really successful and competent wireless option for lefties that will serve you just as well, if not slightly better, than some wired alternatives. And having said that, you can even plug it in and use it as a wired mouse if you prefer. This will keep you charged and uninterrupted too.

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Razer Viper

Best left-handed mouse for esports

CPI: 16,000 | Sensor: 5G | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 69g (0.15 lbs)

Super lightweight frame
Very comfortable
16K DPI and 5G sensor
Strange DPI button placement

You can always make the argument for 'bigger' and 'more' so far as gaming mice are concerned, but Razer wisely goes in the opposite direction here; this is a scalpel of a pointer with absolutely no excess to weigh it down. That extends to both its spartan design and the impressive, cutting-edge tech inside. Coming in at just 69g and with a 16,000 DPI 5G sensor, the Viper offers an exceptionally smooth glide. Its Optical Switches are the real headlining act, though; these are supposed to triple actuation speed and provide near-instantaneous responses to every click. This results in a blindingly fast action, making the Viper perfect for esports.

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Corsair M55 RGB Pro

This ambidextrous pointer delivers (some of) the goods.

CPI: 12,400 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 89g (0.2 lbs)

Comfortable, sleek design
Smooth glide
Lightweight
Side grips feel cheap
Slightly spongy click

Ambidextrous mice have an unenviable task; they’ve got to please two opposites. Corsair’s M55 RGB Pro handles this better than most. It’s a comfortable, user-friendly pointer with a meagre 89g to its name that allows it to glide smoothly across the best mouse pads for gaming. What’s more, switching between left or right-handed mode is as easy as holding down two programmable buttons. The grippy case also means you’re never less than in control, while its responsive optical sensor offers up to 12,400 CPI (and don’t forget individual CPI profiles that can be customised via iCue software). There are flaws lurking beneath the M55’s attractive shell, but you can’t complain when it’s available for such an affordable price.

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Razer Lancehead

Another strong go-to for lefties from the peripheral behemoth

CPI: 16,000 | Sensor: 5G/Laser | Battery: 24 hours (with RGB) rechargeable | Interface: USB | Buttons: 9 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 111 g (0.24 lbs)

Excellent design
Brilliant location of buttons
Incredibly responsive
Quite expensive
Battery not as good as Logitech G903

This wireless, ambidextrous mouse is the dearest on the list but its such a quality product it’ll be worth at least some time to consider it. It has a tactile, smooth design for all but unlike the Deathadder, it has rubber side grips to help with the positioning and comfort of your hand. 

All its nine buttons are programmable and have that genuine sense of Razer quality, while underneath the 16,000 DPI sensor is excellent and ensures quality tracking. It’s another medium sized mouse and is also pretty light (111g) for a wireless rodent that has to take batteries with it.

The side buttons aren’t detachable so you’ll have to get used to them ‘manually’ but they are well designed enough for you to have good odds of avoiding them by accident as well as using them when you intend too as extra, bonus buttons. A big selling point of this is the alleged 24-hour battery life you’ll get, with the lighting enabled too. Impressive. The wired version, the Lancehead Tournament Edition, is a worthy choice too and a bit cheaper, if you can’t stretch to this one.

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SteelSeries Sensei 310

A comfortable all rounder

CPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 92.1 g (0.20 lbs)

Light at 92 grams
Great design with good grips and materials
A little on the small side

This is an underrated entry and has benefited from an overhaul of its predecessor and almost all of it is brand new apart from the excellent ambidextrous shape, and that's exactly how it should be. The Sensei’s design is now very grippy, and won’t feel weird if you have hot or sweaty palms, and Steelseries' own custom version is one of the best gaming sensors around, ensuring the 310 won't be lacking in tracking.

The shape is wonderfully comfortable and will be great for those looking for a mid-sized pointer for their machine. It has a pair of thumb buttons on both sides, identical in arrangement and placing which would often mean they might well get in the way for either a left- or right-handed user but because of their redesign they are both near enough to be used but just out of the way enough to avoid accidental clicking. Anyone looking for a mid-sized and light option should consider the Sensei 310.

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ROCCAT Kova AIMO

A great affordable lefty mouse

CPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 11 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 99g (0.21 lbs)

Great value
Flexible button functioning
Sub-par software

This is a fine ambidextrous mouse that offers a great value option. The ROCCAT Kova is accurate and very capable while maintaining a high level of comfort and also features unique Smart Cast buttons that flank each primary button. It has 10 programmable buttons in total and users can map them however they wish (primary and secondary functions available) with ROCCAT’s Easy-Shift+ tech.

The weakest part of the Kova is ROCCAT’s software, Swarm. It’s primary purpose is to serve you much like Razer’s Synapse software does, by offering you flexibility and customisation with button layouts. Sensor resolution and LED colors. Unfortunately it's rather convoluted and not as intuitive as the others in the market meaning it can be annoying to work with. Stand out detractors include limited slots for game-specific profiles and confusingly labelled menu options. If you can manage this or just look beyond it—or exert angelic patience and get used to all its idiosyncrasies—however, there’s an excellent ambidextrous, comfortable and well-performing mouse in there that's worthy of lefties’ consideration.

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