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The best left-handed mouse for gaming in 2020

The best left-handed mouse for gaming
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Finding the best left-handed mouse for gaming shouldn't be this tricky, but still in 2020 we have a startlingly small choice of gaming mice. While you might find something close to what you're after—there has been a slight resurgence in mouse models that are good for us southpaws to use—there are still few (barely any) that are actually built for us.

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For a deeper look at what the best mice are for gaming check out our best gaming mouse list.

Now, of course, a lot of us left-handers can use the rodents designed for the masses quite competently, having had to for most of our lives, but its not really the same, particularly in ergonomics and careful button arrangement. 

Unfortunately, until very recently there was only one model that really has been tailor-made for left-handed folk, (Razer has since released a left-handed version of the Naga as well). However, given the rise of ambidextrous models, the selection to peruse when you're looking for a best left-handed mouse for gaming is larger than just just a couple of models. Some of which are genuinely good options 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.

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Razer Deathadder Left-Handed Edition

The best left-handed mouse for gaming.

DPI: 3,500 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 5 | Ergonomic: Left-handed | Weight: 148 g (5.2 oz)

Genuine and excellent left-handed ergonomic design
Fast, programmable buttons
Medium-sized mouse

This was basically the only true left-handed gaming mouse going (although it has now been joined by a left-handed version of the Naga), 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 of 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: 3,500 DPI infra-red sensor (CPI is technically the more accurate term here but what the industry says goes), five programmable Hyperesponse buttons, 1ms response time, gold plated USB connector, and a braided cable. It’s probably what could be considered a medium-sized mouse and weighs in on the heavy side at 148g (5.2 oz). 

It genuinely left-handed ergonomic design works brilliantly and is comfortable to hold. 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, the grip secure, and the buttons 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.

DPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Optical PMW3366 | Battery: 32 hours (w/o RGB) rechargeable | Interface: USB | Buttons: 11 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 107g (3.1 oz)

Removable buttons
Great ergonomics and battery life
Very satisfying click

The Logitech G903 is not strictly a left-handed mouse, but with its ambidextrous design it has to be in contention. Starting with the design, it's a really comfortable 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-handed person usurp your mouse from you). Said thumb buttons, and the others on the pointer, have the best click I’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 if you prefer. It uses Logitech’s tried and tested (and incredibly accurate) 12,000 DPI sensor, too.

Overall, the G903 is a quality 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.

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Razer Viper

Best left-handed mouse for esports.

DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical 5G | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 69g (2.4 oz)

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

You can always make the argument for bigger and more so far as gaming mice are concerned, but Razer wisely takes the path less travelled here. The Razer Viper 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 headliner 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 the goods.

DPI: 12,400 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 89g (3.1 oz)

Comfortable, sleek design
Smooth glide
Lightweight

Ambidextrous mice have an unenviable task of attempting 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 complete control, while its responsive optical sensor offers up to 12,400 DPI (and don’t forget individual DPI 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.

Read the full Corsair M55 RGB Pro review.

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Razer Lancehead

Another strong go-to for lefties.

DPI: 16,000 | Sensor: Optical 5G | Battery: 24 hours (with RGB) rechargeable | Interface: USB | Buttons: 9 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 111 g (3.9 oz)

Excellent design
Brilliant location of buttons
Incredibly responsive

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 smooth design, but unlike the Deathadder it has rubber grips either side to help with the positioning and comfort of your hand. 

All 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 with an average of 111 gram weight 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 their placement, 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 to 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 also a worthy choice and a bit cheaper if you can’t stretch to the wireless version.

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SteelSeries Sensei 310

A comfortable all rounder.

DPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 8 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 92 g (3.2 oz)

Light at 92 grams
Great design with good grips and materials

This is an underrated mouse that has benefited from a complete overhaul of its predecessor. 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 easy to grip, and won’t feel weird if you have hot or sweaty palms.

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. These may 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 enough option should consider the Sensei 310.

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ROCCAT Kova AIMO

A great affordable lefty mouse.

DPI: 12,000 | Sensor: Optical | Interface: USB | Buttons: 11 | Ergonomic: Ambidextrous | Weight: 99g (3.5 oz)

Great value
Flexible button functioning

The Roccat Kova is a fine ambidextrous mouse that offers up a decent value proposition. It features unique Smart Cast buttons that flank each primary button, and has 10 programmable buttons in total that users can map 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 in offering you flexibility and customisation with button layouts. Unfortunately it's rather convoluted and not as intuitive as the others 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—there’s an excellent ambidextrous, comfortable and well-performing mouse beneath it all that's worthy of a lefties’ consideration.

Read the full Roccat Kova Aimo review.