The Best Left-Handed Gaming Mice of 2019 

While many gamers never think about how often they use right-handed gaming gear, left-handed gamers have to live with the challenging of using gear that’s just not designed for them. Estimates say anywhere from 10%-25% of the population is left-handed and unfortunately, this leaves those who are left-handed forced to adapt to right-handed methods every single day.

Gaming companies simply don’t cater to left-handed individuals yet. In fact, it’s so common to ignore the need for specialized left-handed or at least ambidextrous products, that finding a left-handed gaming mouse seems all but impossible.

That’s why we created this guide. We sifted through hundreds of products from the premier manufacturers in gaming mice to find options for the left-handed gamers among us. It’s a sobering experience for those who take being right-handed for granted to see the glut of right-handed only options and the small amount of available left-handed gaming mice.

The peripherals industry has ultimately decided on neutral ambidextrous mice as the most viable solution to creating left-handed gaming mice. It’s a unique compromise that offers very high-quality options yet lacks in allowing left-handed gamers to have a product designed for them that works for them.

Below you’ll find our list of the best left-handed friendly mice on the market. If you know all about gaming mice, just skip down below and look at our picks! If you are still wondering about what makes gaming mice better than traditional mice, pop on down to our buying guide where we’ll walk you through all the details and get you started!



The Best Left-Handed Gaming Mice of 2019

Our Two Favorite Mice

Normally when comparing products we pick just one overall favorite. Due to the lack of left-handed gaming mice on the market though, we selected our favorite left-handed mouse and our favorite ambidextrous mouse. Most high-quality mice tend to be ambidextrous with few real left focused options but we hope this will change in the coming years.

1. Razer Death Adder Essential - The Best Left-Handed Gaming Mouse

Our overall favorite left-handed gaming mouse

As the only TRUE left-handed only gaming mouse, the Death Adder Essential could slack off knowing it is one of the only options available for lefties. Instead, Razer designed a true dedicated gaming mouse for left-handed people. Instead of buying this solely because it works for lefties, it’s a formidable mouse that can take on any mouse on this list.

It is truly designed for those who are left-handed though instead of caving to the ambidextrous market. The Essential’s chief opponent, the G903, is clearly better in overall quality but lacks the genuine left-handed focus of the Essential that makes it special. This mouse is good enough for esports and a serious piece of gaming gear.

  • Features
  • Ergonomic left-hand design
  • 3500 DPI 3.5G infrared sensor
  • 1000Hz Ultrapolling
  • Five programmable buttons
  • Seven-Foot gold-plated connector cable
  • Razer Synapse 2.0
  • 5 Programmable buttons

Pros:

  • Blazing fast response time
  • Esports quality components and design
  • The ONLY left-handed Gaming Mouse design that is truly designed for lefties
  • RGB Lighting
  • The buttons feel really responsive

Cons:

  • Only five buttons
  • An older product so DPI has increased a lot in modern Gaming Mice
  • Older Razer software

Our Thoughts

Death Adder is a classic mouse line from Razer that offers esports quality at a modest price. Razer released the left-handed Death Adder Essential in 2012 as the first-ever left-handed gaming mouse. Death Adder mice can commonly be seen today at the highest levels of competition. The DA Essential is a stripped down version of the best quality esports mice that razer produces. Don’t think for a second though that this is a second-rate left-handed mouse. The DA Essential has amazing design, accuracy, and durability. The Essential is smooth and responsive while also feeling really comfortable.

Razer also offers proprietary software that gives you the freedom to create profiles, reprogram buttons, and program macros. The Essential uses the last generation Razer software, Synapse 2.0, a diverse program that unlocks the major perks of the gaming mouse. It’s a little older but allows you to change this mouse into a powerful gaming tool.

Left-handed gamers often miss out on being able to reach the very buttons on right-handed gaming mice. With the Essentials you can set-up unique profiles for each game, save your sensitivity (A must if you switch between shooters regularly) and even write complex macros. It’s powerful software that’ll you’ll love to use.

So what’s not to like? The biggest drawback is the button count. There are only two side buttons that you’ll have available and that might be a dealbreaker for some. Secondly, this is an older mouse. Newer Gaming Mice have some REALLY neat features and incredible DPI but they also cost a bit more and as an everyday gamer, you may find custom DPI buttons aren’t really in your wheelhouse. This is the best mouse to pick up for the price if you are left-handed but won’t offer cutting-edge features like custom weights.

2. Logitech G300s - The Best Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

Overall this is the BEST mouse on the market today for a variety of reasons. The ambidextrous form factor, wireless ability, and professional quality make it an easy decision for the best gaming mouse a left-handed gamer can buy. We had nothing but good things to say about the G903. It’s far below as one of the best High-end mice options.


The Best Budget Ambidextrous Gaming Mice

1. Logitech G300s - Best Budget Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

  • Features
  • 9 programmable buttons
  • Symmetrical shape for comfort
  • 3 onboard memory profiles
  • Logitech software
  • 7 Lighting Colors
  • Five Level DPI Shift (200-2500 DPI) with 1ms report time
  • 6 ½ ft cord

Pros:

  • Immense value for the price
  • Great quality and works really well if you are left-handed
  • A ton of programmable button options
  • Really long cord for desktop users

Cons:

  • Feels a bit cheap


Our Thoughts

At first glance, the G300s seems a bit cheap and could easily be passed over due to the unsightly plastic and poor material choice of the buttons. Upon placing your hand on the G300s though, you’ll realize that this mouse IS different. It is comfortable and allows access to all the necessary buttons regardless of whether or not you play Southpaw. No other mice offer this quality at this price point and it STILL allows for DPI shift (Up to 2500DPI). The G300s also has a 1ms response time, the basic standard for esports players.

Some practical considerations are that the G300s has a 6-foot long cord. This is great for desktops but a little challenging for laptop gamers. The buttons being programmable is a huge boon to usage. Not only can they be programmed, Logitech didn’t dedicate specific buttons to tasks so you start with a clean slate. That means 9 buttons to program.

That means you can change DPI with whatever button you want. The software isn’t included with the mouse but can be downloaded for free from the Logitech website. It can take a little bit of time to get used to accessing all the buttons but you’ll shortly adjust and feel a really natural fit with this mouse. Even the best ambidextrous mice often place a random key on the right or left side without regard for left-handed users. This mouse manages to avoid that pitfall and just feel great.

The worst part about this mouse is the look. It looks cheap and the buttons don’t feel like they’ll last a decade. At this price point though you’ll not really be worried about longevity. It ups your game immensely from a normal business mouse at a ridiculously low price point.

2. G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780

  • Features
  • Interchangeable side grips
  • On-board profile storage
  • G.Skill Mouse software
  • Height-Adjustable design
  • 8,200DPI and 1ms response time
  • Custom RGB
  • 8 programmable keys

Pros:

  • Surprisingly good quality for this price point
  • Powerful software included
  • Esports quality speed and components
  • The interchangeable grips allow you to really cater to left-handed play

Cons:

  • The tacky RIPJAWS logo may be annoying to some
  • Lacking in overall button count


Our Thoughts

While the G.Skill RIPJAWS falls into the classic pitfall of attempting to be cool (Nothing says winner like RIPJAWS written all over your mouse) the MX780 is an immensely powerful gaming mouse in its own right. At this price-point, most mice fail to reach a DPI above 4000 but the RIPJAWS achieves 8200DPI and very clean smooth reads. G.Skill also put a DPI button on this, something lacking from most budget mice. We found performance surprising actually. Really surprising. You normally have to drop a bit more cash to get specs anywhere near this good. G.Skills clearly put out a polished mouse.

Where the G.Skill really shines is the interchangeable grips. This allows left-handed users to really customize the way they play and is pretty comfortable. The height can also be adjusted. This feature is specifically designed to help gamers who use different grip styles such as claw and fingertip. The offer a minimal palm-rest style grip and it’s rather comfortable for those of us who play on the left side.

The RIPJAWS MX780’s most obnoxious con is that it’s a bit of an eyesore in the daylight. In a low light setting, it has RGB lighting and looks neat. In broad daylight, it looks a bit like a poorly painted transformer toy from the eighties. Still, you probably don’t spend a lot of time just gawking at your mouse. The price to quality ratio is unreal. Looks sort of don’t matter when your mouse feels smooth and comfortable even as a Southpaw.


The Best Mid-Range Left-Handed Gaming Mice

1. ZOWIE FK2 (FK Series) - Best Mid-Range Left-Handed Gaming Mouse

  • Features
  • 3 Different size options
  • 400/800/1600/3200 DPI Adjustments
  • 125/500/1000 Hz polling rate
  • 5 Buttons

Pros:

  • A lot of freedom when deciding the size you need
  • Up to 3200DPI, a good baseline for gaming
  • The side buttons are very easy to access for any dominant hand type

Cons:

  • Low DPI compared to competitors at 3200
  • No custom software
  • Mirrored mouse buttons


Our Thoughts

The Zowie FK2 is the medium size option in the Zowie FK series (They also offer large and extra large options). Zowie FK series offers a great budget option for those who want a toned down Gaming mouse with minimalistic DPI features and some ability to change the polling rate. Rather than setting DPI and polling rate on the fly, this is done in set-up.

DPI can be switched with a specific button but it isn’t easy to access on the fly. So it’s pretty stripped down but esports professionals LOVE IT. The Zowie FK2 feels great in the hand. It is responsive and comfortable for left-handed gamers. Zowie simply isn’t attempting to reinvent the wheel. It feels like a really smooth, accurate, old school mouse. Believe it or not many gamers prefer a toned down mouse rather than a feature-rich gaming mouse that takes a bit of work to set up.

It’s pretty much a mouse with stellar design and some mid-range components. The switches aren’t the most up to date but if you die in a game, you won’t find Zowie responsible for it. Realistically most gamers will also never go above 3200DPI so it isn’t a deal breaker unless you really prefer high DPI. That being said, it feels great and offers excellent value for the price.

The three different sizes are nice (Note that they change the model name for every size) because everyone is different. The best feature is the comfort of the ambidextrous design. It feels like a solid mouse regardless of your preferred hand. Honestly, that’s the most important factor in a mouse anyways for many players. The feel is just good. The ZOWIE doesn’t stand out besides being a solid pick that is safe and comfortable. It is surprisingly good for claw grip gamers too.

The biggest drawback is that the side buttons are mirrors of each other. This means only one side is accessible at a time. Secondly, it can be a problem changing DPI. It is a bit hard and some gamers love the ability to frequently change this. Especially if they multitask. Still, it’s not a big enough reason to discount the FK2. Modern mice will blow this out of the water with features and cool ideas but ultimately in a game of CS:GO, you want an accurate, reliable, consistent mouse.

2. MasterMouse Pro L

  • Features
  • Dual function buttons
  • Interchangeable grips
  • Cooler Master Software
  • 12000 DPI with PMW3660 sensor
  • 400/1200/4000/12000 default changeable DPI settings
  • Changeable Palm and Claw grip
  • RGB lighting (16.7 MIllion Colors)

Pros:

  • Fantastic quality parts
  • 1ms Response time means you’ll never be held back by your mouse
  • Top-tier DPI options

Cons:

  • Cooler Master software is basic and hard to customize
  • Pretty bland style
  • Storm Tactix didn’t perform as it should in theory

Our Thoughts

Cooler Master is well-known for CPU fans and high-quality desktop cases. Few people realize that they also create top-notch, feature-rich mice that have the professional quality of a top-tier gaming mouse without all the crazy color screams and fancy grips. Made from some of the best possible parts on the market, this is a true and blue die-hard gaming mouse.

The Cooler MasterMouse Pro L has gorgeous RGB lighting that unfortunately lights up a pretty bland exterior. While looks won’t impress, the 12,000 DPI is one notch short of the top of the line and the accuracy feels fantastic. You won’t blame your mouse if you miss a headshot with this.

The MasterMouse Pro L stands out for a unique feature called Storm Tactix. This button switches the entire mouse over to have a new set of standards and key-bindings. One of the hardest things to find in gaming mice for left-handed people is buttons. Especially due to how hard it can be to hit them with alternative palm grips. The MasterMouse Pro L allows you to set an entire chain of unique bindings and turn them on with a quick switch. It’s fast enough to do it in-game, meaning you can play multiple play styles or set-up insane keybindings to rock it in the latest MMO’s. At least that’s the claim.

In theory, we love the Storm Tactix. In practice, it was hard to map the buttons with the onboard Cooler Master software and they seemed limited in the ability to produce macros and complicated tasks. We found that despite several programmable buttons, only 4 got used in practicality and with the Storm Tactix button on the right side, it may be a bit hard for a left-handed user to use this like they want.

We almost discounted this mouse as a contender when put next to the Zowie FK2 but we were really impressed by the design quality and internal parts. It’s a great, simple, ambi-friendly mouse that has a few flaws. It isn’t the perfect left-handed mouse but it tries and succeeds in several areas. Overall, the DPI, the accuracy when playing, and general comfort make this almost unbeatable for the price. The Pro L feels like an internal upgrade on the FK2 at the cost of some simplicity.


The Best High-End Ambidextrous Gaming Mice

1. Logitech G903 - The Best Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

Our overall favorite ambidextrous gaming mouse

  • Features
  • 1ms Report rate
  • 2.4Ghz Wireless signal
  • 24 hours of battery life with RGB on. 36 hours without.
  • 5 Custom Profiles
  • DPI switching button
  • Wireless Charging
  • 10G Removable Weight
  • Advanced PMW366 Sensor
  • Up to 11 buttons

Pros:

  • The best quality you’ll find on the market today
  • Enough buttons for any purpose
  • The smoothest and most accurate mouse on the market today
  • The G903 offers excellent customization
  • Can be weighted for a better feel
  • Logitech software helps you use your buttons the best way possible

Cons:

  • A bit expensive
  • The Powerplay mousepad is sold separately

Our Thoughts

Forgetting to charge your wireless mouse is a pain. Nothing is more obnoxious than needing to plug in a wireless mouse or wait for a few minutes while the mouse keys up with new juice. Worse yet, when charges fade in wireless mice, they tend to keep functioning far too long. They keep working, just really poorly. That means you may spend a couple hours every charge cycle with random freezes or missing shots. This was such a common and annoying problem that Razer developed the G903 with an ingenious feature. The G903 is one of the world's most advanced Gaming Mice and operates indefinitely by charging on your mousepad. No more logging in and realizing your mouse is dead because you forgot to charge it.

Even though mousepad charging is a cool feature, it wouldn’t amount to much if the G903 wasn’t kicking in the teeth of every other mouse on the market. And it does. Each G903 comes with a 10G removable weight so that you can switch it up between a light frictionless experience or slow down with a weighted beast. The response time is 1ms at 12,000 DPI. An insane amount for the average gamer. Where it really shines though is customization.

Logitech designed this mouse with left-handed gamers in mind. The buttons can be switched in seconds (They’re magnetic and pop on and off) in order to set it up for your enjoyment. Whether it’s a palm, claw, or fingertip grip change or orienting buttons to the side you want, Logitech makes it simple and effective. It feels great. Like, “This is the mouse you’ve been looking for since realizing they don’t make left-handed mouses great.”

We tried really hard to find a tangible flaw that would turn us away but we really couldn’t. It is a bit pricey but that’s not so much a flaw as a reality of getting the most advanced wireless mouse to grace the scene. The other thing that may turn a user off is that the Charging mouse pad isn’t included automatically.

That means paying a bit more for the feature but Powerplay mousepads work with multiple mice and are definitely worth it. Wired or using a battery charge, the G903 is still an amazing mouse so it isn’t something that large to consider. If you buy it, you get one of the best mice of all time. If you pay more, it charges while you play. It’s just a great find.

2. Razer Ouroboros

  • Features
  • 8200DPI 4G Sensor
  • Interchangeable grips
  • 1ms Wireless model
  • Uses a single AA battery and can be recharged
  • 11 programmable buttons

Pros:

  • Finally a left-handed grip for the palm
  • Fantastic DPI range and response time
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Good for FPS and MOBA players

Cons:

  • Expensive

Our Thoughts

One of the hardest features to find as a left-handed gamer is a dedicated left-hand grip. The Ouroboros is ambidextrous in design but actually allows you to swap out the grip for a specifically left-handed feel. This is an amazing improvement upon gaming mice in general as most left-handed gamers end up relegated to featureless business mice. The Ouroboros has a huge DPI range and is very responsive for a wireless mouse. The estimate for one AA battery is about 12 hours of playtime but they ship the Ouroboros with a rechargeable battery. It’s pretty standard for a gaming mouse and will do just fine if you are diligent to charge it.

With 11 programmable buttons, you can play WOW or a MOBO and rock the competition as a left-handed gamer. So with the Ouroboros you get all the customization that you’d want. It falls just short of a dedicated 12-button switch panel but is still a huge boon to playing ability. We love this model. The G903 has a bit more speed and some cool features but for once you can feel like right-handed gamers do when they have a fancy palm grip and loads of buttons.

Razer ships all gaming mice with really incredible software. The Ouroboros uses the Synapse 2.0 software that the Death Adder Essential also uses. It’s great for making macros and owning the competition. It’s a little older but only the newest models from Razer are running synapse 3.0 so you aren’t so far behind the curve. With Synapse you can basically turn this mouse into an FPS, MOBA, or MMO savvy mouse that’ll help you gank in no time.

The biggest con is the price. It’s an expensive mouse. The quality is fantastic but it is a little hard to justify dropping so much money when comparable mice like the G903 has superior DPI and some cool charging features. You are mostly paying for a larger amount of button configurations and the unique grip options. For some gamers though, those are two big selling points that will make this worth picking up. Either way, it’s a great mouse and could easily go head-to-head with the G903 in a game.

Keep an eye out for the Razer Naga Series

The hardest part about finding a left-handed gaming mouse is the brutal reality that only one dedicated lefty gaming mouse currently exists. Razer was the first to market and for the foreseeable future seems to be the most interested in solving the glaring lack in this market space. Unfortunately, from a business standpoint, Razer found catering to the left-handed market unsustainable so they now only offer one dedicated left-hand item, the Death Adder Essential.

In 2014 they released an all but impossible to find left-handed mouse, the Razer Naga. Recently Razer launched a Kickstarter to try and make a modern updated version exclusively designed for those who are left-handed. Tragically the Kickstarter flopped. That being said, keep an eye on Razer in the future as they seem the most likely to bring a top-notch left-handed MMO gaming mouse to the market.


Left-Handed Gaming Mouse Buying Guide

How do left-handed mice differ from right-handed mice?

No one needs to tell a left-handed person in detail how much they’ll appreciate a custom option for them. Right-handed products can be brutal on the ergonomics and in a competitive gaming match, feel absolutely unnatural. Left-handed gaming mice help simplify the process a little bit by offering a comfortable alternative to right-handed gaming. More so, left-handed gamers can FINALLY orient themselves to the left of the keyboard properly allowing for far better control and precision than using a non-dominant hand.

Many left-handed gamers compensate by using the middle finger to click with a right-handed mouse. This works but it’s a compromise between comfort and efficiency. There is little to no room for aiming or precision with keyboard keys as well so relegating tasks that only require button presses to the dominant hand makes aiming hard. You can be decent or even good with a right-hand mouse but the difficulty curve is dropped and comfort increased by converting to left-focused items.

One advantage that left-handed gamers tend to have over right-handed gamers is that the use of a mouse with a non-dominant hand feels pretty sloppy, therefore they tend to learn more proficiency with the keyboard shortcuts that often sit unused by those who can simply click. Once they master these, they can accomplish the same work with significantly less mouse usage. It’s a minor consolation prize though for the uncomfortable and wonky feeling of playing an FPS with a non-dominant hand. It can really show in a MOBA or MMO though when a left-handed gamer gets good equipment and switches over. The natural mastery of the keyboard translates over really well.

Why should I use an ambidextrous mouse?

Ambidextrous mice are designed to give consumers optimum freedom while simultaneously solving the challenge of catering to the Left-handed market. It’s not always a perfect compromise. In fact, a truly ambidextrous person wouldn’t need a specific mouse, they could use a right or left-handed one. It’s clear this is just an industry cop-out to wash themselves clean of satisfying a smaller niche.

Many ambidextrous mice are in reality a neutral mouse. The design shouldn’t lean one way or the other. The challenge with this is that a neutral mouse can’t specialize or cater to unique grips, comfortable ergonomics, or non-symmetrical design. Worse yet, sometimes ambidextrous mice will still offer buttons on one-side that obviously are for a right-handed person. A symptom of design by someone who is so focused on right-handed design practices. Others are so toned down in shape that they feel like a cheap business level Dell mouse that’d ship with mass-produced enterprise computers.

Left-handed gaming mice are rare. Only a handful exist and they’re often older and less capable than modern mice. They offer very natural feeling play and let a leftie easily use a mouse like it was intended. They’re fantastic. But they’re rarely made for gaming. Most left-handed gaming mice have poor polling speeds, low DPI, sloppy response time, and ultimately are made for college students and office use.

While its true for some gamers that nothing will ever beat the asymmetrical curves of an ergonomic gaming mouse, newer ambidextrous models are learning to overcome and adapt to the market. We spent a long time creating this list because we wanted to find mice that you could actually use and fall in love with. The best ambidextrous mice make Southpaw gamers play well without feeling uncomfortable or missing out on the awesome features touted by modern gaming mice. Top-notch ambidextrous mice can be highly customizable and even offer loads of buttons, software, and ergonomic grips.

Are there any TRUE left-handed mice?

As of September 2018, there haven’t really been any purely left-handed gaming mice that have been able to go head-to-head with the customizability and options of top-tier Gaming Mice. So extremely versatile mice such as the Naga Trinity, which allow enough customization for an FPS and MMO (Swappable button panels) aren’t available yet. Don’t lose hope though! Buying left-handed and ambidextrous mice, letting your voice be known, and supporting initiatives by companies like Razer is a great way to help the industry take notice and make a change. We can only honestly recommend the Death Adder Essential as a true left-handed gaming mouse.

Why is a gaming mouse superior to a traditional mouse?

Everyday items like keyboards and mice can become second-nature. Because we use them so much, we don’t even comprehend how much the experience can be improved upon. The first improvement is usually quality. Many traditional mice have a huge issue with sensitivity and read accuracy. They’ll get the job done but the internal workings are slower and less accurate. For example, a traditional mouse may freeze randomly while sliding across a plain surface. This is because the internalized machinery can’t register enough detail from the surface. A quality gaming mouse though can be programmed and tuned to specific surfaces. That means no more slippage while the mouse looks for its place.

Gaming mice also take the traditional experience of a mouse and heavily improve upon it. For instance, some Gaming Mice have customizable side parts that switch out for different game genres. Others can be popped open and weighted with metal to have a good heavy feel. There are tons of different features and aspects of Gaming Mice that make them vastly superior to traditional mice. Read over product features to see some of the neat offerings individual brands have that will make your gaming experience WAY better.


What Features to Consider When Selecting a Gaming Mouse

Gaming mice are complex and we could go into depth about the unique features. The most important factor here though is whether or not it works for a left-handed gamer. Here are some base features to consider but be on the lookout for a new guide from GameAuthority in the future covering a deep dive into Gaming Mice.

Form Factor

Almost all gaming mice are traditional in style. There are trackball and vertical mice options for gamers but they’re pretty rare in use. We didn’t select those because they have a function but really aren’t easy to use. Doubly so if you are left-handed and using a right-handed non-traditional mouse.

Grip

Mice have specific grips for the three most common styles of use, Palm, Claw, and Fingertip. Each style is preferred for different reasons and used in a different genre. Some good left-handed gaming mice let you switch grips out to compensate for different playstyles.

Orientation

Obviously left-handed mice our best but be careful to consider whether an ambidextrous model is truly ambidextrous as well. Some have a neutral frame but aren’t particularly left friendly.

DP

DPI or Dots Per Inch is simply a measurement of how sensitive a mouse is. The higher the DPI, the more accurate readings it can get from a given surface. Traditional mice have a pretty low DPI while gaming mice reach DPI as high as 16,000. There is a question of whether or not DPI actually matters (As most esports professionals use a low DPI) to which the answer is complex. First, it depends on individual preference. Second gamers with a physical challenge such as Muscular Dystrophy can use high DPI mice to play games with less muscle movement. That means high-DPI can offer accessibility to those who previously couldn’t game with a mouse. In short, DPI is very useful

Buttons

Every mouse has different button configurations. As a left-handed gamer, it’s important to consider if they’ll be comfortable or usable, especially on an ambidextrous or right-handed model. These buttons are often programmable. Using gaming software and setting up your buttons can really up your playing ability.

Sensor or Polling Speed

Mice no longer function by rolling a rubber ball across mechanical sensors. Now they use lasers to read and see what they are rolling over. But not all lasers are equal. High-quality ones are far more accurate and useful. The amount of reads per second is usually measured in Hz. The standard for gaming is 1000hz or 1ms response time. Anything lower is somewhat unacceptable for a gaming mouse.

Weights

Mice feel different and everyone has a specific feel they like. Gaming mice often allow for custom weighting, an excellent option for those who like heavy solid mice or frictionless light gliding.

RGB Lighting

Lots of different Gaming mice come with RGB lighting, often controllable through the onboard mouse software. It’s not going to do more than glow but people really like that!

Modular

Some mice allow for changing the side panels or even button placement. Modular mice are GREAT for left-handed gamers because they show foresight by the company to invest in lefties. You can trust most will offer good experiences to left-handed players.

Software

A good gaming mouse WILL come with some form of software you can install on your rig. This one of the most important features of gaming mice and should be considered. We’ll get in depth below, but this is almost as important as the physical mouse.


Why Do I Need Software for My Gaming Mouse?

A gaming mouse typically comes with awesome features, great accuracy, and unique design. The real power though lies in being able to custom fit your mouse for your playing needs. Gaming mouse software differs dramatically in the industry but companies like Logitech and Razer offer amazing free software. Some companies don’t offer software at all. This is a huge thing to consider when making a purchase because the software you have dictates your ability to program buttons, change DPI, set profiles, create macros. We’ll explain that all below but take note, software matters.

Why does mouse software feature multiple profiles?

One of the most obnoxious UI issues is inconsistent sensitivity amongst games. CS:GO and Fortnite may both involved lots of mouse-based aiming but they have completely different sensitivity scales (Technically there is a method called cm/360 but it’s needlessly complex). Mouse software often allows you to store specific profiles with unique keys and specific settings. It’s an amazing feeling to jump out of DOTA 2 in Call of Duty and not feel like you are messed up in the aiming department. Using gaming software you can really customize your favorite games and have an experience that feels grand no matter what game you play.

How do I use DPI effectively?

First, depending on your mouse, you’ll want to check your software for the ability to surface tune or simply register the mousepad/surface and adapt to it. This involves clearing out the space you’ll use the mouse on and letting the software pick up the various grooves and indentations of the material with the onboard laser. It’s simple but trains your mouse. After the mouse has learned a new surface, it becomes far more effective at registering accurately. From here you can start toying with DPI

DPI is a bit challenging to nail at first and a good mouse will let you switch it on the fly. The key is to use consistent DPI and then set the in-game settings for each game to what feels best or the most comfortable. One strategy we use is to leverage our DPI shift in small increments (Like 100DPI per level). This gives you a range of 500 or more DPI readings to toy with without entering a menu. Then go into the game and switch the DPI up, testing how it feels with each level.

If you feel good, you can keep the range and record your DPI level for that game. If it feels wonky, just adjust the in-game mouse sensitivity until it hits your DPI range. Doing this effectively can give you a simple range that works in any game you play while giving you room to move to other settings if necessary. And if you feel off, you can adjust it in increments in game really quick.

It’s recommended to learn how to play with lower DPI than higher. This is all up to user preference but lower DPI can have a bit more precision for those with shaky hands or poor control. Higher DPI is great though if you love fast-paced movement and turning around near instantly. Everyone is different and esports professionals have won with both the highest possible and lowest possible DPI available today. It’s very subjective.

What are the advantages of basic key-binding?

Suppose you play a game like Assassin's Creed often and find yourself with a sore pinky after hours of holding shift for parkour. Or worse yet, your keyboard can’t handle console level button combinations (Some keyboards can only handle 3 keys at once). Key-binding allows you to use the mouse for common tasks and complex tasks. Sometimes it allows you to execute a complex move at the touch of a button. Other times it simply makes the most sense for your dominant hand to be holding down a button casually. Basic key-binding really just involves attributing unique buttons to the mouse. More complex key-binding is expressed through macros.

Why would I use Macros?

Macros are simply one key that activates a list or string of button combinations. These can be super complex or generally as simple a button on your gaming mouse activating two keyboard buttons at once. For example, a complex macro may execute a multi-button command in an MMO such as Press 3 + Press 4 + Press 3 again after 3 seconds. In a fighting game like Injustice 2, you could activate a move with the press of a mouse button rather than a combination of keyboard presses and mouse clicks. In an MMO like WOW, a macro can easily execute multiple buttons and keep you from needing to mash buttons at an insane focused speed.

How do Gaming Mice help in esports like CS: GO versus a MOBA like DOTA2?

FPS games rely on absolute accuracy. Whether it’s sniping for your squad or trying to use Hanzo in Overwatch, accuracy matters. The most valuable FPS features in gaming mice generally involve a mixture of polling rate (Hz) and DPI sensitivity. For instance the Logitech G502 Hero offers a custom button that allows a gamer to use a specific DPI. If you go from close combat to sniping in an FPS game, you may want a DPI switch.

In an MMO, MOBA, or RTS, gaming mice allow the player to do complex tasks. Some mice allow for sophisticated macros whilst others offer 12 or more buttons for in-game assignment. This saves immense amounts of time while allowing you to perform insane maneuvers quickly. For instance, instead of focusing on map movement, attack, defense, and formation commands with a keyboard or worse, manually clicking those commands, you can set hotkeys on the mouse that initiate these tasks. Or perhaps you need to group up multiple units, Gaming Mice allow you to segregate out groups of units to specific buttons so your WASD hand isn’t constantly battling to press A, CTRL, or number combinations.


F.A.Q.

Will an ambidextrous gaming mouse actually work?

A cursory glance would show you that ambidextrous options are far more abundant then left-handed mice. Even the best left handed mouse lacks the features of top-tier ambidextrous mice. This is the unfortunate reality of the market. An ambidextrous mouse can feel very comfortable and natural though for a left-handed gamer after using Gaming mouse software to change it up.

The biggest disadvantage is that many companies tone down the quality and buttons of products for the ambi-crowd. So those sweet MMORPG Gaming mice with loads of buttons are hard to find in that form factor. Still, many left-handed gamers feel immense freedom after converting to an ambidextrous mouse because it is really such an improvement over unnatural mouse design. It will help you feel far better than a right-handed mouse will and can offer almost similar feeling with the right product. There are numerous amazing ambidextrous mice as well that just blow near any mouse out of the water. In fact, the best left handed wireless gaming mouse in the world is ambidextrous.

How much does the mouse orientation affect performance?

This will obviously depend on the person and some have trained themselves to use a non-dominant hand like a pro. The challenge is that so many aspects of using technology feel unnatural without long periods of intentional practice. You don’t realize how many buttons are placed in specific spots for right-handed users until you switch over.

The best left handed mmo mouse generally feels useless until you adjust to all those extra buttons you’ve been unable to use before. The benefit is that left-handed gamers may be blown away by the way the setups can feel so much better. Playing with a right-handed mouse as a leftie on the right or left is just terrible. It feels wrong and you can’t be near as accurate. The orientation of the mouse has a huge effect that can’t fully be appreciated until converting over.

Can I switch up my mouse button without special software?

Yes! Most operating systems already have this as an easy convenient option. For instance, on Windows 10 you simply go to settings-devices-mouse and you’ll find a simple pull-down option to change mouse orientation. This is useful if you find yourself wanting to test out a new orientation before going all in on a nice new G903.

How do I change mouse orientation around effectively? (I.E. Keyboard on the right side)

It seems a little counterintuitive at first. Especially because the right side of the keyboard is used SO much in gaming. It’s like anything though. Give it a few hours and you’ll be forever annoyed it took this long to feel the way you do. A left-handed mouse just feels fantastic for those who are left-handed. Gaming with the mouse on the left makes your dominant hand the leader in games. After all, pressed WASD isn’t nearly as intensive as attempting to headshot someone on Mirage. It will blow you away!

So how do I get used to the switch? The first thing you should do is look up a keybinding guide and start training yourself to use a keyboard with your right hand. It’ll feel slow and unnatural at first but you’ll warm up quick! There are a bunch of gamer guides online that teach you what keys work for them. Left-handed gamers have long had to deal with the problem of living in a right-handed world and have tons of solutions that just work. They make sense. And help you feel like the problem when you lose a match isn’t your mouse, or being left-handed, it’s just that you need to play better. That’s a refreshing feeling for those who’ve always felt held back.


Thanks for joining us!

Thank you so much for reading our Left-handed Gaming mouse guide! We hope that this guide helped you find a solution for one of the most obnoxious problems in PC Gaming and gaming in general. We here at GameAuthority strive to help you walk out of every tech guide ready to make one purchase with one click. We put a ton of research into our guides because we know the internet is a wild place. People will sell you terrible mice to turn a profit. We get it though. It feels terrible having to sift through thirty articles to just find some decent tech picks. We want you to love every second gaming. If you feel like your mouse setup is awful. Maybe it’s time to pick up that Death Adder Essential.

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