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!
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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.
Best Left Handed Gaming Mouse 2020
Razer Death Adder Essential
The one TRUE left-handed only gaming mouse, the Death Adder essential is the perfect option if you don't want to settle for an ambidextrous 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.
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.
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.
Best Budget Ambidextrous
The G300s punches above it's weight. The buttons are easily accessible and it is more durable than it looks. Definitely check it out if you are on a budget.
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.
Runner Up (Budget Ambidextrous)
G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780
With 8200 DPI at a great price, the Ripjaws are a great option if you are on a shoestring budget.
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.
Best Mid Range
ZOWIE FK2 (FK Series)
A great alternative if you can't afford the top-of-the-line mice. The FK2 is built from solid components and has plenty of DPI range for all gaming applications.
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.
Runner Up (Mid-Range)
MasterMouse Pro L
One of the main draws is the Storm Tactix feature that allows you to switch between entire mouse settings with the push of a button.
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.
Best High End
With ingenious charging technology that passively charges the mouse through the mouse pad, the G903 is packed with everything you could want from a left-handed gaming mouse.
Our overall favorite ambidextrous gaming mouse
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.
Runner Up (High End)
An ambidextrous mouse that allows you to switch in a left-handed grip to give you the same feeling as a dedicated left-handed mouse.
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.
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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