My right hand's too broken in to switch back to mousing with my left hand, but no PC gamer ever needs to know the right-handed prejudice I've suffered: Behold, the Razer DeathAdder Left Hand Edition.
There've been other left-handed mice, yeah, but none that are really gaming mice - you know, with a ridiculously sensitive tracking, macro buttons, and the other perks you expect from a gaming mouse. (Ambidextrous mice don't count.) A mirrored version of the DeathAdder, it's got the same 3500dpi sensor with 1000hz polling, braided cabling, and five programmable buttons.
I talked to Razer's CEO Robert Krakoff - a leftie himself - about the mouse for a bit, and as you might suspect, the market for a left-handed gaming mouse is a sliver wide: Just 10 per cent of the population is left-handed, not all of 'em are gamers, and a lot (like me) are just plain used to mousing right-handed. So, Razer actually expects to lose money making these, since they're selling them for the same price as the right-handed version - $US60 MSRP, but you'll probably be able to find it cheaper retail.
Also, he told me that since Razer's now making Mac drivers for all of their gear, expect their Mac-centric products to fade away, since every mouse and keyboard they make is for Mac now - with Steam coming to Mac, not bad timing at all.
RAZER™ RELEASES THE FIRST GAMING GRADE MOUSE SPECIFICALLY FOR SOUTHPAWS
Carlsbad, Calif. – March 16, 2010 - Razer, the world's leading manufacturer of high-end precision gaming and lifestyle peripherals, today announced the Razer DeathAdder Left Hand Edition™, the very first gaming mouse designed with the professional left-handed gamer in mind. The Razer DeathAdder Left Hand Edition was created to meet community demands for a mouse that was purposefully engineered to give lefties the competitive edge, combining a comfortable ergonomic form factor with a powerfully precise 3.5G infrared sensor.
"Leftie gamers have long been requesting that we develop a gaming grade mouse that is designed exclusively for the left-handed gaming community and we really value the feedback we receive from our fans," said Robert "Razerguy" Krakoff, president, Razer USA. "Not many gamers know this, but I am a southpaw myself and feel truly excited to have a mouse that fits perfectly in my left hand. There is really no substitute for gaming with your naturally dominant hand."
About The Razer DeathAdder Left Hand Edition
The Razer DeathAdder Left Hand Edition features a unique ergonomic form factor to give lefties a comfort they can call their own for extended gaming sessions. The Razer DeathAdder Left Hand Edition boasts five programmable Hyperesponse™ buttons, as well as the trademark 1000Hz Ultrapolling™ technology, providing gamers with the speed necessary to make every moment count. Loaded with a 3500dpi Razer Precision™ 3.5G infrared sensor that offers over four times more precision than a standard 800dpi mouse, the Razer DeathAdder Left Hand Edition is fully equipped to frag, especially when you strike from the blind side.
Razer DeathAdder Left Hand Edition
COST: US $US59.99; EU €59.99
· Ergonomic left-hand design
· 3500dpi Razer Precision 3.5G infrared sensor
· 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response
· Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
· On-The-Fly Sensitivity™ adjustment
· Always-On™ mode
· Ultra-Large non-slip buttons
· 16-bit ultra-wide data path
· 60–120 inches per second and 15g of acceleration
· Zero-Acoustic Ultraslick™ Teflon® feet
· Gold-Plated USB connector
· Seven-Foot, lightweight, braided fibre cable
· Approx. size in mm: 128(L) x 70(W) x 42.5(H)