I’ve been waiting for the day when big-name peripheral manufacturers would start making left-handed products for the few and the proud. Logitech was first with a left-handed version of the MX 610. Now, Razer is wanting in on the left-handed action with their new DeathAdder Left-Hand Edition. It’s not the first left-handed mouse, but the company claims it’s the first left-handed gaming mouse. We’ll give it to ‘em. Myself being left handed (and using right-handed mice all my life), I wanted to check this thing out and see what ergonomic mayhem I was missing out on my whole life.
The left-handed DeathAdder is pretty much just a mirrored version of the normal right-handed DeathAdder. It has the two main click buttons, which are switched (The “left click” button is on the right side and vice versa), as well as the scroll wheel that lights up and then the two thumb buttons, which reside on the right side of the mouse. It also has the same 3.5G sensor that can deliver up to 3500DPI. It’s a pretty simple mouse when you think about it. Not a whole lot to it.
So, since it’s a left-handed mouse, how does it feel for left handers like myself? Well, to be completely honest, I’d rather stick with my right-handed Logitech VX Revolution, for a couple of reasons. The DeathAdder doesn’t have as many buttons as my VX Revolution, which has thumb buttons, “zoom” controls, a separate button above the scroll wheel, and side scroll buttons. Trust me, I use all of these buttons and not having them during my time with the DeathAdder was kind of frustrating.
Another annoyance was how the left and right click buttons were switched to accommodate the left handers. You would think lefties would love this, but I personally found it irritating. I’ve always used the left and right click buttons just the way they are, so it was frustrating when they were switched on me. Yes, I could probably easily get used to it in a month or two, but then every other computer I would go to, I would have re-teach myself how to use the mouse.
The left-handed contour of the DeathAdder feels pretty good in my hand. However, gamers with smaller hands might have a difficult time reaching the front thumb button.
To quickly wrap-up, this isn’t the mouse for me, even though it’s meant for me. It could certainly be different for other left handers, though. You might like how the main click buttons are switched and you might not mind that the only extra buttons are just the thumbs buttons. Nonetheless, it’s a very well built mouse that definitely lives up to the Razer name. No doubt about that.
Score: 8 Olives