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March 15, 2012 8:10:19 AM

Looking for a good gaming keyboard ( below 70$) for a left handed user, using a standard keyboard currently and re-bind my keys to the numpad on the right, but often run out of keys.

would like something like the Steelseries Merc , but with the "pad" modified for a lefthanded gamer.

any suggestions out there??





p.s. don't if this is the right category for this thread.

a b 4 Gaming
March 15, 2012 10:26:08 AM

theres no such thing as a left handed keyboard... there are a few keyboards tht have a detachable numpad that you can swap from 1 side to the other but other than that theres nothing... do what most other lefties do and remap the keys to the keyboard using O instead of w and kl; instead of asd then you can set shift and all the other keys normally surrounding wasd up as you choose.
March 15, 2012 10:32:41 AM

have tried that but given up every time, as the key layout is strange that way, besides you can only use your thumb for the spacebar this way, witch I find a major disadvantage

I found this game pad http://www.cybersnipa.com/us/gaming-keyboards/gamepad.p...

And I find that to be an interesting alternative, does anyone know if this is a good pad??, is there a similar pad out there that I can use???
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March 15, 2012 10:49:29 AM

I used to remap the keypad but found that it can only accept 2 maximum keystrokes at a time. If you remap to [ ; ' # (instead of WASD), you get the full functionality you need. :) 
March 15, 2012 11:04:41 AM

OK, let me put it this way:

IF I were right-handed I would already have bought the Steelseries Merc, as I simply just don't like the way the layout of buttons on a normal keyboard.

I want something purpose built for gaming, designed for left-handed use (or at least were left handed use is not a disadvantage), just like my Razer deathadder left handed mouse.
March 15, 2012 3:06:16 PM

I'm left handed too. Ive looked around and there's pretty much nothing you can do besides remap keys. Which honestly is a pain because you need to do it for every game and sometimes the keys don't match up right..then your trying to remember what you set it too it's a little frustrating. I mainly just used my Xbox 360!controller for 90% of my games I plan it's easier that way. Most games have controller support and if not you can use xpadder. Shooters will be harder at first but honestly I use a controller for bf3 and usually get in the top 5 of the leader boards so it's not as much as a handicap as you would think for fps.
a b 4 Gaming
March 15, 2012 3:13:20 PM

I don't think there is any peripheral specifically designed for left handed gaming, but perhaps something like this might be ambidextrous enough in design to be functional?

http://www.amazon.com/WolfKing-DK2388UBK-Warrior-Gaming...

This is the only other one that I have seen at most online retailers, aside from the one that you already linked, that doesn't have a strictly ergonomic right handed design.
March 15, 2012 4:00:20 PM

I have a xbox controller now, and it is great for stuff like sports,racing,fighting and platform games. but I have been brought up on keyboard and mouse, and I am really bad at using it. A controller would never be a substitute for me, besides I'M looking for an option with more buttons than my numpad, not fewer........
March 15, 2012 4:15:10 PM

casualcolors said:
I don't think there is any peripheral specifically designed for left handed gaming, but perhaps something like this might be ambidextrous enough in design to be functional?

http://www.amazon.com/WolfKing-DK2388UBK-Warrior-Gaming...

This is the only other one that I have seen at most online retailers, aside from the one that you already linked, that doesn't have a strictly ergonomic right handed design.




well that one is........... interesting.... :o  :o  .... :) 
March 15, 2012 4:33:13 PM

@casualcolors

looks like that one is out of stock pretty much everywhere anyway.
a b 4 Gaming
March 15, 2012 4:54:14 PM

Hmm, could try checking with the manufacturer directly. There used to be a ton of them on the market even within the last 6 months. I can't imagine they have all disappeared. Best of luck to you though. Hope you find something suitable.
March 17, 2012 6:36:53 PM

I've casually been on the look out for a lefty set up for a gaming keypad. The closest I have seen is this

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboard/device...

But all keypads have a right handed bias. The logitech to me seems to be the best set up for a lefty. Naturally the mousey joysticky dealy on the right would be useless or awkard to use.

Ultimately the reason I never pulled the trigger on one of these is that if you take away the mousey joysticky dealy, you're left with a set of keys that are laid out in a fashion that is very similar to a regular keyboard and doesn't provide any huge advantage. Although I don't have any direct experience so I could be wrong.

My method for remapping a regular keyboard is to create a list of equivalent keys for a lefty so WASD becomes OKL; F is mapped to J, G to H and so on for each key. I then take a print screen of the default keys. Once I have this I begin remapping. I first look at the print screen for a function and its original key i.e. walk forward is W I then refrence my list of equivalent keys: W -> O and then bind the walk forward function with O. Then repeat for each function. The print screen is necessary because as you work through the key bindings other functions can loose their original key or get binded without you realising so you need the refrence of the original set up.
Yes this is a massive pain in the ass, yes it takes ages but you only have to do it once and once it's done you end up with the lefty equivalent of what our right handed counter parts take for granted. Also this method is more systematic than trying to improvise a lefty key binding which can be difficult to get right on a game that you're playing for the first time.

I really wish game developers would put in a lefty keybinding as an option. It would make life so much easier but that will never happen
a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2012 7:02:23 PM

Looks like a pretty good solution really. Make sure to come back with a user review of it as I'm sure other people are curious about the product. Personally I would expect it to be pretty decent if steelseries went so far as to design a keyboard entirely around the incorporation of that same layout.
a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2012 12:21:12 AM

http://www.keyboardco.com/keyboard_details.asp?PRODUCT=... after saying they dont exist i did a search and found this little beauty... its fully lefty and has cherry mechanical switches... at 80 quid its basic but sturdy...
i just got my mk 85 with cherry reds but the above has black switches. which are identical inn all but the pressure needed to press em down... if your used to dome keyboards then cherry blacks wont bother you as im finding i stamp the cherry reds due to using domes for the last 5+ years. also as it uses ps2 via usb adapter it can have full nkrol which is essential for any kind of games like tekken...
seriously if your a lefty this is as good as it gets.
June 30, 2012 9:26:53 AM

HEXiT said:
http://www.keyboardco.com/keyboard_details.asp?PRODUCT=... after saying they dont exist i did a search and found this little beauty... its fully lefty and has cherry mechanical switches... at 80 quid its basic but sturdy...
i just got my mk 85 with cherry reds but the above has black switches. which are identical inn all but the pressure needed to press em down... if your used to dome keyboards then cherry blacks wont bother you as im finding i stamp the cherry reds due to using domes for the last 5+ years. also as it uses ps2 via usb adapter it can have full nkrol which is essential for any kind of games like tekken...
seriously if your a lefty this is as good as it gets.


Great find my friend!
a b 4 Gaming
June 30, 2012 10:10:14 AM

im actually sortta liking the layout. the cursor keys on the left makes more sense saying as most of us use the right hand for the mouse the cursor keys would be better on the left side...
June 30, 2012 2:45:38 PM

Yeah its good, its like having a tenkeyless but with a number pad still.
December 29, 2012 7:10:34 PM

Bumping and old thread here, but remembered that I promised a review of the cyber snipa!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So here goes:


I bought this due to me being left handed, and finding the classic WASD control scheme impractical and uncomfortable, ind this looked like the best option.

to put it short I really like the gamepad, the layout of the buttons is designed for right handed users, witch kind of defeaalflifeh0 numbered hotkeys are really accessible.

I have played a lot of different games, like Half-life 2, Portal, Lotro, Planetside, Skyrim, Assassins creed Brotherhood, Path of Exile ETC with it and it has done a great job giving me much better options for customize my key layout so it fits othey way I feel it is best. (damn you games that doesn't let me rebind keys!!!! :non:  :non:  ).

The only really negative thing i can say is the the overall "feel" of the buttons isn't that great, the only way I can describe is that the keys feel slow to press, if this as actually true or it just feels that way I don't know, but the buttons to me feel slow and sometimes a bit unresponsive, witch gives it bit of a cheap feel overall.

Again this just the feeling i get when using it, and is not based on some sort of facts or test of the pad, but it is a shame, and probably will make some people dislike it.




So overall I think the Cyber Snipa is great, but would like to have seen a dedicated left hand edition, as i'm sure i'm not the only leftie who would like a keypad or board for lefthanded use.
January 3, 2013 4:00:20 PM

rambostyrer said:
OK, let me put it this way:

IF I were right-handed I would already have bought the Steelseries Merc, as I simply just don't like the way the layout of buttons on a normal keyboard.

I want something purpose built for gaming, designed for left-handed use (or at least were left handed use is not a disadvantage), just like my Razer deathadder left handed mouse.


Mate i'm a lefty, razer do a sweet left handed mouse and i use the numpad num8 forward, num 5, num 4 and 6 is left and right, i have the arrows on my thumb and the the enter and num plus for reload and stuff. you have num 7 and 9 close to hand along with num slash. In most games its a real nice set up. To be honest the numpad set up looks and feels much nicer than offset keys of wasd. The only game that has been terrible for this set up and i blame the game designers for limiting key mapping was Skyrim.
January 3, 2013 4:03:28 PM

rambostyrer said:
have tried that but given up every time, as the key layout is strange that way, besides you can only use your thumb for the spacebar this way, witch I find a major disadvantage

I found this game pad http://www.cybersnipa.com/us/gaming-keyboards/gamepad.p...

And I find that to be an interesting alternative, does anyone know if this is a good pad??, is there a similar pad out there that I can use???


I bought that and it's a terrible bit of kit, the buttons actually have pressure click to them just awful. I tried it once and it ended up in the bin..
January 3, 2013 4:09:18 PM

rambostyrer said:
well that one is........... interesting.... :o  :o  .... :) 


before any lefty's go to buy this, look at the thumb lay out, its useless to us, we need those extra keys on the otherside. Looks good but still its a righty's pad. I'd love a thumbstick like these new game pads are bringing out. Our best bet is to get a load of lefty's to beg razer as they do seem to at least think about us.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Razer-Deathadder-Handed-3500DPI...
a b 4 Gaming
January 4, 2013 2:31:01 AM

I'm a lefty, but I play with a standard keyboard and I use the mouse in my right hand. I suppose since I have been using a computer as a "righty" I feel more comfortable using the mouse in my right hand than in my left hand. In fact, my current mice (Performance MX and G500) are contoured for the right hand.
January 4, 2013 11:48:21 AM

jaguarskx said:
I'm a lefty, but I play with a standard keyboard and I use the mouse in my right hand. I suppose since I have been using a computer as a "righty" I feel more comfortable using the mouse in my right hand than in my left hand. In fact, my current mice (Performance MX and G500) are contoured for the right hand.


Lol i've heard of a few lefty's that do that, seems really awkward to me, i use to play with my left but the mouse buttons set up for a righty. I decided to change, it was horrible at first but worth it in the end. I look at the numpad set up for gaming and i'm glad i'm a lefty. And with the Razer lefty mouse i don't even have change the mouse buttons over as the mouse does it for me.
March 19, 2013 7:24:56 AM

jaguarskx said:
I'm a lefty, but I play with a standard keyboard and I use the mouse in my right hand. I suppose since I have been using a computer as a "righty" I feel more comfortable using the mouse in my right hand than in my left hand. In fact, my current mice (Performance MX and G500) are contoured for the right hand.


I'm also a lefty and have adapted to a right-handed world as you have. I play online FPS games, BF3 in particular, and am finding that maybe I'm just a hair too slow in aiming because I often lose when I'm in a face-to-face shootout. I have no issues with keyboarding with my left hand and have always considered that an advantage. But mousing is another story and I'm beginning to think that it's hurting me. I don't really want to switch now since it would probably take me weeks to months to adapt to switching hands. Was just wondering if any other lefties are having issues keeping up with aiming using a right-hand mouse.
March 19, 2013 9:00:22 AM

jmattioni said:
jaguarskx said:
I'm a lefty, but I play with a standard keyboard and I use the mouse in my right hand. I suppose since I have been using a computer as a "righty" I feel more comfortable using the mouse in my right hand than in my left hand. In fact, my current mice (Performance MX and G500) are contoured for the right hand.


I'm also a lefty and have adapted to a right-handed world as you have. I play online FPS games, BF3 in particular, and am finding that maybe I'm just a hair too slow in aiming because I often lose when I'm in a face-to-face shootout. I have no issues with keyboarding with my left hand and have always considered that an advantage. But mousing is another story and I'm beginning to think that it's hurting me. I don't really want to switch now since it would probably take me weeks to months to adapt to switching hands. Was just wondering if any other lefties are having issues keeping up with aiming using a right-hand mouse.


I don't know how you guys do it, i mean i can use a right handed mouse with my left. The simple fact is its my weaker hand. I did use to use my middle finger as my fire and index as aim. I noticed i was slow in reacting while playing BF2 so i forced myself to switch buttons round to suit left handed users. Best thing i did gaming wise. Just look at the numpad with the arrow keys. We couldn't have asked for a better key setup. Spews all over the offset wasd keys and with the RAZER left handed mouse i don't even have to think about the mouse buttons its a left handed setup automatically. I'd say take the beating you'll receive for a week and you'll end up a better player aiming with your stronger hand. You'll hate it to begin with though.
March 25, 2013 4:17:17 AM

there are products out there to get around this, as for a keyboard i use ROCCAT ARVO this is a small gaming keyboard with macros place to the left and right of the up arrow keys, the number pad has also been aligned directly above the arrow keys making a keypad of 18 keys that are on that block, your thumb can reach a staggering 8 additional keys on the main board with 3 more macros under the easy to reach space bar so you can mouse with your left hand and have a game changing anti ghost keyboard, The only mouse i will ever use is a ROCCAT COVA+ as this has 16 functions and i can change my DPI + sensitivity in an instant to suit my gaming needs at that moment, the easy shift key is a revelation and gives you loads of functions
May 6, 2013 1:19:58 PM

rambostyrer said:
Looking for a good gaming keyboard ( below 70$) for a left handed user, using a standard keyboard currently and re-bind my keys to the numpad on the right, but often run out of keys.

would like something like the Steelseries Merc , but with the "pad" modified for a lefthanded gamer.

any suggestions out there??





p.s. don't if this is the right category for this thread.



Microsoft Sidewinder X6
June 8, 2013 4:03:55 AM

I've been using right handed mice and keyboards for 15years and I started to feel pain in my right hand as the games needed me to do stuff that I'm not capable to do with it like perfect aiming and so forth. I got used to the right hand setup since I started using right handed mice and keyboards, as some of you guys, but changed my mind about it for about less than a month ago since I've seen more games demanding more pressure on it. I can't do rapid perfect circles with a right handed mouse but I can with a left handed one (was something that bothered me to the extreme cause of the game OSU!).
I changed to left handed mice and after about a week i got the same perfection as I did with my right hand. You have the sense built in your brain, you just need to change mouse usage to make the mind rebuild the connections for it. It feels horrible at first, not being able to aim correctly and so forth, but as you continue, it feels better and then flawless. I seriously prefer using left handed mice ever since I changed and suggest you do the change if you are a lefty. You can always step back to the right hand if you want, I still have the same sense I had from when I used it. But as a lefty, left is better and easier to improve.
The time it takes to get the same result as your right hand might take more time than it took for me since it always depends on the user. But don't cut down on sleep just cause you want to try to train your left hand all night and make a miracle fast change, since sleeping is what repairs and rebuilds your brains "connections" and make you actually be able to use it correctly. Also the reason why you should sleep properly during training days.
November 20, 2013 2:10:49 AM

All keyboards are left handed, they were built before mice existed and still are built with the numpad in the wrong damn place to be productive as a right handed person. IT SHOULD BE STANDARD!!!

But as far as your issue goes, rebind keys to the middle/right of the keyboard, as in O,K,; or P,L,' instead of W,A,D or E,S,F.
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