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Razer Finally Makes Something for Lefties

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Being a leftie must be difficult. So much of the world's ergonomics are designed for right-handed people that southpaws can't help but feel sometimes as if they're second class citizens.

Computers are no exception, with many ergonomic computer mice being shaped for the right hand. Lefties who wish to mouse with their dominant hands are usually left only with shape-neutral, symmetrical mice.

Some of that changes today, as Razer has announced its first left-handed gaming mouse. Razer has taken its DeathAdder gaming mouse and flipped it to create the aptly named DeathAdder Left Hand Edition, which keeps the comfortable ergonomic form factor with a 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 Krakoff, president, Razer USA.

With so many years passed since Razer started in the gaming mouse business, it's interesting to learn that Krakoff is a leftie.

"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," he revealed. "There is really no substitute for gaming with your naturally dominant hand."

The DeathAdder Left Hand Edition now available for $59.99 or €59.99.

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    tehTyrant , March 17, 2010 10:38 PM
    I think most lefties like myself, just learned to do most everything else, right handed by now, except for writing and holding food utensils =D... /shrug

    I am one of those lefties that throws left and bats right handed as well X_X

    But hey, it's about time, Razer!
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    sabot00 , March 17, 2010 10:28 PM
    Will this raise lefties' ranks in tournaments?
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    tehTyrant , March 17, 2010 10:38 PM
    I think most lefties like myself, just learned to do most everything else, right handed by now, except for writing and holding food utensils =D... /shrug

    I am one of those lefties that throws left and bats right handed as well X_X

    But hey, it's about time, Razer!
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    4745454b , March 17, 2010 11:16 PM
    Agreed tehTyrant. When I first started using a computer my mother warned me that if I learned to use the mouse left handed, I'd be forever having to move it to the other side, reversing buttons, etc. I decided I would just use it right handed. A good choice seeing as at the time we were using the arrow buttons to move, but would have been heck when we went to WASD. For those that never bothered to learn how to use the mouse right handed I can see them liking this. Not sure there are enough of them out there though to make this worth while.
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    Warsaw , March 17, 2010 11:16 PM
    tehTyrantI think most lefties like myself, just learned to do most everything else, right handed by now, except for writing and holding food utensils =D... /shrugI am one of those lefties that throws left and bats right handed as well X_XBut hey, it's about time, Razer!


    100% truth. I'm a left-hander myself and I've done most stuff right-handed. Besides writing and throwing left-handed pretty much. 20 years too late Razer =(.
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    alvine , March 17, 2010 11:25 PM
    funny im a lefty and i use my right hand for the mouse with no problem, you just get use to it
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    jezzarisky , March 17, 2010 11:28 PM
    tehTyrantI think most lefties like myself, just learned to do most everything else, right handed by now, except for writing and holding food utensils =D... /shrugI am one of those lefties that throws left and bats right handed as well X_XBut hey, it's about time, Razer!

    Strangely enough, I do bat right handed as well, and also while playing soccer kick with my right foot. But I throw and write left handed.

    and I'm happy to see they finally made a left handed mouse, but I think 90% of lefties have just learned to use the mouse with their right hand.
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , March 17, 2010 11:32 PM
    A left handed mouse is cool in all but how many gaming keyboards are there that are left handed?
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    alextheawesome , March 17, 2010 11:44 PM
    I'm left handed, I can't stand using a left handed mouse.
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    teaser , March 17, 2010 11:56 PM
    Yeah,Im a lefty also and I use my right hand for my mouse......it feels natural,ive never even wanted to use my left hand to control my mouse,I have a friend who is also a lefty and when i try to use his mouse ,which is set up for a lefty it just feels weird......
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    zerapio , March 18, 2010 12:20 AM
    +1 to all the lefties :D 
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    the_krasno , March 18, 2010 12:21 AM
    tehTyrantI think most lefties like myself, just learned to do most everything else, right handed by now, except for writing and holding food utensils =D... /shrugI am one of those lefties that throws left and bats right handed as well X_XBut hey, it's about time, Razer!

    teaserYeah,Im a lefty also and I use my right hand for my mouse......it feels natural,ive never even wanted to use my left hand to control my mouse,I have a friend who is also a lefty and when i try to use his mouse ,which is set up for a lefty it just feels weird......

    thegreathuntingdolphinA left handed mouse is cool in all but how many gaming keyboards are there that are left handed?


    That's because most keyboards's layout is based on the assumption that the mouse will be on the right, not the left. Because of that it would be uncomfortable to type in a right handed keyboard using a left handed mouse.
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    JohnnyLucky , March 18, 2010 12:33 AM
    Is this a first? I'm surprised it took so many years for someone to come up with a mouse for lefties.
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    xterrain15 , March 18, 2010 12:38 AM
    I'm a righty, but I use my left hand for the mouse. I actually prefer it in almost all ways. I feel that with wasd, the right hand accesses more keys.
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    axilon , March 18, 2010 1:31 AM
    Ha, I'm right handed and use the mouse with my left, my father is left handed so I've become accustomed to it. For a few years I contorted my hand for a G5, now I use a copperhead, damn fine ambidextrous mouse, but I will be picking up one of these lefties... anxious to see how it feels.
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    Dkz , March 18, 2010 3:11 AM
    This is not the FIRST razer mouse for lefties, sorry, but Diamondback G3 it's also for both left/right hands. It has 2 buttons on both sides, of course you can set them as you like best.
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    tacoslave , March 18, 2010 3:27 AM
    haha i love how all the lefties started to post on this article i didn't know there were so many here on toms! (btw i'm ambidextrous)
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    lsirui , March 18, 2010 4:12 AM
    I am lefty and ambidextrous. Now I have G9 on the right and Diamondback on the left (reversed button) and when one hand gets tired, I switch to the other instantly and efficiently.
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    rebturtle , March 18, 2010 5:12 AM
    So will lefties re-map all of their keys? W-A-S-D --> I-J-K-L?
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    mtyermom , March 18, 2010 6:16 AM
    Go, go lefties! I'm another lefty that has always used mice right handed. I tried a left handed mouse and hated it.

    My fine motor skills come from the left (writing, eating, shooting, etc), and my power comes from the right (throwing, swinging, punching, etc).
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    Syndil , March 18, 2010 9:18 AM
    rebturtleSo will lefties re-map all of their keys? W-A-S-D --> I-J-K-L?


    Already do. I've been using Razer mice since the very beginning, with the Razer Boomslang. Thankfully most of their mice are ambidextrous, but I am happy to see them building an ergo model specifically for lefties. I will stick with my ambidextrous Lachesis.

    And yes, I move with I,J,K and L. It does require me to re-map keys for just about every game, but the benefits are vast. With W,A,S,D, the only keys you have to the left of those keys (and thus easily accessed by your pinky or ring finger) are Tab, Caps Lock and Shift. With I,J,K,L, I have gobs of keys to both the right and the left of my movement keys for me to choose from. Some of my most used keys are all the punctuation keys (7 of them on my keyboard), right-shift, and return to the right of I,J,K,L, all of which can be reached with my pinky while not lifting the rest of my fingers from my movement keys.

    Frankly even if I did play right-handed, I would still re-map closer to the center of the keyboard in order to have more available keys for my pinky finger. It makes a big difference.

    Another benefit of mousing left-handed is that since the number pad is on the right side of a full-size keyboard, you can have both your letter keys and your mouse closer to the center of the desk. Think about it. Right-handed, if you center your letters on your desk, the number pad pushes your mouse way out to the right, or you end up shifting your keyboard off to the left. So unnatural.
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