I apologise. I’m sorry. I’m left-handed, forgive me.
Yet it’s worth noting that with Razer, at least, I don’t feel so much the outcast thanks to the DeathAdder Left-Hand Edition. I recall asking the founder of Razer, Robert “Razerguy” Krakoff, way back in March 2007 if they would ever consider a left-handed mouse, to which I received the following reply:
“While I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a purely left handed version of the DeathAdder, the decision to make it right-handed only was purely business. We need to see how large the CS market responds to this combination of form and technology before we add a left handed version. Over the years we have made only ambidextrous mice and in fact our next mouse will be ambidextrous as well.
We don’t have any good research as to the size of the left handed market for gaming mice is so we act on the assumption that 8 to 15% of the population is left-handed and studies indicate that left-handedness is more common in males than females. So I would say that initially the decision was primarily financial, where the cost of moulds and production might not return the investment, and partially logistical where the traditional retailers of the world would not stock such a narrowly focused product. Our plan once the DeathAdder reaches the necessary critical mass in sales is to contract a short run of left handed DeathAdders and sell them online only. This could take some time or could never happen, but as a left handed gamer myself, I hope it will.”
Roll on to 2013, and we have now seen Razer try their hand [no pun intended] at a left-handed model, which was actually launched in 2010. I’d like to think in some small way I contributed to getting this mouse ‘out there’ (along with countless others, of course). So, it’s only fitting that I revisit this mouse and see how good it really is.
It’s a fact that we lefties are forced to dismiss many top end mice from our short-lists. Most Logitech’s are out, many of Razer’s new mice are out, and as for the Mad Catz (R.A.T 9, etc), you’d have to be positively off your rockers as a leftie to go for one unless you wish to risk the loss of digits. Nope, options for the southpaw mouse connoisseur are slim, with only ambidextrous, mildly ergonomic right-handed models, and true left-handed designs worthy of consideration, and as far as I’m aware, the DeathAdder Left-Hand Edition is the only true left handed gaming mouse available.
While this review is most certainly of the left-handed model, the mouse internals are technically identical to the right-hander, so this review covers both really.Introducing the Razer DeathAdder Left-hand Edition