No one wants to get stuck with the wrong gaming accessories. While it may be fun for some gamers to see how far they can go by ditching their controllers and playing with a Guitar Hero controller or something even more inane, most of us will have a better time playing with good and proper gear. So, if you’re left-handed, you shouldn’t have to settle for all the right-handed gaming mice out there.Fortunately, there are some options. There are more than a few ambidextrous mice that offer just as much capability for southpaw gaming as they do for righties. Some don’t mirror all the buttons, but some do, so you can get the benefits from thumb buttons, which can really make a difference for popping abilities in games.Unfortunately, dedicated mice for left-handed use are far rarer. They crop up now and then, but seem to go out of stock quickly. We’ve ranked our picks here, so if you see them in stock, just know that you might want to act quickly.
TL;DR – These are the Best Left-Handed Gaming Mice
1. Razer Naga Left-Handed Edition
Best Left-Handed Gaming Mouse
In a lot of cases, the typical left-handed mouse you’re going to find will simply be an ambidextrous mouse that works in a left-hand without being ergonomically built for it. And, sadly, a lot of the time you won’t get any thumb-buttons if you use that mouse left-handed. The Razer Naga Left-Handed Edition bucks that trend in a big way. Not only is this mouse designed specifically for left-handed use, but it tacks on a whole number pad for you thumb.Whether you’re a macro wizard, an MMO player, or just like having backup options for your in-game controls, those 12 thumb buttons on the Razer Naga will give you plenty to work with. Those thumb buttons as well as the middle mouse button and Razer logo all get RGB lighting. Since tracking is just as important as buttons, the Razer Naga includes the Razer Focus+ Optical sensor, which can keep up with even the fastest movements.
2. Logitech G300s
Best Budget Left-Handed Gaming Mouse
Looking to save a few bucks? Logitechs ambidextrous G300s is a more affordable choice that still performs admirably. Its also surprisingly comfortable with nice finger/thumb grooves, nine programmable buttons and memory to store three profiles.
It comes with a cord that stretches more than six feet, which can feel a little unwieldy when used with a gaming laptop. Still, the DPI can go as high as 2,500, which is quite impressive for a mouse at this price point, and a 1ms response time means its ready for the pro leagues. Plus, at $20, whos arguing?
3. Logitech G903 Hero Lightspeed
The modular master
Logitech absolutely nails it with the G903 (see our review), which is both wireless and incredibly comfortable. Granted, this is actually an ambidextrous mouse, but so are many of the best left-handed options.
Youll get up to 24 hours of playtime with the RGB lights on, 32 with them off. But get this when you use the G903 with Logitechs Powerplay mouse pad it will actually charge itself, ensuring you never get caught short.
With a report rate of 1ms, it also has a lighting-fast response time, meaning its ready for professional and non-professional gaming alike.
4. SteelSeries Sensei 310
Great overall balance
The SteelSeries Sensei 310 (see our review) brings a lot of good stuff to the table. First of all, it weighs just 3.2 ounces, so its incredibly light without feeling cheap or hollow. Secondly, its been designed for palm and grip styles, with textured grip panels on each side so you dont slide off during those intense (and sweaty) sessions.
Whats more, the Advanced Jitter Reduction gives the mouse more natural movement. We also love the split-trigger buttons on the side. You can save all your lighting (16.8 million colors to choose from) and performance settings directly to the mouse too. Just note that this one is wired-only.
5. Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition
For those who want serious range
The second Razer mouse on our list, this ambidextrous option has an impressively high 16,000 DPI (scroll down for more on why thats important), nine programmable buttons and customizable lighting with 16.8 million color combinations to choose from.
Theres a rubberized wheel and tactile grips on both sides so you stay in control when things heat up, while the onboard storage lets you save your settings directly to the mouse. It runs on a single AAA battery, so this it’s not rechargeable unless you plug in a rechargeable battery.
6. Corsair M55 RGB Pro
The affordable all-rounder
For a very reasonable price, the Corsair M55 RGB Pro (see our review) brings a lot to the table, starting with a comfortable design that only weighs 0.2lbs (89g). Combine that with a 12,400 DPI and eight fully programmable buttons, and youve got a mouse thats not only ready for some serious gaming but wont break the bank doing it.
It doesnt feel as premium as more expensive mice on our list, but the Corsair is an affordable all-rounder that doesnt disappoint.
What to Know About Left-handed Gaming Mice
Wired vs. wireless
Your choice of a wired or wireless mouse may come down to personal preference, but be aware of some immutable facts. Firstly, wireless mice can give you a bit more freedom than wired mice simply due to having no cord to drag them down.The good news is that, on the whole, wireless mice are now just as responsive as wired ones, so lag shouldnt be a problem but wed always recommend reading reviews before purchase.
The biggest drawback of wireless mice? The higher price.
Response rate and DPI
If youre buying a mouse for gaming, you need to pay more attention to response time and DPI.
The optical sensor is what controls the mouse response rate. For gaming, you want a mouse that has a 1ms response rate. When it comes to DPI (dots per inch), you have more space to play with, and many mice will actually let you set your desired DPI within a specified range.
The higher the DPI, the more sensitive the mouse; if youre using a lighter gaming mouse, then youll want the DPI to be lower. Truth be told, most gamers keep their DPI below 1000, but wed recommend choosing a mouse that has at least 1,600 DPI.
Hugh Langley is a tech journalist whos fascinated by wearables, health tech, the smart home, and more. You can find him tweeting (often nonsense) over at @hughlangley.