Gaming has made great leaps in accessibility over the years. Companies are learning that there’s more gamers out there, with different needs to be solved. In that vein, Razer produced the Razer Naga Left-Handed Edition.
On a technical level, this is an excellent mouse. It weighs in at 109 grams, giving it a comfortable level of heft without being too unwieldy. It also comes stocked with a 2.1 meter cable, so you’re never going to find yourself short on movement for this.
A Southpaw Perspective
As a left-handed person, the Left-Handed Naga felt a lot more natural than I thought. Despite my left hand being more dexterous than my right, various reasons still have me relying on my right hand for a lot of things. Yet despite this, the Naga feels very comfortable to use.
The shape of the mouse gives this a very comfortable fit. At this point, the main issues with the mouse are more to do with adjusting to the new hand position. The mouse’s ergonomic shape really helps this transition along, however.
The mouse’s default settings come with all the buttons mirrored, which is very useful. It’s educational, too, since you realize that you don’t remember what the function of a button is based on its location, rather what fingers its proximal to. This gives it a very strong first impression as you seemingly use it with minimal effort.
Of course, not all left handed people are the same, and the Razer App allows you to customize the buttons to your liking. This focus on accessibility and customization is great for the mouse.
Gaming With The Mouse In The Other Hand
This mouse prides itself on being aimed at MMO and RTS players. Having tried out some games with it, I can see why. The buttons are very comfortable, even on a hand that’s not used to having that much control. The programmable buttons for the thumb are also much obliged, and I had little difficulty navigating between them.
The mouse comes with sensitivity buttons next to the mouse wheel, which are really useful in more intense gaming sessions. Sometimes you want every little nudge to count, and sometimes you want to not be offset by mild twitches. The ability to toggle between the two on the fly is nice, especially since my left hand is capable of better utilizing the shift in sensitivity.
The previously mentioned app also plays a role in the mouse’s display, as you can customize its RGB lighting to really personalize your gaming experience. The fact that the app installs while you plug in the mouse is great too, because it makes sure you can get into your gaming setup as soon as possible.
The Razer Naga Left-Handed Edition is a nice mouse. It’s got all the bells and whistles associated with the Razer name, and making it with left-handed people in mind is great from an accessibility standpoint.
If anything, the main problem with the mouse is the lack of other left-handed peripherals. Typing right-handed is a lot harder, and losing the ability to coordinate your movements because you have to let go of your mouse to type is very strange. This isn’t the mouse’s fault, obviously. But using left-handed products certainly makes you question these things.
Razer has said that they’re producing the mouse at a loss. While probably true from a financial standpoint, I can only imagine the PR goodwill they’ve gained. Giving gamers a left-handed mouse that not only caters to their needs but is also just a good gaming mouse is a great way to earn some brownie points, after all. Even if you’re used to doing things the right-handed way, I definitely encourage curious southpaws to check this one out.