Gear Check: Razer DeathAdder Left Hand Edition
Though it's not exactly a matter for public record, I've always been of the opinion that
makes an excellent mouse. Most of the things that they normally brag about don't seem to make or break the product (“our mouse is almost 3000 points more responsive than a regular mouse!”), but I've never been dissatisfied by a product of theirs.
Razer DeathAdder Left Hand Edition
is no exception. It is an excellent quality mouse that glides easily, works on most surfaces, responds to an intuitive amount of pressure on all the buttons, and has worked flawlessly since I automatically acquired the drivers on my Windows 7 Laptop. It is, in every way, the equal of the
right handed DeathAdder
(Just as you would expect), which is what I have used up until reviewing this product. I have not made use of the on-disc drivers provided with the mouse, because my computer was able to download them automatically, but I have been repeatedly assured that their installation and use is relatively easy.
I am left-handed, in case you were wondering, which is why I was selected for this review. That being said, I have never found myself particularly inconvenienced by being forced to use a mouse with my right hand. Using a mouse is a non-intuitive enough action that I didn't feel particularly bound to learn with my dominant hand over my offhand.
Switching back to my left hand was awkward at first. While regular computer operation was more or less the same, I found my fine motor control tasks (as are required by some games) suffering initially. I was surprised, though, by how soon I began to adjust, and my performance quickly leveled out. I did not, however, find that my speed or accuracy when using a mouse increased significantly over its right handed levels. Using my left hand over my right hasn't given me any significant advantage, despite using my left hand for more or less everything
I do. Perhaps this will change if I put much more practice into it, but it doesn't appear to be on the verge of changing right now.
Already owning a right handed DeathAdder, it seems unlikely that I would have purchased the left-handed edition, but again, I have never felt particularly inconvenienced as a left hander in a right handed world (with the possible exception of elementary school writing desks). If you, dear left-handed reader, feel oppressed by the yoke of the right handed world, this is most definitely the mouse for you. Likewise, if you've been saving up, and aren't sure if you want to buy a gaming mouse or a conversation piece, you can get both at once here (speaking of which, my hat goes off to Razer for keeping the price the same between the left and right handed versions. It must have cost some non-zero amount of money to flip the model for the new one, but they were smart enough to know that a left handed mouse is not a strong enough idea to catch on when it's fighting the uphill battle of value).
A certain part of me rebels at my own reaction here. Could there be any worse advice than "Even if something is inconvenient for you, it's probably better to just live with it than to rock the boat"? Shouldn't I be imploring people to go out and buy left handed mice, just to send the message "We are left-handed and we will not be ignored!"?
Of course that being said, whoever bought gaming electronics to make a point?
If you would ever buy a left handed mouse, this is an excellent one on every count. If you wouldn't buy a left handed mouse, nothing I can say will change that—but nonetheless, Razer deserves a tremendous amount of respect for making the effort to service this under-appreciated market.
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