LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT! EDWARD CHESTER CHECKS OUT SOME OF THE LATEST AMBIDEXTROUS MICE
Looking after lefties with some good choices for mice
HOW WE TEST
A mbidextrous mice have become a bit of a rarity these days. With most righthanded users preferring a mouse shaped specifically for that hand, and with lefties only making up around 10 per cent of the population, the market for them is limited. Being left-handed isn’t the only reason to go for such a mouse though. Some people, prefer the fit of an ambidextrous in the palm of their hand.
Either way, while your options might be limited, the same isn’t true of the performance on offer. All the mice in this group test feature highly capable optical sensors, multiple buttons, precisely engineered ergonomics and a couple even have full RGB lighting.
We’re looking for a comfortable shape that needs to be as universal as possible when it comes to mouse grip styles. After all, while many manufacturers have several right-handed mice optimised for different grip types, most have just one ambidextrous model.
Styling and build quality are also important. None of these mice is going to easily fall apart, but premium softtouch finishes, rubber padding and tightly fitted buttons will affect comfort. Meanwhile, quality cables, glide pads and extra buttons all help to ensure the mouse fits smoothly into your everyday computing life.
Then, of course, there’s the sensor. We seem to have gone full circle when it comes to sensor preference, with optical sensors being the preferred choice for many, after several years of mouse makers pushing towards laser sensors. This is primarily because lasers have trouble with soft mouse mats. The light penetrates the porous surface, which can confuse the sensor, leading to less accurate tracking and a tendency for the pointer to move when the mouse is stationary.
Software is also key, ideally offering a comprehensive range of adjustments – including lift height, sensitivity and polling rate – but remain relatively lightweight and easy to navigate. Any software that’s too bloated or lacking in features can instantly reduce the appeal of a mouse.
Performance testing was achieved simply by using each mouse for several hours for desktop work and gaming.
As with build quality, at this price there are few truly awful mice when it comes to tracking, but the very best can still sometimes feel just a little more responsive and accurate.