Razer confirms plans for left-handed Naga
April 3, 2012 | 13:17
Gaming peripherals maker and would-be tablet and laptop giant Razer has announced its intentions to finally do right by the sinister portion of the populace: the creation of a left-handed variant of its Razer Naga gaming mouse.
It's not the first widdershins pointing device the company has released: it already makes a mirrored variant of its Razer DeathAdder for left-handers, but the majority of its product portfolio is at best 'ambidextrous' (a word used in this context to typically mean 'equally uncomfortable in either hand') or exclusively for the use of right-handed types.
Company chief executive Min-Liang Tan promised that the Naga would receive the same treatment as the DeathAdder and see a mirror-image release if the company received at least 10,000 'Likes' on social networking site Facebook before the 21st of April - a figure reached before the end of March, much to Razer's surprise.
Southpaws having made their feelings known, Razer is following through on its promise to produce a left-handed variant - but there is a slight catch: the device won't reach retail channels until early next year.
When it finally does launch, left-handed gamers will be given the opportunity to use a device with the same specification as right-handed gamers have been enjoying since launch: 17 buttons designed for massively multiplayer online games, a 5,600dpi laser sensor and a tracking speed of a claimed 200 inches per second (IPS.)
The one piece of information Razer isn't sharing just yet: the price. With a smaller target market, the company could theoretically justify a higher retail price - although to do so would likely incur the wrath of left-handed gamers who already feel unfairly marginalised by the surfeit of right-hand-only pointing peripherals on the market today.