Razer’s Robert Krakoff on ‘lefties’
With the President of Razer, Robert Krakoff a leftie too, I sent over an email to see what the deal was, here’s the response.
While I wouldn?t rule out the possibility of a purely left handed version of the DeathAdder the decision to make it right handed only was purely business. We need to see how large the CS market responds to this combination of form and technology before we add a left handed version. Over the years we have made only ambidextrous mice and in fact our next mouse will be ambidextrous as well.
We don?t have any good research as to the size of the left handed market for gaming mice is so we act on the assumption that 8 to 15% of the population is left-handed and studies indicate that left-handedness is more common in males than females.
So I would say that initially the decision was primarily financial, where the cost of molds and production might not return the investment, and partially logistical where the traditional retailers of the world would not stock such a narrowly focused product. Our plan once the DeathAdder reaches the necessary critical mass in sales is to contract a short run of left handed DeathAdders and sell them online only. This could take some time or could never happen, but as a left handed gamer myself, I hope it will.
So Razers next mouse will be ambidextrous, and if enough of us show some interest in a left -handed version of the Deathadder this may well happen, too. Good news for the left-handers out there 🙂