The Best Ambidextrous Wireless Gaming Mouse for Left-Handed Players on a Budget?
Being a left-handed gamer for years, I’ve always had to settle for gaming mice designed for the majority of people on this planet. Needless to say, a right-handed gaming mouse is not entirely comfortable for lefties, especially as mice get bigger and more contoured for comfort during long hours. What’s a lefty gotta do then?
While there are numerous left-handed options available on the market, I personally lean more towards ambidextrous gaming mice, since they are streamlined, and can be used easily by both right-handed and left-handed gamers.
All major brands, including Razor, Logitech, and such, make ambidextrous mice, but I was in the market for a wireless option since I’ve been on a de-cluttering drive for a while and ridding my desk of any and all wires I can do away with.
As it turns out, wireless, ambidextrous, gaming mice with decent RGB options, are quite pricey. With typical options such as the Logitech G903 LightSpeed wireless mouse, or one of the SteelSeries variants costing above $125 or so. One of the cheaper wireless gaming mice, around $50, was the Razer Atheris, but it fell out of my consideration because it is too small, and I wanted something sizeable enough for a palm grip, instead of forcing me to use a claw grip.
After a lot of searching, I finally found, what I believe, is one of the best, if not THE best wireless ambidextrous gaming mouse for left-handed players – the Asus ROG Pugio II (or 2).
ASUS ROG Pugio II in the box
The ASUS ROG Pugio 2 comes with a USB-C charging cable and a small, triangular, curious-looking box. This box includes an extra pair of switches, a switch-changing tool, and changeable magnetic buttons to do on the sides. While not all gamers may want to change switches, the inclusion of extra ones is definitely welcome, as it also extends the mouse’s useful life in case of switch failure.
Asus ROG Pugio 2 key features and first impressions
The Pugio 2 has a lot going for it. It is an ambidextrous gaming mouse, it is wireless, it has RGB, and it supports three connectivity modes: Bluetooth, 2.4GHz via an included dongle, and wired mode (with the included USB-C cable).
Switching between these modes is very easy with the buttons at the bottom of the mouse, and you also get DPI shift and a Bluetooth pairing button.
Wired and 2.4GHz modes work flawlessly, and the mouse supports 16,000 dpi (if you really need it). I did run into some problems with Bluetooth connectivity on my Macbook, which did not recognize the mouse out of the box. However, once I paired the mouse with my Windows laptop, it started showing up on my Macbook too.
Switching between connectivity modes is a breeze and the mouse feels solid in the hand, has a great tactile texture feel, palm grip is comfortable and the size is great for most small to medium-sized hands. In terms of actual size, you’re looking at 126mm in length, 57mm in width and 40mm in height, which is very similar to most gaming mice, including the Logitech 402 and so on.
The build quality is very decent, and the mouse features an opaque, but translucent body that shows hints of the inside in the right light. You also get a light in the wheel, one in the palm rest, and a strip under the mouse. The lights are easily configurable with the ROG Armoury II software, and you can also assign custom functions to the buttons.
The clicks are responsive and feel good, and are par for the course really. For me, the mouse stands out for a few reasons.
- The additional accessories (extra switches and buttons)
- The ergonomics and overall size
- The RGB is not overdone, and the mouse remains understated and subtle
- Multiple connectivity options can even be used to connect the mouse to three different computers and switch between them
- This is cheaper than competing mice which have similar features or less.
ASUS ROG Pugio 2 price
The ASUS ROG Pugio 2 initially came out for around $60, and that’s what I got it for, but the prices vary and the mouse can currently be found for between $70 and $100 since it is gaining more popularity.
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In conclusion, I’d like to highlight, as you might have noticed, this is not an in-depth review. In fact, here is a killer review you might want to see:
That being said, I wanted to share my first impressions and talk about this, IMO, very underrated mouse not enough people are talking about. It’s got great connectivity, great battery life, great accessories, great performance, and a price to match.
Note for Mac users: You cannot install ROG Armoury II on Macs, which means you can’t change the mouse settings and/or RGB setup without having a Windows computer handy.