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Mouse Shapes - What's the Best Shape for Gaming?

If you’ve ever shopped for a gaming mouse, you might have noticed that there are two shapes: ambidextrous and ergonomic.

But what exactly does that mean? And what is the best for gaming?

Let’s find out.

What is Ambidextrous and Ergonomic Mice?

Ambidextrous means the left side and the right side of the mouse is symmetrical.

In other words, the left half of the mouse is the exact mirror of the right half.

So naturally, it’s suitable for both left-handed and right-handed players.

In the picture above, you can see the Logitech G Pro Wireless is symmetrical on both sides.

Ergonomic mice are designed to fit the right hand. The left half of the mouse is different from the right half.

If it’s not specified which hand, most likely it’s right-handed ergonomic. For left-handers, there are left-handed ergonomic mice.

Another mouse is Razer Deathadder Elite, and you can tell that it’s not symmetrical. The left half has a different shape from the right half.

Which Shape is Best for Gaming?

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Number one factor is comfort level.

If you’re already used to your mouse and feel confident when gaming, you should look for a similar shape and feel when buying a new mouse.

Playing with a shape you’re already familiar with is helpful, but most importantly it will let you play with the same grip style that you’ve been using.

If you don’t have a preference of mouse shape, you should think about this:

Carpe, one of the best players and aimers in the history of Overwatch, told us that palm grip is better with ergonomic mice, and claw grip is better with ambidextrous mice in his opinion:

Specifically, he uses the Logitech G903 with claw grip. As Carpe suggested, it’s an ambidextrous mice.

Try using your mouse and see what kind of grip style you have, and look for the appropriate mouse shape.

Did we help you find the right mouse shape for you? Let us know in the comment section.

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Andrew is a lifetime gamer and a former amateur esports player. He has worked as the manager for teams such as the New York Excelsior and the Los Angeles Gladiators. Andrew has been mentioned in ESPN, Inven, The Ringer and other esports magazines and journals. andrew@gearrate.com