First, Understand the Need for Left-Hand Gaming Keypads
In the world of competitive gaming, every millisecond counts. Gamers use peripheral hardware like gaming mice, headsets, keyboards, and keypads to gain the upper hand.
Keypads are especially important because they’re half the size of a keyboard. The condensed control area allows for easy access to the most important key functions. What’s the purpose? Shaving off milliseconds to strike the opponent first.
So, for someone who values speed and agility, having a keyboard or keypad can make all the difference. However, most keypads and keyboards can only accommodate right-hand gamers with true comfort. Enter the niche market for left-hand gaming keypads: the solution for both hands.
Defining Left-Hand Keypads
Left-hand keypads have a major advantage because the contoured design creates a more comfortable experience for all hands. The main difference lies in the design. Many left-handed keypads have a limited number of keys, ensuring gaming commands are readily available without slow and unnecessary hand movements.
Plus, left-hand keypads are separated from a player’s main keyboard. allowing users to position their keypad on the opposite side of their mouse. Doing so allows players to stay centered without awkwardly repositioning their main keyboard. The largest benefit is convenience and timing because keypads allow user to comfortably spread out their peripherals.
One of the biggest misconceptions about left-hand keypads is thinking they won’t work for a right-hand gamer. That’s not true because right-hand gamers are already using their left hands to control their keypads or keyboards. So, why wouldn’t using a left-handed keypad work as well? Designed for comfort and flexibility, SideQuest fills the gap for both hands.
Now that you have a basic understanding, let’s break down the features and benefits of SideQuest. This left-hand keypad by Dunwyvern Gaming offers 26 programmable keys, multiple mode profiles, a full-motion analog thumbstick, mechanical switches, natural hand contour, customizable macros (coming soon), and backlit keycaps.
1. Contour & Comfort
SideQuest was designed with natural hand contour. This allows gamers to play comfortably, keeping the buttons right at their fingertips. The convenience also allows users to engage the buttons head-on at 90 degrees. Plus, the full-motion analog thumbstick allows users to smoothly transition between directions with a full range of motion.
SideQuest runs smoothly for gamers who want to multitask while playing games like World of Warcraft or Overwatch. For example, someone could use their free hand to eat, drink, or use a phone while still being able to cycle through macros and presets with their left hand.
However, SideQuest’s full-motion analog thumbstick does not eliminate the need for a mouse.
3. Unique Gameplay Experiences
Left-hand keypads like SideQuest offer unique gameplay experiences that are not possible with traditional keyboards. For example, a keyboard may have buttons or triggers in different places that allow for new ways to interact with a game.
SideQuest has mechanical switches created by Cherry MX Low Profile RGB Speed (the fastest switch offered by Cherry). These are the specs that make a difference:
- Linear switching
- 45 cN operating force
- 1.0 mm pre-travel
- 3.2 mm total travel
- No click
- With a dedicated line from each key switch to the 32-bit processor, gamers have the absolute minimum delay in their gameplay (7ms response time)
4. Competitive advantage
In many cases, left-hand keypads like SideQuest can provide a competitive advantage in certain types of games. For example, a gamer using SideQuest may be able to react faster or perform certain actions more efficiently than someone using a traditional keyboard. Plus, with multiple mode profiles, gamers can save up to 8 of their game profiles and easily toggle between different games’ key layouts.
SideQuest can also help provide gamers with a competitive advantage through customizable macros. All someone has to do is write their own macro and bind it to a key and they’ll be ready to play. With 26 programmable keys, there are plenty of ways gamers can customize their gameplay.
The way a controller looks doesn’t normally have an impact on gameplay, but it can still make all the difference when showing it off to your friends. That’s why SideQuest has fully customizable LED color-enhanced keycaps. Users can play with preprogrammed lighting effects or create their own version.
Left-hand gaming keypads belong to a niche market. However, like all PC accessories, having the right tools can make or break the gaming experience. With few reliable keypads to choose from in the gaming industry, there’s a strong demand for something new and reliable.
What is Dunwyvern Gaming?
We’re a gaming hardware start-up looking to shake up the industry. Our goal is to launch the company into the world of peripheral gaming through the introduction of the company’s first PC keypad, SideQuest. Throughout our journey, we have been working with gaming professionals to fine-tune our prototypes so we can create a keypad that fills the gap where others fall short.
We’re still in the early stages of the company, so we encourage you to grow with us by helping us understand what gamers truly want. Scroll to the bottom of this blog to follow our social media accounts to join the discussion. You may also join our email list for updates on the product launch of SideQuest. Simply email email@example.com.