REVIEW: Logitech MX Vertical Mouse

If you’re thinking that all mice are pretty much the same, think again.  Logitech has introduced the MX Vertical mouse with much of the same features as other flagship mice, but is radically different in design.

Instead of operating in a typically horizontal plain, the MX Vertical operates as its name implies, vertically.  You next question would be why would this be an improvement.  The primary benefit is that it virtually eliminates carpel tunnel syndrome that occurs when your hand is in a horizontal position for an extended period.  Using the MX Vertical mouse with its 57º angle, you are in a solid handshake mode that puts your hand in a more comfortable position for extended periods. Persons with hand medical issues would find a 10% reduction in muscular strain.

Connectivity

The MX Vertical mouse’s position is not its only benefit.  It is loaded with many features common to premium mice. For starters, this mouse offers 3 connectivity options: (1) Bluetooth, (2) RF receiver dongle (included), and (3) wired connectivity with included cable.  The rechargeable battery will stay operational for 4 months on a full charge. Additionally, from a 1-minute charge you will get 3 hours of use.  This mouse offers an LED that lets you know when to recharge .

Control 3 Devices

Like many of Logitech’s other products, this mouse offers what Logitech calls an Easy-Switch that can pair up to 3 devices and seamlessly switch between them.

Laser Tracking

This mouse features Logitech’s laser tracking which means it works on most surfaces even glass!

Cursor Speed Control

The button on top of the mouse is a cursor speed switch that instantly adjusts the DPI for faster or more precise cursor movement.  This replaces the spin wheel common to most mice. 

Programmability

Another benefit of this mouse is its programmability.  The the MX Vertical has  4 programmable buttons.  These can open applications, create keyboard shortcuts, print and more.

Installation

The MX Vertical’s installation is quite simple. Only 2 steps are required:

  • Insert the RF receiver into one of your USB ports or go to your Bluetooth menu in System Preferences.
  • Load Logitech’s  Logi Options software and follow the simple instructions.

Evaluation

Setting up this mouse is simple as noted above, but a vertical mouse could take some getting used to if you are accustomed to a standard horizontal one.  Of course, this is a personal matter as each of us would react differently.  I would suggest purchasing this mouse from a vendor that makes it easy to return if the shape of this mouse in your hand is problematic.

A serious negative for some is that this mouse is designed for right-handed individuals.  Left-handed persons should be cautioned.  If you opt to program buttons on your mouse, keep in mind that this mouse has only 4 programmable buttons, while many others have more.

This Logitech MX Vertical Mouse sells for $99.99.  Since it has been introduced a few months ago discounts can easily be found.  Some vendors sell this mouse for $84 and eBay shoppers can find even lower pricing.

Obviously, this mouse is not for everyone.  But if  you are game to try using a mouse with a more comfortable grip loaded with features to boot, the MX Vertical is a mouse to consider.

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