When we talk about mice – or mouses, as many of you may like to refer to the plural form of the computer peripheral – there are a plethora of unique options available on the market today, including gaming, wireless, ergonomic, and ambidextrous mouses, among others.
However, not too many people may have heard about a vertical mouse, which can be simply described as a regular mouse placed on its side.
Swiss peripheral maker Logitech on Monday (August 20) unveiled exactly such a mouse – its most ergonomic version of the auxiliary computing device, yet – the MX Vertical.
First off, let’s touch upon the reasons why a standard mouse is considered bad for you; before we go on to discuss the virtues and benefits of the vertical variant.
Basically, when you’re using a traditional mouse, you’re resting the underside of the wrist of your mouse-arm on the surface of whatever it is you work on, leading to medical conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injuries.
Of course, the level of susceptibility depends on the frequency and duration of usage – meaning, people using a computer and a regular mouse for long hours on a daily basis are particularly vulnerable.
Aimed at reducing muscle activity by as much as ten percent, Logitech has designed the MX Vertical to resemble a handshake orientation, which, the Lausanne–based company says, will be easier on the wrist, thereby reducing, if not eliminating, the chances of related afflictions.
“Scientifically tested and ergonomist-approved, MX VERTICAL is designed with a natural handshake position and a 57-degree vertical angle to reduce forearm strain and wrist pressure and muscular activity by up to 10 percent compared to a standard mouse,” says Logitech in its blog post entitled, “Introducing Logitech’s Most Advanced Ergonomic Mouse – MX VERTICAL.”
“The comfort form is designed to fit a variety of hand shapes and sizes, while the textured rubber surface and thumb rest ensure a solid and natural grip,” says Logitech.
The first thing that becomes apparent when you hold the MX Vertical is the way your hand is placed on the device, resting at an angle on the rubberized ergonomic surface of the mouse, instead of lying flat on it in the traditional style.
It’s more of a side-on grip that keeps your wrist in a handshake position – an exceptionally comfortable way of holding and operating a mouse, which you can never fully get the sense of until you’ve spent some hands-on time with the thing.
The right and left click buttons and the scroll wheel are located on the right side (the side that bulges out) of the MX Vertical, which Logitech says is inclined at an angle of 57-degrees.
The thumb is intended to rest on the opposite side (the concave side), where you will also find two customizable buttons.
On the top of the mouse, you have this button that controls the speed of the pointer, although you have the option of customizing it using the Logitech Options software, which also supports gesture-based system shortcuts.
The MX Vertical can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or Logitech’s Unifying Receiver USB dongle, as well as through the included USB-C cable for a wired link.
Logitech Flow support allows for moving between computers without really having to pair the device again and again each time it’s used on a different device.
As stated above, the ergonomics on this thing are phenomenal, making it a super-comfortable mouse meant for long hours of usage, although the orientation is likely to take some getting used to.
The battery life on the MX Vertical is one more strong point to its credit, allowing it run wirelessly for as long as four months on a single full charge, which translates to about three hours of battery life per minute of charging.
The $99.99 MX Vertical is available for pre-order on the Logitech website effective immediately, with shipping due in September; that’s when the mouse will be hitting the stores, as well.
Is the MX Vertical ergonomic? Is it comfortable? Is it affordable? Is it worth switching over to?
The answer to all of them is, definitely, in the affirmative.