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Logitech unveils its first vertical mouse, the MX Vertical

By midian182 · 14 replies
Aug 20, 2018
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  1. Featuring a 57-degree angle, the MX Vertical’s handshake-like grip position can reduce muscular activity by up to 10 percent compared to a regular mouse, according to Logitech.

    The MX vertical is compatible with a variety of hand sizes, and its texturized rubber surface should ensure there’s no slippage. Using such an unusual mouse after years of operating traditional peripherals means getting accustomed to it can take some time, but early reviews say it really does reduce the pains associated with excessive mouse use.

    Logitech’s device features a 4000 DPI sensor and there’s a button on the top to switch between higher and lower settings. It charges via a USB Type-C port, and Logitech says it will work for a full four months when fully juiced. Connection to a PC is done through Bluetooth or Logitech’s Unifying Receiver USB dongle, or you can connect directly using the included USB Type-C cable. It also supports Logitech Flow, which lets users switch computers just by moving the mouse pointer to the end of the screen and allows the seamless transfer of text, image, and files.

    A couple of caveats with the MX Vertical is that it’s obviously not going to be great for fast-action, first-person shooter games. And at $99.99, it’s not cheap—but if it helps relieve strain as well as it promises, that seems like a small price to pay.

    The MX Vertical can be preordered today from Logitech’s website and ships in September.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,244   +1,677

    I wonder if they will make it for lefties.
    Reehahs and p51d007 like this.
  3. Anton Skryaga

    Anton Skryaga TS Enthusiast Posts: 38   +17

    So they propose to move entire hand instead of two fingers only?
    What about vertical keyboard? Or may be vertical piano keyboard? Oh, wait..

    And that 'look how creative the process of creating' video.. :))
    regiq likes this.
  4. Polycount

    Polycount TS Evangelist Posts: 1,896   +410

    Might actually get one of these. Developing carpal tunnel myself.
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  5. regiq

    regiq TS Addict Posts: 237   +113

    Yep, it does look like you need to move the entire hand, not really convincing.
    Have anyone tried using a trackball to prevent RSI?
  6. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 850   +658

    This makes me wonder how it works for those with carpal tunnel from typing. I don't have carpal tunnel, but this design makes me feel like it would overwork the upward movement of holding hands above the keyboard.

    The mouse also looks like it would weigh significantly more than a standard mouse. I would think my wrist/tendons would ache after a while.
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,069   +1,322

    Same question! I know when someone wants me to "fix" their computer, the first thing I do when I sit down is move the mouse to the left side (I can actually use either, but prefer left), and then say ALL FIXED. They'll look up and say you didn't do anything. Ummm yes I did, you were using the mouse on the WRONG side. Left handers use the "right" side of their brain :)
    stewi0001 likes this.
  8. Robby-san

    Robby-san TS Rookie

    I have tried a trackball. Used one when I was a part time computer user (electronics repair). I loved it then. When I went into IT work, the mouse became a problem. I tried going back to the trackball, and the pain got worse. I love a trackball, but I wouldn't use it a lot. I now use a vertical mouse and have very little discomfort. I like the look of the Logitech, though because of the thickness of it. I might have to try it. The secret to the vertical mouse is not the amount of movement, but the angle of your hand. It works.
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  9. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 837   +730

    We support a lot of people with mouse types which run the gamut: roller mouse, joystick, vertical, trackball, etc. People with different arm/wrist/elbow problems respond to each differently and one carpal tunnel person found after trying out a few options that swapping out a regular mouse L to R worked best for her to alleviate the strain.
    For me I find the mouse the best as I have no debilitating problems (yet...) because the mouse is more precise. You use the shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers together for differing levels of control from coarse to fine. All the other mouse types use only a subset of those in an effort to take strain off a the missing one.
    That said, I found a vertical mouse like this one to be quite comfortable and natural to use though without the fine control of the fingers, it probably would take more time to get used to. That and it felt like I was using my shoulder more than when using a regular mouse.
  10. Mugsy

    Mugsy TS Evangelist Posts: 598   +81

    I foresee one potential annoyance with a "vertical" mouse:

    Pressing the mouse buttons is likely to "push" the mouse to the left while clicking, so you may find yourself missing the object you're trying to click on from time-to-time as the pointer is moved during clicking. Most of the time, this won't be a problem, but I foresee it happening often enough to where it could become annoying (I remember something similar when Macs required you to push down on the front of your mouse to "click" instead of using buttons.)

    Clicking *down* on mouse buttons avoids this issue. Personally, I just use a trackball. :D
  11. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 584   +253

    There is already vertical mice from other manufactures on Amazon... the only news is Logitech getting into the game.
  12. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 584   +253

  13. kapital98

    kapital98 TS Guru Posts: 324   +256

    Yeah, vertical mice have been around for a long time (~ a decade at least). This article is one big PR piece for Logitech.
    erickmendes likes this.
  14. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,164   +1,416

    Then you should check out something like this.

    This one is pretty expensive, but I've seen people at work with roller bars like this instead of mice. Since it's needed for work I think your company should pay for it. ;)
  15. Polycount

    Polycount TS Evangelist Posts: 1,896   +410

    Hmmm... ;)

    Forgive me, but that looks more like a blender than a mouse, upon first glance. :p

    But thanks for the suggestion. I'll look at reviews for the two and see comparisons of overall build quality and durability - longevity is important to me in a mouse, I don't like to replace them every few months or even every year (It's why I've had my G502 for around 3 years now, without problems).
    erickmendes likes this.

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