The Logitech MX Vertical is not the first or even most distinctive ergonomic pointing device we've seen, but it's the giant's first vertically oriented mouse. You can purchase MX Vertical in September for $ 100 (directly converted, £ 78 and AU $ 140).
According to Logitech, it's "designed to promote a natural handshake position, which reduces muscle activity by 10 percent compared to a standard mouse." When using it, your hand rotates at a 57 degree angle, as Logitech says "reduces the pressure on the wrist."
For some operations – such as dragging and dropping over two screens, it seems to reduce the amount of motion required and it feels very fluid. This may be due to the 4000 dpi sensor, relatively high for a nongaming mouse, which helps track between an HD and a 4K display. (The software also allows you to adjust the tracking speed in airplanes, with a thumb press the top button.) In addition, due to the angle of the primary buttons, it feels more natural and they do not require so much effort to press them.
However, for some work environments it may be much harder to use the mouse as it seems to be calculated. In Logitech's pictures you see that the people's underarms rest on the table with their hands more or less right in front of them. This position can only be done if the keyboard is narrower than your body – perhaps the width of an Apple Magic keyboard is OK, but not the magic keyboard with numeric keypad, for example – you are very close to your desktop (instead of using a standing desk ) and you have at least 12 inches clear space right in front of you.
If you meet these criteria, you will probably have a better experience with it than I did withand cluttered work area. I ended up turning my arm more than usual, eliminating any theoretical advantage of MX Vertical's unique design. It's too bad because the shape otherwise felt natural in my hand. The rubberized text also feels quite good, even if it's a dust magnet that never lets go.
If you still move the hand between the mouse and the keyboard, it takes some more time and coordination to wrap your hand around the MX Vertical than plop it on a standard mouse.
In addition to the primary buttons and scroll wheel on the right side, there are a few more left. I found out that I could not push them with my thumb without grabbing the buttons on the right side.
One of the mouse's non-economic benefits is the ability to switch between dpi settings to control speed and precision, depending on what you do, an addictive feature that is often found in game mice. But a game mouse usually changes lighting color so you can tell what setting you're on for a moment. MX Vertical is missing.
Otherwise, it's a typical Logitech mouse. You can use it wirelessly using the supplied USB dongle or via Bluetooth as well as via the supplied USB-C cable. The company says that the rechargeable battery will last for four months with one minute charge with three hours of juice. It can also utilize Logitech's Options software to connect two systems simultaneously and copy and paste between them.
We are testing the MX Vertical mouse among several users and work areas in the coming weeks. Check back soon for a full review.