The MX vertical was released from the globally renowned computer peripheral company Logitech, back in August. With a significant amount of research and product development poured into the realisation of this product, you’d expect to be able to notice the differences that set this apart from your everyday ergonomic mouse, and you can.
In the past, computing peripherals have been split into three main categories; premium and niche products, mass produced equipment for offices and school, and ergonomic. What Logitech has elegantly done with the MX vertical, is mix premium materials and parts with a van-load of research about how us mortals interact with technology, in this case via a mouse.
The MX vertical is largely accepted as the best vertical mouse on the market. That being said, its new approach angle of 57 degrees isn’t for everyone. Some of those who tested it here at Modern Work said that the 57 degree angle was putting an uncomfortable strain on their arms.
Weather this is down to just not being used to it or a disposition, we’ll never know. Personally, however, I can’t complain about the angle or ergonomics of the mouse. I would have liked to see a slightly softer rubberised texture on the contact points for my thumb and little finger as I wasn’t fully confident I wouldn’t drop it when picking it up to move my cursor over multiple screens.
I also found that with larger hands its typical for my pinkie finger to contact the desk, occasionally causing friction. This may all sound a bit nit-picky, but we’re talking about a computer mouse that costs two overpriced coffees shy of £100, which is quite the price tag for a mouse.
The mouse is wireless and can interact with the computer over bluetooth or over Logitech’s own unifying technology, which has proved to be vastly superior for this application. To charge, the MX vertical uses the new USB standard — the USB-C connector — which also converts it into a more traditional wired mouse while it charges, a common but useful feature.
The MX vertical boasts a 4,000 DPI high-precision sensor, something that people with a preference for ultra-high mouse sensitivity and accuracy will appreciate.
In summary, the MX vertical has proved it self to be a high quality, well researched ergonomic mouse. It may not be for everyone, so I’d recommend giving it a test before you buy, if you can. Would I get one myself? If I found myself interacting with my computer for longer periods of time, I’d definitely consider it as a top rank contender as a sleek ergonomic mouse.
By Michael Bryce