Tech review: MX vertical mouse

The MX Vertical mouse was released by Logitech in August this year. 

At the cutting edge of product development, you would 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 schools, and ergonomic. What Logitech has elegantly done with the MX Vertical is mix premium materials and parts with a van-load of research surrounding 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, as some of those who tested it here at Freelance Corner said that the 57-degree angle was putting an uncomfortable strain on their arms.

It takes some getting used to

Whether this is down to just not being used to it or a disposition, we’ll never know, but personally I couldn’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 that I wouldn’t drop it when picking it up to move my cursor over multiple screens.

I also found that having larger hands, it’s typical for my little 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 a 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. For charging, the MX Vertical uses the new USB standard, the USB-C connector, which also converts the mouse 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.

Try before you buy

In summary, the MX Vertical has proved itself 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? Possibly; if I found myself interacting with my computer for longer periods of time, I would consider it as a top-rank contender for a sleek ergonomic mouse.