|Technical data at a glance: Logitech Lift|
|sensor||Optical (model not disclosed)|
|connectivity options||Bluetooth Low Energy 2.4GHz wireless dongle|
|size||4.25 x 2.76 x 2.8 inches
(108 x 70 x 71mm)
With a shockingly large stature and unconventional curves, vertical mice require some adjustments to use. But the purported benefit, if you believe mouse manufacturers, is greater arm, wrist, and hand comfort due to a more natural hand position.
But as with any ergonomic peripheral, you won’t see any benefits unless you get used to the device. Logitech is one of the biggest names in vertical mice, thanks to the MX Vertical, one of the most feature-rich vertical mice out there. The Logitech Lift Wireless Mouse isn’t as feature-rich, but it’s more inviting with a smaller build for small to medium-sized hands, a left-handed option, and more colors.
These options make it easier to find a good fit, which is crucial for ergonomics. And while I have a hand size that fits both the Lift and the MX Vertical, I found the Lift easier to grip when navigating with the side buttons than any other vertical mouse I’ve used.
The lift places your hand at a 57-degree angle to the desk and in a handshake-like position. For comparison, the MX Vertical is at the same angle and Logitech’s trackball mouse, the MX Ergo, is at a 20 degree angle. The angled designs result in less pronation of the forearm and better keep it and your hand in line with the rest of your arm. Logitech made the Lift (4.25 x 2.76 x 2.8 inches, 0.28lb) for hands up to 7.5 inches in length, while the MX Vertical (4.72 x 3.11 x 3.09 inches, 0.3 lb) for hands that are at least 6.9 inches long.
Ergonomics is all about comfort, so Logitech’s vertical mouse options include two sizes (and the left option) to meet people’s needs. But is there any evidence that a vertical mouse can relieve pain?
A little research on vertical mice
There is no clear evidence that a vertical mouse can alleviate problems like carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive strain injuries (RSI). Logitech is also careful not to make any strong promises other than to say the mouse “takes pressure off the wrist while promoting a more natural forearm position throughout the day.” However, there is research that confirms that vertical mice successfully combat forearm pronation.
A 2015 study by researchers from Synaptics and the University of Washington School of Public Health found that vertical mice greatly reduced pronation. It also found that “increasing mouse height and mouse top case angle can improve wrist posture without sacrificing performance,” and that vertical mice can also result in less neck and shoulder discomfort.
For the carpal tunnel, the study found that although there was less ulnar deviation in vertical mice, the pressure in the carpal tunnel did not decrease much.
Ergonomics experts, including the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), emphasize that your wrists and hands should remain in line with your forearms when working with a computer. However, it makes no statement about arm pronation.
The German AGR, which has certified MX Vertical and MX Ergo, says that according to a Google translation, a non-ergonomic mouse or keyboard “damages the spine (especially the cervical spine), the muscles and joints (especially the shoulder and hand). These massive Strain, possibly also in combination with stress, can make the user ill in the long run.”
So while there’s no evidence that vertical mouse will cure or prevent medical conditions like carpal tunnel, they reduce pronation and should also help your arm maintain a true 90-degree angle. If you have pain originating from any of these areas, a vertical mouse might help.
That is, if you use it comfortably.