The mouse you didn’t realize you needed…and you don’t.
Really, I blame the millennials. All this fancy, new-fangled technology that’s supposed to be nicer to us and not hurt our feelings all the time. I mean, honestly, how many times have you asked yourself, why do I even put up with this FLAT MOUSE anyway?
All joking aside, I was really excited to get my hands on the MX Veritcal from Logitech because vertical mice are all the rage these days, and I wanted to see what the hype was all about.
I first discovered vertical mice thanks to the popular YouTube channel Unbox Therapy, where the Contour Unimouse was showcased—this vertical mouse has angle customization ranging from 35 to 70 degrees, adjustable thumb rest, but is not Bluetooth capable. In my mind, it became the defacto standard for vertical mice.
Not long after I saw that Logitech was releasing a vertical mouse with a fixed angle, and after getting my hands on it I was immediately skeptical (again, the millennials). The design is relatively simple—a unibody form, non-adjusting 57-degree mouse body, non-adjustable thumb rest, and only one button beyond what you’d expect a mouse to have (left click, right click, forward, back, scroll wheel/middle click).
(Note that I’m a long time MX Master fan; I’ve used both the MX Master and the MX Master 2S exclusively for the last few years and love them dearly because of the comfort, design and functionality that it provides…and naturally, I’ll compare the two here quite a bit from a functionality perspective.)
Sadly, the MX Vertical’s scroll wheel is not the same speed-adaptive scroll wheel that is found in several other Logitech mice, and I think that’s a big miss here; I also think that the thumb rest could contain customizable shortcut buttons the way the MX Master series mice do. It’s also very tall, abnormally so when it comes to mice, and so moving my hands back and forth across my desk (for instance, to grab my phone) I often found myself batting the mouse across my workspace. The one additional button is a sensitivity adjustment button out of the box, but can be customized using the Logitech Options software that I’ve grown to love…honestly, setting its default to DPI control seems a bit weird, but thankfully it can be adjusted.
When it came to using the mouse, at first, it was difficult to adjust to holding a mouse differently. The documentation suggests you hold your hand in a “handshake” position,” but I found that using a mouse with my hand effectively sideways, instead of palm-down, it was challenging to control the mouse cursor with the precision that I had using my MX Master 2S. Still, I stuck it out, and in a matter of a couple days, I found myself very comfortably using the MX Vertical, and specifically, noticeably more comfortably.
For me, the make of a good mouse is that it’s so comfortable and functional that it becomes an extension of your hand—and in that sense, you tend to not think about it much, even sometimes forget about it. The MX Vertical didn’t give me that sensation—I found the handshake position so comfortable that I often thought about how great of a product it really was. After a full week of use, I was entirely sold on it.
But then I went home, and I didn’t have my MX Vertical with me. Sitting down in my office, I fired up my computer and started to use my ridiculously non-ergonomic MX Master 2S, and I very quickly noticed wrist fatigue and discomfort. Frustratingly, the MX Vertical ruined my otherwise pleasant MX Master 2S experience, and that’s an interesting place to be. (First-world problems, am I right?)
Quick note about the battery: I have several high-end Logitech peripherals and never get the advertised battery life of those devices. I appreciate that it has a USB Type-C connector, and according to the documentation it fast charges in only one minute, providing up to 3 hours of use…that’s pretty incredible…but it can also be used while plugged in as a wired mouse, so the need to fast charge is one I probably won’t take much advantage of.
So in summary, I do blame the millennials…but I unfortunately am one of them, and in this case I totally understand the niche market that Logitech is aiming for. I’m disappointed in the lack of additional customizable buttons that could have been included (there’s enough room for a third “click” button), and also disappointed that Logitech’s most premium scroll wheel experience (speed adjustable plus side-scrolling) isn’t included isn’t his otherwise premium mouse. At the price, I’d really like to have some of the functionality of the MX Master 2S, along with the comfort and ergonomics of the MX Vertical; that would make for a fantastic mouse.
But still, the MX Vertical is a great product that I see myself using for a long time. It retails at $100, which is about what I expect from a top-of-the-line Logitech mouse, but you might consider comparing to some of the other vertical mice on the market like the Contour Unimouse, which has extra buttons and more ergonometric customization available. The Unimouse also retails for around $100, so they are certainly competitors. That said, I have always loved Logitech’s peripherals and will continue to buy them in the future.