Best Vertical Mouse

In this article, we compare five of the best vertical mouse options on the market

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A lot of our modern economy is driven by people sitting at desks using computers for a previously unthinkable length of time. That has led to a phenomenal rise in particular kinds of injury, like repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel syndrome from repeated mouse-work.

The vertical mouse can help combat those conditions, especially before they do a lot of damage to your arm, wrist, and hand. That means the market for vertical mice has exploded in the last five years. So how do you know which is the best vertical mouse for you?

We have you covered. We’ve picked through the mischief of mice available, and found you the best vertical mouse for your needs.

Our Top Picks

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Editor's Choice
Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse
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Runner Up
Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse
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Runner Up
VicTsing Wireless Mouse

First Look

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Editor's Choice
Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse
Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse

Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse

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Editor's Rating

Expensive, yes, but one of the most feature-packed vertical mice on the market – and with the Logitech name for reassurance. Choose your DPI speed, feel the clever ergonomics at work, and take your pick of 3 different wireless connections.

The MX Vertical is one of the more expensive options when you’re considering a vertical mouse, and it’s not perfect – it can be quite hard to move when you first change to it. But the ergonomics are high-quality, and the degree of DPI movement customization means it can deliver some solid life-enhancement value.  

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Runner Up
Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse
Anker Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse

Anker Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse

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Editor's Rating

A bestseller at an attractive price point, the Anker gives you good ergonomics, well-placed buttons, four-directional scrolling, and 3 DPI options. Not a good fit if you have small hands though.

The Anker’s optical sensor is responsive enough to work without any kind of mouse mat, so even on slippery surfaces like glass, the Anker will go where you need it to go. And because it’s tall, you can use the push-force of your arm, rather than the twist-force of your wrist to get good coverage out of it.

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Runner Up
VicTsing Wireless Mouse
VicTsing 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless Mouse

VicTsing 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless Mouse

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Editor's Rating

Distinctive looks, smooth ergonomics, and a reputation as the quietest mouse on the market make the VicTsing worth your time. Just don’t look for Bluetooth on this mouse, because the cupboard is bare.

The VicTsing Ergonomic is probably the contender that’s most like a standard mouse, just turned on its side. That gives you the combination of wrist-relief in the angle of holding, arm power to achieve most of the necessary movement, and easy access to the buttons and wheel you need.

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Best Value
LEKVEY Vertical Wireless Mouse
LEKVEY Vertical Wireless Mouse

LEKVEY Vertical Wireless Mouse

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Editor's Rating

A budget-friendly vertical wireless mouse that’s small and convenient, while delivering the classic “handshake” position to relieve RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome. One for Windows fans only though – the Levkey does not play with Apple computers.

With fairly sophisticated optical sensors, the mouse gives you faithful movement recognition so it doesn’t force you to move unnecessarily. One thing to note, though – the Levkey mouse is not compatible with Apple products. 

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Also consider
Jelly Comb Advanced Vertical Wireless Bluetooth Mouse
Jelly Comb Advanced Vertical Wireless Bluetooth Mouse

Jelly Comb Advanced Vertical Wireless Bluetooth Mouse

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Editor's Rating

Looks like the VicTsing, but works well for people with smaller hands. Delivers a wider range of DTI speeds, up to 2400 DTI. Also gives you the option of going wireless or Bluetooth, so you can move from machine to machine with no dongle-yanking drama.

Using 2.4G USB technology, the Jelly Comb gives you the wireless freedom you need, but unlike some others, it also comes with a Bluetooth connection, so you can easily switch from one machine to another.

How do we choose?

The criteria by which we define the best wireless mouse break down into five core categories.

Size

When buying a vertical mouse, pretend you’re Goldilocks. You don’t want a mouse that’s too small, because that can lead you to adopt a kind of bear claw hand position. But you also don’t want one that’s too large, or you might well intensify the strain in your hand, day in, day out. You’re looking for the one that’s perfect for your needs.

We’ll suggest which vertical mouse is your ‘Baby Bear’ for particular tasks and workloads, so you’ll be able to skip all the too hot, too cold nonsense and go straight to the mouse of your dreams.

Weight

In similar terms, the weight of your vertical mouse has to be just right for the uses to which you intend to put it. You don’t want a vertical mouse that’s too light, because not only could you end up accidentally flinging it across your desk in a moment of wild spreadsheet abandon, but it also won’t do your hand and wrist muscles much good in terms of hyper-extension and rapid movement.

On the other hand, if your vertical mouse is as immovable as the Queen Mary, you’re going to do your hand and wrist more harm than good trying to push it around for several hours every day.

Wireless

Wireless technology can be a game-changer when finding the right mouse. Usually needing only a single, simple dongle, it can give you the freedom of movement you otherwise wouldn’t have, and can also make for easy switching between machines. And if you’re working remotely on laptops, going wireless can make for easier transportation.

That said, there can be instances where the wire-connected vertical mouse might be better for your purposes. We’ve chosen vertical mice that deliver the best option on this for particular tasks or work-types. In most cases, this includes wireless operation.

Sensor

The type of sensor in your mouse determines the sensitivity it has. That in turn has an impact on the amount of force you need to move it.

The type of sensor will also determine whether you need the somewhat nostalgic pleasure of a mouse mat (Spoilers – you probably don’t, especially not among a skirting-board of vertical mice), or whether you can use your mouse without additional paraphernalia. If you’re using a wireless mouse, it makes little sense to have one that requires extra equipment from the days when mice had roller balls.

Switches

The switches on your mouse are more or less where its personality is housed. The switches it has will tell you what your mouse is best at. The placing of those switches will tell you whether the makers have thought their mouse through from a human, ergonomic point of view or not.

There are some things you’d expect to find switches for on a modern vertical mouse, and there are others that are manufacturer-or-task-specific. What switches your mouse carries, and where they are is a great combination-indicator of what the mouse can offer you, and therefore whether it’s the mouse you need.

Things To Consider

Let’s Get Ergonomical

If you’re using a vertical mouse, there’s a good chance you’re a heavy user that wants to avoid conditions like pronation, RSI, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Look for a mouse that not only feels comfortable in the hand, but moves at what feels like a natural rate, and has the right buttons and switches within easy reach.

Approaching the purchase of a vertical mouse with ergonomics in mind means making an individual choice, taking your mouse-use, comfort-level, and function-need into account. Get one that offers you the support, the flexibility, and the easy access to functions that will make it a genuine boon to you.

Know Your Mind

Even as impressive a collection of mice as ours has a range of options. Before you start clicking ‘Buy’ buttons, have a word with yourself. Understand what you’re looking for in a vertical mouse – ergonomic features, a long-range of functions through convenient switches, wireless connectivity, you name it.

That’s the point – you name it. Make yourself a shortlist of things you want to be able to do with your vertical mouse. Then before you start to compromise, try and find a vertical mouse that meets all the needs you’ve listed. Give yourself a fuzzy budget – getting a great vertical mouse, over a just-OK one is worth a little financial flexibility because you’ll use it for years – and try and meet all your mouse needs in a single purchase.

Be Switch-Smart

Sometimes, it’s not enough that a vertical mouse has a switch that can give you access to this or that function. If you either have to remove the hand that’s ‘driving’ the mouse, or stop and uses your other hand to access it, it delivers a clunky performance that doesn’t especially improve your day.

Take note of where the switches are, what they do, how easy they are to access and use with the driving hand. Equally, take note that they’re not positioned to be easily activated by accident in the middle of doing something else because you know how annoying that can be.

Let’s Get Economical Too

The temptation to simply choose the most expensive vertical mouse on the market is strong because mouse-makers often cram their most expensive models with functions that help you do all manner of cool things.

But don’t buy functionality you don’t need. Because it’s an added extra, it’s where the company will be making most of its profit, and if you’re never likely to need or use the functionality, you’re just paying for it because it’s part of a model that gives you what you do need. Shop smarter – find the mouse that gives you all the things you need and none of the things you don’t.

Best Vertical Mouse:

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Editor's Choice
Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse

Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse

DPI

4,000

Sensor

Optical

Weight

135 Grams

Size

Medium (120 x 79 x 79 mm)

Battery Life

Four Months

Color

Mid Grey

Buttons

6 (4 customizable)

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Runner Up
Anker Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse
ANker

Anker Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse

Color

Black

Connectivity Technology

Wireless

Hardware Interface

USB 2.0

Item Dimensions

3.98 x 3.23 x 3.15 inches

Item Weight

3.36 ounces

Platform

Linux

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Runner Up
VicTsing 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless Mouse

VicTsing 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless Mouse

Connectivity Technology

Wireless, USB

Hardware Interface

USB

Item Dimensions

5.51 x 3.35 x 2.76 inches

Item Weight

4.80 ounces

Platform

Windows Vista, Linux, Windows XP, Windows 2000 Server

Sensor Technology

Optical

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Best Value
LEKVEY Vertical Wireless Mouse
Lekvey

LEKVEY Vertical Wireless Mouse

Connectivity Technology

Wireless, USB

Hardware Interface

USB 2.0

Item Dimensions

4.6 x 2.7 x 3.9 inches

Item Weight

3.36 ounces

Platform

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Android, Windows 8, Linux, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 10

Sensor Technology

Optical

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Also consider
Jelly Comb Advanced Vertical Wireless Bluetooth Mouse
Jelly Comb

Jelly Comb Advanced Vertical Wireless Bluetooth Mouse

Color

Black

Connectivity Technology

Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, Radio Frequency

Hardware Interface

USB

Platform

Mac OS X, Android, Windows

Sensor Technology

Optical

In-depth Review

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Editor's Choice
Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse

Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse

DPI

4,000

Sensor

Optical

Weight

135 Grams

Size

Medium (120 x 79 x 79 mm)

Battery Life

Four Months

Color

Mid Grey

Buttons

6 (4 customizable)

Pros

Top-quality ergonomics make this a mouse with a serious purpose

Intuitive button placement means it’s easy to use

DPI adjustment from 400-4,000 DPI so you can tune the mouse-speed to your needs

Cons

Very expensive among its competitors

No onboard storage for the Bluetooth receiver

The mouse has a convex curve on the palm side, while the other side lets the thumb rest naturally. That hand-in-glove or handshake vibe means you’re not overpronating your hand any time you want to move the mouse. It’s a mouse that’s high in comfort and relaxes your whole arm when you use it, giving you a much-reduced risk of damage or pain when you have to work long hours on your computer.

Designed to be used as a wireless mouse, the MX Vertical has a USB-C port at the front for charging the mouse’s battery or wired-up use.

The MX Vertical also supports Bluetooth operation through a Logitech Unifying Receiver.

Let’s talk buttons.

On the bottom of the mouse, there’s a button that lets you choose between 3 separate wireless connections. Apart from that, you have two thumb buttons on the left, a couple of split mouse buttons on the right for easy tapping with your fingers, and a notched and rubberized scroll wheel. Finally, there’s a top-plate that gives you a DPI switch button.

A what-now? A button that lets you change the speed of the mouse’s on-screen movement in dots-per-inch (DPI), so it’s as fast or as slow as you’re comfortable with. With a DPI range from 400 to 4,000 DPI, whether you need it for precise cell-movements or sudden broad design strokes, you’ll find the setting that’s right for you.

The sensors in the MX Vertical – combined with that customizable DPI movement – means you get four times less hand movement, compared to a standard mouse. That means if you’re going vertical mostly for the ergonomic benefits, it’s a mouse you can’t afford to ignore.

The MX Vertical is one of the more expensive options when you’re considering a vertical mouse, and it’s not perfect – it can be quite hard to move when you first change to it. But the ergonomics are high-quality, and the degree of DPI movement customization means it can deliver some solid life-enhancement value.  

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Runner Up
Anker Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse
ANker

Anker Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse

Color

Black

Connectivity Technology

Wireless

Hardware Interface

USB 2.0

Item Dimensions

3.98 x 3.23 x 3.15 inches

Item Weight

3.36 ounces

Platform

Linux

Pros

Natural shape reduces overpronation, for better comfort

Works without a mouse mat, to reduce desk clutter

Lots of technology for a budget-friendly price, meaning you get good ergonomics without breaking the bank

Cons

Not ideal for users with smaller hands, as the buttons are positioned for longer reach

The Anker 2.4G wireless mouse has been a bestseller for over 5 years.

The Anker mouse recommends itself in size, shape, and design. Its tall shape (3.98×3.23×3.15 inches) gives you the natural ‘handshake’ hand-shape, which reduces overpronation and lets your hand rest comfortably on the mouse.

But because it’s perpendicular to the desk, rather than lying horizontally on it, the Anker cuts down on the amount of wrist-twisting you’d normally do – a boon for anyone who already has RSI or carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Anker’s optical sensor is responsive enough to work without any kind of mouse mat, so even on slippery surfaces like glass, the Anker will go where you need it to go. And because it’s tall, you can use the push-force of your arm, rather than the twist-force of your wrist to get good coverage out of it.

The Anker comes with a DPI button (between 800-1600 DPI in three broad bands). There’s a control wheel that lets you scroll the page in all four main directions. And there are browser back and forth buttons for rapid maneuvering between pages.

All of this comes with a caveat. If you have particularly small hands, you might have trouble maneuvering the mouse with the appropriate dexterity.

The browser buttons too might give you trouble if you have smaller hands because they’re positioned for easy access by the larger-handed user.

That said, for most users, there’s enough tech built into the Anker to more than justify its popularity at its price point. The buttons are practical and effective, and the height of the mouse brings the ergonomics you need.

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Runner Up
VicTsing 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless Mouse

VicTsing 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless Mouse

Connectivity Technology

Wireless, USB

Hardware Interface

USB

Item Dimensions

5.51 x 3.35 x 2.76 inches

Item Weight

4.80 ounces

Platform

Windows Vista, Linux, Windows XP, Windows 2000 Server

Sensor Technology

Optical

Pros

Intuitive button placement mimics a standard mouse but relieves hand and wrist strain

Mute micro-switches eliminate 90% of standard mouse noise

Three bands of DPI adjustment mean you can find the mouse-speed that suits you

Cons

No Bluetooth, meaning you have to unplug the dongle to use it on different machines

The left and right buttons are intuitively placed for your first two fingers, with the scroll wheel between them. There’s a simple button set-up here – left and right mouse buttons as normal, back and forward buttons within easy reach of your thumb position while using the mouse.

The DPI switch (which again lets you choose between 800 DPI, 1200 DPI, and 1600 DPI) is placed toward the base of the fingers, where it’s tricky to change by accident.  

One other bonus of using the VicTsing is that it uses mute micro-switches, which means it cuts around 90% of standard mouse noise, for a really quiet mouse experience.

The VicTsing is on the larger side, so it’s bulky if you’re using it on the go with a laptop. And while several vertical mice are all bluetoothed up and ready to go, the VicTsing only gives you a standard wireless dongle.

That means if you want to use the mouse on several machines, you have to unplug the dongle from one and move it to the next.

But in terms of a vertical mouse that gives you an ergonomic design with a fresh perspective, the VicTsing is right up there with the other contenders on our list.

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Best Value
LEKVEY Vertical Wireless Mouse
Lekvey

LEKVEY Vertical Wireless Mouse

Connectivity Technology

Wireless, USB

Hardware Interface

USB 2.0

Item Dimensions

4.6 x 2.7 x 3.9 inches

Item Weight

3.36 ounces

Platform

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Android, Windows 8, Linux, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 10

Sensor Technology

Optical

Pros

Small and practical for travel use

Three bands of DPI adjustment, so you can choose the mouse-speed you want

Effective ergonomics delivered on a budget you can afford

Cons

Epic fail for Apple users, as the mouse in incompatible with Apple machines

Levkey doesn’t have a reputation to rival Logitech, but its vertical mouse delivers some high-quality features that let it punch above its weight.

For instance, the Levkey Vertical features the same DPI variants as several other leading mice (800/1200/1600 DPI) through a simple toggle switch within easy but unobtrusive thumb-reach.

Easy-access back and forward buttons are also in a great thumb-friendly location, while the main mouse left and right buttons and the standard scroll-wheel are placed in a highly accessible place for the usual clicking-fingers.

At 5x3x2.5 inches, it’s small and practical for use with a traveling laptop. And like many, it promotes a natural ‘handshake’ hand-position, to alleviate overpronation and wrist pain.

Wireless? Sure, via the 2.4G USB receiver. It’s also easily rechargeable through a USB cable.

With fairly sophisticated optical sensors, the mouse gives you faithful movement recognition so it doesn’t force you to move unnecessarily. One thing to note, though – the Levkey mouse is not compatible with Apple products. 

If you’re looking for a reliable wireless vertical mouse that delivers effective ergonomics without a price tag, you could do a lot worse than to give Levkey a try.

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Also consider
Jelly Comb Advanced Vertical Wireless Bluetooth Mouse
Jelly Comb

Jelly Comb Advanced Vertical Wireless Bluetooth Mouse

Color

Black

Connectivity Technology

Wireless, Bluetooth, USB, Radio Frequency

Hardware Interface

USB

Platform

Mac OS X, Android, Windows

Sensor Technology

Optical

Pros

Comfortable hand position that cuts down pain

Impressive bands of DPI, the largest bar the Logitech

Bluetooth connectivity allows for easy switching between machines

Especially useful to users with smaller hands

Cons

Larger-handed users need not apply - you will be constantly bending your fingers to work the mouse

Remember we warned you that if you had small hands, the Anker mouse probably wasn’t going to be your best friend?

Meet your best friend.

The Jelly Comb is shaped like a stretched version of the VicTsing mouse, giving you a comfortable hand-position that alleviates pain and avoids overpronation.

Optical sensors give you a smooth experience without requiring you to move too far.

The buttons are also similar to the VicTsing, traditional left and right mouse buttons and wheel in easy-click reach of the fingers and back and forward buttons easily workable with a thumb.

The Jelly Comb offers you DPI options of 1000, 1600, and 2400 DPI cursor speeds through a switch at the base of the finger-space.

Especially useful to those with smaller hands, the Jelly Comb is a real contender for your new best friend in the office.

Final Word

Vertical mice are great for those who may already have conditions like RSI or carpal tunnel syndrome, or who want to avoid those conditions. Small hands or large, wireless-only or Bluetooth, budget-friendly or nothing but the best, and with DPI speeds from 800 DPI to 4000, the handful of mice we’ve selected here give you a range of options. Each of them is somebody’s dream vertical mouse. All you need to do now is write up your requirements and pick the one that matches most of your needs.

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Steve is obsessed with technology and the difference it makes to everyday life. having grown up with PCs since he was a kid, he was fortunate to have parents who worked in the industry, giving him access to computers when he should have been outside more! Steve loves obsessing over comparing different types of tech and working out which performs better.

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