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3 out of 5 eggs Progress in mousing. Not perfect, but progress. 11/01/2011

This review is from: Evoluent VM4R Silver/Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser Vertical Mouse

Pros:

+ Doesn't make my wrist hurt like a palm-down mouse.
+ Improvement over all previous generations of VerticalMouse.
+ A reasonable number of programmable buttons, though I'd prefer to have even more.
+ Evoluent's software has finally progressed to being fully usable - several years ago, their driver development stalled, and was quite buggy for a period of time. Thus far, I've encountered no issues with it (v4.0).
+ The packaging. Within 15 seconds, I had the box open, and the mouse sitting on my desk - versus having to break out the Dremel and a cutting wheel to slice open a heat-sealed hard plastic shell that lots of other electronics manufacturers use to entomb their devices.
+ Ledge for pinkie finger to rest on, rather than leaving it drag across the desk.

Cons:

- Even after months of use, getting it to the exact pixel I need isn't easy, usually requiring use of the sensitivity buttons, which slows down the entire process.
- Smooth shiny plastic surfaces start to feel slimy with skin oil and sweat after about 10 seconds flat - these surfaces need to be lightly textured to prevent this.
- The illuminated logo serves as a nightlight in a dark room, except that I bought a mouse, not a nightlight.
- Thumb buttons require a bit too much travel to reach.
- Sensitivity adjustment buttons are not programmable, and are not reached easily.

Other Thoughts:

Like many buyers here, I'm sure, I bought this out of need. I had a Logitech G500, which was the best mouse I've ever used. Unfortunately, my wrist eventually came to disagree with that, as well as with the use of any palm-down mouse. My wrist feels fine now, but.....this VerticalMouse is no G500.
Gone are the 10 programmable buttons, and the awesome scroll wheel.
And all the super-smooth plastic surfaces on this mouse feel gross after very little use. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd try texturing the surfaces myself. Just a very slight texturing is all it would take, like the G500's buttons have; it doesn't take much.

It is certainly good to see progress in an interface device that's otherwise kept the same basic hockey-puck design for a few decades, and my arm no longer feels like it's trying desperately to fall off. Some aspects seem a bit more gimmicky than functional though, namely the ultra-smooth and shiny surfaces, and the ultra-bright logo.

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  • Jeffrey G.
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