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3 out of 5 eggs Great mouse, with a couple flaws 12/01/2012

This review is from: Evoluent VM4L Silver/Black 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser Vertical Mouse Left Handed


>Vertical grip very ergonomic, reduces strain due to extended mouse use
>Custom button mapping can be tied to specific programs
>Very light, glides effortlessly
>On the fly sensitivity adjustment is useful
>2 year warranty useful, especially since the cons will show up after about a year.


>Rubberized finish deteriorates and comes off, particularly if your hands sweat while using it.
>No strain relief on the cord, so it will break if you're not careful to avoid it bending at extreme angles.
>Buttons may wear out and the clicks won't register as cleanly as they should.
>Smooth plastic finish of the buttons seems to attract grime

Other Thoughts:

I've purchased four of these mice just over a year ago for my brother and I to use at work and home. We love them and don't like using other types of mice, but we have noticed a couple of flaws to them:

1) The rubberized finish on the palm grip section will wear off where your hand contacts it, particularly if your hands sweat while using it. This ends up making it look ugly when it starts to look patchy, and feels uncomfortable under your hand. I recommend keeping your hands dry when using this mouse, and wiping it with a damp cloth after use. Evoluent does not replace the mice under warranty for this issue. They claim it is due to "external factors," which is a cop-out since it's actually a by-product of their intended usage by human hands.

2) The wire in the cable exiting the front of the mouse ended up breaking on one of our mice. A better design would be for Evoluent to add a strain relief to the cable. Make sure you don't let the cable bend at extreme angles while you use it. This issue they WILL address with a warranty replacement.

Despite the cons, I still haven't found better vertical mice on the market. I hesitate to buy more of these until they address the weaknesses in the next version of this mouse.

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  • Colin F.
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

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