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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.
Pros: + 10 buttons, most of which are easily usable.
+ All 10 buttons are programmable, for various Windows functions, keystrokes, or key combos.
+ Best scroll wheel I've ever used. There's the "hyperscroll" free-wheel mode which lets it spin very freely, and the conventional "click" mode. It's also weighted like a flywheel, so even in the click-mode, you can still give it a good spin and scroll a fair distance.
+ Scroll wheel didn't show any signs of wear after well over a year of use/abuse, including using the mode-switch button as a braking mechanism when hyperscrolling.
+ Good resolution and tracking.
+ Minor - woven sheath around the cord. It helps keep it from coiling or tangling up, and it makes it easy to identify the mouse's cord when fumbling around in the dark behind a computer tower on the floor.
Cons: - Middle-click requires too much pressure. It's better than some of their previous mice, but it's still too much for regular use, unless your tendons are made of carbon fiber.
- Not a vertical mouse, and, after decades of exposure to palm-down mice, my darn lousy aging wrist started complaining and aching, so I had to switch to a vertical mouse, which doesn't have the awesome scroll wheel, nor as many buttons. A truly sad day. I'm not sure if I should sell the G500, or have it encased in Lucite and build a shrine for it.
Other Thoughts: If your arm can tolerate conventional palm-down mice, this thing is excellent. If you liked using Ctrl+keyboard combos before, assign Ctrl to one of the mouse buttons, and get even more use out of your left hand at the keyboard.
Logitech really needs to integrate this style of scroll wheel into more of their product offerings.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I'd say this is a good case. It's well-built, sturdy, and it has a lot of nice features, like a removable drive cage, thumbscrews, nifty latches for the side panel, and two 120mm fan mounts for efficient airflow.
If you aren't going to be doing any case modding, this thing should work just fine.
If you want a modding case, look elsewhere. Instead of standard screws for fans, it uses clips - should you wish to replace the stamped-out grilles with chrome wire ones, you can't, as there are no holes for standard screws.
And, the drive rails are a bit too slim - they can't grip properly to normally spaced mounting holes, such as are on a Sunbeam Rheobus. The Rheobus needed to have part of it ground off so that it would fit, due to the unusual placement of the mounting holes on the drive rails.
Display Name: Jeffrey G.
Date Joined: 02/02/01
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