Logitech has announced Lift, a $69.99 wireless vertical mouse launching today in multiple colorways, as well as left and right-handed options. The Lift features a vertically oriented design that positions your hand at a 57-degree angle for better ergonomics. Compared to using a traditional mouse, using mice like the Lift can help greatly reduce wrist strain by holding your wrist at an angle similar to shaking someone’s hand. At least, that’s what I experienced. Last year, I made the switch to a split ergonomic keyboard and a mouse like the Lift completes the setup.
For those keeping track, the Elevator doesn’t have as many features as the most expensive $99.99 MX Vertical, but it could be a good starting option if you don’t want to spend that much. It lacks USB-C charging, instead running on a single AA battery which Logitech claims can (impressively) last up to two years.
The Lift ditches the sleek design of the MX Vertical for something more streamlined and fun (plus, you can get it in graphite, silver, or pink). It retains the rubber grip to keep it snug in the palm of your hand, and most of the same key functionality is here. The mouse has two main buttons, a scroll wheel that emphasizes smooth and quiet scrolling, a DPI toggle button, and two thumb buttons. At the bottom is a button to toggle between one of three devices you can connect the Lift to (holding it down works like the Bluetooth pairing button).
This mouse supports Logitech Flow, the company’s unique software feature that allows the mouse to be used simultaneously on multiple computers, even if they’re running a different operating system. You will need the Logi Options Plus application running on both computers; then the cursor can travel from one PC to another. The app can also be used to easily copy and paste files between machines. I’ve seen a hands-on demo of this software working, but it just wouldn’t cooperate with me at home.
Logitech includes its new Bolt USB Receiver with Lift to quickly connect to a PC that has a USB-A port. Compared to his previous unifying receiver, this one has better security. Or you can use its Bluetooth feature, which doesn’t require the use of a receiver.
I’ve only had a couple of days with only Lift as my primary mouse, but the transition from a standard mouse has been smoother than I’d hoped. Aside from accidentally hitting my hand on the riser and knocking it over (it’s much taller than your average mouse), the learning curve isn’t too bad as this mouse has a similar button layout to the mice I’m used to using. If you’re curious about vertical mice, the Lift might be a good place to start, costing less than $100.