Don’t knock the VerticalMouse 3 because it doesn’t sport a kooky, odd façade like its ergonomic rivals. Evoluent’s sequel to the VerticalMouse 2 boasts an improved design and several new features, making it a very capable mouse in the hands of all types of users.
The VerticalMouse 3 (VM3 for short) from Evoluent looks like a regular mouse turned 90 degrees clockwise. It orients your hand in a vertical, handshake position. The idea is to allow your arm to control the mouse in a more natural position, with the thumb up, as opposed to the not-as-healthy pronated position where the palms are facing down, like when you’re typing on a keyboard. Some doctors who specialize in ergonomics consider the vertical position preferable. And because the VM3 resembles a regular mouse, there’s no sharp learning curve when you start using it. This was something were able to vouch for after our experience with the VerticalMouse 2.
Some ergonomic mice do nothing more than to satisfy the bare necessities; in most cases this means two buttons and a scroll wheel. That’s not the case with the VM3. The mouse features four buttons, a clicky scroll wheel, four DPI modes (up to 2600 dpi) that can be switched on-the-fly, and software with several levels of customization.
The VM3 retails for a cool $80 (Evoluent offers a lefty version of the VerticalMouse 2 for the same price).