Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3 (Rev 2)
Published: 2nd July 2007 | Source: Evoluent | Price: |Meet the mouse: Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3 (Rev 2)
The Evoluent Vertical Mouse is very different from your run-of-the-mill mice that we see throughout the web every day. Your hand does not rest on the mouse flat, instead it stays level as if you were holding a glass or cup. Evoluent claim that this is a far more natural style for holding a mouse.
The feet of the mouse are round and quite small but they seem to glide across the surface pretty well. One of the major bug-bears I have with the Vertical Mouse is that the laser DPI selector is on the bottom of the mouse, making it impossible for on-the-fly sensitivity switching.
The cord on the mouse is made of plastic and feels pretty sturdy, although it's slightly lacking in the braided quality that the Logitech G5 offers
As this is a new style of mouse I thought that the positioning of the hands was pretty critical so I am going to say a little about it here. The Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3 is designed for your hands to sit in a vertical fashion (as the name suggests). Here's what it means:
The buttons are positioned very well and all are both easy to reach and well designed for your hand. The only small quibble I had after I had gotten used to the mouse was that the thumb button was a little too easy to push in and so I inadvertantly pushed it a couple of times.
The mouse literally fits right into your hand and I must say I was impressed.
One thing to note is that people with very small hands may find it hard to use. My fiancée found it pretty hard to get to grips with the mouse when I asked her to try it out.