Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3 (Rev 2)
Published: 2nd July 2007 | Source: Evoluent | Price: |Below are the listed test results. I have completed all of the application specific tests using the Icemat V1, the surface tests are below these.
I used Evoluent's own software for button assignment. "Evoluent Mouse Manager" was very good and worked fine with Windows Vista, which is more than many companies can say about their software.
Adobe Photoshop detailed photo-editing
The mouse was comfortable to use and being able to assign buttons to different tasks in the Evoluent software was handy.
Macromedia Fireworks banner making
Microsoft Office work (general including Outlook, Excel, Access, Word and Powerpoint)
General web browsing/article writing
This aside, the third finger button at the bottom is very useful once you get used to it and this further enhanced my browsing experience.
Gaming: FPS - Counter Strike: Source
Gaming on the Evoluent Vertical Mouse was pretty hard to get used to at first, but some perseverance eventually paid off and I was fragging away as normal (albeit my normal poor standard!). The mouse glides pretty smoothly over the surface and I found that 1800DPI was the best point for my fast-twitch gaming. 2600DPI saw me over-shooting the mark and it was basically impossible to play the game.
Although the Vertical Mouse isn't specifically designed for FPS, if you're a bit of a part time player the mouse certainly shouldn't affect your game after you've gotten used to it. I would even say that the button assigning helps you out as that third finger button is right where you need it.
Gaming: RTS - Command and Conquer 3
Gaming in Command and Conquer was also pretty nice, but the one thing I really missed was having on-the-fly DPI switching. It's very useful in CNC3 to have this as it allows you to scroll the whole screen in one movement. This aside, the mouse was smooth and responsive and a pleasure to play for long periods...without arm-ache.
The Icemat v1 was a good choice to use with the Vertical mouse and it glided up the smooth surface with ease, even without teflon mouse pads. At higher DPI's, however, the hard surface meant that the mouse was far too twitchy.
Free hard surface mousemat
The free hard mousemat I have is a good indicator of whether a mouse can work on all surfaces. The Vertical Mouse took it in it's stride and tracked well across the surface once again.
Office type cloth mousemat
To simulate office use I borrowed a cloth mousemat from the office. The Evoluent mouse again was comfortable and the higher-DPI settings seemed easier to use on this surface. It's a bit of a shame that I didn't have a gaming grade cloth surface as I feel this would be perfectly suited to the Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3.
The Vertical Mouse stood up to all of our testing very well and I was impressed with it's versatility. Perhaps not the very first choice of mouse if you are a hardcore gamer, the Vertical Mouse misses on-the-fly sensitivity changing and perhaps suffers from a little over-zealous thumb button.
These points aside I the mouse performed well in testing.