You put your hand and wrist in an unnatural position when you use a standard mouse, which over the course of time can stress your muscles and tendons and cause health problems such as RSI and carpel tunnel syndrome. If you’re a regular computer user, don’t leave it until you’re suffering to upgrade to a vertical mouse – these upright, ergonomically designed peripherals put your hand and wrist in a natural, relaxed position (with the thumb up) which allows you to use it in a healthier way.
So, you’re moving to a ‘handshake position’ mouse? You won’t regret it. Our buyers guide features models of different shape, size, design and price but all are designed to allow you to work, surf and game as before – just in a healthier way.
One of the more expensive models on our list, the DXT DXT02W offers a design that’s ideal for both left and right-handed users. It’s not the most attractive of looking vertical mice we’ve seen, but it makes up for it on the feature front.
It has four adjustable DPI settings – from 500 all the way up to 2,000 – and comes with a rather handy Rapid Charge that offers two hours of juice on just 30 seconds of charge. It’s also ideal for both small and larger handed users, so practically anyone can start benefiting from its ergonomic design.
The R-Go 1200 DPI Oyster Wireless Mouse is easily the most expensive vertical mouse on our 2018 list, but being on the premium end of the spectrum means you’re getting the very best features to help reduce your risk or symptoms of RSI.
The ultra-adjustable base can be moved from left to right so any user can make the most of it, while its angle can also be customised, enabling everything from a traditional position to a vertical-style ‘handshake’ version. It’s also wireless, and offers up to 30 days use on a single charge.
While the wireless versions of the Adesso iMouse E9 will set you back around £70, the wired ones are a third of the price and just as packed with features. It comes in models for either right or left-handed users, and has four DPI settings as high as 2,400.
It’s precise enough for office work, and with two buttons for dedicated internet navigation the iMouse E9 also works well when surfing at home. Its optical tracking can work on almost any surface, so you won’t even need a mousepad to use it.
Another mouse designed to take advantage of that unusual ‘handshake’ design, this model from Anker can take a little while to get used to (mainly because it’s so big with a high profile). However, one you adapt its hard to go back to a normal mouse, especially if you suffer from one form of RSI or another.
You get five buttons, all of which are easy to access, while its single DPI setting still manages to offer a precise and accurate signal. We wouldn’t recommend it for gaming, but it’s ideal for basic office use and surfing.
One of the most affordable mice on this year’s list, the LuguLake does its best to offer mid-range features into a model very much at the lower end of the vertical mouse price spectrum. It’s build can feel a little flimsy, but it’s an issue that’s well addressed by the comfortable ‘handshake’ design.
It only has a single DPI setting (1,000) and while that does seem a little constrictive, it still performs well for both office work and home surfing. It’s a little on the large side, but that size does help with elevating your wrist.
If you’re looking to reduce RCI strain on a budget, but want to avoid investing in a gimmick knock off, then you’re in the market for a 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless Vertical Mouse from Havit.
It packs an impressive number of features into its sub £20 price tag, including a comfortable curved design, three DPI settings and six buttons. Each one is ideally placed, although its finish can get a little slippy. It’s also a tad light for a vertical mouse, but at this price, these are relatively small concessions.
Evoluent is one of the market leaders in vertical mice, so it only seems fitting to feature one of its most popular models in our list of ergonomic rodents. It’s a wireless setup, and it’s a strong signal too, so there’s no need to worry about it cutting out while you’re clicking away in the office.
It comes with six programmable buttons, which is perfect if you do a job of a repetitive nature, while its high profile shape and curved thumb rest makes it both comfortable and less strenuous on your poor appendage.
This relatively new model from Jelly Comb aims to offer a gaming mouse that’s both versatile and ergonomically-minded. While not as precise as regular gaming mice, it does come with plenty of DPI settings (from 1,000 to 1,600) and also works really well as an office-based peripheral or as a tool for more casual surfing.
The contoured shaped is nothing revolutionary, but it’s still very comfortable, and the matte finish offers plenty of grip when you’re sweating through a long gaming session.
The Permice 518 (available for right and left handers) is recommended for those with large hand size – over 17.8cm from wrist base to top of middle finger. If you’re well endowned in the hand department this is a good choice, as it’ll fit the natural position of your palm and wrist muscle, without cramping you may get from a standard sized mouse.
It’s not just its size, or the decent price, that gets the thumbs up, 5 programmable buttons make it good for multi usage and we like the instinct two-level sensitivity adjustment of the most widely-used 1000/1600 dpi setup. The fact that the Permice 518 is wired shouldn’t be an issue either as the cable is 1.8 meters.
The good-looking Logitech MX Vertical sits at a 57 degree angle to reduce wrist pressure, is ergonomist-approved and seriously comfortable to use. We particularly like the thumb rest positioning and the slightly textured surface, which gives a nice grip.
Aside from comfort and looks ticking our boxes, speed is also on this vertical mouse’s side. It features advanced optical tracking with a 4000 DPI high-precision sensor. The clever cursor speed switch instantly adjusts DPI speed and accuracy. You can pair three devises and switch between them easily and be assured of plenty of usage on one charge – 4 months on a full charge or 3 hours from a 1 minute charge.