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Best vertical mouse 2018: reduce wrist strain and pain with these high-profile peripherals

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.

 

Best vertical mouse

1. City Ergonomics DXT DXT02W Wireless Mouse

A compact yet impressive vertical rodent

Reasons to buy
+Compact design+Offers two hours use on a 30 seconds of charge
Reasons to avoid
Wireless signal can be intermittent

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.

Best vertical mouse

2. R-Go 1200 DPI Oyster Wireless Mouse

A proper premium vertical mouse

Reasons to buy
+Unparalleled levels of customisation+Suits any hand shape or type
Reasons to avoid
Very expensive

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.

Best vertical mouse

 

3. Adesso iMouse E9

Big features for a small price

Reasons to buy
+Impressive optical tracking+Lots of DPI adjustment
Reasons to avoid
Unique shape isn’t for everyone

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.

Best vertical mouse

4. Anker Ergonomic Optical USB Wired Vertical Mouse

A high profile design for casual use

Reasons to buy
+Precise optical tracking+Very affordable
Reasons to avoid
A little on the large side

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.

Best vertical mouse

5. LuguLake Vertical

Vertical support for less than a tenner

Reasons to buy
+Pocket money price+Very comfortable design
Reasons to avoid
Single DPI setting

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.

Best vertical mouse

 

6. HAVIT 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless Vertical Mouse

An affordable way to go vertical

Reasons to buy
+Extremely affordable+Strong wireless signal
Reasons to avoid
Only for right-handed users

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.

Best vertical mouse

7. Evoluent Right Handed Wireless Vertical Mouse

A big, powerful and versatile vertical mouse

Reasons to buy
+Six programmable buttons+Very comfortable ‘handshake’ shape
Reasons to avoid
High profile build won’t suit all hand sizes

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.

Best vertical mouse

8. Jelly Comb 2.4G Silent Vertical Mouse

A gaming mouse with added ergonomics

Reasons to buy
+Gaming-focused+Non-slip design
Reasons to avoid
Not as precise as regular gaming mice

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.