Logitech has announced Lift, a $ 69.99 wireless vertical mouse that launches today in multiple colors, as well as with both right- and left-handed options. The lift has a vertically oriented design that puts your hand at a 57-degree angle for better ergonomics. Compared to using a traditional mouse, using a mouse like Lift can help reduce the strain on your wrist significantly as you keep your wrist at the same angle as shaking someone’s hand. At least that’s what I experienced. Last year, I switched to a split ergonomic keyboard, and a mouse like Lift completes the setup.
For those who keep track, the Lift is not quite as fully equipped as the more expensive $ 99.99 MX Vertical, but it could be a good starting point if you do not want to spend so much. It lacks USB-C charging, and it runs instead of a single AA battery, which Logitech claims can (impressively) last up to two years.
The lift rejects the sleek design of the MX Vertical for something more simplistic and playful (plus, you can get it in graphite, silver or pink). It retains the rubber grip to hold it tightly in the palm of your hand, and most of the same key functionality is here. The mouse has two main buttons, a scroll wheel that emphasizes smooth, quiet scrolling, a DPI shift button, and two thumb buttons. At the bottom there is a button to switch between one of three devices to which you can connect the lift (if you hold it down, it also acts as the Bluetooth pairing button).
This mouse supports Logitech Flow, the company’s unique software feature that allows the mouse to be used simultaneously on multiple computers – even if they run a different OS. You will need the Logi Options Plus app running on both computers; then the cursor can move from one PC to another. The app can also be used to easily copy and paste files between machines. I’ve seen a handy demo of this software work, but it just would not work with me at home.
Logitech includes its new Bolt USB Receiver with Lift for quick connection to a PC that has a USB-A port. Compared to its previous unifying receiver, this one boasts better security. Or you can use its Bluetooth feature, which does not require the use of a receiver.
I’ve only had a few days alone with the Lift as my primary mouse, but the transition from a standard mouse has gone smoother than I expected. Aside from accidentally slamming my hand into the lift and tipping it over (it’s much taller than your average mouse), the learning curve is not that bad, as this mouse has a button layout similar to the mouse I’m used to using . If you’ve been curious about vertical mice, the Lift may be a good option to start with, as it costs well under $ 100.