Great ergonomics you can afford – Geek review

Rating:
9/10
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  • 1 – Absolute hot garbage
  • 2 – Variety of lukewarm garbage
  • 3 – Very wrong design
  • 4 – Some pros, many cons
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Great, but not the best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute design Nirvana

Price: $ 70

Logitech Lift mouse to Logitech MK470 keyboard
Josh Hendrickson

Stick to Review Geek for a very long time and you will find that we are big fans of ergonomic everything. So when Logitech announced the new Lift mouse, which promised ergonomics in affordable packaging, I had to look. Can it replace my favorite MX Vertical? Surprisingly – yes!

Here’s what we like

  • More accessible than most vertical mice
  • Logitech Flow is great
  • Very convenient

And what we don’t do

  • Still a little expensive
  • Still a little big

I have been using ergonomic keyboards and mice for years and this should be seen in my numerous reviews of ergonomic keyboards. But while the shape and price of ergonomic keyboards are a bit more consistent (with some wild exceptions), ergonomic mice are a bit rarer and less unique. You basically have two options: a trackball setting and a “vertical setting”. Both are usually more expensive than traditional mice and require compromise. As much as I love MX Vertical, it is expensive and huge. Great for big hands, not so much for everyone else.

Logitech Lift fixes both issues, but comes with a few trade-offs.

Shake hands with the mouse

An arm wrapped around a vertical mouse
Logitech

The best way to describe the use of a vertical mouse is to imagine that you are shaking hands. This is basically the position where you will hold your hand while using the Logitech Lift. In theory, this relieves the pressure on your wrist, as you do not bend the rest unnaturally back.

The disadvantage of most vertical computer mice is that they are formatted only for the right hands. This is almost a problem even with the standard setting, but you can often reformat buttons and others to work with the left hand. But with a vertical shape, this is an impossible task, as the whole mouse bends to fit your thumb and fingers. Fortunately, the Logitech Lift is available in both right and left formats. But you will get fewer color options in the latter – the right Lift is available in graphite, almost white and pink, while the left is available only in graphite.

Beyond the new colors and the left-handed option, the Lift stands out in several notable ways. It uses the new Logitech Bolt receiver (along with Bluetooth), which the company says is more secure and stable than the previous Unifying key. But it also means it can’t be paired with a Unifying dongle, so if you’re using an older Logitech keyboard, you may need two dongles if Bluetooth isn’t an option.

The elevator is also noticeably smaller than the MX Vertical. This is mostly a good thing, in my opinion. The MX Vertical is so large that you almost need extra space on your desk to place it. This extra weight also means more time to get used to its strange shape. And if you have smaller hands, forget to use it.

The smaller size of the elevator fixes all this. It may still require more space than a regular mouse, but you won’t feel like you need a new desk just for your mouse. And it also means that it should be easier to adapt to the new position. Lift probably also fits more hands than MX Vertical. But if you have hands that are larger than average, you may need to adjust. I have “medium” hands and long fingers. I noticed that with Lift I squeeze my fingers slightly to properly use the scroll wheel and the snap buttons. If I didn’t, they would extend beyond the edges of the mouse, and my middle finger would hit the scroll wheel at about half a point.

But despite this fact, the mouse is very convenient to use. I didn’t even realize I was squeezing my fingers until I started trying Life and MX Vertical next to each other.

Almost first-class materials

If you’ve considered buying a vertical mouse in the past, you’ll probably be shocked by stickers when you see the price of $ 100 to $ 150 that many require. Lift manages to reduce this price to the more affordable $ 69. And while it’s still not the cheapest mouse on the market, it’s tastier than its ergonomic counterparts.

Logitech managed to reduce the price by literally shrinking the device and changing some materials and specifications. Lift feels less premium in the hand than MX Vertical, for example. But if you’ve never kept a more expensive mouse, you won’t know what you’re missing. And in an isolated world, Zen Surface (as Logitech likes to call it) feels good to me. Strange, because I’m not used to feeling rubber on the mouse, but good. One disadvantage of any tire is the dust that this mouse attracts like a magnet. You will see dust in all photos, despite the effort to clean the device. The good news is that the dust is much less visible to the naked eye than you can see in the photos.

The buttons are very quiet, but tactile enough, which is probably useful for anyone who works in an office where noise pollution is a bad thing. And the scroll wheel also feels much softer due to the lack of a better word, with fewer click points. But again, while it may not be as good as the MX Vertical, the scroll wheel is good and you won’t know what you’re missing.

The same goes for the other mouse buttons, which have a soft click and a light rubber feel. I’m not inclined to use a lot of mouse buttons, so that doesn’t bother me. The only thing you’ll probably notice is the lack of USB-C charging. Instead, the elevator requires an AA battery. Logitech says AA will give you two years of use before you need a new battery. Obviously I can’t test this statement, but in the nearly two months I’ve used the mouse, the battery level has dropped by only 5%, according to the new Logitech + options software.

If you are a fan of Logitech Flow, you will be glad to know that it is also built-in. I wish Logitech would stop putting the device toggle button at the bottom of the mouse. It is best when the thumb button as it is located on Triathlon. But it’s really just a scolding.

Great versatile mouse

When you get to it, I can think of only two reasons not to buy a Logitech Lift. Either you don’t like the vertical form factor of the mouse, or you have big hands. And if you fit into the latter category, I would point you to MX Vertical.

In addition, the Lift is a stellar ergonomic mouse. It’s comfortable, reliable, and while the AA battery is annoying, I don’t really see the extra $ 30 to get the MX Veritical rechargeable battery as a reasonable price. And it’s very likely that the problem with the AA battery only occurs every year or two, which you can’t really say about the MX Vertical. This mouse needs charging every few months. You can find cheaper vertical mouse options, of course. But they cut much more angles in materials and functions. They are cheaper because they are “cheaper”. This looks like the right middle position.

If you’re thinking of a vertical mouse and $ 100 (or more) is too steep for you, get a Logitech Lift. This is a great ergonomic mouse.

Here’s what we like

  • More accessible than most vertical mice
  • Logitech Flow is great
  • Very convenient

And what we don’t do

  • Still a little expensive
  • Still a little big

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