Logitech’s Vertical Lift Mouse is a great way to improve posture

Logitech’s Vertical Lift Mouse is a great way to improve posture

Many of us have worked from home using smaller desks and workspaces than we were used to when we were in the office. I bet a lot of homeworkers may have suffered some pain and even RSI (repetitive strain injury) working from home in cramped and less than ideal conditions.

According to Logitech, 15% of all computer users experience some sort of wrist, arm, and back pain due to poor posture when using a mouse and keyboard. The figure is even higher for creatives who often spend hours working on a screen, using a mouse with programs like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and other creative software.

Logitech has observed the increase in RSI and related conditions often experienced by home workers and creatives. He engineered a solution in the company’s Ergo labs that could significantly reduce the pain or discomfort experienced by those working in front of a computer.

The result of Logitech’s research is the new Lift Vertical Mouse designed for people with small to medium hands. Instead of working like most flat mice, Lift is rotated 90 degrees so the user holds the mouse in a much more natural handshake position that allows them to tuck their elbow in and use the mouse closer of the keyboard. The difference is stark, and Lift just might be an affordable and effective way to lower ROI.

Logitech’s Lift Vertical Mouse has a naturally contoured design and is great for people with small hands. It has the usual two left and right buttons on all mice, plus a scroll wheel, a third button, and a few forward and back thumb buttons for paging through a web browser. Lift is available in pink, off-white, and graphite colorways, and the graphite is available in a left-handed version in North America and Europe. It’s bound to be music to the ears of all those lefties who want to use all the buttons a mouse has to offer.

As the latest addition to Logitech’s Ergo series, Lift continues the company’s human-centered, science-driven approach to mouse design. Logitech’s elevator was designed after extensive testing at the company’s Ergo lab and it has also been certified and approved by leading ergonomic institutions.

The lift’s compact design is incredibly comfortable to use. I found that the arm position he put me in also encouraged me to sit up straighter and improved my posture while working at my desk. The mouse has a neatly contoured soft rubber grip and includes a handy thumb rest to keep little hands comfortable. Lift has a 57° vertical design that promotes a more relaxed grip by eliminating pressure on the user’s wrist with a more natural forearm posture.

Like most mice these days, Lift has a scroll wheel, but that’s a difference. It’s called SmartWheel and is quiet and magnetic with ideal speed and precision for making precise line-by-line edits or quickly scrolling through a long document.

When it comes to connecting Lift to a desktop or laptop computer, you have the choice between Bluetooth or Logitech Bolt protocol which has a strong signal and a higher level of security. The mouse can connect up to three different devices, and the user can easily switch between devices with the press of a button on the base of the mouse. All three devices can run a selection of Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS, iPadOS and Android operating systems and Lift will connect via Bluetooth Low Energy or a Logi Bolt USB dongle. Like other recent mice from Logitech, Lift can use Flow, a transparent way to move a cursor between screens.

The lift is powered by a single AA battery accessible via a very clever magnetic hatch. That single battery will power Lift for up to two years, and Logitech has worked hard to reduce the power consumption of its recent mice to reduce their impact on the environment. I have been using a Logitech Ergo M575 mouse for some time and the battery life is also very good.

Like other Logitech mice and keyboards, Lift can be programmed using the excellent Logi Options+ software. The six different buttons can each be programmed on an application-by-application basis, making work much more productive.

Lift’s sustainable design minimizes its environmental footprint and that’s something Logitech excels at. The plastic parts of the graphite version of Lift are made from 70% recycled plastic, while the pink and off-white versions use 54% recycled plastic and Logitech is working to increase that figure. All of Logitech’s products, including Lift, are certified carbon neutral, and packaging is made from recycled paper products rather than plastic. The only plastic I could find in the packaging was a small circle of tape sealing the box.

Verdict: Logitech Lift is a big step forward in ergonomic mouse design. Its 57° tilt encourages the user to adopt a much healthier posture and forearm position which makes working in front of a computer much more comfortable. The buttons and scroll wheel are virtually silent, which is useful if you work in an office with other people. The ability to program Lift’s buttons with Logitech’s software is a great productivity boost, though I would advise Mac users that you should be using macOS 10.15 or later. This is a great new mouse from Logitech and once you get used to using the upright design it’s much more comfortable than a more traditional design. It’s nice that Logitech makes mice for people with small hands and for left-handers. It only makes sense that if you’re going to be using a tool like a mouse for hours at a time, it’s the most comfortable and efficient tool available. Logitech Lift is definitely that.

Price and availability: The Vertical Ergonomic Lift Mouse will be available in April 2022 at Logitech.com and other global retailers. The suggested retail price will be $69.99 / £69.99 / €69.99. Lift for Business will also be available for purchase worldwide.

More information: Logitech.com

Technical specifications:

  • Dimensions: 71 x 70 x 108mm (HxWxD)
  • Weight: 125g
  • System requirements for the Logi Bolt USB receiver: Windows 10 or later, macOS® 10.15 or later, Chrome OS, Linux.
  • System requirements for Bluetooth Low Energy: Windows 10 or later, macOS 10.15 or later, iPadOS 14 or later, Chrome OS, Linux, Android 8.0 or later.
  • Warranty: 1-year limited hardware warranty in USA and Asia / 2-year limited hardware warranty in EMEA and Japan

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