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Logitech Lift mouse review: a great left-handed mouse?

Logitech Lift Mouse
Lift off: the vertical mouse caters for right- and left-handers

I’m left-handed, but I use a mouse with my right (I’ll explain why below). So, when Logitech told me it was launching a mouse for left-handed folk, I was eager to find out if it could convert me back to left-handed mousing. Here’s my Logitech Lift Mouse review.

Is the Logitech Lift mouse only for left-handers?

No, there is a right-handed version of the mouse too. Awkwardly, that’s called the Logitech Lift, whereas the version for us lefties is called the Logitech Lift Left, which rather labels the minority. Not cool.

Actually, I should say the full name of this mouse is the Logitech Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse, because it’s designed to prevent repetitive strain injury. I should probably have pointed that out earlier…

OK, anything more we should know up front?

Logitech says this mouse is designed for small-to-medium-sized hands. It doesn’t explicitly say women, but the marketing video (above) is very much female-focused. That said, I’m a fairly big lump of a bloke and it doesn’t feel small in my hands. If you need something bigger, there’s the Logitech MX Vertical.

Has it converted you back to left-handed mousing?

In a word, no. But that doesn’t mean it’s a terrible product. Far from it.

I’ve got both the right- and left-handed versions of the Logitech Lift here to test, and the right feels much more natural, because I’ve got 30 years of muscle memory in the bank. (I had to use the mouse in the right-hand at college because the mouse mats were glued to the right-hand side of the keyboard, and in those days you couldn’t use a mouse without a mat. It’s, well, stuck with me.)

The mouse is designed to sit at a more natural angle, meaning you don’t need to bend your wrist, like you do with a normal mouse. Your thumb rests comfortably on a shelf, and the two dedicated thumb buttons are much easier to reach than they are on Logitech’s regular mice. Those buttons are programmed for functions such as back/forward in a web browser, meaning less dragging the mouse around the screen, which should also be good for your limbs.

I can’t vouch for the health benefits of the mouse, because I’m fortunate not to suffer from RSI. Logitech claims to have extensively tested the mouse with RSI sufferers at its labs, so I’ll have to take the company’s word on the ergonomic benefits. Certainly, vertical mice have been around for a while, so it’s not a wacky new concept.

However, a vertical mouse does take a bit of getting used to. Couple that with switching hands, and it’s just a bit too strange for me to get along with as my day-to-day mouse. Your mileage may vary and you may take to it like a duck to wet stuff, but when I’ve tried to use the Logitech Lift Left for an extended period, I’ve always gone back to a regular mouse when serious work needs doing, because it’s just too awkward. I dare say that might change if I persevered, but I’m not sure the benefits will ever justify the effort.

Logitech Lift mouse review verdict

If you suffer from discomfort (or worse) when using a mouse, the Logitech Lift might well be worth a shot. It’s well designed, stylish (it comes in three colours) and Logitech should be applauded for catering for the left-handers in the house too.

It’s not cheap at £70, and there are vertical mice out there at a fraction of the price, but the Logitech Lift is another solid addition to the Logitech stable.

Logitech Lift Mouse review
  • Design
  • Value for money

Verdict

A considerately designed mouse for both left and right-handed folk and those who suffer from RSI

Overall
4

Pros

  • Caters for left-handed people
  • Could prevent wrist injury
  • Well-placed thumb rest and buttons

Cons

  • Comparatively expensive

About the author

Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at barry@bigtechquestion.com.

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