Evoluent VerticalMouse 3 Rev. 2
Evoluent has come out with yet another creation that makes us feel better. It makes us realize that technological advances are not being made only with computer internals, but that special consideration is being taken for our wrists as well. I present to you the VerticalMouse 3. The idea of the VerticalMouse is to straighten out your arm so that it is not torqued. This is the same approach being used by the "Natural" style of keyboards which are aimed at being more ergonomic. Typically these style peripherals are involved in either a love or hate relationship.
Most users interact with their computers more via the mouse than the keyboard as almost all programs and especially the internet is driven via point and click interfaces. This being the case we can easily see where a device such as the Evoluent mouse has value. Senior citizens, those with arthritis, and many others who simply want to reduce wrist/arm strain may consider this a godsend.
Here is how it works:
We at Techwarelabs gave Evoluent's new mouse a shot just to see what all the hype is about.
Up Close and Personal:
The VerticalMouse 3 comes with 4 available DPI settings that can be changed by the click of a button on the underside of the mouse:
Off - 800 DPI
Differences between VerticalMouse 2 and VerticalMouse 3:
From Evoluent's website:
These are the improvements of the Evoluent VerticalMouse 3 over the Evoluent VerticalMouse 2:
1. Reshaped to better fit a greater range of hand sizes.
2. A gaming grade infrared sensor with hardware adjustable resolution of 800-2600 dpi instead of an optical sensor with fixed 1200 dpi resolution for superior tracking on more types of surfaces.
3. An optical scroll wheel with detents (clicks) instead of a smooth rolling wheel.
4. A small flange along the bottom edge to prevent the little finger from dragging on the desk.
5. Additional driver functions, such as button programming customizable for different applications.
6. A completely new internal mechanical design for improved parts fit and button feel.
7. A completely new electrical design for improved reliability.
Available button functions:
None - button does nothing when clicked.
Evoluent Mouse Manager V3.3
The Evoluent Mouse Manager V3.3 has 7 submenus that can be used to control the mouse:
1. Buttons - here you can set up the actions of the 5 available buttons
At this time, the VerticalMouse is available in two colors: silver and purple.
I can see where the Evoluent VerticalMouse 3 would make your wrist more comfortable, but it was very hard to adapt to it at first. I would only be afraid that one would forget how to use a regular mouse, but with the expanding options of this mouse, it may soon become the "regular mouse." The VerticalMouse 3 Rev 2. sells for an MSRP of $59.99, and is easily available through shopping.com as well as Amazon. See our links for easy access to this mouse which is available in both Right and Left handed models.
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