Logitech Vertical Lift Mouse Works great, but gets dirty quickly

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The Logitech Lift is a solid, upright mouse, but it is somewhat prone to finger lubrication.
picture: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

My wrist is killing me. It’s probably because of my age, but I also have wrist tightness from years of poor posture and work environment. Ever since I started working at home — long before the pandemic started — I’ve been making backups, improperly supporting keyboards and monitors, and using the wrong kind of mouse. The Logitech elevators It couldn’t have come at a better time.

This vertical mouse is the first time I’ve used it, but it seems to be the right entry point into the realm of a better ergonomics. While I had recurring wrist pain before calling this mouse for review, things improved dramatically when I switched to the lift from another Logitech mouse, the G305. The G305 is a powerful wireless mouse, but I had to face the fact that aesthetics wasn’t something I could continue to prioritize without increasing the toll on my body.

Fortunately, with the elevator’s cool colors and modern style, you don’t have to sacrifice design for ergonomics. After a few weeks of use, I honestly look forward to sitting down with the Logitech Lift for a day off. The handshake style grip gives my fingers more room to breathe. The only major problem with this $70 vertical mouse is that it’s not fat-proof. Now I have to figure out a way to clean it up.

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The Logitech Lift vertical mouse is sibling to the Logitech MX Vertical mouse, so it comes in a solid material. However, the lifter is smaller, which makes it more comfortable for little hands (Logitech has size finder For a mouse if you are interested in whether it fits in your grip). It also comes in several colors including the rose you see here, graphite and light gray. There is also a special left-handed model, although this model is only made of graphite.

The Logitech Lift has quiet left and right click buttons, which isn’t something I would consider a selling point for this particular peripheral. But it is very soft when pressed, which makes it ideal for the ergonomic nature of this mouse. Other buttons include a clickable scroll wheel, which I use with my index finger to scan pages, and a small button below that that adjusts the DPI. Logitech also includes two thumb buttons that are preprogrammed as forward and backward for browsing.

The mouse itself moves smoothly on most surfaces. I used the lift on a cloth desk mat, which appears to be set, although you will have to go into the crevices under the mouse with a toothpick to clean it. There is already unwanted material collecting there from my weeks of use.

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I present to you: the goop in question.
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Speaking of goop, since you’re cuddling this thing all day, get ready for the shade of hand grease that will show up after weeks of use. Admittedly, I eat at my desk, which probably contributed to the growth. I also smooth out my face when I think about it, and wear a tinted moisturizer every day, so it seems inevitable. At the very least, I didn’t notice this happening until I sat down to write this comment. Now that I know it’s there, I want to know how to get rid of it.

Logitech has a profile help page Excessive cleaning of peripherals, but you still struggle to control the dirt. I reached out to a friend of mine who reviewed the devices, and they also noticed a small video clip in their test unit. Part of the problem is that half of the mice are rubbery, so they are like lipid binders and skin lotions. I didn’t see much residue on the matte half of the mouse.

smooth movements

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The pink Logitech Lift is absolutely beautiful despite my filthy hands.
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The dirt on my Logitech Lift test copy centers around the parts it holds the most: the thumb and forefinger. Since it’s a vertical mouse, this is where your movements will center, rather than moving your wrist left and right like with a standard mouse. Instead, it looks like you’re drawing a big picture with a handy tool.

It took me a while to adjust Logitech elevators. The first time I got my hands on it, I immediately regretted it because it was a different experience than what I’m used to. But after about a week, I started to feel more comfortable with the movements required to operate a mouse like this.

Using a Logitech lever is similar to moving the stylus on a Wacom tablet. It works best with small, subtle movements, and every simple movement of your wrist will instantly transfer onto the screen. While I like the Logitech Lift for general browsing and business goals, I still feel a bit limited when navigating narrow menu items or adjusting the slider in programs like Adobe Lightroom. I would definitely not use this gaming mouse and instead go back to one of the original carpal tunnel culprits, the wired Logitech G203.

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I use my index finger to scroll the pages with the Logitech Lift.
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Logitech confusing case software

I’ve checked out a lot of different Logitech extensions in the past. Every time I don’t know which of the many proprietary apps I should use to get the things I love. There are currently six Logitech apps installed on my Windows PC that allow you to control all the different devices. Fill Logitech G Hub for their gaming devices, Logitech Capture for my webcams and Logitech Options Tuning other Logitech keyboards and mice tested by me. Now I have to round them all with Logie Bolt driver i + Record options Logitech elevator.

Anyway, the sheer amount of software is a big problem. I already installed Logs Bolt when I was checking the file Logitech POP . keyboardSo I didn’t get a prompt to install Logi Options +, the app that will replace Logitech Options at some point.

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Logi Options + is easy to use, but the placement of all Logitech software in its ecosystem remains amazing.
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I like the look and feel of Logi Options + itself, and the program makes it easy to click on the parts of the mouse I want to customize. The DPI button isn’t programmed between left and right clicks by default, so pressing it won’t affect your cursor speed unless you go to Options + and set it up. You can change the pointer speed in increments of up to 100 dpi, although this is a percentage. The maximum transmission speed is 4000 dpi. If you want to use it for games, you can.

A mouse is good if it is dirty

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This mouse and I have already done a lot of work for this site.
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Logitech promises up to 24 months of operation on a single AA battery for lifting. A month has passed, and after connecting via a Bolt USB receiver, I’m still 100%. The lift offers Bluetooth connectivity and you can switch between three different computers or tablets at the same time.

The Logitech Elevator inspired me to move things around my desk, so at the end of the workday I didn’t feel any pain. Since then I’ve switched to a better keyboard and switches and replaced the small desk with a larger standing desk that can be adjusted with a lever. Things are getting better, although there is always room for improvement. And while the Logitech elevator didn’t eliminate my pain, the physical movement of my arms around the desk to control my computer meant I took the pressure off my bruised wrist.

Not everyone will love the Logitech elevator. Reading other reviews, large hands seem to have a hard time adjusting to the lever, its size and where the buttons come into contact with where the fingers land. But for me it has been a boon to the productivity and convenience of my working from home lifestyle. And it’s a color that matches the rest of the things on my desk.

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