Logitech’s Lift is a cheap vertical mouse that might change you

Logitech announced Lift, a $69.99 wireless vertical mouse launching today in multiple colorways, and with both right- and left-handed options. The lift has a vertically oriented design that places your hand at a 57-degree angle for better ergonomics. Compared to using a traditional mouse, using mice like the Lift can help to significantly reduce wrist strain as you hold your wrist at a similar angle to shaking someone’s hand. At least that’s what I experienced. Last year I made the switch to a split ergonomic keyboard and a mouse like the Lift completes the setup.

For those keeping track, the Lift isn’t quite as fully featured as the more expensive $99.99 MX Vertical, but it can be a good entry-level option if you don’t want to spend that much. It lacks USB-C charging, instead it runs on a single AA battery that Logitech says can last up to two years (impressively).

The Lift ditches the elegant design of the MX Vertical for something simpler and more playful (plus, you can get it in graphite, silver, or pink). It retains the rubber grip to keep it snug in your palm, and most of the same key functionality is here. The mouse has two main buttons, a scroll wheel that emphasizes smooth and quiet scrolling, a DPI toggle button and two thumb buttons. At the bottom is a button that allows you to switch between any of the three devices you can connect the lift to (if you hold it down, it doubles as the Bluetooth pairing button).

Logitech Elevator

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

This mouse supports Logitech Flow, the company’s unique software feature that allows the mouse to be used on multiple computers simultaneously, even if they’re running on a different operating system. You need the Logi Options Plus app running on both computers; then the cursor can move from one PC to another. The app can also be used to easily copy and paste files between machines. I’ve seen a hands-on demo of this software working, but it just didn’t work with me at home.

Logitech ships its new Bolt USB receiver with the Lift for quick connection to a PC with a USB-A port. Compared to its previous unifying receiver, this one offers better security. Or you can use the Bluetooth function, which does not require a receiver.

I’ve only had a few days left with the Lift as my primary mouse, but the transition from a standard mouse has been smoother than I expected. Other than accidentally bumping my hand into the Elevator and tipping it over (it’s much bigger than your average mouse), the learning curve isn’t too bad, as this mouse has a similar button layout to mice I’m used to using. If you’ve been curious about vertical mice, the Lift could be a good option to start with, as it costs well under $100.

Logitech Elevator

The Lift is very comfortable to use, thanks in part to the rubber grip.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

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