Looking for an ergonomic productivity mouse? You’ve probably noticed that there aren’t a ton of options, especially in the premium range.
That’s why the new Logitech Lift Vertical Mouse is quite exciting. He’s a new brother for Logitech MX Vertical mouse – which was already our benchmark for ergonomic productivity mice – for a whole new audience. The Lift is smaller and lighter than the MX Vertical – it is specifically designed for users with small to medium hands. It also has quieter and more intuitive buttons, is available in several color combinations and it comes in a left-handed version (surprisingly rare considering how do not ambidextrous vertical mice are).
If the MX Vertical is your go-to and you have big hands, the Lift might not be the mouse for you – it’s not a direct replacement. But if the MX Vertical is just a little too tall or chunky or right-handed, the Lift might be the best wireless mouse for you.
The Lift costs $69.99 and is available in rose (pink and pale pink), graphite (black and gray), and pale gray (off-white and white). Unfortunately, the left version is only available in graphite.
|Sensor model||Logitech’s Advanced Optical Tracking|
|Maximum sensitivity||4000 dpi|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, USB Logi Bolt|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||4.25 x 2.7 x 2.8 (108mm x 70mm x 71mm)|
Design and comfort of Logitech Lift
The Logitech Lift is a vertical mouse, meaning it’s angled sideways instead of flat like a standard mouse. It’s not completely vertical; the elevator rests at an “optimal” angle of 57 degrees, which is a more natural angle than completely horizontal or vertical.
The vertical design of the Lift is designed to place your hand, wrist and forearm in a more ergonomic position, reduce pressure on the transverse carpal ligament and reduce overall muscle movement. Whether this translates to maximum comfort will always depend on the individual. I didn’t find the mouse position any more or less comfortable than my usual mouse, but my husband, who has had several hand and wrist surgeries, said there was “no doubt” that the Lift felt better.
The lifter is housed in a matte plastic case and has a soft, rubbery grip where your palm will sit. It has six buttons, four on the finger side (left click, right click, a clickable scroll wheel, and a small button under the scroll wheel that changes DPI) and two on the thumb side. All buttons except the button below the scroll wheel are comfortable to use; the DPI button is in an awkward place and it’s definitely not something I want to click on more than very occasionally. Scroll wheel button, DPI button and two thumb buttons are programmable.
The bottom of the mouse has an on/off switch and a button that changes profiles (you can connect the lift to three computers at once). There is also a removable panel, under which you will find the battery (1x AA) and a USB dongle.
Logitech Lift Performance
I thought it would take more time to get used to the vertical lift design, but the lift was so comfortable and intuitively designed that I felt comfortable as soon as I started to use it. However, this may not be the case for all users, as the Lift is specifically designed for people with small to medium hands.
According to Logitech’s size guide, my hands are larger than average and the Lift feels nice to the touch, although my fingertips slightly protrude past the Lift’s left and right mouse buttons. My husband’s hands are much larger than mine and his fingers are not near the buttons when the elevator is in his palm. Fit is everything with a mouse like this, so my husband will have to stick with the MX Vertical.
Getting comfortable is one thing, but getting used to a vertical mouse for more precise movements – like gaming or Photoshop, where pixel precision matters – is another story. Like other vertical mice, the Lift places your hand slightly higher. It’s more ergonomic, but it makes it harder to precisely control the mouse sensor – and that’s something I wasn’t even a little closer to getting used to after a week and a half of testing.
I was particularly impressed with how well placed most of the elevator buttons (minus the DPI button) were. The buttons offer a small amount of tactile feedback – it’s not a lot, and I usually prefer a bit more, but it makes for an extremely quiet click, so it’ll work well in an office environment. Still, if you’re used to more clicky mice, you’ll probably find the elevator switches a bit mushy. The DPI button offers no tactile feedback, which pretty much reinforces its status as a button I would never use.
Software: Logi Options+
The Lift partners with Logitech Options+ by Logitech, the still-in-beta successor to Logitech Options. You don’t need Logi Options+ to use Lift, but you do if you want to personalize Lift, see remaining battery life, and unlock its advanced productivity features.
You can use Logi Options+ to set pointer speed (in percentage, not DPI) and customize the four programmable elevator buttons. Options+’s button remapping capabilities are quite advanced – not only can you choose from a wealth of (mostly productivity-focused) options for each button, but you can also set up custom profiles for different apps. When I first opened Options+, it even offered to install and configure predefined profiles for several common apps. However, when I tried that, several profiles didn’t download properly and therefore didn’t work.
Logi Options+ is also where you can set up Logitech Flow, a neat productivity feature that lets you switch between up to three different PCs, even copying and pasting content from one to another. This feature is very useful for people who use multiple devices (like me), even if it takes a while to switch between devices.
Unlike the MX Vertical, which has a rechargeable battery, the Lift is powered by a single AA battery, which Logitech says lasts up to 24 months. Obviously, this will depend on how you use the lift. I’ve been using the Lift fairly regularly for about a week and a half, and haven’t turned it off at all, and the battery life has dropped to 95%.
Personally, I don’t mind devices with non-rechargeable batteries, especially if it means big gains in battery life. But it’s a bit surprising to see a non-rechargeable battery in a high-end productivity mouse, especially when the MX Vertical has a rechargeable battery with a decent lifespan (up to four months).
If you have small to medium hands and are looking for a vertical mouse, the Logitech Lift is a great option. The Lift is lightweight, comfortable, intuitive and packed with premium productivity features.
But, like most ergonomic devices, the Lift is perfect for some people…and less so for others. The Lift is designed for people with small hands; if you have big hands or long fingers, you’ll probably be better off with the Logitech MX Vertical. And while the lift works well in a general office environment, anyone who needs a precise degree of precision from their mouse will likely find it hard to get used to the lift’s vertical design and quiet buttons. but soft.