Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3 (Rev 2)

Introduction, packaging, package and specification

Introduction

Evoluent are most probably not a firm you would have heard of. A small company built by Jack Lo, they make the Vertical Mouse 3 as well as a few other peripherals that are badged to make your time interacting with your PC a lot less uncomfortable.

The story of how the Vertical Mouse 3 came about is on this page and makes for interesting reading. Now let's put the theory to the test and see how this mouse really performs...

Packaging

Evoluent have gone for the professional look with their packaging. With a picture on the front showing you what the mouse looks like when you're using it and plenty of blurb on the key points of the mouse, it would look good on the shelves for those wanting something professional.

evoluent packaging evoluent packaging rear

The inside of the box follows the same professional looking theme. The box also has a window where you can actually see the mouse inside, a nice touch.

evoluent inside packaging evoluent inside packaging 2

The mouse is packaged well with a plastic covering and everything looks fairly resilient to dodgy couriers.

Package

The package with the Vertical Mouse 3 has almost everything you need in it. I say almost as the included driver disk does not have a Vista driver on it. This isn't a very big issue, however as the mouse has basic functions with plug and play and there is now a Vista driver available for download on Evoluent's website. I assume future versions of the mouse will have this included on the driver disk.

We have:

* Driver disk
* Quick-start guide
* Cardboard picture of the Verical Mouse 3 (I assume this is a temporary mouse mat)

vertical mouse bundle

The bundle is pretty good all in all, I wouldn't expect much more from a mouse bundle.

Specification

From Evoluent's website:

Familiar grip

The grip is the same as an ordinary mouse, just turned sideways into a handshake position. Many users said they got used to it very quickly.

The VerticalMouse does not move sideways when clicking with normal force because the thumb naturally opposes the fingers. Pointer control is as accurate as any other good mouse when the pointer speed settings are properly adjusted.

Easy to use buttons

All 5 buttons are easily operable without contorting your fingers. The button force is light for easy clicking, but still firm enough to avoid accidental actuation.

Fits different size hands

The new shape fits larger hands as well as smaller hands better.

Prevents desk rubbing

A small lip on the bottom edge prevents the little finger from rubbing the desk.

High performance tracking

An Avago 3080 gaming grade infrared sensor tracks more accurately on many surfaces than most laser sensors. The Rev 2 has a button and indicator light on the bottom for cycling the true optical hardware resolution among 4 settings: 2600, 1800, 1300, and 800 dpi. This makes adjusting pointer speed easier and further improves tracking.

Programmable buttons
(XP Pro, XP Home, Vista 32)

5 buttons are each programmable with different functions in different applications. For example, a button can be Double Click in one application and Ctrl in another application.

Special functions
(XP Pro, XP Home, Vista 32)

Speed toggle - cycle among up to 3 pointer speed settings with a keyboard shortcut or mouse button. For example, a high speed for ordinary tasks, and a slow speed for graphics work.

Auto click - automatically perform a single or double click by pausing the pointer. Adjustable time delay for activation.

Click lock - press and hold a button momentarily to simulate continued pressing without holding down the button. Adjustable time delay for activation.

Break Reminder - visual and/or audio alerts to remind you to take a break.

Repositioning

The VerticalMouse 3 can be repositioned without moving the pointer:

Slide it without moving the pointer.
Tilt it slightly to disable tracking.

Compatibility PC


▪ Includes driver for Windows XP Pro, XP Home, and Vista 32 for programming all 5 buttons.
▪ The driver is not required. The VerticalMouse 3 still has basic functionality without it.
▪ Freeware driver for Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit), XP x64, 2003, and 2000 at
www.highrez.co.uk/downloads/XMouseButtonControl.htm Although it is freeware, please make a donation to the author if you like it. (Evoluent has no business relationship with this vendor.)
▪ USB only. Not compatible with PS2.

Mac

▪ 2 buttons and a scroll wheel in OS X 10.4.5 or newer without a driver: Click here to see why Evoluent does not supply a Mac driver.
▪ www.usboverdrive.com offers a shareware Mac driver that enables button programming.
(Evoluent has no business relationship with this vendor.)
▪ USB port.

Unix
▪ Not compatible.

Linux

▪ 5 buttons in XFree 4.0.1 or higher and Knoppix Linux 3.9 or higher without a driver: left click (top), right click (middle), middle click (bottom), middle click (wheel), right click (thumb).
▪ USB port.

Specifications

▪ Resolution: 800-2600 dpi true optical hardware resolution
▪ Dimensions: L 4.45" (113 mm), W 3.15" (80 mm), H 3.03" (77 mm)
▪ Cable: 6.6' (2 m)

With a dpi resolution of up to 2600, the Vertical Mouse 3's specs certainly look pretty good. Now lets take a look at the actual mouse.
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Most Recent Comments

02-07-2007, 17:23:29

FarFarAway
Evo...who?

Find out who, and what and indeed why inside...

click

02-07-2007, 17:29:03

Mr. Smith
I looked at getting a vertical mouse some time ago but though it might be a bit of a novelty... Seems to work pretty well.

Decent review

02-07-2007, 17:39:28

Bungral
Cool mouse.. Don't think i'd want one though.. As much as the normal mouse is the same and boring, well, i'm the same and boring so it suits me well

Also good review.. I think i'd find it quite hard to come up with 5 pages on a mouse.

1 typo though

The mouse was comfortable so use and being able to assign buttons to different tasks in the Evoluent software was handy.

Edit: Page 4 just incase ya feel like changing..

02-07-2007, 17:42:01

MikeEnIke
You would think the hand model would cut his nails before getting the picture taken. It may look silly, but kemp you planning to use it full time?

02-07-2007, 17:51:03

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Bungral'
Cool mouse.. Don't think i'd want one though.. As much as the normal mouse is the same and boring, well, i'm the same and boring so it suits me well

Also good review.. I think i'd find it quite hard to come up with 5 pages on a mouse.

1 typo though

The mouse was comfortable so use and being able to assign buttons to different tasks in the Evoluent software was handy.

Edit: Page 4 just incase ya feel like changing..
Cheers amended

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='MikeEnIke'
You would think the hand model would cut his nails before getting the picture taken. It may look silly, but kemp you planning to use it full time?
I do use it full time. Still debating switching back to the G5...but I don't game anywhere near as much as I used to and the Evoluent Mouse is much more comfortable in general use.

Once UT3 comes about I may switch back to the G5

03-07-2007, 08:08:09

old.gregg
already wanted to get one of these and now after reading this good review I want one more so - but price is so steep.

Found out of stock for 57, but even that is too much really.

Check out the Evoluent mouse friendly keyboard - with the numeric keypad on the LHS.

04-07-2007, 16:23:36

clive r
Thanks for the review Matt, that's interesting as I was just looking into getting one of these. I've had rsi problems on and off for a few years now, my old ball mouse (yes!) is getting really ropey, but everything else I try seems to make the problem worse.

From the screenshot it looks like you can customise the buttons for different apps. If that could include the dpi setting then that'd solve your res changing issue.

Has anyone found a Uk supplier of these at reasonable cost? They're available from the States on Ebay for around 45, but i'm not sure I want to risk the tax lottery on this one.

04-07-2007, 19:08:21

FarFarAway

05-07-2007, 04:38:36

clive r
Hmm, at those prices it's probably worth importing one.

Incidentally, the VerticalMouse's developer is suing Microsoft over the design of their Wireless Laser Mouse 6000. See here.

Perhaps if he wins the price will come down a bit!
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