Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3 (Rev 2)
Published: 2nd July 2007 | Source: Evoluent | Price: |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...
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.
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.
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.
* Driver disk
* Quick-start guide
* Cardboard picture of the Verical Mouse 3 (I assume this is a temporary mouse mat)
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.
(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.
(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.
The VerticalMouse 3 can be repositioned without moving the pointer:
Slide it without moving the pointer.
Tilt it slightly to disable tracking.
▪ 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.
▪ 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.
▪ Not compatible.
▪ 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.
▪ 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.