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Logitech Lift: A smaller vertical wireless mouse for the masses

For people looking to avoid wrist and elbow discomfort, it’s a good start.

- BY ALAINA YEE

Ergonomic equipment can be expensive. I’ve cycled through many mice over the years— trackpads, trackballs, roller mice, vertical mice—with the price per mouse hitting over $100 for the more specialize­d gear. If you don’t work for a company that pays for it, taking care of your body costs a pretty penny.

The thing about ergonomic peripheral­s, though, is that everyone can benefit from it. Putting your body in a neutral position can save you from the kind of pain that forces you to seek out the expensive gear. It’s not just for people like me who must use funnylooki­ng mice and keyboards (and regularly rotate through different styles, to boot) to keep from hurting.

So when Logitech announced the Lift, a $70 vertical mouse made for small-to-medium hands (with a left-hand variation available!), I was genuinely excited. These days, you can find inexpensiv­e variations from companies like Anker ( fave.co/3ocrbo2), but they’re

sized for people with larger hands. They also often don’t provide enough tilt to get your hand and elbow in a properly neutral position, nor do they provide a left-hand variant. So far, the best options for a compact wireless vertical mouse have been the Evoluent Verticalmo­use 4 Small Wireless ($110; fave.co/3hgbcri) or Verticalmo­use D Small Wireless ($115; fave.co/39edwme).

Turns out, the Lift is a great balance between affordable and comfortabl­e—but for folks like me who have existing issues, it can’t quite fully replace an Evoluent.

THE SPECS

Connection type: Bluetooth and wireless

Max number of connected devices: 3

Sensor type: Optical

DPI range: 400 to 4,000 DPI (adjustable)

Nominal value: 1,000 DPI

Buttons: 6 total (left and right click, scroll wheel with click, middle button, and two thumb buttons)

Customizab­le: Yes, some buttons can be programed for different actions

Tilt: 57 degrees

Dimensions: 108x70x71 mm (4.2x2.7x2.7 in)

Weight: 124g

Battery life: 2-year battery life (1 AA)

Warranty: 1 year (U.S.)

Materials: Partially made of post-consumer recycled plastic (70% for graphite, 54% for rose and off-white)

For the full rundown of specs, including report rates, you can check out this Logitech Lift support page ( fave.co/3qed8cu).

DESIGN AND BUILD

The Logitech Lift comes in a two-tone design, with a plastic front half in one color and a darker, rubberized back half in another color. You can get it in black, off-white, and rose; our review model was off-white, which had a cool-toned white front and a light gray palm grip. The plastic has a smooth but soft-touch satin finish, as opposed to slick and shiny. The effect overall is quite nice, but that’s only after just a few weeks of use. In general, I’m wary of

rubberized materials—their longevity is questionab­le. Specific to mice, I stopped using my Evoluent Verticalmo­use as often because its grip had deteriorat­ed and become sticky to the touch.

Logitech offers six different buttons on this mouse—left and right click, plus a small round button just below those and two narrow ones on the thumb side of the mouse. The scroll wheel also serves as a button. You can customize the commands for all the buttons save the left and right click (for obvious reasons), which you do in Logitech’s Options+ software.

On the underside of the Lift is an on/off switch to preserve the mouse’s battery life, and a button to switch between connected devices (up to three total). You can connect to devices via Bluetooth or via the included 2.4GHZ wireless dongle. A magnetic plate conceals access to the one AA battery that powers the mouse, as well as the 2.4GHZ wireless receiver. It’s a good design choice—no plastic clips to accidental­ly break—but it pops off pretty easily even when the mouse drops onto carpet. (Shoutout to my jerk cat for taking it upon himself to test that repeatedly.)

One key difference exists between the Logitech Lift and its more expensive sibling, the MX Vertical—you can only connect to devices wirelessly. Unlike with the MX, you can’t use a USB-C cable to operate in a wired mode.

The Lift’s feel in the hand is decent, with a good weight, though it borders on being a smidge large. It flares a bit wider toward the base than feels completely comfortabl­e. I prefer the sizing of my Evoluent vertical mouse, which has a narrower grip for curving my palm around. I also personally would prefer more of a vertical tilt—over time, I started to develop that familiar painful tightness near my elbow since the Lift doesn’t allow you to maintain a true handshake position. If you don’t have existing issues, you may not have the same complaint, but those with repetitive stress injuries and tendinitis may find the Lift won’t help with avoiding discomfort.

The button presses on this mouse feel a bit

mushy—logitech aimed for “whisper-quiet” button presses, which it achieves, but they don’t feel as good if you like crisp clicks for feedback. But the size of the buttons are a good proportion for narrower fingers.

WIRELESS PERFORMANC­E

First, a confession: I’m a savage who doesn’t use a mouse mat. (Though in full disclosure, my current ergo mouse is a Contour Rollermous­e Free2, which doesn’t require movement on a desk surface.) But despite the lack of a mat and a slightly textured table surface, cursor tracking was very smooth with the Lift. I experience­d no stutters or drop-outs while moving the mouse around the screen. You can change the tracking sensitivit­y (aka DPI settings) of the mouse very easily too, but be aware that upping the percentage doesn’t equate to linear increases in DPI. The following chart provided by Logitech shows the logarithmi­c scaling you’ll be working with.

Switching between connected devices is also seamless, with instant switching to the PC or tablet you want to control. For my testing, I was connected to three different Pcs—two desktops and a laptop. The first and third were via Bluetooth, while the second was via the 2.4GHZ wireless dongle.

SOFTWARE

Out of the box, the Logitech Lift works well, but it shines best when you install its companion app, Logi Options+. Within the program, you can change settings and customize the mouse.

Particular­ly useful is the ability to customize button presses for specific apps, not just general use. Logi Options+ will start you off with some presets for select programs already installed on your system, like Adobe Creative Cloud and popular Microsoft Office apps, Chrome, and Zoom. You can set up other apps in this way, too, as well as change the preset button presses. For example, in Chrome, I have one of the thumb buttons programmed for the keyboard shortcut for word

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The Logitech Lift comes in three different colors: graphite, off-white, and rose.
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I don’t have a particular­ly tiny hand (roughly 17.5mm long and 9.5mm wide), but the base on the Lift feels a smidge too large.
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 ?? ?? The Logi+ companion software shows DPI settings for the Logitech Lift as percentage­s, but the numbers correspond to a logarithmi­c scale, not a linear one.
The Logi+ companion software shows DPI settings for the Logitech Lift as percentage­s, but the numbers correspond to a logarithmi­c scale, not a linear one.

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