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I'm now a true convert after using a Vertical Mouse

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After using traditional PC mouse for most of my computing life, I decided to finally see what all the fuss was about with a Vertical Mouse and I'm sold.

I've been through a lot of mice over the years from cheap stuff with no branding, to the "gamer" stuff full of RGB lighting and more. Not only that, I've used Trackball mice before and found them interesting to try but thoroughly weird and just too bizarre to keep going with. After growing up with the likes of the Amiga, I've pretty much seen it all when it comes to inputs like this.

Why the change? Well, a little known fact is that I have a permanent injury in my main hand (skateboarding hurts, kids). Often it causes issues and longer periods of using a traditional mouse really quite badly brings out the pain. After researching for some time and gathering some opinions, I went for a Vertical Mouse to see if it would make a difference — and I'm a little bit blown away.

The model I went for to test the waters was the CSL TM137U from CSL-Computer (Amazon), which only cost £13.99 so it felt like a reasonably entry point to try one out.

As it turns out, there's a lot of variants of this design and model, with Anker being one of the most well-known and both the Anker version and the CSL were highly rated, so I thought I couldn't really go wrong with it. As it turns out, it seems CSL simply have an unbranded version (sold out) of what Anker sell so they're pretty much the same. CSL was just the cheaper option at the time.

The benefits of using a Vertical Mouse are surprising. Instead of flattening your arm which twists your muscles around (causing some strain), it gives you a nice handshake-style grip that just feels so much more natural and ends up reducing the strain often felt using a traditional mouse. You don't feel the need to clinch your fingers up on the main buttons because there's no need with how your hand rests on it too. I don't want to jinx anything but honestly, it's completely stopped any hand and wrist pain I was having - it's absolutely marvellous for that.

So it sorted out my main issue but is the mouse overall any good? After using it now for a few weeks I have a few thoughts on it. Overall, it is a genuinely good mouse. However, there's a few points for me that go against it:

  • The size - it's a bit bigger than what I am used to (small hand problems) and so if it was a bit shorter and thinner, it would have been perfect.
  • Retraining my brain for clicking in the middle button is still a work in progress. I keep going to click it directly down like you would a normal mouse, but flicking against it to the side is the sweet spot for this model. It also feels at times a bit too sensitive and feels like it can double-click sometimes.
  • It's a bit slippery. A nice texture due to how you grip it would have been much nicer

Minor gripes aside, overall it's a good choice to start with if you're looking into picking one up. With a single-click button to switch it between 1000-1600 dpi it works well there for different uses. Two extra buttons by your thumb are ideally placed too, makes switching back and forth in your browser easy and using them in games is great too. On top of all that, it looks pretty nice too.

I've enjoyed using it so much that my Razer DeathAdder Chroma is going off to the retirement home. I shall continue using this, at least until a find a slightly smaller version.

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A few months ago, I have bought myself a vertical mouse as well, but I am not still fully convinced unfortunately.

Before, I was sometime felling pain on the top of the hand, between the index and the middle finger ; now, it has been replaced by a (lower) pain on the side of the wrist (little-finger side)...

Unfortunately, it was already difficult for me to choose a correct "standard" mouse, but with vertical mices, the choice is even more limited (but I think there is more choice now than a few years ago, maybe correlated with the g@merz ageing ? )

Quoting: Nanobang
Quoting: KeyrockI've been #TeamTrackball for decades, once I got past the initial weirdness of the change, which lasted roughly 1 day, I found them way more comfortable to use. To be specific, I prefer trackballs where you move the ball with your index, middle, and/or ring finger, rather than your thumb.

I'd be keen to hear more about this Keyrock. Would you be willing to post a link or picture of your model mouse? I've become so enamored with the trackball emulation on the Steam Controller that it's like slogging through waist deep snow whenever I have to resort to a track or mouse pad (calf-deep snow with a mouse). I'm already making plans for what to use when all three of my Steam Controllers break beyond repair.

I guess it is probably something like this ?

like this

I owned a trackball years ago, but it was only 800 dpi, and thus not very practical with modern resolutions. The ball was moved with the thumb ; I had doubts about the ones moved with the other fingers... But I am curious to see Keyrock's actual model as well
Termy 5 Aug
I've pretty big hands, so finding a mouse always was a bit of a challenge...and then i decided it would be better to go vertical to not let the wrist get worse....man did i have to try out a lot of mice ^^
Currently rocking a zelotes c18, pretty great budget mouse for big hands!
Though i'm still thinking about getting a logitech mx vertical...
Nothing beats trackballs for me
Vertical mice are fantastic, I've had a Logitech MX vertical since october last year and I'm never going back.
I also have a Kinesis advantage keyboard, so my desktop is the ultimate repellent for people wanting to use my PC.


Last edited by KrejsyLainen on 6 August 2021 at 8:19 am UTC
fabertawe 6 Aug
This has been an enlightening thread for me, thanks to everyone for chipping in.

I'm seriously looking at that Logitech MX. I don't want to be switching to another mouse for games but considering I'm average at best at FPS and the like, I don't see that being a problem.
ugly 7 Aug
Quoting: morphlesI'm team thumb trackball, and unlikely to ever switch to anything :) No need to move hand is super good, also now with mx ergo even hand positions is similar to vertical mouse. And I have no problems with precision, play PoE or WarFork with it without issues. Thumb ball ftw!
Yeah, I use a trackball too. We bought one for our family computer in the early days, and I've stuck with it ever since.

I use the Elecom thumb trackball.

I have no issues with gaming on a trackball. It's nice to be able to lean back and rest the mouse on my thigh while gaming.

I'm not amazing or anything, but it holds up just fine with aiming for online FPS games.

I'm left-handed, but I use a right-handed trackball. Honestly, using my left hand with the mouse would feel weird to me.
TherinS 8 Aug
If you are in need of reprogramming various buttons on your mouse and especially for any random controller, gameboard, or other peripheral, I ran across an effective program called key-mapper

https://github.com/sezanzeb/key-mapper/

I've been using it for my Delux T9 (similar to the Logitech G13), my Razer Orbweaver and other previous Razer/Belkin gameboards. It works really well! I've not tried it with a mouse but the "Issues" pages refer to using it for mouse keybindings alot, with alot of closed issues. I'm using it instead of Keyboarding Master because its not written in Java, and works really well for my uses.

Hope you like it as much as I do!
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