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Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3 and Mouse Friendly Keyboard

robgs    -   June 26, 2007
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Testing:


This review was written over the course of several weeks, testing the combination in a variety of applications, from word processing to gaming. The best way to test out ergonomically geared components is to simply put them through some extensive use, after all.



Test Setup:

  • Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • Asus P5N32-E SLI motherboard
  • 2GB OCZ PC2-6400 EL Platinum ram
  • eVGA 8800GTX video card
  • 3 Seagate 320GB SATA II drives
  • LG GSA-H22L-BLK 18x DVD ROM
  • Windows XP Professional SP2


Vertical Mouse 3:

The Vertical Mouse 3 definitely took some time to get used to. Its shape and button layout made it difficult to reposition, as I am the type of mouse user that will from time to time lift the mouse and reposition it instead of having to increase the mouse speed. As I read through the literature on this mouse I found a happy medium in Evoluent’s suggestion to slightly tilt the mouse, reposition, and set it down again. This worked wonderfully for my little quirk. The bottom side of my wrist would get sore after a few hours of game play with a regular mouse, and I would just grin and bear it. But with the Vertical Mouse 3 the discomfort after extended mouse use has disappeared.


Being able to choose from four different DPI resolutions is definitely an added bonus in addition to being comfortable. The lower resolutions of 800 and 1,300 DPI were very effective while performing tasks that didn’t require lightning reaction times like web surfing and word processing. Conversely, the higher resolutions of 1,800 and 2,600 DPI were amazing playing my favorite games.


The biggest drawback to this mouse is the time it takes to get completely used to the vertical position. It only took about two days to initially adjust to the ergonomic position of the Vertical Mouse 3, but just enough to be able to use it comfortably on some tasks. It took longer, though, to get comfortable enough to regain skill and dexterity while gaming. This mouse also requires a light touch to keep from hitting some of the buttons inadvertently. Of course, this is only one person's experience. The learning curve will vary depending on the user.


Mouse Friendly Keyboard and the Posture Right wrist support:

The Mouse Friendly Keyboard was very easy to get used to. I found the keypad to be very precise and, because I am so used to using my laptop for word processing, the laptop feel of the keyboard was very familiar. All of the pre-programmed hot buttons worked flawlessly and I found myself using them more than other keyboards with similar keys. It took some time to get used to the new position of the keypad and some of the other keys like the “del”, “home”, “end”, “pgup”, “pgdn” and “ins”. After getting used to the new position it was business as usual, except with much more comfort.


The Posture Right wrist support in combination with the Mouse Friendly Keyboard were very comfortable. With the soft gel feel, it only took a couple of days and I could really feel a difference in how my wrists felt after some long typing sessions.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued
  3. Installation
  4. Configuration
  5. Configuration Continued
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing
  8. Conclusion
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