Looking for an ergonomic productivity mouse? You’ve probably noticed there aren’t a ton of options out there, especially in the premium range.
That’s why the new Logitech Lift vertical mouse is pretty exciting. It’s a new sibling for Logitech’s MX Vertical mouse — which was already our gold standard for ergonomic productivity mice — for an entirely new audience. The Lift is smaller and lighter than the MX Vertical — it’s specifically designed for users with small- to medium-sized hands. It also has quieter, more intuitive-placed buttons, is available in multiple color combos and it comes in a left-hand version (surprisingly rare considering how not ambidextrous vertical mice are).
If the MX Vertical is your ride-or-die and you have large hands, the Lift may not be the mouse for you — it’s not a direct replacement. But if the MX Vertical is just a little too big or chunky or right-handed, the Lift might be the best wireless mouse for you.
The Lift costs $69.99 and comes in rose (pink and pale pink), graphite (black and gray), and pale gray (off-white and white). Unfortunately, the left-hand version comes in graphite only.
|Sensor Model||Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking|
|Max Sensitivity||4,000 DPI|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, Logi Bolt USB dongle|
|Measurements (LxWxH)||4.25 x 2.7 x 2.8 (108mm x 70mm x 71mm)|
Design and Comfort of Logitech Lift
The Logitech Lift is a vertical mouse, which means it’s tilted on its side instead of flat like a standard mouse. It’s not completely vertical; the Lift rests at an “optimal” 57-degree angle, which is a more natural angle than completely horizontal or vertical.
The Lift’s vertical design is meant to put your hand, wrist, and forearm in a more ergonomic position, take pressure off the transverse carpal ligament and reduce muscle movement in general. Whether this translates to maximum comfort will still depend on the individual, though. I didn’t find the mouse’s position to be any more or less comfortable than my regular mouse, but my husband, who has undergone multiple hand and wrist surgeries, said there was “no question” that the Lift felt better.
The Lift is housed in a matte plastic casing and has a soft, rubbery grip where your palm will sit. It has six buttons, four on the finger side (left-click, right-click, a clickable scroll wheel, and a small button under the scroll wheel that switches DPI) and two on the thumb side. All of the buttons except for the button under the scroll wheel are comfortable to use; the DPI button is in an awkward place and is definitely not something I’d want to be clicking more than very occasionally. The scroll wheel button, DPI button and the two thumb buttons are programmable.
The bottom of the mouse has an on/off switch and a button that switches profiles (you can connect the Lift to up to three computers at once). There’s also a removable panel, under which you’ll find the battery (1x AA) and a USB dongle.
Performance of Logitech Lift
I thought it would take longer to get used to the Lift’s vertical design, but the Lift was so comfortable and intuitively designed that I felt at ease the second I started using it. However, this may not be the case for all users, as the Lift is specifically designed for people with small- to medium-sized hands.
According to Logitech’s size guide, my hands are on the larger side of medium, and the Lift feels great, although the tips of my fingers extend slightly past the Lift’s left and right mouse buttons. My husband’s hands are much larger than mine and his fingertips aren’t anywhere near the buttons when the Lift is in his palm. Fit is everything with a mouse like this, so my husband will have to stick with the MX Vertical.
Feeling at ease is one thing, but getting used to a vertical mouse for more precise movements — such as gaming or Photoshop, where pixel-perfect accuracy counts — is a different story. Like other vertical mice, the Lift brings your hand up slightly higher. This is more ergonomic, but it makes it harder to accurately control the mouse’s sensor — and it’s something I wasn’t even slightly closer to getting used to after a week and a half of testing.
I was especially impressed with how well-placed most of the Lift’s buttons (minus the DPI button) were. The buttons offer a small amount of tactile feedback — it’s not a lot, and I generally prefer a little more, but it does make for extremely quiet clicking, so it will work well in an office setting. Still, if you’re used to clickier mice, you’ll probably find the Lift’s switches a little mushy. The DPI button offers no tactile feedback at all, pretty much solidifying its status as a button I would never use.
Software: Logi Options+
The Lift pairs with Logitech’s Logi Options+, the still-in-beta successor to Logitech Options. You don’t need Logi Options+ to use the Lift, but you do need it if you want to customize the Lift, see the mouse’s remaining battery life, and unlock its advanced productivity features.
You can use Logi Options+ to set pointer speed (by percentage, not DPI) and customize the Lift’s four programmable buttons. Options+’s button remapping capabilities are pretty advanced — not only can you choose from a wealth of options (mostly productivity-oriented) for each button, but you can also set up customized profiles for different apps. When I first opened Options+, it even offered to install and set up pre-made profiles for several common apps. However, when I tried this, several of the profiles didn’t download properly and therefore didn’t work.
Logi Options+ is also where you can set up Logitech Flow, a neat productivity feature that lets you jump between up to three different PCs, even copying and pasting content from one to another. This feature is pretty useful for people who use more than one device (like me), even if it takes a moment to move between devices.
Unlike the MX Vertical, which has a rechargeable battery, the Lift is powered by a single AA battery, which Logitech claims lasts for up to 24 months. Obviously, this will depend on how you use the Lift. I’ve been using the Lift pretty regularly for about a week and a half, and I haven’t turned it off at all, and battery life is down to 95 percent.
I personally don’t mind peripherals with non-rechargeable batteries, especially if it means serious gains in battery life. But it’s a little surprising to see a non-rechargeable battery in a premium productivity mouse, especially when the MX Vertical has a rechargeable battery with a decent (up to four months) lifespan.
If you’ve got small- to medium-sized hands and are looking for a vertical mouse, the Logitech Lift is an excellent option. The Lift is lightweight, comfortable, intuitive, and packed with high-end productivity features.
But, like most ergonomic peripherals, the Lift is perfect for some people…and not so much for others. The Lift is designed for people with smaller hands; if you have large hands or long fingers, you’ll probably be better off with the Logitech MX Vertical. And while the Lift performs well in a general office setting, anyone who needs an exacting degree of accuracy from their mouse will probably have trouble getting used to the Lift’s vertical design and silent-but-mushy buttons.