Best vertical mouse 2018: reduce strain with these high-profile peripherals

Avoid or lessen RSI, carpel tunnel syndrome and more with these ergonomically-minded gadgets

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Ergonomic mice are the perfect investment if you're starting to feel strain in your hand, wrist or shoulder. RSI (repetitive strain injury) often develops in the wrist and tendons of the hand if you're using a standard mouse too often, but that positioning can often travel right up to your shoulder. When this happens, it's time to give your rodent peripheral an upgrade and head into the world of vertical mice.

These models differ in shape, size and design, but the general principle is the same - shift your hands, wrist and shoulder into a more natural 'handshake position'. This is a far more natural position, and, since these devices are designed to maintain full agency, you'll still be able to work, surf and game just like you were before.

1. City Ergonomics DXT DXT02W Wireless Mouse

A compact yet impressive vertical rodent

Reasons to buy
+Compact design+Offers two hours use on a 30 seconds of charge
Reasons to avoid
-Wireless signal can be intermittent

One of the more expensive models on our list, the DXT DXT02W offers a design that’s ideal for both left and right-handed users. It’s not the most attractive of looking vertical mice we’ve seen, but it makes up for it on the feature front. 

It has four adjustable DPI settings - from 500 all the way up to 2,000 - and comes with a rather handy Rapid Charge that offers two hours of juice on just 30 seconds of charge. It’s also ideal for both small and larger handed users, so practically anyone can start benefiting from its ergonomic design.

2. R-Go 1200 DPI Oyster Wireless Mouse

A proper premium vertical mouse

Reasons to buy
+Unparalleled levels of customisation+Suits any hand shape or type
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive

The R-Go 1200 DPI Oyster Wireless Mouse is easily the most expensive vertical mouse on our 2018 list, but being on the premium end of the spectrum means you’re getting the very best features to help reduce your risk or symptoms of RSI. 

The ultra-adjustable base can be moved from left to right so any user can make the most of it, while its angle can also be customised, enabling everything from a traditional position to a vertical-style ‘handshake’ version. It’s also wireless, and offers up to 30 days use on a single charge.

3. Adesso iMouse E9

Big features for a small price

Reasons to buy
+Impressive optical tracking+Lots of DPI adjustment
Reasons to avoid
-Unique shape isn't for everyone

While the wireless versions of the Adesso iMouse E9 will set you back around £70, the wired ones are a third of the price and just as packed with features. It comes in models for either right or left-handed users, and has four DPI settings as high as 2,400. 

It’s precise enough for office work, and with two buttons for dedicated internet navigation the iMouse E9 also works well when surfing at home. Its optical tracking can work on almost any surface, so you won’t even need a mousepad to use it.

4. Anker Ergonomic Optical USB Wired Vertical Mouse

A high profile design for casual use

Reasons to buy
+Precise optical tracking+Very affordable
Reasons to avoid
-A little on the large side

Another mouse designed to take advantage of that unusual ‘handshake’ design, this model from Anker can take a little while to get used to (mainly because it’s so big with a high profile). However, one you adapt its hard to go back to a normal mouse, especially if you suffer from one form of RSI or another. 

You get five buttons, all of which are easy to access, while its single DPI setting still manages to offer a precise and accurate signal. We wouldn’t recommend it for gaming, but it’s ideal for basic office use and surfing.

5. LuguLake Vertical

Vertical support for less than a tenner

Reasons to buy
+Pocket money price+Very comfortable design
Reasons to avoid
-Single DPI setting

One of the most affordable mice on this year’s list, the LuguLake does its best to offer mid-range features into a model very much at the lower end of the vertical mouse price spectrum. It’s build can feel a little flimsy, but it’s an issue that’s well addressed by the comfortable ‘handshake’ design. 

It only has a single DPI setting (1,000) and while that does seem a little constrictive, it still performs well for both office work and home surfing. It’s a little on the large side, but that size does help with elevating your wrist.

6. HAVIT 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless Vertical Mouse

An affordable way to go vertical

Reasons to buy
+Extremely affordable+Strong wireless signal
Reasons to avoid
-Only for right-handed users

If you’re looking to reduce RCI strain on a budget, but want to avoid investing in a gimmick knock off, then you’re in the market for a 2.4G Ergonomic Wireless Vertical Mouse from Havit. 

It packs an impressive number of features into its sub £20 price tag, including a comfortable curved design, three DPI settings and six buttons. Each one is ideally placed, although its finish can get a little slippy. It’s also a tad light for a vertical mouse, but at this price, these are relatively small concessions.

7. Evoluent Right Handed Wireless Vertical Mouse

A big, powerful and versatile vertical mouse

Reasons to buy
+Six programmable buttons+Very comfortable 'handshake' shape
Reasons to avoid
-High profile build won't suit all hand sizes

Evoluent is one of the market leaders in vertical mice, so it only seems fitting to feature one of its most popular models in our list of ergonomic rodents. It’s a wireless setup, and it’s a strong signal too, so there’s no need to worry about it cutting out while you’re clicking away in the office. 

It comes with six programmable buttons, which is perfect if you do a job of a repetitive nature, while its high profile shape and curved thumb rest makes it both comfortable and less strenuous on your poor appendage.

8. Jelly Comb 2.4G Silent Vertical Mouse

A gaming mouse with added ergonomics

Reasons to buy
+Gaming-focused+Non-slip design
Reasons to avoid
-Not as precise as regular gaming mice

This relatively new model from Jelly Comb aims to offer a gaming mouse that’s both versatile and ergonomically-minded. While not as precise as regular gaming mice, it does come with plenty of DPI settings (from 1,000 to 1,600) and also works really well as an office-based peripheral or as a tool for more casual surfing. 

The contoured shaped is nothing revolutionary, but it’s still very comfortable, and the matte finish offers plenty of grip when you’re sweating through a long gaming session.

9. Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse

A robust vertical mouse on a budget

Reasons to buy
+Comfortable vertical build+Extremely affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Optical tracking can be sketchy

Another quality entry from Anker, the 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse is a plucky little peripheral with a high profile build, a selection of DPI settings to choose from and myriad buttons to suit its ergonomic design. While it's not suited for gaming, it's perfect for most other computing tasks.

With a very agreeable price tag, there are some concessions. The height of the build won't suit every user, while the wireless signal can cut out if the USB receiver is plugged in out of sight. However, if you can get past these issues you've got a decent little rodent for a shockingly low price.

10. JTD Wired Vertical Mouse

A versatile way to reduce muscle strain

Reasons to buy
+Three adjustable DPI settings+Plug in and play via USB
Reasons to avoid
-Very hefty build

One of the taller and heftier models on our list, this model from JTD is ideally suited to users with much larger hands. It comes with a removable palm rest so you support the elevated position of your hand, which works well with the more natural ‘handshake’ design. 

It comes with three adjustable DPI settings that go all the way up to 1,600, so you’ll have plenty of precision. However, despite its looks, this vertical mouse is office and casual surfing only. If you’re looking for something game-friendly, you’ll need to look elsewhere.