Logitech International S.A. is a Swiss computer peripheral and software manufacturer with offices in Lausanne and Newark, California. The company is one of the world’s top manufacturers of input and interface devices for personal computers (PCs) and other digital products, with offices in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. It’s a part of the benchmark Swiss Market Index.
Personal peripherals for PC navigation, video communication and collaboration, music, and smart homes are among the products that the firm develops and markets. Keyboards, mice, tablet attachments, headphones and headsets, cameras, Bluetooth speakers, universal remotes, and other items fall into this category. It gets its name from the French term logical, which means “software.”
Every year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, hundreds of thousands of workers suffer from Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). For me, this has been a long-term condition that has plagued me for years.
The new Logitech LIFT vertical mouse piqued my interest, so I ordered one right away. I’ve been using it for the past two weeks and am happy to report that it has helped alleviate some of my agonies.
The New Lift Mouse From Logitech?
The Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse is a wireless mouse that is meant for all-day use. It’s the newest addition to the company’s Ergo Series of mice and keyboards, which are ergonomically engineered to help ease discomfort and enhance posture.
The wireless mouse comes in left- and right-handed versions, although it’s made for smaller hands than the company’s existing MX Vertical and MX Ergo mice.
The Lift is approximately 20% smaller than those. It measures 2.8 inches tall, 2.7 inches wide, and 4.2 inches long, and weighs 4.4 ounces. A rubberized grip with thumb rest, a silent scroll wheel, four customizable buttons (including the scroll wheel, which acts as a button when pressed), and two mouse buttons can all be found on the device. The whole thing is quite pleasurable to use.
The mouse isn’t rechargeable, which seems like a missed opportunity — though it’s unlikely to be a huge drawback considering that it can last up to two years on a single AA battery, and you may use rechargeable batteries if you want. In my opinion, a mouse’s battery life should be at least two years.
Allow It To Flow
Logitech has also developed its own Universal Control software, dubbed Logitech Flow. This allows you to use the mouse on up to three different devices with different operating systems, sliding between them by pressing to the screen’s edge. It also allows you to transfer files between devices.
Designed with smaller hands in mind, #LogitechLift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse for Business is easy-to-use & engineered for enterprise.
— Logitech (@Logitech) April 20, 2022
This is not an either/or situation — Mac and iPad users will be pleased to learn that the mouse also works with Apple’s Universal Control, which means you can control three Apple devices from one mouse.
Portability and Repetitive Strain Injury
Apple’s circular “puck” mouse was possibly the worst ergonomic mouse ever made; fortunately, there has always been a thriving alternative mouse market.
There must be one. 6.7 percent of US employees will be diagnosed with one of these disorders in their lifetime, resulting in millions of people suffering from conditions caused by bad posture and repetitive activity.
Many experts recommend that computer users cycle between different mice rather than using the same mouse/mouse design on a frequent basis, since this helps prevent harm over time by changing your hand and arm posture. That’s a strategy I’ve used for a decade and it works.
The next phase is to employ mouse designs that are more ergonomic. These are effective because they prevent you from bending your arm in an uncomfortable way for an extended period of time, as most of us do when using a regular mouse (or touchpad). Ergonomic controllers, together with a comfortable chair, a desk at the proper height, and excellent posture, can assist manage or prevent the onset of such illnesses.
The second step is to use a vertical mouse, which allows you to work on your computer in a much more comfortable and natural position. Ergonomics and vertical design, when combined, should allow you to hold your hand in a neutral (or natural) posture, reducing the tension and strain associated with computer operation.
What Services Does Lift Offer?
Lift is easy to grip in a small or medium hand and has a minor 57-degree angle to use, allowing you to keep that crucial natural forearm position while using it. Simply place your arm on the table sideways and move it around until you find the most comfortable position to see why this works. Your arm will most likely lean in slightly towards your body, which is what the mouse is designed to help you do.
Because the mouse is designed to assist your arm in leaning at this natural position, you avoid placing it under stress that might lead to RSI or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It won’t stop it entirely, but it will help.
What About The Application Software?
I’m getting used to the Logitech software. It allows you to customize the four on-device buttons with different shortcuts. As a frequent Spaces user, I utilize two of them for Expose and Mission Control gestures.
What About Long-Term Viability?
We know that if we are to fulfill the 2030 climate-change targets, all hardware makers must shift to more sustainable business models. Logitech understands this and, while not on the same scale as Apple, is attempting to develop products that use more recycled materials. Lift is made up to 70% of recycled plastic. Logitech’s efforts in renewable forests and community carbon reduction projects have also earned it carbon neutral status.
Price and Availability
The mouse is available now for $69.99 through Logitech and select retailers in rose, off-white, and graphite in both left and right-hand configurations (be sure to select the appropriate one). It is compatible with Windows, Macs, Android, iPad OS, Linux, and Chrome operating systems, allowing you to use it on your Mac, iPad, PC, and Chromebook.
It will benefit your hand and arm if you use it.