Logitech Raise Vertical Ergonomic Mouse Malaysia assessment: Is it price switching from a daily mouse?

Up till (most likely) final 12 months, I used to be completely engaged on my MacBook with out some other equipment. The trackpad was sufficient for me to edit easy movies, and I didn’t assume that the position of my keyboard mattered. All this modified once I received carpal tunnel. 

I realised that typing furiously on my MacBook’s flat keyboard, or utilizing simply the trackpad for lengthy intervals of time wasn’t variety to my fingers and wrists. It wasn’t very “ergonomic” of me to go so lengthy and not using a separate mouse, keyboard, and laptop computer stand. 

Today, I’ve been fairly proud of my present set-up. And this might have been the tip of my story… however enter Rory, my activity giver.

He requested me to check out Logitech’s Lift Vertical Ergonomic Mouse. Earlier than I may even consider saying no, he enticed me with 4 phrases he is aware of would hook me in—“It is available in pink!”.

It’s fairly cute for one thing so dorky

I’ve truly by no means seen an ergonomic mouse up shut earlier than, however the ones I’ve seen on-line are normally masculine, angle-heavy, and… extremely dorky, as I’d all the time affiliate one thing prefer it with one thing {that a} basement gamer would use. Upon unboxing the Raise, I needed to admit that it’s fairly good on the lookout for an ergonomic mouse. 

The Raise additionally is available in black and white—however its pink mouse is certainly the prettier sister. As a substitute of a extra angular form, the Raise is curved and virtually seashell-like. The darker pink facet is the comfier rubbery part to relaxation your palm and a part of your thumb on, whereas the lighter pink and plastic facet is the place the remainder of the magic occurs.

Rory requested me if I believed that the texture of the mouse may “encourage confidence that it’s going to final a very long time”. I imply, it’s a beefy boy with a hefty ribbed again. It does really feel prefer it wouldn’t break on me anytime quickly, however I wouldn’t throw it in opposition to the wall to check its limits.

However as cute as one thing just like the Raise could be, I nonetheless checked out it like how I’d stare at a mountain I needed to climb in opposition to my will. Will this mouse convert me into utilizing completely ergonomic mouses (mice?), or will I hate it utterly?

It’s extraordinarily straightforward to arrange

Opening up its magnetic again, I discovered a double-A battery already inserted in (so, no worries about getting your self one upon buy!), in addition to a USB receiver. I used to be in a position to join the wi-fi Logitech Raise mouse with the USB receiver—you recognize—the old style means. However why would I even want to try this if I may join to 3 totally different units through Bluetooth at a contact of a button?

I’m prefacing this by saying that I’ve truthfully by no means actually learn the guide for the mouse. However why would I have to? I’ve used Logitech merchandise earlier than, and I understand how Bluetooth works. Connecting the Raise with three totally different computer systems is fairly seamless and I haven’t confronted any points. I’d say that it’s fairly fool consumer pleasant.

It feels bizarre, man

Now comes the half the place I let you know what utilizing the Raise truly looks like. I’m not going to lie, it felt bizarre once I first used it. And it nonetheless feels bizarre now, a couple of couple weeks later. 

After getting used to the regular-shaped mouse, it was surreal that I now needed to transfer my hand to the facet in order that I may management my cursor. It felt unnatural, and I felt like a vacationer making an attempt out made up sci-fi contraptions. However then once more—all the pieces we check out is a made up sci-fi contraption if you concentrate on it.

Regardless of how a lot my thoughts tried to withstand the considered utilizing one thing that felt “unnatural”, part of me realised that the ergonomic mouse didn’t really feel that totally different from a non-ergonomic mouse… after some time. In reality, if I didn’t take into consideration the mouse’s form, utilizing the Raise was fairly intuitive.

I may do my work and browse the net like regular. Nevertheless it wasn’t till I instinctively needed to actually carry up the Raise with one hand that I’d get up from autopilot and keep in mind that I’ve been utilizing a weirdly formed mouse.

At 125g, it feels considerably heavier to carry than my 99g G304 mouse—additionally from Logitech. It additionally has a heavy backside, which Rory identified that it’s doubtless as a result of it could cease the mouse from tipping over, with the mouse being taller than your common mouse. That being stated, the added peak takes some getting used to and Rory says he would nonetheless preserve knocking it over.

Typically I’d, with out pondering, carry my common mouse from one nook of my mousepad to the opposite for extra management over my cursor’s location. With the Raise, it’s rather a lot more durable for me to take action.

It’d appear to be a small challenge, however the issue of lifting the Raise disrupts my circulation once I wish to zone out and go into full-on work mode. I can nonetheless carry the mouse with one hand, however I’d type of should carry one facet up and maintain the underside of the Raise with my pinky to select it up.

Logitech insists that the Raise is supposed for small to medium arms. My very own arms match the invoice, however smaller arms most likely gained’t be capable of get used to how heavy the mouse is to be absolutely comfy. Hopefully, the longer term generations of the Raise could be rather a lot lighter.

When you have greater arms, the mouse itself would possibly really feel just a little too cramped. Based on Rory, a traditional smaller mouse wouldn’t be a problem as a result of your pinky would be capable of spill over and your fingers would nonetheless get loads of house. For the Raise, nevertheless, his fingers have nowhere to go besides into the mousepad. Due to this, Rory resorted to scrolling the wheel along with his center finger as a substitute of his index finger—which is the finger he sometimes makes use of.

It’s received a cool scroll wheel

The Logitech Raise has the same old options that I barely use, just like the from side to side buttons and the center DPI swap button—which adjustments the velocity of a mouse’s sensor. When you click on on the button, you get to modify between two preset DPI settings. The left and proper click on buttons are superbly and satisfyingly quiet. However a function that I truly admire is its Smartwheel.

The Smartwheel—at first—is a scroll wheel that’s clean and isn’t creaky just like the scroll on my G304. Moreover, the Smartwheel has velocity and precision scrolling modes that may make it rather a lot simpler for me to browse and skim by lengthy articles.

For instance, if I wanted to return up and skim the primary line of this assessment, I’d merely want to simply scroll up at a barely quicker velocity. The Smartwheel would mechanically convey me as much as the highest of the web page with out me needing to scroll a number of occasions. 

If I wanted extra precision in my scrolls, nevertheless, I may simply slowly scroll up or down. It looks as if the mouse may learn my thoughts and scroll based mostly on how I would like it. It’s much like one thing referred to as a “free wheel” or a “free-spinning wheel” that Rory says his mouse has—however the function on his mouse must preserve being unlocked or locked to ensure that it to work.

Is it truly extra comfy in the long term?

I’ve solely had the Logitech Raise Vertical Ergonomic Mouse for a few weeks, so I don’t actually know if it does truly assist with my posture or for stopping carpal tunnel. To this point, I don’t see an enormous distinction with my consolation in comparison with once I used my common mouse. 

You’d assume that one thing so dramatic trying would really feel dramatically totally different as an expertise. That isn’t the case, because it simply switched my wrist placement just a little bit.

Raymond, our resident tech author, insists that ergonomic mouses (or mice, I actually don’t know) would enormously assist with wrist assist. Based on some sources, one thing just like the Raise can assist you to use it within the pure, handshake place—”assuaging ache and stress accidents”. 

An ergonomic mouse can also be designed “to require much less grip energy than a standard mouse”. That implies that your hand will supposedly “launch the strain of the tendons within the wrist”, permitting for “much less fatigue and fewer probability of aggravation over time”.

I don’t know if I really feel all of that but. However I suppose I can inform that there’s much less strain on my fingers than once I use my common mouse. 

However… did I really feel prefer it modified my life? Most likely not. I don’t assume I’ve felt strained sufficient to get carpal tunnel through the use of my very own G304. I feel what makes the largest distinction pre and put up carpal tunnel, for me, is getting myself a great setup for my office. Having a devoted mouse and keyboard, in addition to a laptop computer stand to lift the display in order that I get higher posture helps enormously.

I’m simply an ergonomic woman in an ergonomic world

I imply, I’m basing all of this from the attitude of a mean client who solely actually makes use of her laptop computer to work and watch movies. I’m not an enormous gamer, so I can’t actually say if the Raise actually made a distinction in gaming—though I did attempt going round metaverse-based platforms like VR Chat and Second Life and I didn’t actually see any issues utilizing the mouse (I didn’t see something further nice that got here with utilizing the mouse both).

I’m nonetheless not utterly satisfied to maneuver over to the ergonomic facet after utilizing the Raise. I choose the lightness and form of my common wi-fi mouse, and I don’t see an enormous distinction in consolation both.

Nevertheless, I used to be extra impressed with what else the Raise had that wasn’t the vertical ergonomic form. It paired seamlessly with my different units and I by no means had an issue with the connection.

Moreover, the mouse additionally appeared to glide fairly simply on not simply my tough leather-like mousepad, but in addition on my desk, in addition to Rory’s clean gaming mousepad. Any flat and arduous floor appears to work fantastic with the Raise. The Raise makes use of an optical monitoring sensor, which, I’m told, “makes use of LED lights to trace the actions” and is seemingly finest used on opaque surfaces like paper, however they don’t work very properly with reflective surfaces like glass.

A slight draw back to the Raise is {that a} mouse as fancy as that is that it nonetheless makes use of double-A batteries. I’d want to fret about buying double-A batteries for when the mouse dies. However Logitech’s site guarantees me that the facility on a double-A battery can last as long as 24 months so I suppose I don’t want to fret about that for now. That drawback is for “future me”.

At RM299, I believed that it was an affordable worth to pay for a flowery mouse like this. Nevertheless it’s most likely one of many dearer ones on the market. Raymond identified several examples of low-cost ergonomic ones underneath RM50. Logitech additionally has an additional bizarre ergonomic mouse with a trackball on it for RM209.

My very own G304 is about RM179—and it doesn’t even let me hook up with units with Bluetooth. So whereas the Raise prices greater than RM100, it appears price it due to how properly its efficiency is and the way straightforward it’s to make use of.

Would I purchase Logitech Raise? No. Its ergonomic form isn’t sufficient to tug me to the darkish facet. However in the event you’re trying to purchase a great mouse with the Raise’s finest options—like Bluetooth connection and a quick scrolling wheel, Rory instructed that the Logitech MX Anywhere is a greater possibility for about RM230. It’s simply… not as lovely.