The 8 Best Vertical Mice to Buy in 2018

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While they definitely look unusual, vertical mice are becoming a common sight on computer desks at home and in the workplace. Rather than the traditional horizontal position, the mouse body and buttons sit at a significant angle, keeping your wrist and forearm into a more natural position.

Why would you want to do that? Ask anybody who has suffered from carpal tunnel injuries, and the answer will be very clear. Embracing a more-vertical mouse position reduces pressure and strain on the delicate muscles of the forearm, wrist and fingers, and often results in less pain for affected users.

If you're in the market for a vertical mouse yourself, either because you've been affected by wrist pain or are hoping to prevent it, we've got the best options for you across a range of features and prices.

Best Overall: Anker AK-UBA Wireless Vertical Mouse

Anker makes hundreds of reliable, good-value computer and phone accessories, and its vertical mice are no exception.

This model ticks all the right boxes, with a comfortable and compact wireless design, a button to control the sensitivity, as well as forward/back buttons to go with the usual left and right click options. That pair of buttons doesn't work with Macs out of the box, but various third-party apps let you get around that problem.

It runs off a pair of AAA batteries (not included) that will last anywhere from one month to several, depending on how much you use the mouse and the quality of the batteries. The mouse enters power-saving mode after a few minutes of inactivity.

Unlike some models, this one only comes in a right-handed version, so lefties will, unfortunately, need to look elsewhere. That's about the only flaw, though, in a mouse that provides excellent value for money and is backed by a hassle-free 18-month warranty.​​​

Best Budget: LuguLake Vertical Mouse

Usually "super-cheap" and "ergonomic mouse" don't go together, but if you're looking for a very low-cost way of seeing whether a vertical mouse might be for you, LuguLake has you covered.

Given the price, it's no surprise that options are somewhat limited. Available only in a right-handed, wired version with a 4.3-foot cable, the 1000dpi resolution isn't configurable, and there are only standard left and right buttons, plus a scroll wheel.

While it's unlikely to be an accessory that you use for many years, as a way of testing out vertical mice without spending much money, it's ideal. Supported on Windows and Linux, it doesn't need any specific drivers to work. Just make sure you've got a USB-A socket to plug it into, and you're good to go.

Best Wired: Anker Wired Vertical Mouse

Wireless mice have become the standard in recent years, and for good reason: without a cable, they're smaller and easier to use. That doesn't make them perfect for every situation, though.

Wired mice are typically a little cheaper, since they don't need the extra electronics inside, and you never need to worry about the battery going flat at a vital moment. They're also more reliable, without the disconnections and slow response times that sometimes plague wireless models.

Realizing this, Anker has replicated its successful wireless vertical mouse in a wired model, and it's just as good. As expected, it's a few dollars cheaper, and the nearly five-foot cable is long enough for almost every desk and computer setup.

It has the same five-button setup (with the same back/forward limitations on MacOS), and adjustable sensitivity — only two levels, in this case, rather than three on the wireless version.

Again, left-handers are sadly left out, as there's only a right-handed model available.

Best for Small Hands: Jelly Comb Small Wireless Vertical Mouse

Due to their design, and because many people buy them to help deal with wrist pain, it's very important to choose the right size of vertical mouse for your hand. Many are made for so-called "average" hand sizes, and if yours is bigger or smaller, those models won't be particularly comfortable.

This Jelly Comb vertical mouse is specifically designed for people with small hands, and comes in both left and right-handed versions, in a small range of colors. The reduced size doesn't mean a reduced set of features, however, with three sensitivity settings, forward/back buttons and a focus on quiet operation.

Connecting via a standard USB-A receiver, the mouse uses a single AA battery (not included), and the receiver fits inside the battery compartment when not in use. It works on Windows, MacOS and Linux, although as with most other non-Apple mice, the forward/back buttons don't work out of the box.

Well-priced and with a lifetime warranty, this is a good, no-fuss vertical mouse option for those with smaller hands.

Evoluent has been the biggest player in vertical mice for a long time, steadily improving its signature models every few years. Now onto its fourth iteration, the latest VerticalMouse looks and feels like a premium device, with the features and price tag to match.

As well as the left/right/middle buttons at the front, there are a pair of forward/back buttons below the spot where your thumb sits, and a button for cycling through the four sensitivity settings.

It's one of the very few vertical mice shipping with Mac drivers that let you map the buttons to perform whatever function you like, getting around the incompatibility problems that plague most others.

Unusually, too, the wireless model uses Bluetooth rather than relying on a USB dongle that you need to plug in. Especially in these days of USB-A sockets disappearing from laptops, that's a welcome addition.

There are a wide range of models available in the VerticalMouse range, so be sure to get the right one for your needs. Versions are available in wired and wireless, for left and right-handed people, in different sizes, and for Mac or PC.

Not every possible combination is covered, but for most people, Evoluent has the best range of vertical mouse options if they're happy to pay the extra money for them.

Best for Gaming: NPET V20 Wired Vertical Mouse

Gaming accessories tend to have a certain look to them — bright colors, flashy lights and plenty of buttons. In that regard, the NPET V20 fits the mold perfectly. Luckily, it's also a very good vertical mouse for gamers, with features you'll rarely find elsewhere, at a more-than-reasonable price.

For games requiring maximum sensitivity, the V20 goes all the way up to 4000dpi — that's around double what most others manage. There are five different levels, indicated by (of course) different lighting colors, and can be quickly toggled using a button on the bottom depending on your needs.

The palm rest at the base of the mouse is detachable so you can choose the most-comfortable configuration, while the non-skid surface stops the mouse from moving around on your desk during intense gaming sessions.

Throw in seven programmable buttons, the ability to save up to five different profiles, optional light shows based on movement, plus a two-year warranty, and you've got a good, inexpensive and fun vertical gaming mouse.

Best for Bluetooth: MOJO Silent Bluetooth Vertical Mouse

It's relatively rare to find wireless vertical mice that use Bluetooth instead of a separate USB receiver, and even more rare to find any that cost around the same price. Enter the MOJO Silent mouse.

While the biggest benefit of this mouse is not needing a spare USB-A port (if you've even got one available), the MOJO has another trick up its sleeve. All six buttons and the scroll wheel are designed for near-silent operation. If you use your computer around other people in a quiet environment, they'll greatly appreciate your purchasing decision.

Using a pair of AAA batteries (not included), it works on Windows, Linux and Mac. As with most of the other mice listed here, you'll need to use a third-party app to get the forward/back buttons working on MacOS.

Best Rechargeable: 7Lucky Vertical Mouse

The biggest bugbear with any wireless mouse, vertical or otherwise, is its reliance on batteries. You can pretty much guarantee they'll go flat at the least-convenient time, usually when you don't have replacements to hand.

The people behind this 7Lucky Rechargeable model must have got as sick of flat batteries as the rest of us, and decided to do something about it. The inbuilt lithium-ion battery charges using a standard micro-USB cable (there's one in the box), and while it doesn't last as long as replaceable batteries, charging is quick and you can keep using the mouse while it does so. That's a definite win.

Other than that, it's a fairly standard vertical mouse, with Windows and Linux support, forward/back buttons, a USB receiver and adjustable sensitivity settings.

Given it's around the same price as other wireless mice that use disposable batteries, the 7Lucky makes a lot of sense for those trying to reduce their environmental impact or who are just sick of replacing flat batteries.