• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    pleased

    • Written by from Northport

    This mouse really blew me away. For years my arm has been getting more and more uncomfortable when I do my graphics work. I thought it is just a normal consequence of using a computer all day long and maybe I have to accept it. Then I saw this Vertical Mouse. At first I thought it is too weird, but I was getting desperate for a solution so I got one to try. It came in a cheap box but the product looks well made. It connected via Bluetooth and I downloaded the software. The setup went smoothly. At first the grip position felt strange but I got used to it in a couple days. Amazingly my arm felt more relaxed almost immediately. It has only been a week but the tension is mostly gone and I continue to feel better. I even like the styling now. I'm so glad I got this thing! 

    41 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth functionality very suspect

    • Written by from Lincroft

    I was really hoping to like this mouse as I needed something to combat my severe carpal tunnel. Although I would say it is comfortable, although takes some getting used to, there are a couple of issues that make this mouse almost unusable.

    1. It has bluetooth connection issues. Basically if you leave it on all the time as I always did with my Magic Mouse it goes to sleep. If you then try to wake it (by clicking on its buttons), it sometimes wakes and frequently doesn't. Turning it off and then is only sometimes solves this problem.

    2. Randomly it will start "stuttering" across my second monitor (the main one) and again I need to turn it off and on again.

    Due to these issues I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow!

    • Written by

    I love the look, design, feel and overall comfort this Evoluent Mac mouse offers!
    I've worked in an office at a desk on the computer for 15 years and I wish I had
    been using this all along!

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this mouse because it is easy to use, super comfortable and
    has a lot of features that other input devices don't.

    27 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Been using this for 10 years. Amazing.

    • Written by from Mountain View

    Greatest mouse in the world. All RSI problems solved.

    27 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely frustrating

    • Written by from Saltsjö-Boo

    When it works, it's fine. But for some reason it keeps loosing it's connection with my MacBook... all the time.It's extremely frustrating.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    connection lost

    • Written by from Mountain View

    really nice mouse but can't work with it, Bluetooth "connection lost", 2 or 3 times per hour...

    22 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mouse Yes - Bluetooth No...

    • Written by from Sechelt

    The ergonomic/programable aspects of this mouse are outstanding. However, after two hours I returned my Bluetooth version of this mouse and purchased the alternate wireless version from another online vendor.
    Like so many other reviewers of the Bluetooth version of this mouse, I experienced significant, annoying connection problems. The continuous "on-again off-again" Bluetooth connection was simply too disruptive to my workflow.
    The mouse feels absolutely great in my hand and I appreciate the several programable buttons and the easy to use settings.
    I read somewhere that the Bluetooth circuits may have been recently improved, so perhaps I received a slightly older version of this mouse; the one I received was in definite need of Bluetooth improvement!
    I do highly recommend this ergonomic mouse - just not the Bluetooth version, unless it has since been improved.
    I give the ergonomic/programable aspects five stars and the Bluetooth circuits one star - for a combined average of three stars.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Has tons of connectivity issues

    • Written by from Saratoga

    Constantly disconnects from my laptop.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy it, don't pay attention to paid reviews

    • Written by from Toronto

    I bought this from the Apple retail store, worked great for the first few weeks. After that the battery kept dying within days. I needed to change the battery even after minimal use for a day to two, and it wouldn't get any better. I used alkaline (duracell), as indicated by the manufacturer.

    Don't buy it, you will regret it. I still use a logitech wireless mouse with 2X AA batteries. It lasts for 3-5 months, with daily use. Been using it for the past four years.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great mouse, but has problems...

    • Written by from Schaumburg

    The overall concept of this product is fantastic. It is by far the most comfortable and customizable mouse I have ever used. I had no problems installing the software and pairing it with my iMac. However, after a couple of days of heavy use, I am very frustrated. As other reviewers have stated, the Bluetooth implementation of this product has serious issues. The mouse will disconnect after only a FEW SECONDS of inactivity and I have to really mess around with the buttons and move it around to reestablish a connection. Moreover, there have been many times when I have not even been touching the mouse and it will disconnect and then reconnect on its own. I have visited Evoluent's web site and their support page states that "after 8 minutes the mouse will automatically disconnect to save battery life." If only that were true! There have been too many disconnects for this to be a useful device to use. I am sending this model back and getting the wired version. The mouse itself is world class, but the Bluetooth wireless version needs a LOT more work to make it reliable.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bluetooth implementation leaves a LOT to be desired

    • Written by from Denver

    For wrist stress reasons, I have both an Apple Trackpad and a Vertical Mouse 4 sitting on either side of my MacBook Pro at work. They both connect via Bluetooth, but while the trackpad is always connected and ready to work, the VM4 is usually disconnected and frustrating. Sometimes it will reconnect after moving it around and/or clicking buttons. But other times I have to set it up again in the Bluetooth control panel.

    Apparently they only use one battery for weight reasons, and so they aggressively turn off the Bluetooth radio to save battery. I would *much* rather run the battery down faster and have the mouse stay more reliably connected. I have an Apple battery charger, so swapping batteries is no big deal.

    Think twice before ordering this mouse. The Bluetooth disconnects will drive you nuts. Evoluent has wired USB mice on their own website that work perfectly with a Mac. I have one of them at home, and it's great. I wish I had gotten that version at work too.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best mouse I have ever owned!

    • Written by from Arlington

    I have been using three versions of the Evoluent mouse now, and I have to say this is absolutely the most comfortable mouse I have ever used and owned. Paired with my Kinesis Advantage keyboard (kinesis-ergo -dot- com/advantage.htm), you can't get a better mouse and keyboard combination! The mouse (and keyboard, for that matter) takes about a week to get used to, so be patient and give yourself time to get adjusted. Once you do, you'll never go back!

    I do miss the free-floating scroll wheel of the Logitech MX Revolution mouse, however, it's absolutely worth the sacrifice for the overall comfort factor.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Super comfy but driver interferes with Kensington and Apple mice...

    • Written by from Honolulu

    I spend a lot of time on my Mac creating contents: editing audio, updating websites and editing images and videos. And, yes, it's rough on your mouse hand. Carpal tunnel pain reared its ugly head so, although right-handed, I switched to my left hand and a Kensington Expert Mouse Optical USB Trackball for PC or Mac 64325 trackball. Every 5 minutes or so I switch back to the right hand and Magic Mouse. Alas, eventually both wrists were suffering carpal tunnel issues. Hence the Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 Mac. It's the most expensive mouse I've owned, more pricy than even Apple products! But I was desperate so I laid down my precious plastic. I bought the black version of VerticalMouse 4 Mac, a special edition sold by Apple. It's the same as the white one save for the color.

    It took a couple tries to get the Bluetooth to kick in. In fairness, I have three other Bluetooth devices plus a wired trackball, so the computer had baggage to sort through. Once it was up and running I downloaded the driver and tweaked the buttons and pointer response and I was in business. I found the scroll knob, buttons and position intuitive and adjusted quickly. Years of using a Kensington with 4 buttons, a trackball and scroll wheel probably helped. For me, the main adjustment in style was the use of more desk space for mousing. The VerticalMouse, unlike a small mouse, is awkward to lift and reposition. So you tend to keep it on the pad more while dragging or leaping across the screen.

    One of the things I like about the VerticalMouse is it is really lightweight, allowing more relaxed movements compared to the heavy Magic Mouse. Also buttons require a much lighter touch than my Kensington trackball, again fostering a more relaxed hand.

    THE BIG GOTCHA
    The main problem I've experienced is the VerticalMouse mouse driver interferes with the pointer speed settings of the Magic Mouse and Kensington drivers. Basically it disables pointer acceleration. It also disables the Magic Mouse on startup and I have to manually select connect. All other functions, including custom functions and gestures work fine. Oddly, it doesn't interfere with the Apple Magic Pad. I need to reset pointer acceleration for both the Magic Mouse and Kensington Expert Mouse after each computer restart or when waking from sleep. My Kensington, Microsoft and Apple mouse drivers are 100% compatible so it seems sloppy and irresponsible to write a driver for the Mac OS that interferes with the Magic Mouse. Evoluent should realize many Mac users--especially video and graphics creators--need to use multiple pointing devices and pads and should strive to make their products play well with other devices, especially Apple products.

    The bottom line is the handshake position takes the pressure off the underside of the wrist thereby relieving pressure on the carpal tunnel. So, although expensive, I consider the VerticalMouse a worthwhile investment. The side of my palm is tougher and less sensitive than the wrist, but eventually it feels a bit uncomfortable. So the VerticalMouse will not replace my Magic Mouse or Kensington trackball. Instead, it's a welcome supplement. For my body, I found alternating between hands and pointing devices results in the least strain and most productivity. However, the driver conflicts are extremely disappointing. If Evoluent cleans up their driver to play well with other pointer products, I'll come back and whip 'em another star or two.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy the wireless model

    • Written by from Brno

    ...unless you don't even mind to throw hundred bugs away for a piece of HW that stops working after half a year. The mini receiver is made in china and becomes defective because of the internal stuff malfunction The one of mine was kept in room conditions all the time, so there was no reason for its malfunction - still it died, I mean it is not identified nor on Mac nor on Win7 notebook. It's a terrible situation, since the mouse shape is really well designed!

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps getting better

    • Written by from Victoria

    I've been using the Evoluent vertical mice for about 7 years, since V2 and they just keep making them better. I have been hoping for a bluetooth version for a while and was ecstatic that they finally made one with V4 and as well as a mac native driver. I would highly recommend this mouse for anyone with carpal tunnel problems.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mouse great - bluetooth... read.

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    First to address all the bluetooth problems..
    I got the bluetooth version and thinking how I am very tech savvy I would be able to solve any problems with bluetooth that other people had. Didn't happen. The problem is with Apple, not with this mouse and there is nothing that can be done (unless Apple does something).
    On the up side - Evoluent customer support is beyond amazing and they were quick to send me a new mouse (2x times! - first time I wanted to make sure it's not the mouse but bluetooth, second time they sent me the dongle version - which now works flawlessly).

    As for the mouse - I think that like all ergonomically things it is individual, what works for whom. For me it works great.
    I would highly recommend trying this mouse to see if it helps you.
    Other than that - the overall impression is that the mouse is sturdy and very well made.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not purchase Bluetooth version

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I had been a huge fan of Evoluent mice. I bought many of them over the years for various companies and offices. The shape helped me fix my carpal tunnel issues.

    I cannot recommend the Bluetooth version of their mouse. Do not buy it. And I can no longer recommend the company.

    First, the mouse: the battery on mine dies every few days. The company claims that the battery should last three months, but this is not the case in my experience.

    Worse, the company: I have tried to get a warranty replacement for my Bluetooth mouse with no success. The back and forth and number of hoops is disappointing for a "high-end" mouse. I decided to move on and take my business elsewhere.

    There are other vertical mice out there for less money... one of which I use now and like. I suggest you keep searching; this mouse is not the one.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cured my wrist pain!

    • Written by from SAN FRANCISCO

    This mouse lets me work again!

    Within a few days of getting used to it I am now working faster than before and with NO PAIN. I love the positioning of the buttons; and find I'm using all 5 buttons for functions like Mission Control and Dashboard. The on-the-fly resolution adjustments are awesome as well. I can slow things down when I'm working on precision alignment tasks and speed things up when doing general work.

    I also really like how the black with touch of chrome colors go well with my iMac. It appeals to the designer side of me.

    Thank you Evoluent! I wish I had known about this mouse before; but I guess it's new for Mac users and had been more PC focused before.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The mouse that saves careers.

    • Written by from Arlington

    I have used the Evoluent mice with all my Macs and many other PCs. It is a fantastic invention -- and it works GREAT with Mac OS X regardless of whether you use "natural" scrolling or the more common scrolling. Simply choose your scroll setting in the Mac preferences. No driver installation is required. Give this mouse 3 days and you'll be free from pain thereafter.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bluetooth problems

    • Written by from Midway

    Don't buy this. The mouse tracking becomes sluggish and unusable requiring you to turn the device off then back on, which temporarily fixes it, but it just recurs. I'll be sending mine back Monday. This is known issue with evoluent with no fix provided. I assume this is a bluetooth issue, but I'm not sure.

    3 of 3 people found this useful