Logitech’s Lift vertical mouse saved my wrists but didn’t escape my grimy grip

A photo of the Logitech elevator

The Logitech Lift is a solid vertical mouse, but it’s a little too sensitive to finger grease.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

My wrists are killing me. It’s probably because I’m getting older, but I also have carpal tunnel from years of poor posture and ergonomics. Ever since I started working from home — long before this pandemic hit — I’ve slouched, misadjusted keyboards and monitors, and wielded the wrong kind of mouse. The Logitech Elevator Couldn’t have come at a better time.

This vertical mouse is my first time using one, but it looks like a fitting entry point into the world of better ergonomics. While I had a flare-up of wrist pain before calling this mouse in for review, things improved exponentially once I switched to the Lift from another Logitech mouse, the G305. The G305 is a solid wireless mouse, but I had to face the reality that aesthetics weren’t something I could continue to prioritize without increasing the toll on my body.

Luckily, with the Lift’s pretty colors and modern style, I don’t have to give up looks for ergonomics. After several weeks of use, I can’t wait to sit down with the Logitech Lift to get through the day. Its handshake style grip just gives my fingers a lot more room to breathe. The only major downside to this $70 vertical mouse is that it’s not finger grease resistant. Now I have to find a way to clean it.

What does the Logitech Lift look like?

The Logitech Lift Vertical Mouse is a sibling to Logitech’s MX Vertical Mouse, so it comes from solid stock. However, the Lift is smaller, which makes it more comfortable for smaller hands (Logitech has a size search for mice if you are curious if this will suit your grip). It’s also available in a range of colors, including pink, which you see here, graphite and pale grey. There is also a specific model for left-handers, although this is only available in graphite.

The Logitech Lift has quiet left and right click buttons, which I don’t think would be a selling point for this particular device. But they’re so soft when pressed, which is perfect for the ergonomic nature of this mouse. Other buttons include a clickable scroll wheel, which I use with my index finger to scroll through pages, and a small button below, which adjusts the DPI. Logitech also includes two pre-programmed thumb buttons forward and back for navigation.

The mouse itself moves smoothly on most surfaces. I used the Lift on a cloth desk mat, which it seems tuned for, although you have to get into the crevices at the bottom of the mouse with a toothpick to clean it. There is already gunk building up after my weeks of use.

A photo of the Logitech elevator

I present to you: the filth in question.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

Speaking of grime, since you’re rocking this thing all day, be prepared for a hand grease shadow that will show up after weeks of use. Admittedly, I eat at my desk, which probably contributed to the buildup. I also rock my face when I think, and I wear tinted moisturizer every day, so it seems inevitable. At the very least, I didn’t notice this happening until I sat down to write this review. Now that I know it’s there, I want to figure out how to remove it.

Logitech has a useful page on cleaning its peripherals, but I still struggle to get some traction on the grime. I checked with a gadget reviewer friend of mine, and they also noticed a little film on their respective review unit. Part of the problem is that half of the mouse is rubberized, so it’s like a binding agent for grease and skin lotions. I haven’t seen as much residue on the matte half of the mouse.

Fluid movements

A photo of the Logitech elevator

The Logitech Lift’s pink color looks quite nice in person, despite how dirty my hands are.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

The gunk on my Logitech Lift review unit is concentrated around the parts where you grip the hardest: the thumb and index finger. Since it’s a vertical mouse, that’s where you’ll find your movements are concentrated, rather than flicking your wrist from left to right as you would with a standard mouse. Instead, you feel like you’re drawing a big picture with a handy tool.

It took me some time to adapt to the Logitech Elevator. When I first got my hands on it, I immediately regretted it, because it felt so different from what I was used to. But after about a week, I started to feel more comfortable with the movements needed to operate a mouse like this.

Using Logitech Lift is like moving a stylus on a WACOM tablet. It works best with small, subtle movements, and every little twist of the wrist will immediately translate to the screen. While I love Logitech Lift for general navigation and work, I still find myself a little limited when moving between cramped menu items or adjusting a slider in programs like Adobe Lightroom. I definitely wouldn’t use this mouse for gaming and would instead go back to one of my original carpal tunnel offenders, the wired Logitech G203.

A photo of a person using a Logitech Lift mouse

I use my index finger to scroll through pages with Logitech Lift.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

Logitech’s confusing software situation

I have reviewed several different Logitech peripherals in the past. Each time, I don’t know which of the many company apps I should use to get things the way I like them. I currently have six Logitech-designed apps installed on my Windows machine to control all of my various devices. They understand Logitech G Hub for their gaming peripherals, Logitech Capture for my webcams, and Logitech Options to adjust other Logitech keyboards and mice I’ve tested. Now I have to round it all up with the Logi Bolt driver and Logi+ options for the Logitech elevator.

Anyway, the amount of programs is very confusing. I had already installed the Logi Bolt software when I reviewed the Logitech POP Keyboardso I didn’t get the prompt to install Logi Options+, an app that will presumably replace Logitech Options at some point.

A screenshot of the Logi Options+ software on PC

The Logi Options+ software is easy to use, but Logitech’s entire software situation within its ecosystem remains confusing.
Screenshot: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

I like the look of the Logi Options+ software itself, and the program makes it easy to click on the parts of the mouse I want to customize. The DPI button between left and right mouse click is not programmed by default, so pressing it will not affect cursor speed unless you head to Options + and adjust it. You can change the cursor speed in 100 DPI increments, although it lists it in percentage points. The maximum elevator speed is 4000 DPI. If you wanted to use it for gaming, you could.

A good mouse, albeit filthy

    A photo of a person holding the Logitech Lift

This mouse and I have already done a lot of work for this website.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

Logitech promises up to 24 months of battery life on one AA battery for the lift. It’s been a month, and I’m still 100% when connected through the Bolt USB receiver. The lift offers Bluetooth connectivity and you can switch between three different computers or tablets at once.

The Logitech elevator inspired me to move things around my office so I don’t hurt at the end of the workday. I’ve since upgraded to a better keyboard and keycaps and replaced the small desk with a larger desk that adjusts with a crane. Things are improving, although there is always room for improvement. And while Logitech Lift hasn’t eliminated my pain, the physical act of moving my arm around the desk to control my computer does mean relief from my bruised wrist.

The Logitech Lift won’t appeal to everyone. Reading other reviews, larger hands seem to have a harder time adjusting to the lift, its size, and the location of the buttons relative to where the fingers land. But for me, it’s been a boon to my productivity and the comfort of my work-from-home lifestyle. And it comes in a color that matches the rest of the stuff on my desk.

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