The Anker Vertical Mouse is a budget option of the popular vertical mouse design. It comes in both wired and wireless versions with six buttons and a scroll wheel. It is a right hand only mouse. I have used it for the last few weeks and as a budget mouse, it did pretty well, but it does not compete with higher end products on the market.
Tilted hand positioning
The vertical mouse design places the hand in an upright, neutral position. The Anker Vertical Mouse is not quite in the upright position, it is tilts inward slightly, but for anyone who experiences pain or difficulty with a standard mouse, the tilt it has should be more comfortable already.
It’s choice of positioning and shape leads to its weakest point. There is no thumb or palm support and it only works well when the weight of your hand is through the top of your palm or for users who prefer to hold the mouse and not rest on it. For those of us who tend to rest our hands on the mouse, there is not enough support in the base. I also have some thumb instability issues and found the grip uncomfortable and moved my thumb to rest on the top point of the mouse instead, but those without this issue has found it a comfortable grip position.
It is comfortable for short stints at the computer, but it does not hold up to top standards with heavy daily use.
The most appealing feature of the Anker Vertical mouse is its price tag. It retails for £10-20 and is one of best choices within that price range. I did not experience any operating issues with it, the cursor moved smoothly and the rubber it is covered in made it easy to grip and prevented my hand from slipping. It has now made its way into my travel bag where it lives comfortably for use when setting up a mobile office away from home.
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It is good quality product at an affordable price. It is not a cost-effective option for anyone with highly specialist needs who require a highly specialist mouse, but it is definitely a good choice within its price range. It is a sturdy, sleek and reliable budget choice that outshines its competitors.
Included in the box/price
Anker Vertical Optical Mouse (with 4.8 ft cable)
1 instruction manual
Operating System: Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2000, Mac OS X
Optical Resolution 800 / 1200 /1600 DPI
Number of Buttons6
Size: 115 x 58 x 87 mm / 4.5 x 2.3 x 3.4in
Item Weight: 95g / 3.4oz
Textile: Rubberized surface
Right-handed use only
Wired or wireless
Warranty: Includes 18 month warranty and lifetime technical support guarantee when purchased directly from Anker.
The Anker Vertical mouse is best suited for short sessions and casual use for anyone looking for a comfortable general purpose mouse.
Ease of use
It is a plug-and-play product with an instruction manual included. It is easy to install, use and maintain with no software package to learn. All buttons have assigned uses – left click, right click, mouse scroll/click, DPI adjustment (800, 1200, 1600), Page Up and Page Down.
A compatible USB device to plug it into.
It is accessible to anyone with a visual impairment, including the blind and those who experience visual symptoms, like photophobia (light sensitivity), eye strain or colour blindness. It has some illumination, but it is subtle and very well done. The light does make it easy for someone with reduced vision to locate and use the mouse.
It is accessible to anyone with a hearing impairment, including the deaf and those who experience auditory symptoms, like tinnitus or hyperacusis (sound sensitivity). It makes no creaking or other sounds when in use and glides very softly across a smooth surface.
Input and touch
It is accessible to anyone with a mild upper body impairment who experience symptoms that affect their hands, wrists and shoulders, like a tremor, fatigue, reduced dexterity or precision. It is very comfortable, particularly with low intensity use. I would recommend it for anyone with some mild issues with grip and control, like older adults, but I would not recommend it for specialist use. It does not provide adequate support for long-term, intensive use by anyone who experience significant long-term issues.
The buttons are well positioned and require a little force to push down. The thumb plays an important role as it allowed me to grip the mouse and click with a pincer movement, which is much easier to execute than just pushing down, like on a standard mouse. The buttons are not of the same quality as high end products, but they work well and are an improvement on the buttons of a standard budget mouse.
The DPI is standard for a general use mouse at 800 – 1600, but for someone like me used to at least 8000, it does feel sluggish and it would not work as a serious gaming mouse.
Movement and mobility
It is accessible to anyone with a mobility impairment, including wheelchair users and those who experience physical symptoms, like severe fatigue or chronic pain.
Motion sickness and balance disorders
It is accessible to anyone who experiences motion sickness or dizzy spells.
It is accessible to anyone with a cognitive impairment, including those with a learning disability like dyslexia and those who experience cognitive symptoms, like problems with memory, concentration, planning and organization.
This product contains no common allergens that we could determine.
Trigger warnings and age ratings
None. However it is a mouse made for adults and does not work well for children.
The Anker Vertical Mouse looks sleek, operates well and is a good choice budget mouse for general use. I think its design is a step in the right direction and a vast improvement over a standard mouse, however, it does not compete with high-end specialist mice, vertical or standard.
I would not recommend it for heavy or specialist use, it is not a gaming mouse and would not work well for anyone who spends most of their time at a desk using their mouse. It is also not suitable for anyone with highly specialist needs who experience significant thumb, hand or wrist issues. I would recommend it for casual or general use particularly to anyone who find the standard mouse design uncomfortable. It is suitable for smaller and larger hands and a good choice when looking to spend less than £20 on a reliable mouse that will last a year or two.
The review is based on the Anker Vertical Mouse (wired) kindly provided by Anker.