In this Anker Wireless Vertical mouse review, we’re testing out Anker’s budget bid in the wireless vertical mouse department to see how well it stacks up against the industry’s heavy-hitter and if it feels good enough to lure you away from the more common form factor we’ve grown accustomed to.
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Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse Review
Design & Build - 8.1/10
Buttons - 5/10
Battery Life - 7.9/10
Comfort - 9/10
Click Latency - 5/10
If you don’t mind switching batteries every few months and can handle a bit of click latency, the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse’s superior level of comfort, low-profile aesthetic, and attractive price tag make it one of the best ergonomic mice on the market.
- Vertically-oriented mice are much better for your health
- Delightfully affordable price tag
- Sleek design and quality build
- Even more comfortable than the far more expensive Logitech MX Vertical
- High click latency
- Requires batteries to function
- Small hands might have a difficult time reaching the forward button
- Vertical mice come with a learning period
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What is the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse?
Tech company Anker is best known for developing quality power banks at affordable prices. Just check out our review of their excellent Anker PowerCore 10000 portable charger. Their belief in the effectiveness of vertical mice, however, has lead them to create the only pointing device in their repertoire – the Anker Wireless Vertical mouse.
Designed primarily for office work and general day-to-day use, this mouse promises to minimize the strain on your wrist, hands, and arms, which can greatly reduce the risk of joint pains and Carpal Tunnel syndrome that often arises from long-term computer usage.
Its vertical orientation limits the twisting and turning of your wrist and places most of the burden of moving the mouse on your arm instead. This way, even users who suffer from Carpal Tunnel will be able to use the mouse with far less discomfort.
Due to the departure from conventional mouse designs, vertical mice will always look odd at first glance. But the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse manages to be a lot less weird-looking than most thanks to its sleek, no-nonsense design and uniform colourway. In fact, it’s one of the best looking ergonomic mice we’ve encountered to-date.
Keeping up with their other products, Anker’s only mouse is also very friendly on the wallet, unlike its fantastic high-profile rival – the Logitech MX Vertical Ergonomic Mouse – which most will agree comes at a pretty steep price.
The Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse utilizes a LED optical sensor with a DPI of up to 1600 and a max polling rate of 125 Hz. This degree of sensitivity and precision should be plenty for office jobs and general use.
It’s purely a wireless mouse that connects to PCs and laptops solely via its USB receiver.
This mouse requires two AA batteries to operate which should be good for an impressive 3 months, give or take, of continuous use. We’ve caught wind of a rechargeable variant but weren’t able to get our hands on one.
There are a total of 6 buttons on the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse , which include the primary clickers, the scroll wheel, a couple of extra buttons on its side, and, finally, one to switch DPI increments.
As with most budget mice, Anker’s peripheral doesn’t come with any companion software so you won’t be able to reprogram any of its buttons.
Design and Comfort
Second to its affordable price tag, the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse's best feature would likely be its wonderfully comfortable design which actually surpasses that of the already comfy Logitech MX Vertical. This is mostly due to its slimmer build which makes it easier to wrap your hand around and move effortlessly.
Its buttons are also meaningfully placed to make them simple to reach and press, while the mouse’s all-around texture allows you to grip it properly with ease. That being said, it’s still a big transition from the more common mouse designs, so it will undoubtedly take some getting used to.
While it is a bit lighter than its Logitech rival, it’s still a fairly heavy mouse that’s tough to lift and reposition, but that’s mostly due to how vertical mice are built in general. For a budget offering, the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse is remarkably sturdy which is a pleasant surprise. Its plastic body feels tight and well-put-together and its weightiness gives the impression that it’s built to last.
Anker’s peripheral looks a bit like the top half of a traditional mouse that’s been lifted up and tilted towards its right side, with its bottom part being hollowed out to make way for a large thumb rest. It’s a great-looking aesthetic that isn’t too jarring for those who are new to vertical mice, and its matte-black finish gives off an elegant, low-profile vibe.
What’s it like to use?
Since the Anker Vertical WirelessMouse doesn’t offer any companion software, setting it up only requires you to plug in the wireless USB adapter and switch on the device itself. As a bonus, the mouse fully supports Windows and macOS so Mac users should have no trouble using the peripheral on their machine.
Its buttons are all well-placed and easy to access and have a decent level of tactile feedback to them making them pleasant to press. It includes the most important extra controls a mouse should have, such as the back and forward side buttons and a button dedicated to switching DPI levels. It also has a LED strip that flashes red when you’re running out of battery which is a nice touch.
Whether you enjoy using a palm or claw grip, the Anker Vertical Wireless Mouse feels great for medium to very large-sized hands. Users with hands that are a little on the smaller side, however, may have some difficulty reaching the forward side button. It also has a neat little spot where you can store the wireless receiver, unlike the Logitech MX Vertical.
The mouse’s sensor should have more than enough horsepower for all kinds of desk work and although the click latency is a little high at 35ms, it shouldn’t be much trouble for uses outside of gaming. As a nice little bonus, the sensor works well even glass which is pretty cool.
If you’re looking for a feature-rich wireless vertical mouse with relatively high DPI and a lofty brand name, then chances are, the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse isn’t for you. But if what you want is a more affordable option that focuses on premium comfort and a rugged build, then this device is right up your alley.
Requiring batteries may not be ideal and its high click latency might be noticeable to some, but at a price tag that’s a mere fraction of the Logitech MX Vertical’s SRP, Anker’s mouse is an absolute steal and should be the go-to choice for budget-minded users looking to go vertical.