Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Mouse Review — 8/10
Holy cow. That name. I don’t think I’ve seen a worse name for a product in my life. That aside, I do believe that I have found a great mouse. The Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse is a special mouse. For those of you reading who have had trouble with repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), this mouse is for you. Some people haven’t even heard of vertical mice. And for such an unknown product and manufacturer, this mouse has an incredible amount of features. Terrible name aside, lets get right to the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse review.
- Comfortable and ergonomic
- Helps against RSIs
- Looks great
- Good battery life
- Solid buttons
- Fairly good options and features
- No left handed version
- Cheap sensor
When I got my hand on top of the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse, I immediately noticed the non-stick rubbery plastic shell. With a product from a company unknown to me, I was unsure of how this review was going to end. But right off the bat, they impressed me with some top notch quality. Although it’s not the grippiest feeling in the world, it really surprised me with the quality.
As opposed to some ergonomic mice, the Anker 2.4G Vertical is vertical. (Duh.) What does that mean exactly? Alright, naturally rest you hand on your desk. Go for it. Did you lay it completely palm down? No, of course not! Odds are, you rested at an angle with your thumb side up, like a handshake. To accommodate for this natural position, all the surfaces are tilted on vertical mice. The mouse will help fight against RSIs and keep your hand, wrist, and arm healthy and comfortable.
While being more comfortable, this is also familiar. There are no gimmicky shapes or buttons to learn to use. Some vertical mice have your thumb press all the buttons, have strange shapes, and basically force you to relearn to use a mouse. This mouse just tilts your hand. It’s as simple as that. While it may feel weird the first few days, the shape grows on you and really begins to make a difference.
One downside to the dramatic change in shape is the compatibility with some grip styles. The three traditional grip styles really won’t work very well with this mouse unless tweaked. You can game with this mouse, but for professional gripping, I advise actual gaming mice.
Another nice thing about this shape is the freedom. The Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse doesn’t confine your fingers to a little crevice in favor of “ergonomics”. The ergonomics on this mouse work by letting the hand be free.
Sadly, as with many ergonomic mice, there is no left handed option. Because there are so many more right handed people, some companies just ignore their left handed fans. And left handed people could always use an item like this. No company really gives them any love. Maybe there will be a left handed version in the future.
One of the interesting aspects of a vertical mouse is that it only has one side: the left side. Staying with the theme of comfort, this side is concave, and super easy to lift. It also has quite a bit of room to rest your thumb.
Instead of having an entirely other side for your ring finger and pinky, they simply rest on the “top” of the mouse, if you want to call it that. The top curves down and creates the other side. But I haven’t ever hit the right click with my ring finger. The top buttons let the curve become the right side, without getting in the way.
The way that the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse angles your hand makes lifting the mouse easy as pie. The design lets you use your opposable thumb against your other fingers, instead of tensing up your entire hand just to lift the mouse. It feels like grabbing a bottle more than a mouse. It feels much more natural.
Surprisingly for a mouse this big, the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse only weighs 95 grams. I prefer a heavier mouse and would have liked to see an adjustable weight system. But that does kind of defeat the point of the mouse. 95 grams is the optimal gaming mouse weight for a reason. The purpose of the mouse was to be as easy to use as possible. The light weight really helps ease the hand and wrist tension that some heavier mice can cause.
For a relatively unknown company, the build quality of this mouse is a real treat. I didn’t know what to expect, but the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse really feels sturdy in your hand. Even though it is light, it doesn’t feel cheap at all.
There are a few squeaks when squeezing the mouse but nothing to complain about. Plus, the point of this mouse is to use as little muscle power as possible, so I doubt you’ll be using much squeezing anyways.
Also, if you have any issues having to do with quality control, contact Anker. Their customer service was very pleasant to me.
Even though sporting an unconventional shape, the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse doesn’t sacrifice accuracy for comfort. It may take a few days to get the hang of it, but after that, it feels very natural. In fact, It’s hard to go back to normal mice. As different as it is, it is quite easy to use.
The four feet on the bottom of the mouse are also fairly good. Not the best I’ve ever come across, but they will stay smooth for quite a while. Even without a mouse pad, it stayed consistent and fluid. For a non-gaming mouse, it really impressed me with its feel.
On the webpage for the 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse, Anker blatantly call the mouse sexy. And truthfully, they didn’t lie. For a mouse directed entirely toward productivity and comfort, it looks stunningly good!. The matte black finish is as sleek as it is stylish. The rubbery plastic is sturdy and makes the mouse as a whole fingerprint-proof.
In the concave section next to the thumb rest, there is a blue LED light that shines to show low battery or when you turn it on. For a mouse that is fairly subtle, it really compliments the black finish. As far as the blocky “ANKER” logo goes though, I’m not a huge fan. But that’s a really minor problem I have with the looks.
The shape of the mouse is also presented really well. The curves made for comfort, aren’t gaudy, but really classy. The main curve running from the top to the bottom really ties it all together.
Sadly, there is only one finish you can get this mouse in, but that isn’t a real big deal. Especially because it’s black. The mouse really looks good with almost any setup.
Left and Right Clicks
Rated at 1 million clicks, the left and right buttons are fast, especially for a productivity mouse. They are a bit mushy when you compare them to top of the line gaming mice, but that’s to be expected. They have a low travel distance and pop back up pretty quickly.
Staying with the theme of ease of use, the top buttons are easy to click, but with very little accidental click. The buttons are at an angle with helps. The gravity that usually causes accidental clicks on other mice doesn’t affect this mouse at all.
The scroll wheel on the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse is pretty good. When scrolling slowly, the wheel locks in to each notch. But when scrolling a bit faster, the notches become mushy, which was a bit of a disappointment. It gives way pretty easily, which is good for an ergonomic mouse. Scrolling on this mouse is pretty decent, but not the high point.
I do have a bit of a problem with the middle mouse button though. It is a bit hard to press. It requires a bit more force than I would say is acceptable for a mouse designed for comfort in mind. I got used to it fairly quickly, but it could present a problem for some.
Top DPI Button
This was a really welcome feature for me! A DPI button on a productivity mouse is just awesome. And it works well too! There is very little travel distance and it feels just as responsive as the left and right clicks. The positioning is just right too. It’s perfect for your thumb or maybe index finger to reach and click. You can use it when editing images or something that needs precision, or maybe mid-game as a sniper button.
Forward and Back Buttons
These buttons feature a bit of travel, but overall, are fine. The clicks are a bit springy. I don’t mind this, but I like it to be a bit more tactile.
Aside from that, they are positioned perfectly. Residing right above your thumb, it’s easy to just reach a short distance and hit them with no problems at all. Since they’re relatively thin and above the thumb, it’s basically impossible to accidentally hit them. But in no way are they out of reach. Just a slight move of the thumb and you’re there.
One thing to keep in mind: the forward and back buttons don’t work on Mac right away. Why? Because Mac. Mac doesn’t use those buttons by default for some unknown reason. Luckily though, you can download programs like BetterTouchTool to help assign macros and shortcuts on Apple’s computers.
Not the hugest issue to someone looking for a comfortable mouse I’d imagine, but I will mention it. The clicks on the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse are very soft. And the scroll wheel is next to silent. If you’re looking for an ergonomic mouse with loud clicks than this isn’t it. Although not vertical, the MX Master offers great ergonomic design and loud clicks.
But, if you use headphones like me when you’re on the computer, then this really isn’t an issue. The physical feedback is good enough from the mouse to where you don’t really need the audible feedback.
I’m going to compliment the mouse here, but do keep in mind that it is not a professional gaming mouse. The features here are adequate for a productivity mouse and casual gaming. Not professional gaming.
Sensor and Input
The optical sensor in the heart of this mouse is good for a productivity mouse. And regarding mouse cheap the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse is, it’s pretty amazing. Especially since the DPI can be adjusted. It can be set to either 800, 1200, or 1600 DPI.
This isn’t a hardcore professional mouse, and the overall performance is not the best though. While using the mouse, there was no jitter while on an easy to read mouse pad. But once I shifted to the desktop or a multicolored surface, there was a bit of jitter.
More: What is mouse jitter?
Although it isn’t a super high end sensor, it does its job well for what it’s worth. If you’re looking for a high end sensor in a mouse, I’d check out mice with Pixart sensors.
Broadcasting over a 2.4 GHz frequency, the mouse stayed in touch with the receiver throughout use. Only when I took the mouse about 5 or 6 feet away from the receiver was there any real disconnect. But I doubt you’d be using your mouse that far away anyway.
The little wireless receiver is great. Small and discrete much like those of Logitech. The Anker logo on the side also sets it apart from other small USB dongles you might plug in. That’s a nice feature.
Although the freedom of a wireless mouse is great, there are a few issues I had with the battery power. The two AAA batteries needed for the mouse are not included with the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse. And on top of that, the mouse doesn’t support recharging. You can use rechargeable batteries, but you have to recharge them outside the mouse.
But they do last a long time. Depending on how much you use your computer, you can leave the same batteries in your mouse from a month, up to three months. This is due in part to the auto shut down function of the mouse. It will lock after not being used for a bit. One thing that bothers me though, is that, to wake it up from shut down mode, you have to hit the DPI button. So don’t try to move the mouse expecting it to turn on. Weird, but not a big issue at all.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any software Anker provides for the 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse. But on the other hand, there is plug-n-play functionality. There are no drivers needed, just simply plug it in and start working.
I do wish you could assign macros and remap buttons for productivity but you can always do that with third party software. But it’s still incredibly useful. Especially for a mouse at this price point. You don’t see productivity mice with DPI buttons very often. Some ergonomic mice focus solely on the comfort factor and disregard the actual features. Anker breaks the mold here.
With the given features, its kind of a cheaper alternative to the MX Master. Plus, it’s vertical, so it’s even better for your hands. Only missing a few options and features.
Who is the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse for?
Now what I haven’t talked about much in my Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse review is the price. My goodness. At the price they’re is asking for, Anker is really taking a bold step towards the competition. Some vertical mice go for 5 times the price of this one. Good on Anker! Driving down prices is always great for the consumer!
So who is this good for? Well, I’d say just about anyone, short of a professional gamer. This mouse would suit someone who needs a good productivity mouse, a causal gamer, or someone battling a stress injury due to a mouse. It is truly an every-man’s kind of mouse.
There might be some higher quality ergonomic mice out there, but the Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse really works. I’m going to be looking out for more mice from Anker after this one. They’ve earned a new customer.
Bottom line? If you spend hours at a computer, then you will definitely find good use for this mouse. The shape is comfortable, and quite honestly, I’m finding it hard to go back to normal mice. And the price is just great. The Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Mouse is basically the mouse you’ve never known that you’ve always wanted.
So tell me what you think. Do you like this mouse, hate it, or just have questions? Drop a Facebook comment down below and I’ll try and help in any way I can!