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Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Jan 31, 2020 at 10:35 am
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Test Methodology v0.8.1
5.7
Mixed Usage
6.8
Office/Multimedia
7.0
Travel
5.0
Video Games (FPS)
3.6
Video Games (MMO)
4.4
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Vertical

The Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse is a decent mouse to use in an office if you're looking for something to put less strain on your wrist. Its vertical design is quite narrow and comfortable to use, as you simply rest your hand on the mouse, keeping your wrist in a neutral position. However, some people might not like that its performance isn't the best and might notice that the sensor is quite inconsistent. It also has a high click-latency and can only cycle between three CPI presets.

Our Verdict

5.7 Mixed Usage

The Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse isn't the most versatile mouse for mixed usage. The vertical design is very much geared towards office usage. Its sensor and click latency performances are rather sub-par when compared to gaming mice, and it won't be suitable for games. On the upside, since you can simply slide the receiver in the mouse, it makes it a quite useful travel companion.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.8 Office/Multimedia

The Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse is a decent choice if you're looking for an ergonomic option. It's comfortable to use during long hours and its vertical design helps with putting your wrist in a neutral position. However, you can't really program its six buttons, but they're still useful for more fluid web-browsing.

7.0 Travel

The Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse is a decent choice for travel. While its body is rather bulky and heavy, it has an integrated slot for its receiver, making it way easier to bring it around. You should still be able to toss it in a bag and its wireless design is great to use in tighter spaces without being bothered by a dangling cable.

5.0 Video Games (FPS)

The Anker vertical ergonomic optical mouse isn't designed for gaming. Its sensor has sub-par gaming performance and is quite inconsistent.

See our Video Games (FPS) recommendations
3.6 Video Games (MMO)

The Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse isn't designed for gaming. It doesn't have many side buttons and its overall performance isn't on-par with gaming mice.

See our Video Games (MMO) recommendations
4.4 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Anker vertical ergonomic optical mouse isn't designed for ultra-light gaming. It's a heavy mouse and its performance won't satisfy gamers.

  • 5.7 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.0 Travel
  • 5.0 Video Games (FPS)
  • 3.6 Video Games (MMO)
  • 4.4 Ultra-Light Gaming
Pros
  • Very comfortable to use.
  • Well-built for budget product.
Cons
  • High click latency.
  • Isn't Bluetooth compatible.
  • Inconsistent performance.

Check Price

Black Wireless Vertical Mouse
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Newegg.com

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Anker vertical ergonomic optical mouse is sleek-looking. It might not have the same professional look as the Logitech MX Vertical, but its matte black finish looks good, although it's prone to grease spots. It has a curved LED light, but it only acts as a CPI indicator or lights up when the battery is low.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
N/A
Maximum Weight Without Wire
114 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
114 g

The Anker wireless ergonomic optical mouse is fairly heavy, which makes it a bit hard to lift.

7.1
Design
Portability
Length 4.9" (12.4 cm)
Height 3.0" (7.6 cm)
Width 2.4" (6.2 cm)
Volume
35.64 Cu. Inch (584 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
Yes

Although this mouse is rather bulky, it doesn't have a cumbersome cable and you can store the receiver on the underside of the mouse, making it easier to travel with.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Anker vertical ergonomic optical mouse's build quality is surprisingly great at this price point. The body feels well-built and durable. The smooth matte finish feels nice and the feet are decent as well. There's a slight wobble on the mouse wheel, but that's about it. Most people should be satisfied with the quality of this mouse.

8.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Grip Width
46 mm

The Anker vertical ergonomic optical mouse is very comfortable to use. Its vertical design puts your wrist in a more neutral position, and your hand doesn't feel as open as when using the Logitech MX Vertical, thanks to its slimmer design. The buttons are easy to reach and the matte finish helps to have a nice grip over the mouse. Note that it might take some time to get used to a vertical design if you're used to more traditional mice.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
No
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

This design is usually made for a palm grip, although due to its size, people with small hands might have trouble reaching the scroll wheel and the forward side-button.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
No
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

Just like with a palm grip, people with small hands might have trouble reaching the forward button and the scroll wheel when using a claw grip.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
No

A vertical mouse isn't designed for a fingertip grip and isn't recommended with the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse.

5.4
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
2x AAA
Use When Charging
No
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch

The Anker vertical ergonomic optical mouse is wireless-only. You can connect it using its USB receiver and it doesn't come with any charging cable as you need 2x AAA batteries to power it. The LED strip will flash red whenever the battery is low. Note that there's a variant of this mouse with a rechargeable battery, which comes with a charging cable.

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Design
Cable
Cable Length N/A
Braided
No
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
No Cable

This mouse doesn't have any cable as it needs physical batteries to work. However, there's a variant with a rechargeable battery, which comes with a micro-USB charging cable, but we haven't reviewed it.

Design
In The Box

  • Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse
  • USB receiver
  • Manual

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Works On Glass
No
4.8
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
35 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
N/A
Click Latency: Wired
N/A

The Anker vertical ergonomic optical mouse's click latency is rather disappointing. It's noticeably high for a mouse using a USB receiver, and this won't be suitable for gaming. However, since this mouse is designed for office use, we don't expect most people to be bothered by this on a daily basis.

7.1
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
800 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
1600 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
400 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
-9.8 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
4.8 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
125 Hz

The Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse's performance is decent. It isn't designed to be as performant as gaming mice and its sensor is noticeably inferior when compared to such mice. It only has 3 CPI settings of 800-1200-1600. Its sensor is quite inconsistent and sensitivity seems to change when using the mouse. The lift off distance is also very high and you can't adjust its polling rate.

Note: We usually do these tests at 1000CPI, but had to test this mouse at 1200CPI since it doesn't have software allowing for CPI customization.

4.8
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes

The mouse features a total of six buttons, but since it doesn't have software, you can't program them to whatever you'd like. You have a typical two-side button layout and a big CPI switching button on the top of the mouse.

6.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Physical
Vertical Wheel Incremented
Yes
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
None
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No horizontal Wheel

The Anker vertical ergonomic optical mouse's scroll wheel is okay. The increments are rather soft, but unfortunately, it doesn't unlock for infinite scrolling, which makes it take a while to scroll through large documents.

Operating System And Software
0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name No software
Software Windows Compatibility
No
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
No Software
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
No
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
No
RGB On/Off
No

This mouse doesn't have dedicated software for customization options.

10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

The Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse has an exceptional compatibility with both Windows and macOS, as all buttons work as intended right out of the box.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The only variant of this mouse is the one that comes with a rechargeable battery and a micro-USB charging cable. According to the manufacturer, the battery life is around a week; however, we haven't tested it and can't confirm. This seems to be the only difference between the mouse we reviewed and the rechargeable variant.

Compared to other mice

The Anker wireless ergonomic optical mouse is a decent option if you're looking for an ergonomic design, although if you're used to more traditional mice, it might take you a bit of time to get used to this type of design. Since it's mainly geared towards office workers, gamers should look elsewhere, as they're more than likely going to be disappointed by the sensor performance. See our buying recommendations for the best mice and the best wireless mice.

Logitech MX Vertical
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B&H

The Logitech MX Vertical is a better vertical mouse than the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse. It can be used via Bluetooth, and its receiver and its buttons are fully programmable inside the software. On the other hand, while the Anker doesn't have software, its slimmer design is a bit more comfortable to grab than the Logitech. The overall performance of the MX Vertical is noticeably better than the Anker's.

Logitech MX Master 3
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B&H

The Logitech MX Master 3 is a more versatile mouse than the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse. The MX Master 3 has neat features, but it's still a fairly standard mouse. While it has a slanted ergo-shape, the MX Master 3 isn't as ergonomic as a true ergonomic, vertical mouse. The MX Master will be better suited for multimedia, but if you're simply looking to reduce the strain on your wrist, then the Anker is a better option.

Logitech MX Master 2S
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Newegg.com

The Logitech MX Master 2S is a better overall mouse than the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse, but it doesn't offer an as ergonomic design as the Anker. The overall performance of the MX Master 2S is better, but its design doesn't put your wrist in a neutral position like the Anker's vertical design.

J-Tech Digital V628X
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Newegg.com

The Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse is better than the J-Tech Digital V628X. The Anker feels much better built, is much lighter, is more comfortable, and has a much more accurate and consistent sensor. On the other hand, the V628X has companion software and a more adjustable CPI range. Neither mouse is recommended for small hands.

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