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Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3
Updated Aug 29, 2022 at 03:01 pm
Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse Picture
7.1
Office/Multimedia
6.0
Video Games (FPS)
5.2
Video Games (MMO)
7.0
Travel
Type
Vertical
Connectivity Wireless

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

7.1 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.

Pros
  • Very comfortable to use.
  • Well-built for budget product.
Cons
  • High click latency.
  • Isn't Bluetooth compatible.
  • Inconsistent performance.
6.0 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.

Pros
  • Very comfortable to use.
  • Well-built for budget product.
Cons
  • High click latency.
  • Isn't Bluetooth compatible.
  • Inconsistent performance.
5.2 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.

Pros
  • Very comfortable to use.
  • Well-built for budget product.
Cons
  • High click latency.
  • Isn't Bluetooth compatible.
  • Inconsistent performance.
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.

Pros
  • Very comfortable to use.
  • Well-built for budget product.
Cons
  • High click latency.
  • Isn't Bluetooth compatible.
  • Inconsistent performance.
  • 7.1 Office/Multimedia
  • 6.0 Video Games (FPS)
  • 5.2 Video Games (MMO)
  • 7.0 Travel
  1. Updated Sep 06, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.3. This update adds a new Sensor Latency test and makes minor changes to several of our existing tests, resulting in test result changes in several sections. For more information, you can check out our full changelog here.
  2. Updated Aug 25, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.2. This update simplifies our Weight test and expands on our CPI test from Test Bench 1.1, resulting in changes to test results in both sections. For more details, you can see our complete changelog here.
  3. Updated Aug 19, 2022: We've converted this review to Test Bench 1.1. This update revamps our Click Latency test and results in changes to test results. For more details, you can see our full changelog here.
  4. Updated Oct 19, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated Jan 31, 2020: Review published.
  6. Updated Jan 28, 2020: Early access published.

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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 Lift

The Logitech Lift and the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse are wireless vertical mice designed for office and productivity, but the Logitech performs much better overall. The Logitech feels more comfortable in hand and has Bluetooth support, which the Anker lacks. The Logitech also has a better sensor with a wider CPI range in which you can more precisely set your CPI, better CPI variation, and much lower minimum lift-off distance. Also, the Logitech has significantly better click latency and software for customizing settings. On the other hand, the Anker is lighter and feels a bit sturdier.

Logitech MX Vertical

The Logitech MX Vertical is a better vertical mouse than the Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse. You can use the Logitech via Bluetooth, and its receiver and its buttons are fully programmable inside the software. While the Anker doesn't have software, its slimmer design is a bit more comfortable to grab. The Logitech's overall performance is noticeably better than the Anker's.

Logitech MX Master 3

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

Logitech MX Master 2S

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

J-Tech Digital V628X

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

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type
Vertical
Lighting Color No Lighting

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. If you're looking for a vertical mouse with a more customizable design, check out the J-Tech Digital V628X.

Design
Shape
Length 4.9" (124 mm)
Height 3.0" (76 mm)
Width 2.4" (62 mm)
Grip Width
46 mm
7.0
Design
Portability
Volume
35.64 inยณ (584 cmยณ)
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.

5.9
Design
Weight
Lowest Weight
102.4 g
Default Weight
112.5 g
Weight Distribution
Back-heavy
Extra Weights
No

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

8.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Left-Handed Friendly
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb

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. Unfortunately, it isn't suitable for small hands, regardless of grip type. For another vertical design that's better suited for smaller hands, check out the Logitech Lift.

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

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

6.3
Design
Wireless Versatility
Maximum Of Paired Devices
1
Bluetooth
No
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
2x AAA
Use When Charging
No ( Single use batteries)
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator Yes

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.

0
Design
Cable
Connectivity Wireless
Cable Length
N/A
Cable Type
No Cable
Permanent Kink
No
Port Type: Mouse End
No Port
Port Type: PC End
No Port

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.

7.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Ok
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse
  • USB receiver
  • Manual

Control
4.2
Control
Additional Buttons
Total Number Of Buttons
6
Number Of Side Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
0
Profile Switching Button
No
Gesture Support
No

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.

4.6
Control
Click Latency
Expected Connection
28.4 ms
Wired
N/A
Receiver
28.4 ms
Bluetooth
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.

6.8
Control
CPI
SRAV @ 1600 CPI
-3.48%
SRAV @ 800 CPI
-1.46%
SRAV @ 400 CPI
N/A
SRAV @ Fixed CPI
N/A
Precision Error Between Speeds
2.57%
Precision Error Between CPI
1.79%
Worst Tracking Error
-19.50%
Minimum CPI
800 CPI
Maximum CPI
1,600 CPI
CPI Adjustment Steps
400 CPI
5.9
Control
Sensor Latency
Delay To Start Of Movement
50.2 ms
Delay At Half Movement
33.7 ms
Delay To End Of Movement
29.5 ms
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Not Specified
Works On Glass
No
Minimum Lift Off Distance
4.8 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
125 Hz
Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
No
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Thumb 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. If you're looking for an ergonomic mouse with L/R scroll wheel tilts, check out the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Mouse.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
Operating System And Software
0.3
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 RGB

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.

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