Logitech MX Vertical Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Logitech MX Vertical Picture
8.4
Office/Multimedia
6.8
Video Games (FPS)
7.0
Video Games (MMO)
5.1
Ultra-Light Gaming
7.0
Travel
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Vertical

The Logitech MX Vertical is a decent mouse overall. It has a unique vertical design that aims for a more natural grip than regular mice, but it's bulkier and isn't very travel-friendly. It will take some time to get used to and isn't suitable for all types of grips or for people with small hands. It has very good performance, and it's compatible with most devices. The accompanying software is excellent and the mouse is compatible with most computers.

Our Verdict

8.4 Office/Multimedia

The MX Vertical is a great mouse for Office/Multimedia use. It has good ergonomics and once you get used to it, it can be a good companion for your work. It has a great build quality, excellent wireless connectivity options, and a decent number of buttons to facilitate your work.

Pros
  • Versatile wireless connectivity.
  • Great performance.
Cons
  • Poor portability.
  • Bulky size isn't very good for small hands
6.8 Video Games (FPS)

This is a decent mouse for use with FPS video games. While the wireless click latency is already decent, you'll get even lower latency when using the mouse wired. The ergonomics are good, but the special design might not be ideal if you have very small or very large hands. On the upside, the accompanying software is quite versatile and lets you adjust and save the button configuration to match different games.

Pros
  • Versatile wireless connectivity.
  • Great performance.
Cons
  • Poor portability.
  • Bulky size isn't very good for small hands
7.0 Video Games (MMO)

The MX Vertical wireless mouse is decent for playing MMO video games. It has a decent number of adjustable buttons and a great built quality. The ergonomics will serve you well provided you like the vertical mouse design, and the accompanying software allows for customization for playing many different games.

Pros
  • Versatile wireless connectivity.
  • Great performance.
Cons
  • Poor portability.
  • Bulky size isn't very good for small hands
5.1 Ultra-Light Gaming

This mouse is inadequate for ultra-light gaming. Like most vertical mice, the MX Vertical is larger and has a higher weight, making it unsuitable for this kind of use. The wireless click latency is good enough for most people and shouldn't be noticeable, but adding a cable to an already heavy mouse could further hinder its performance for such activity.

Pros
  • Versatile wireless connectivity.
  • Great performance.
Cons
  • Poor portability.
  • Bulky size isn't very good for small hands
7.0 Travel

The MX Vertical is a decent mouse for travel. Unfortunately, it has poor portability as it's bulky and rather heavy. On the upside, it has excellent wireless connectivity options so you don't have to worry about wires getting on your way. Finally, the MX Vertical is compatible with all laptops that use Windows or macOS.

Pros
  • Versatile wireless connectivity.
  • Great performance.
Cons
  • Poor portability.
  • Bulky size isn't very good for small hands
  • 8.4 Office/Multimedia
  • 6.8 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.0 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.1 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 7.0 Travel
  1. Updated Oct 16, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Dec 20, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting

The MX Vertical is designed to fit inside your palm as you rest your hand on the desk. It's mostly made of plastic; the part that comes in contact with your palm feels more like rubber and is textured to enhance the grip. The two main buttons that surround the wheel are fairly large and have a matte finish, while the top has a silver tint and contains the logo and a function button. If you're looking for a vertical mouse with a more customizable design, check out the J-Tech Digital V628X.

Design
Shape
Length 4.7" (120 mm)
Height 3.1" (79 mm)
Width 3.1" (78 mm)
Grip Width
53 mm
4.8
Design
Portability
Volume
44.55 Cu. Inch (730 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No

Due to its design, the MX Vertical is fairly bulky and isn't a good travel companion.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
152 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
126 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
126 g
Weight Distribution
Front-heavy
Extra Weights
No

The MX Vertical is a rather heavy mouse by design.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The MX Vertical Wireless Mouse's build quality is great. It's entirely made of plastic, but there are no squeaking parts or loose ends and the mouse feels sturdy. That said, it might not give off a premium feel. If you want a better-built mouse with a trackball design, look into the Logitech MX ERGO.

9.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb

The MX Vertical has good ergonomics, and it's a comfortable mouse for most people. Due to the mouse's vertical design, when you click the button you'll unwillingly move the cursor a bit unless you have a tight grip on the mouse. The mouse is difficult to lift, which may be an issue when using a low sensitivity setting, as frequent repositioning of the mouse may be difficult.

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

Palm grip on the MX Vertical won't feel too comfortable if you have extra large hands, as your fingers will extend beyond the end of the mouse.

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

If you have small hands and like using claw grip, this mouse isn't a good choice; your fingers won't easily reach the buttons. On the upside, this grip is great for those with extra large hands.

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

The ergonomics of this mouse aren't suitable if you like the fingertip grip, no matter your hand size. This mouse is designed to rest inside of your palm.

9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator Yes

The MX Vertical has excellent wireless connectivity options. Like the MX Master 2S, it can switch between three connected devices. Although it comes with a wireless dongle, it also supports Bluetooth connectivity, so you don't have to worry about bringing the dongle with you if you travel with your mouse.

6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 4.3 ft (1.3 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
USB-C
Port Type: PC End
USB

The cable can be used for both charging and for wired use.

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

  • MX Vertical mouse
  • Wireless USB dongle (Logitech Unifying Receiver)
  • USB-C cable
  • Setup guide

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Optical (LED)
Sensor Model
Not Specified
Works On Glass
No
Minimum CPI (DPI)
400 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
4000 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
50 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
-6 %
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
125 Hz
6.7
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
7
Number Of Side Buttons
3
Number Of Programmable Inputs
4
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
Yes

The buttons and their functions are decent. Although you can't switch profiles using the mouse buttons, the accompanying software allows you to have a different button configuration for each software installed on your PC.

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 mouse's wheel is mediocre. It offers you wheel incrementation feedback and good precision. However, since you can't unlock the wheel, it can't scroll infinitely, which can be annoying if you want to quickly scroll through large documents.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
7.4
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
23 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
23 ms
Click Latency: Wired
13 ms

This mouse has decent click latency when used wirelessly. Most people won't notice the difference between wired and wireless, but if you do play games competitively, it's best to plug it in.

Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Logitech Options
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
No

The software that downloads as soon as you plug the USB dongle in your PC is quite straightforward. You have to create an account with Logitech to save your settings, since there's no onboard memory. This is great if you want to reload your settings on another PC. The software allows you to create profiles that load automatically when opening a program on your PC, but you can't have multiple profiles for the same program.

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

You shouldn't have issues using this mouse and its software with the most common operating systems. However, some programmable functions are OS-specific, meaning that they're not compatible with other OS.

Compared To Other Mice

This mouse is unique thanks to its vertical, ergonomic design. This is useful to put your wrist in a neutral position, where the wrist strain is minimal. However, it might take time to get used to it if you generally use traditionally-shaped mice, especially since some buttons are in awkward spots. See our recommendations for the best mouse, the best wireless mouse, and the best ergonomic mouse.

Logitech MX Master 3

The Logitech MX Master 3 and the Logitech MX Vertical are both great office mice. The MX Master 3 feels better built, has customizable gesture-based controls, and features a side horizontal wheel, which is great for scrolling sideways through Excel spreadsheets. However, the MX Vertical's shape is more ergonomic and should help reduce strain on the wrist. The MX Vertical is also more suitable for people with small hands, as they should be able to reach all the buttons easier when using a palm grip.

Logitech MX ERGO

The Logitech MX ERGO is better than the Logitech MX Vertical, but they're two differently-designed mice. The ERGO is a trackball mouse that's better-built and a lot more comfortable. It also has lower click latency, a vertical wheel tilt, and more programmable buttons. However, the Vertical is much lighter, making it easier to carry around, and it has a wider CPI range. The vertical shape of this mouse may be comfortable for more people.

Anker Wireless Vertical Mouse

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 2S

The Logitech MX Master 2S and the Logitech MX Vertical are both great office mice. The MX Master 2S feels better built, has more programmable buttons, and features a side horizontal wheel, which is great for scrolling sideways through Excel spreadsheets. On the other hand, The MX Vertical's more unique shape is great if you find your wrist gets sore after long days of using your mouse. The MX Master 2S is also large and may not be comfortable for people with small hands.

J-Tech Digital V628X

The Logitech MX Vertical is a much better mouse than the J-Tech Digital V628X. The Logitech is much lighter, feels way better built, is suitable for all hand sizes depending on grip type. Also, it's wireless, has a much more consistent sensor, and has much better software. On the other hand, the J-Tech has more programmable buttons.

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