The VerticalMouse 4 from Evoluent features a unique patented contoured design that transforms the traditional palm down mousing position into a vertical handshake position. This "vertical" position is designed to reduce stress in the forearm and elbow and offers increased comfort for many individuals. The flange along the bottom of the mouse prevents the fifth finger from dragging on the desk and a uniquely sculpted thumb rest provides not only a relaxed resting place for the thumb but also a means for enhanced control of the mouse.
Performance based features include an easy-to-access pointer speed button on the side of the mouse. This offers settings of Extra Low, Low, Medium and High, allowing the appropriate acceleration and degree of precision to be selected for each task.
The MouseManager Software from Evoluent provides options for customization of the VerticalMouse to meet anyone's specific requirements. Any of the 6 buttons can be assigned custom commands. The driver also includes additional enhancements such as instant access to screen brightness adjustment via the scroll wheel, auto-click, and drag lock.
EXCEL USERS: Tired of not being able to scroll horizontally? The MouseManager Software offers a "Horizontal Scroll" function that facilitates effortless switching between Vertical and Horizontal scrolling in EXCEL.
The standard size wired VerticalMouse 4 is available in both right- and left-hand models, and comes in a dark grey housing with silver buttons. This mouse is also available in Standard and Small Wireless models as well as a Bluetooth (for Mac, Standard size, Right only).
Choose the Correct Size:
Selecting a mouse that best matches hand size is important when addressing ergonomic issues. This printable Sizing Guide can be used to determine whether a SMALL or STANDARD size Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 is the appropriate size.
For hands that are identified as being more suited to a Small model there are both Wired and Wireless Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 Small models available. The Small provides all of the ergonomics benefits provided by the Standard Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 but is better suited to those with smaller hands.
Those with large hands and/or long fingers may also be interested in the Evoluent VerticalMouse C or the Evoluent VerticalMouse C Wireless, or may want to consider the Large size of the VerticalMouse D. This latest addition to the Evoluent family is available in Small, Medium and Large sizes for right-handed individuals, in both Wired and Wireless.
View the entire range of Evoluent models.
Comfortable and Easy to Use
- The VerticalMouse 4 is optimally sculpted to yield uncompromising comfort and easy-to-reach programmable buttons, eliminating finger stretching and contortions.
Maintains Blood Flow through the Wrist
- Conventional horizontal mice cause the forearm to twist away from its natural position, which can reduce blood flow, contort muscles into awkward positions and increase the rate of fatigue. For many, this can result in discomfort and pain while mousing. The Evoluent VerticalMouse lets the hand and forearm maintain an almost vertical alignment that eliminates the unnatural twisting and associated issues.
Eliminates Forearm Pronation
- The design of the Evoluent VerticalMouse improves comfort and control when mousing, with a patented shape that supports the hand in a relaxed handshake position, and a sculpted “notch” in which to rest the thumb. This innovative design eliminates forearm twisting and minimizes the effort required to use the mouse. Learn More About Pronation.
Can Reduce or Eliminate Wrist Extension
- Traditional mice require that the hand be in a facedown position on the mouse. Most tend to plant the heel of their hand on the mousing surface and then attempt to move the mouse with the thumb and pinkie or ring fingers. This puts the wrist into a position of extension which can lead to painful RSI. The Evoluent VerticalMouse addresses this by rotating the hand away from the desk, eliminating the tendency to "plant" the hand. While it is still possible to create some wrist extension by flexing the wrist for left/right movements this can also be easily addressed by learning to move the Evoluent VerticalMouse with the arm rather than the hand.Learn More About Wrist Extension.
Can Address Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- The vertical orientation into which the Evoluent VerticalMouse rotates the hand is intended to address excessive tension exerted upon the tendons and tissue of the forearm. This occurs when the hand is rotated into the palm down position common in both mousing and keyboarding. This tension is known to commonly manifest in what is usually referred to as "tennis elbow", when inflammation develops where the tendon attaches to the outer edge of the elbow. Eliminating the tension by addressing the pronation issue permits the tendon to relax and as the attachment point is no longer under continuous stress the tissue is permitted to rest and heal.Learn More About Lateral Epicondylitis.
Reduces Potential for “Anticipation of the Click” and Eliminates Finger Extension
- The ergonomic design and low click force of the Evoluent encourages individuals to let their fingers remain "at rest" against the buttons, rather than hovering over them in anticipation of clicking. Since the fingers can relax against the mouse there is no hovering or stretching action of the fingers which can lead to development of Trigger Finger.Learn More About Trigger Finger.
Almost No Learning Curve
- Because the same familiar handhold adopted when using an ordinary mouse is used - just turned sideways, and the buttons operated by the same fingers, the need to retrain or establish new muscle memory is virtually eliminated.
- Because the thumb is positioned to naturally oppose the finger movements the Evoluent VerticalMouse does not unintentionally move sideways when clicking with normal force. Many will probably adapt to this immediately while for others it may take some time while their thumb learns what degree of counterforce is required.
- Pointer control is as accurate as any other high-quality performance mouse. The high quality sensor offers four speed settings that can be accessed on-the-fly for optimum performance.
Encourages Load Balancing or Spreading Software Option
- Mouse Manager (Microsoft Certified) for Windows offers extensive custom, and even contextual (program specific), programming options yet is still easy to use through a simple and intuitive interface. There is also the option of reassigning button commands for load balancing or duplicating commands on multiple buttons in order to spread the load across multiple digits. The Mouse Manager software is also available for MAC OSX (See Notes under Technical Specifications).
Offers Alternative Clicking Options to Reduce Repetition
- In order to reduce repetitive clicking the Mouse Manager software can be set to automatically perform a single or double click by pausing the pointer. The time delay before activation is adjustable. Or it is also possible to reassign commands to a different button or multiple bottoms to lighten or spread the clicking.
Provides Alternatives to Static Strain For Click-Drag Operations
- Dragging actions impose static stress on the finger while holding the button down. This can be greatly reduced by using the Evoluent Mouse Manager software. This setting lets one press and hold a button momentarily to simulate continued pressing without holding down the button. The time delay before activation is adjustable. Note:
Evoluent Mouse Manager Software required.
Break Reminder Option
- In order to discourage overworking of the hands the the Mouse Manager software can be used to set up visual and/or audio alerts as break reminders. Note:
Evoluent Mouse Manager Software required.
- Adjustable Laser Sensor: Pointer speed buttons on the side allow convenient adjustment without a change of hand position.
- Pointer Speed Indicators: Top mounted LED-illuminated indicators show through the housing on the chrome thumb rest to advise of the current pointer speed.
- Back-Lit Evoluent Logo: A purely cosmetic feature which adds to the lustre and modern look of this mouse. The illumination turns off when the system is in sleep mode to conserve power. This logo can also be turned off using instructions available on the manufacturer's support page.
- Useful and Intuitive Driver: Mouse Manager for Windows offers extensive custom and contextual (program specific) programming options yet is still easy to use through a simple and intuitive interface. In addition, pre-programmed button assignments are available for many popular applications. The Mouse Manager software is also available for MAC OSX with a slightly limited range of options.
- Ergonomic Shape: The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 features gentle contours that the hand naturally forms into and around. These also ensure comfortable grasp locations for a wide range of hand sizes. These contours, combined with the deep and slightly angled indentation for the thumb, reduce the pressure against the web of the hand.
- Multiple Sizes: The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 Right hand model is available in a "Standard" size which accommodates most average to larger hands and a "Small" version for those with smaller hands. The sizing guide can be used to determine a suitable selection. The Left hand model is only available as a "Standard" size.
- Wireless Option: The Standard and Small Right Handed Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 models are available in both Wired and Wireless formats for PC. A Standard size Bluetooth model for use with Mac Computers is also available.
- Scroll Wheel: Grooved soft rubber with tactile detents. The Scroll Wheel is also "clickable" and provides a "forward" command by default. This command can also be customized using the Evoluent Mouse Manager Software.
- Finger Flange: The large finger flange prevents the fifth finger from dragging on desk.
- Speed Toggle: Move up or down through the 4 pointer speed settings with the easy-to-access side button and clearly visible illuminated indicators.
- Application Dependent Buttons: Customized button programming that automatically takes effect depending on which application is active is also possible. Note: Installation of the Evoluent Mouse Manager is required for any custom programming.
- Quality Ergonomic Design: The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 is engineered with a high quality sensor coupled with the low button activation force for which all models of the Evoluent VerticalMouse are known. Button action and vertical scroll wheel movement is smooth, consistent and precise. Improved contours provide greater comfort and a more relaxed grip.
- Relaxed Handshake Position: The ergonomic contoured shape of the Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 supports the hand in a natural handshake position that eliminates forearm twisting. Finger positions are similar to a traditional "flat" mouse, but rather in a vertical orientation, so almost no retraining is needed. Clicking the mouse buttons does not result in unwanted movement because the thumb naturally opposes other finger movements.
- Contoured and Textured: The contoured black portion of the mouse has a polyurethane coating, allowing complete control by simply resting the hand on it—practically eliminating any need to "grip" the mouse.
- Light Force Tactile Buttons: The buttons on the VerticalMouse 4 are designed for easy activation. The button force is low for easy clicking and to reduce the strain on the fingers, but still retains sufficient tactile firmness to avoid accidental actuation.
- Six Buttons: The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 provides a total of 6 buttons. Two thumb operated buttons and 3 finger operated buttons are provided, with the scroll wheel providing a sixth button.
- Auto Click Option: With the Evoluent Mouse Manager software installed it is possible to automatically perform a single or double click by simply pausing the pointer. The time delay before activation is adjustable. Note: Evoluent Mouse Manager Software required.
- Click Lock (or Drag Lock): This function, available through the Evoluent Mouse Manager Software, can eliminate the ongoing tension the index finger is subjected to when performing dragging operations. Rather than having to press and hold the mouse button while dragging, the software lets one press and hold a button momentarily to engage the "locking" function. When the movement is completed the lock is released by pressing any button on the mouse. In order to avoid accidental activation of this feature the time delay before activation is adjustable. Note: Evoluent Mouse Manager Software required.
- Break Reminder: The Evoluent Mouse Manager software also lets one set up visual and/or audio alerts as break reminders. Note: Evoluent Mouse Manager Software required.
- EXCEL - HORIZONTAL SCROLL Option: EXCEL USERS: can now switch from vertical to horizontal scroll actions by using the Evoluent Mouse Manager software to assign a "Horizontal Scroll" function to Button #6. Depressing this button while scrolling immediately switches the button from the traditional scrolling to horizontal mode. Scanning through a spreadsheet, both vertically and horizontally is now virtually effortless. To switch back to vertical scroll simply release button #6.
NOTE: This function is currently only available for Windows-based EXCEL
Note: Evoluent Mouse Manager Software required.
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VerticalMouse 4, Right Handed Model, Side View
VerticalMouse 4, Left Handed Model, Side View
VerticalMouse 4, Closeup of Speed Toggle LED Indicator
VerticalMouse 4, Right Handed Model, Front View
VerticalMouse 4, Closeup of Backlit Evoluent Logo at Back of Mouse
VerticalMouse 4, Driver Screen Capture
VerticalMouse 4, Ergonomics Behind Vertical Orientation
- Evoluent Vertical Mouse Sizing Guide: PDF
- EXCEL Horizontal Scroll Function: Video
- Standard: 3.5" (8.9 cm)
- Small: 3.2" (8.1 cm)
(front to back)
- Standard: 4.375" (11.1 cm)
- Small: 4.1" (10.5 cm)
- Standard: 3.15" (8.0 cm)
- Small: 3.0" (7.5 cm)
- Standard: 135 grams
- Small: 125 grams
- Cable Length: 80" (2 m)
- Laser Resolution: Extra low, low, medium, high
- Compatibility: Current compatibility details can always be found on the Evoluent Support Page.
- Windows XP and newer (all basic functions)
- Mac OS X (basic functions as per OS version support)
- Linux (Fixed button functions without a driver)
- Windows XP and Vista (shareware drivers available - see Evoluent Support Page for further details.
- Windows 7, 8, and 10 (32 & 64 bit) . DownloadMicrosoft Certified Evoluent Mouse Manager.
- Mac OS (varies with OS version). View current compatibility and download Evoluent Mouse Manager for Mac options on the Evoluent Support Page.
- Interface: USB (not compatible with PS/2 adapters or KVM switches)
- Programmable Functions for Each Button:
- Left Click
- Right Click
- Wheel/Middle Click
- Auto Pan
- Double Click
- Keystroke Recording
- Launch Application
- Page Down
- Page Up
- Pointer Speed Toggle
- Print Screen
- Show/Hide Desktop
- Switch Applications
The lower Thumb button (#6) has several additional programmable functions.
- Eye Comfort - to adjust screen brightness on the fly using the Scroll Wheel
- Horizontal Scroll Facilitates fast Horizontal Scrolling in EXCEL Spreadsheets
- Secondary Functions - to provide access to a second layer of commands on the other 5 buttons
- Note on Programmable Functions: If button 6 (bottom thumb button) is programmed as a "Toggle" button, then a second layer of functions can be added to buttons 1, 2, 3, and 4. This allows for up to nine (9) functions to be programmed into the Evoluent VerticalMouse 4. (6 buttons - 1 as toggle + second layer for 4 buttons = 9 functions)
- Default Buttons:
- Top finger button: Left click
- Middle finger button: Middle click
- Bottom finger button: Right click
- Scroll wheel button: Forward
- Top thumb button: Backward
- Bottom thumb button: (no function)
- Available Drivers: Evoluent VerticalMouse drivers
Note: The Mac driver does not work for the VM4L.
- Available Colours:
Standard (Right and Left): Silver buttons, grey housing, blue light for Evoluent logo, green DPI setting indicator.
Small (Right only): Purple buttons, black housing, green light for Evoluent logo, red DPI setting indicator.
- Warranty: 2 years.
Note: These mice come with a "warranty tag" on the cord. If the "warranty tag" is removed, the warranty on that mouse is voided.
- Package Contents: Evoluent VerticalMouse 4, User Guide
- Work With Your Arm: For optimum ergonomic value it is recommended that the majority of your mouse movement be performed with movement coming from the arm. By doing so a neutral alignment of the wrist can be maintained. Finer, small movements can be achieved by slight deflection of the wrist and flexing of the fingers, especially if the mouse sensor speed is set to "High".
- Maintain a Neutral Posture: When working with the Evoluent VerticalMouse you will want to ensure that your worksurface is positioned at a height which maintains a "neutral" or "straight" line through the back of the wrist. Ergonomically this is the ideal posture and may require adjustment of either the worksurface height (where possible) or of your seating height. It is especially important to ensure that the worksurface where the mouse is located is not too high as this will either be forcing the shoulder up unnaturally or the arm will be angled over the rigid edge of the worksurface. Either of these are undesirable and can significantly increase the risk of developing Repetitive Strain Injuries. The vertical orientation which the Evoluent VerticalMouse achieves naturally brings the elbow closer to the body. If you find that your elbow is "flared" out while using the Evoluent you may want to check the height of your desk and lower it if necessary. The other reason for a flared elbow may be the reach across the numeric keypad. There are keyboard options available which either move the numeric keypad to the left or totally eliminate it for those who make limited use of the numeric keypad or who can learn to employ the standard upper rank numeric keys on the keyboard.
- Take Breaks: One of the most common causes of RSI is the "repetitive" nature of the actions undertaken. Extensive mousing (or keyboarding) without breaks can be the trigger which releases a full-blown RSI. Even the most ergonomic of mice or keyboards cannot change this fact. The Evoluent Mouse Manager Software includes a "Break Reminder" function which you can set to occur on a regular basis throughout the day. A quick stretch or short change of function may be all that is required to avoid possible painful consequences.
- Reduce Your Clicking: Repetitive clicking can be greatly reduced through the options available in the Evoluent Mouse Manager Software. Setting an "auto-click" for either single or double left click can significantly reduce the number of clicks needed to be performed by the fingers. In addition, multiple movements, clicks, and awkward keyboard reaches can be combined to a single click by pre-programming common actions to one of the buttons. Advanced operators can even set "program specific" settings which will automatically apply when switching between various applications.
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