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Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 Smallby Evoluent
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This smaller version of the VerticalMouse 4 is approximately 80% of the size of the standard sized Evoluent VerticalMouse and features the same 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 users. The flange along the bottom of the mouse prevents the fifth finger of the user from dragging on the desk and a uniquely sculpted thumb rest provides comfort and reduced grip force.
Performance based features include an easy-to-access pointer speed control button on the side of the mouse. This allows the user to select between Extra Low, Low, Medium and High, giving them the ability to select the degree of precision required for each task. Six buttons (5 pre-assigned to default commands) can be readily customized if the Microsoft Certified driver is installed.
The small-sized Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 comes in a black housing with purple buttons and is available for right-handed use only.
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 VerticalMouse4 is the appropriate size.
Note: This mouse is also available in a Wireless SMALL for right-handed users as well as Standard Size models for both right-handed and left-handed users.
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.
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” for the thumb to rest in. 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. Users 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 users can still create some wrist extension by flexing their 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 which is put on the tendons and tissue of the forearm when the hand is rotated into the facedown position common in both mousing and keyboarding. This tension is known to commonly manifest in what usually referred to as "tennis elbow", where 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 the user 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
- Users employ the same familiar handhold as with an ordinary mouse (just turned sideways), and the buttons are operated by the same fingers. This virtually eliminates any need to retrain or establish new muscle memory when mousing.
- The mouse does not unintentionally move sideways when clicking with normal force because the thumb naturally opposes the finger movements.
- Pointer control is as accurate as any other high-quality performance mouse with on-mouse adjustable speed controls.
Encourages Load Balancing or Spreading with Software Option
- Mouse Manager (Microsoft Certified) for Windows offers extensive custom, and even contextual, programming options yet is still easy to use through a simple and intuitive interface. Users have 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.
Offers Alternative Clicking Options to Reduce Repetition
- Automatically perform a single or double click by pausing the pointer. The time delay before activation is adjustable. Alternatively, reassign commands to a different button or multiple bottoms to lighten or spread the clicking load. Note:
Evoluent Mouse Manager Software required.
Provides Alternatives to Static Strain For Click-Drag Operations
- 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
- Set up visual and/or audio alerts to remind you to take a break. Note:
Evoluent Mouse Manager Software required.
- Adjustable Laser Sensor: Pointer speed buttons on the side allow convenient adjustment without even changing hand position on the mouse.
- Pointer Speed Indicators: Top mounted LEDs show through the housing on the chrome thumb rest to indicate selected pointer speed from extra low to high.
- 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 notebook battery power.
- Useful and Intuitive Driver: Mouse Manager (Microsoft Certified) for Windows provides extensive configuration options and is still easy to use through a simple and intuitive interface.
- Shape: Improved softer contouring makes for a more comfortable fit. This Small version of the Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 is designed to provide comfort for users will smaller hands. The smaller dimensions combine with a deeper and slightly angled indentation for the thumb to eliminate or reduce the pressure in the web of the hand which those with smaller hands can encounter when attempting to use the Standard size Evoluent VerticalMouse 4.
- Scroll Wheel: Grooved soft rubber with tactile detents.
- Finger Flange: The significantly larger finger flange prevents the fifth finger from dragging on desk.
- Speed Toggle: Move up or down through the 4 pointer speed settings with easy-to-access side button and clearly visible indicator.
- Application Dependent Buttons: Create customized button programming which automatically take effect depending on which application is active. Note: Installation of the Evoluent Mouse Manager is required for any custom programming.
- Design: Improved sensor coupled with the light button activation force for which the Evoluent is known. Button action and vertical scroll wheel movement is smooth, consistent and precise. Improved contours provides greater comfort and a more relaxed grip.
- Relaxed Handshake Position: The ergonomic contoured shape supports the hand in a natural handshake position that eliminates forearm twisting. Users employ the same familiar grip as with an ordinary mouse, but 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 body where one holds the mouse has a polyurethane coating, allowing the user to have complete control of the mouse just by resting one's hand on it — practically eliminating the need to grip the mouse.
- Light Tactile Buttons: The buttons on the VerticalMouse take about half the force of traditional mice to click, so your fingers won't get tired with the high frequency of clicking required in today's computer applications. The button force is light for easy clicking, but still retains sufficient tactile firmness to avoid accidental actuation.
- Six Buttons: The VerticalMouse 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: Automatically perform a single or double click by pausing the pointer. The time delay before activation is adjustable. Note: Installation of the Evoluent Mouse Manager software is required for access to this function.
- Click Lock (or Drag Lock): Press and hold a button momentarily to simulate continued pressing without holding down the button. The time delay before activation is adjustable. Note: Installation of the Evoluent Mouse Manager software is required for access to this function.
- Break Reminder: Set up visual and/or audio alerts to remind you to take a break. Note: Installation of the Evoluent Mouse Manager software is required for access to this function.
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VerticalMouse 4 Small
VerticalMouse Small, Closeup of Speed Toggle LED Indicator
VerticalMouse 4 Small, Hand Orientation
VerticalMouse 4 Small, Closeup of Backlit Evoluent Logo at Back of Mouse
VerticalMouse 4 Small, Driver Screen Capture
VerticalMouse 4 Small, Ergonomics Behind Vertical Orientation
Width: 3.2" (8.1 cm)
Depth: (front to back) | 4.1" (10.5 cm)
Height: 3.0" (7.5 cm
Weight: 125 grams
Cord Length: 82" (2.1 m)
- Laser resolution: Extra low, low, medium,
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10; 32 bit and 64 bit versions
- Downloadable Microsoft Certified Evoluent Mouse Manager software for programming all 6 buttons available for Windows OS
Fixed button functions without a driver.
- Evoluent Mouse Manager software available on the Evoluent download page may be used to program the buttons.
Fixed button functions without a driver. Third party drivers are available for some versions of Linux.
- Interface: USB (not compatible with
PS/2 adapters or KVM
- 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
- 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: For PC:
- 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 Mouse Manager software
- Colour: Purple buttons, black
housing, green light for
Evoluent logo, red DPI
- 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 SMALL, User Guide
- Sizing guide: The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 Small is for hands less than about 7" (17.8 cm) long from the tip of the middle finger to the wrist crease. To see if VM4S fits you,
a full-size pdf of this drawing, print it and put your hand on it. If your hand is the same size or smaller than the drawing, VM4S may fit you better than the regular VM4R.
- Work With Your Arm: For optimum ergonomic value we recommend 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 the height of the chair. 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 users 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" natural 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 the left or right clicks 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 users can even set "program specific" settings which will automatically apply when switching between various applications.
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