Logitech’s Lift vertical mouse feels great but gets dirty fast

A photo of the Logitech Lift

The Logitech Lift is a solid vertical mouse, but it’s too susceptible to finger grease.
Photo: Florence Ion/Gizmodo

My dolls are killing me. It’s probably due to getting older, but I also have carpal tunnel due to years of poor posture and ergonomics. Ever since I started working from home, long before the pandemic hit, I’ve been hunched over, lifting keyboards and monitors the wrong way, and wielding the wrong kind of mouse. the logitech elevator It couldn’t have come at a better time.

This vertical mouse is my first time using one, but it feels like a good entry point into the world of better ergonomics. While I had a bout of wrist pain before calling this mouse in for a review, things improved exponentially once I switched to the Lift from another Logitech mouse, the G305. The G305 is a solid wireless mouse, but I had to face the reality that aesthetics weren’t something I could continue to prioritize without adding to the cost of my body.

Fortunately, with Lift’s cute colors and modern styling, I don’t have to compromise on looks for ergonomics. After several weeks of use, I can’t wait to sit down with the Logitech Lift to end the day. Its handshake-style grip gives my fingers a lot more room to breathe. The only major downside to this $70 vertical mouse is that it’s not resistant to finger grease. Now I have to find a way to clean it.

What does Logitech Lift look like?

The Logitech Lift Vertical Mouse is a sibling to Logitech’s MX Vertical Mouse, so it comes from solid stock. However, the Lift is smaller, which makes it more comfortable for smaller hands (Logitech has a size finder for mice if you’re curious if this will fit your grip). It also comes in a range of colors, including pink, which you see here, graphite, and pale grey. There is also a specific model for lefties, although that one only comes in graphite.

The Logitech Lift has quiet left and right click buttons, which is not something I felt would be a selling point for this particular peripheral. But they are so smooth when you press on them, which is perfect for the ergonomic nature of this mouse. Other buttons include a clickable scroll wheel, which I use with my index finger to scan the pages, and a small button below it that adjusts the DPI. Logitech also includes two thumb buttons pre-programmed as Forward and Back for navigation.

The mouse itself moves smoothly on most surfaces. I used the Lift on a cloth desk mat, which seems adequate, though you’ll have to get into the crevices of the underside of the mouse with a toothpick to clean. There is already accumulated garbage in there from my weeks of use.

A photo of the Logitech Lift

I present to you: the filth in question.
Photo: Florence Ion/Gizmodo

Speaking of dirt, since you’re cradling this thing all day, prepare for a greasy shadow on your hands that will show up after weeks of use. True, I eat on my desktop, which probably contributed to the buildup. I also cradle my face when I think, and use tinted moisturizer every day, so it seems inevitable. At least I didn’t realize it was happening until I sat down to write this review. Now that I know it’s there, I want to figure out how to get it out.

Logitech has a useful page on cleaning your peripherals, but I’m still struggling to get some traction in the dirt. I checked with a friend of mine who reviews devices, and they also noticed a little film on their respective review unit. Part of the problem is that half of the mouse is rubberized, so it’s like a bonding agent for grease and skin lotions. I didn’t see as much residue on the matte half of the mouse.

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A photo of the Logitech Lift

The Logitech Lift’s pink color is quite beautiful in person, despite the dirt on my hands.
Photo: Florence Ion/Gizmodo

The dirt on my Logitech Lift review unit is concentrated around the parts where you grip the hardest: the thumb and forefinger. Since this is a vertical mouse, that’s where you’ll find your movements are focused, rather than moving your wrist left and right like you would with a standard mouse. Instead, it feels like you’re drawing a big picture with a handy tool.

It took me a while to adjust to the logitech elevator. When I first laid my hands on it, I immediately regretted it, because it was a very different feeling than what I was used to. But after a week or so, I began to feel more comfortable with the movements required to operate a mouse like this.

Using Logitech Lift is like moving a pen on a WACOM tablet. It works best with small, subtle movements, and every little twist of the wrist will immediately be reflected on the screen. While I love Logitech Lift for general navigation and work purposes, I still find myself a bit limited when moving between narrow menu items or adjusting a slider in programs like Adobe Lightroom. I definitely wouldn’t use this mouse for gaming and would instead go back to one of my original carpal tunnel offenders, the wired Logitech G203.

A photo of a person using a Logitech Lift mouse

I use my index finger to scroll through the pages with Logitech Lift.
Photo: Florence Ion/Gizmodo

The confusing situation of Logitech software

I have reviewed several different Logitech peripherals in the past. Each time, I’m confused about which of the company’s many apps I should use to get things done the way I like. I currently have six Logitech-made apps installed on my Windows machine to control all my different devices. include Logitech G Hub for your gaming peripherals, Logitech capture for my webcams, and Logitech Options to fit other Logitech keyboards and mice I’ve tried. Now, I have to round it all up with the log bolt driver and Registration Options+ for Logitech Lift.

Anyway, the sheer number of programs is very confusing. I already had the Logi Bolt software installed when I checked the Logitech POP keyboardso I didn’t get the prompt to install Logi Options+, an app that will presumably replace Logitech Options at some point.

A screenshot of the Logi Options+ software on PC

Logi Options+ software is easy to use, but the whole situation of Logitech software within its ecosystem is still confusing.
Screenshot: Florence Ion/Gizmodo

I like the look of the Logi Options+ software, and the program makes it easy to click on the parts of the mouse that I want to customize. The DPI button between the left and right mouse click is not programmed by default, so pressing it won’t affect your cursor speed unless you go to Options + and adjust it. You can change the cursor speed in 100 DPI increments, although it lists it in percentage points. The maximum speed of the Elevator is 4000 DPI. If you wanted to use it for gaming, you could.

A good but dirty mouse

    A photo of a person cradling the Logitech Lift

This mouse and I have already done a lot of work for this website.
Photo: Florence Ion/Gizmodo

Logitech promises up to 24 months of battery life on one AA battery for the Lift. It’s been a month and I’m still at 100% when connected via the Bolt USB receiver. The Lift offers Bluetooth connectivity and can switch between three different computers or tablets at once.

Logitech Lift inspired me to move things around my office so it wouldn’t hurt at the end of the workday. I have since upgraded to a better keyboard and keys and traded the small desk for a larger one that is attached with a crane. Things are improving, although there is always room for improvement. And while the Logitech Lift hasn’t eliminated my pain, the physical act of moving my arm around the desk to control my computer means I’m taking the pressure off my sore wrist.

Logitech Lift won’t appeal to everyone. Reading other reviews, larger hands seem to have a harder time adjusting to the Lift, its size and where the buttons are in relation to where the fingers land. But for me, it has been a boon to my productivity and comfort in my work-from-home lifestyle. And it comes in a color that matches the rest of the stuff on my desk.

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