Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 for Mac (Right-hand)
Before connecting Evoluent VerticalMouse, go to the Applications folder to find and remove any existing Evoluent Mouse Manager and any other mouse software, except touchpad drivers, to avoid software conflict. Go to System Preferences, Bluetooth and click Setup New Device or click the plus sign + to add the mouse. The USB version also includes an additional 2-port USB hub on the keyboard which is especially convenient for connecting a mouse or headphones if your Mac only has a single USB port. Note: 2016 and newer MacBook Pro notebooks have a single USB-C port which requires an adapter to use with any conventional USB keyboard.
- Ergonomic design.
- Multiple buttons for broad functionality.
- Glossy finish.
- Not everyone will appreciate the handshake grip.
- Mac only.
Bottom LineThe Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 for Mac gets an Apple-inspired makeover, with a sleek black shell and the freedom of Bluetooth.
Once you've seen the VerticalMouse, you don't mistake it for anything else. The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 for Mac (Right-Hand)—part of Evoluent's series of ergonomic mice—is designed to put your hand, wrist, and forearm into a neutral handshake position, a position that offers better joint alignment than traditional mice, and thus reducing the joint stress that leads to mouse-related carpal tunnel problems and repetitive stress injuries. Adding a wireless twist to the award winning design of the
As mentioned already, the VerticalMouse design puts your hand into the handshake position, a vertical orientation that prevents the twisting motion caused by more horizontal mice. Other ergonomic mice use different approaches to reducing joint strain. The
While the ergonomic merits of each approach are open for debate, the simple fact remains that the VerticalMouse 4 (for Mac) is comfortable, and the handshake grip isn't uncomfortable. While previous versions of the VerticalMouse have a matte finish, the Mac-specific model has an almost glossy finish, but it's not a huge difference. Our review unit has a white plastic enclosure, being the European model of the VM4 for Mac. Stateside, the same mouse is sold exclusively through the Apple store, and comes in black. Aside from the difference in color, the two models are identical.
The mouse itself has several buttons, far more than you'll find on the
It's also a right-handed mouse, though Evoluent often comes out with a left-handed counterpart to its right-handed VerticalMouse models. Battery life is estimated at three months, which we were not able to confirm during our brief test period.
Features and Performance
The VM4 is a Bluetooth mouse, so there's no dongle to worry about (or lose), but you will need to take an extra step or two when pairing the mouse to your Mac. The process is fairly simple: First, put the AA Battery into the mouse and power it on. Once turned on, it should be discoverable as a Bluetooth device. On your iMac or MacBook open up your system preferences. Under Bluetooth select Add Device, and select the Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 (if not immediately discoverable, try searching for Bluetooth devices). Once paired, the mouse should work right away.
Evoluent does have a downloadable software package, but it's not necessary for regular use. Within the UI you can reassign button functions, adjust cursor speed, and determine how many lines one click of the scroll wheel will go through. While useful for fine tuning, I didn't find much need for the software as the mouse is well configured right out of the box.
The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 for Mac takes the award-winning design of the Editors' Choice VerticalMouse 4, adds sleek Apple-esque colors, untethered with a new Bluetooth design. The new design will look good next to your iMac or MacBook Pro, but without the broad compatibility of the original, the previous, wired VerticalMouse 4 retains its Editors' Choice for ergonomic mice.
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Evoluent Vertical Mouse 4 Drivers
The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 has a patented shape that supports your hand in a relaxed handshake position, yet requires no adaptation period. The Evoluent comes in two sizes, Regular and Small. The Evoluent is compatible with Mac Operating Systems but requires the installation of a downloadable driver to enable programming of the 6 programmable buttons on a Mac.
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