The new Evoluent Vertical Mouse 4: Left Hand Wired Mouse VM4L offers new features that add to the popular Evoluent vertical mouse design. Evoluent Vertical Mice VM4L now include a more contoured shape to better fit users' hands, the option to change cursor speed without changing your grip on the mouse, and a sleep mode to conserve notebook battery power.
The Evoluent Vertical Mouse is by and far our best selling mouse and represents an excellent value. For starters, it is the only approved ergonomic mouse of University of California at Berkeley. The Evoluent Vertical Mouse 2 was evaluated in 2007 by a team at the health services clinic in UC Berkeley, including medical doctors, physical therapists, ergonomists, and administrators. It was found to be comfortable and easily adapted to, and the Evoluent Vertical Mice promote a neutral wrist and forearm posture. It is the only vertical type mouse approved for staff use within UC Berkeley and for sale in the campus store.
Features - Evoluent Vertical Mouse 4: Left Hand Wired Mouse VM4L
Six programmable buttons give users more versatility for personalized mouse functions
Pointer speed buttons now located on the side allow convenient adjustment without ever changing your grip on the mouse - up to 4 speeds
Design is more comfortable & carefully sculpted for uncompromised comfort
Larger flange for your pinky to rest and relax on while mousing
Updated internal software technology comes standard in new version
Evoluent Mouse 4 is made from 30% recycled plastic
Illuminated features turn off to indicate when the mouse is in sleep mode
The Human Solution requested that the creator of the Evoluent Vertical Mouse give us his perspective. We met up with him at the the 2008 National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas and filmed this live. This video review will show you the Evoluent Vertical Mouse 3 in action, and its innovative design is explained by the man who designed the mouse. Enjoy.
The Evoluent Vertical Mouse is designed to encourage an arm neutral position, much like a handshake. Many users find this completely eliminates their wrist pain.
By comparison, an ordinary mouse twists your forearm into an unnatural and uncomfortable position- especially if you spend long hours at a computer. A small lip on the VM4L keeps your little finger from dragging on the mousing surface.
The Evoluent Vertical Mouse features six easily programmable buttons which can function differently in different programs. For example, you can program the same button to mean "double click" in one program and "back" in another.
The vertical mouse is sized to fit most people comfortably; your thumb opposes your finger action so the mouse doesn't move sideways when you click the buttons.
Evoluent VM4L Mouse Features
Six programmable buttons with 59 selectable functions each, plus special features such as:
Vertical scroll- press a button and drag the mouse to scroll with greater precision and control than the scroll wheel
Auto click- automatically perform a double click by pausing the pointer
Click lock - press and hold a button momentarily to simulate continued pressing without holding down a button
Plug and play - these ergonomic mice include drivers for all 6 programmable buttons in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7; driver for Mac OS X 10.4.5 does not offer programmable button features without Shareware drivers from the Evoluent web site
Repositioning- The vertical mouse can be repositioned without moving the pointer: simply tilt it slightly to disable tracking, then slide it without moving the pointer
Special Evoluent Vertical Mouse VM4L Functions (XP Pro, XP Home, Vista 32 only)
Speed toggle- cycle among up to three pointer speed settings with a keyboard shortcut or mouse button; for example: a high speed for ordinary tasks, and a slow speed for graphic design work
Auto click- automatically perform a single or double click by pausing the pointer, and it includes an adjustable time delay for activation
Click lock- press and hold a button momentarily to simulate continued pressing without holding down the button with an adjustable time delay for activation
Break Reminder- visual and/or audio alerts to remind you to take a break
Evoluent Vertical Mouse VM4L Specifications
Gaming grade infrared sensor tracks more accurately on more surfaces than a laser sensor
Variable resolution, from 800-2600 dpi, can be changed easily by moving a switch located on the side of the mouse (offers 2600, 1800, 1300 dpi - most mice are 800 dpi or less)
Optical scroll with detents (clicks)
Small lip on lower edge keeps your little finger off the mousing surface
Programmable buttons allow for different functions in different programs
Completely new electrical design and new internal mechanical design for improved fit and feel, as well as improved reliability
6.6ft long cord with USB connector
Dimensions: 3 1/2" W x 4 3/8" D x 3 1/4" H
Warranty: 2 years
Evoluent Vertical Mouse VM4L Compatibility
Includes driver for Windows XP Pro, XP Home and Vista 32 for programming all six buttons
Does not require driver- the Vertical Mouse 4 still has basic functionality without it
Uses USB port only- not compatible with PS2
Allows for two buttons (left and right click) and a scroll wheel in OS-X 10.4.5 or newer without a Shareware driver available on Evoluent web site
Requires USB port
Incorporates all six buttons in XFree 4.0.1 or higher and Knoppix Linux 3.9 or higher without a driver: left click (top), right click (middle), middle click (bottom), middle click (wheel) and right click (thumb)
Requires USB port
Not compatible with Unix
Professor Ergo's Thoughts:
Simply put- when users try this mouse, they love it. We have sold this mouse for years, and no other ergonomic mouse or input device has had nearly the positive consumer reaction this mouse has had. Over half of our staff uses this mouse for four main reasons: it is easy to use, feels good in your hand, works well, and helps reduce fatigue and pain in the wrist and hand. When a customer calls and asks for an ergonomic mouse they can try, I show them the Evoluent. We often recommend the Evoluent mouse in combination with the pronation-reducing Goldtouch or Kinesis keyboards as an excellent ergonomic keyboard and mouse combination.
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