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Mouse Madness: Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse Review


 Ergonomic wireless mice! They look funny, but allegedly they help your hand and wrist not hurt so much. I use this wireless mouse for my laptop since about 2021. They don't come in a nice variety of colors and patterns like tiny Logitech mice, but they also don't break when I drop them.

My previous ergonomic mouse was a random shape with the company name Jelly Roll slapped on it. Now, the company name it bears is iClever, giving more credence to the theory of the glorified dropshipping warehouse that is Amazon.

To its credit, so far, I like it a more than the Anker, at least physically.  They may also be called vertical mice, although they look a bit more like Alienware towers than these.

 The Jelly Comb (Right) is a little bigger, with back and forward buttons are placed more naturally for a thumb to click. The clicks are not as loud.

Anker is on the left.

However, the JellyComb would randomly stop working, despite having batteries and lights indicating all systems go. The lights were on, but nobody was home. It wouldn't move the cursor around the screen or click without me pounding the button.

So, it was a funky looking fellow with a lack of usability in its older age.

I like the shape of the Anker -- Which you can find here -- and how the LED light is displayed through a stripe on the side.

The Anker is a little smaller, which would be okay if it didn't have a matte coating on it that makes my hands slide down the mouse. It may wear away over time with use, but how will it feel then?

Amount of times I almost dropped this mouse to get this photo = 4


I've accidentally knocked it off my table or desk several times. It's very slippery. On the table, there is a little ledge above the Anker logo that helps your palm bone rest.

After a week of use, the Anker is fine. My pinkie isn't scraping the table and my right thumb isn't cramped. One thing I find is that, on certain sites, if I click something and there's a popup, the mouse will virtually hold the button and highlight a lot of text. After further testing (using other mice, a keypad, etc.), it's a fluke with the site, not the mouse.

The mouse takes 2 AAA Batteries -- And it certainly doesn't use them efficiently. In less than 2 months of ownership, I already had to change them once. JC did last longer, but Anker did make it right.


Overall, it works. I like the style and the LED light on the side. I wish it was a touch bigger and had some low ridges to get a better grip.

EDIT: 09/12 -- For quite a while, it's been skipping and retracting on lines with the scroll wheel; See the Loom video here. It causes a serious pain in my hand to fight the thing.


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