Hot off the heels of another ergonomic vertical mouse review, the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Vertical Wireless mouse came across my desk. I spent a couple of weeks with the mouse and gave it a good look to see how it stands up (pun, as always, intended).
Unboxing the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Vertical was not all that difficult, as the packaging separated nicely to give me access to the device inside. Along with the mouse, you get a USB-A dongle to plug into the computer, and a single AA battery to power the thing. No charging cables or anything here, the Pro Fit Ergo Vertical runs solely on battery power.
Upon sitting down at my laptop to do some work, I immediately noticed the size difference compared to the Logitech MX Vertical. The Pro Fit Ergo Vertical is not quite as box-y and is a fair bit smaller. This was evident by my fingers extending past the edge of the left and right-click buttons, forcing me to bend them in order to utilize the two most important buttons on the mouse.
The Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Vertical wireless mouse features a 6-button design, making it perfect for office use. You have your left and right click, as well as the scroll wheel click, the DPI button (which can be re-mapped along with all the other buttons as well), and the two thumb buttons. I was happy to leave their default functions intact as I would not be using them to play New World or anything else requiring mapping commands to buttons.
“The Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Vertical Wireless mouse features a 6-button design, making it perfect for office use.”
Being an office-intended mouse, the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Vertical features 4 different DPI measures: 800, 1000, 1200, and 1600, so you can set the speed of the mouse to your liking (or as close to it as you can get, anyway). I have always liked this sort of thing about modern mice and its inclusion made it simple to go between a comfortable speed for writing and a different speed for picture editing.
There are a couple of negatives to my experience with the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Vertical Wireless mouse, such as the size. I’m not exactly a short person, I have bigger hands, so the Pro Fit Ergo Vertical was just a little too small for me to use comfortably. I noticed it the most when I had to click the scroll wheel. I would have to move my finger a great distance to get to the wheel on its own, and then press it. A mark against it there if you are a person who has larger hands.
I had a strange occurrence when using the Pro Fit Ergo Vertical, something that I had never encountered before with other mice. When I would have to step away from my desk to go do something, I would come back and the mouse would be, seemingly, asleep. I would have to flip the power switch on and off to get it to come back awake. I found myself forgetting about this repeatedly and became irritated rather quickly because of it.
The other negative to my experience would have to be the actual physical design. Too often I would find myself trying to keep all my fingers on the mouse, as I had done with the MX Vertical, but they just don’t fit. So, both my thumb and pinky fingers would find themselves dragging across the desk, hindering my usage. Kensington says that the battery will last around a year, so you’ll be in good shape in that regard. Its natural, hand-shake positioning will make sure of it.
Overall, the Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Vertical Wireless mouse is not a bad mouse at all. I had a tough experience due to the physical size of the device, while I am sure a person of smaller stature might not have experienced those drawbacks. I can still feel comfortable recommending this particular mouse, as it works really well at what it’s supposed to.