Last Updated on July 9, 2023
A mouse is an indispensable part of using most modern computers. It’s hard to do anything on a PC, Mac, or Chromebook without pointing and clicking to get there, and unless you have a mouse — or, in the case of a laptop or Chromebook, a touchpad — it’s going to be difficult, if not impossible, to do everything you need to do. Even on devices with a trackpad, or those with a touchscreen, a mouse can still be a valuable instrument for precision work. If you’re a serious PC gamer, a quality mouse is required equipment.
Modern computer mice date back to the 1960s, and they have undergone a number of evolutions and developments in the succeeding decades. Those evolutions have included changes to make mice more versatile, adaptable, efficient, and comfortable. That last point is no small thing; I’ve personally known people who have had carpal tunnel surgery after repetitive use of keyboards and mice, and while the surgery has come a long way over the years, it’s still not something people want, especially if their livelihood depends on it.
Vertical mice have emerged as a more ergonomic alternative to a traditional mouse. Vertical mice are designed to be more comfortable and less prone to putting the hand in positions that create strain and pain. They’re not for everyone: not everyone likes the feel of a vertical mouse, and if you’re a lefty who uses a mouse in your left hand (I’m a lefty but I use my mouse in my right hand) there aren’t many options out there. For those searching for a right-hand-use mouse and relief from mouse hand pain, though, vertical mice can be worth a look.
Aldi sells small electronics throughout the year, most of them under the Medion and Bauhn labels. Recently I saw that the German grocer was selling a vertical wireless mouse under the former name.
What We Know:
The Medion Wireless Vertical Mouse (Product Code: 707012) is an Aldi Find, which means you can only find it in stores for a short time. Once it’s sold out, you won’t be able to find it again in stores until it returns, whenever that might be. Because Aldi doesn’t ship products online, if you can’t find it in stores, you’re out of luck.
At the time of this post, the mouse retails for $19.99. That’s cheaper than most vertical wireless mice I can find online, and in some cases it’s a lot cheaper.
Most wireless mice out there right now connect the mouse to the computer by way of a 2.4 GHz dongle that plugs into a USB port. These devices are usually pretty plug-and-play, and settings are usually simple enough to handle within the operating system.
Here’s more information about the wireless mouse, according to Aldi:
- Available in Black or White
- Ergonomically designed for maximum comfort of wrist and thumb
- Features advanced optical sensor technology with selectable DPI: 800/1200/1600
- Wireless up to 33′
- Includes five buttons and scroll wheel
- Offers low power mode and on/off switch
- Battery included
What We Don’t Know:
We haven’t yet tested this specific model, so we don’t know how easy setup will ultimately be, how good the connection and battery life are, how responsive it is, or how long it will last. We’ve created this open thread for users to share their experiences.
Do you have experience with this mouse? Let us know in the comments.