Logitech’s MX Vertical turns the company’s best mouse on its head

Logitech’s latest mouse doesn’t quite flip the idea of a mouse upside-down, but at a 57-degree angle off a desk, it’s certainly closer than most. The MX Vertical takes the same design and performance cues as the rest of Logitech’s MX line, but puts it in a more ergonomic, vertical mouse form factor.

The entire design of the MX Vertical is meant to reduce strain and movement. According to Logitech, the tilted shape can reduce muscular activity by up to 10 percent compared to a regular mouse, and the sensor supports up to 4,000 DPI to negate the need to physically move the mouse as much. There’s also a dedicated button on top of the MX Vertical that allows users to easily adjust between higher and lower DPI settings with a single press, along with the option to press and drag the mouse for finer adjustments.

I’ve had the chance to use the MX Vertical for a few days, and while I’m still not sure if a vertical mouse is quite for me, the build quality and design are on par with the rest of Logitech’s top-tier mice.

It’s not the first time Logitech has merged its premium mouse line with an oddly designed mouse — while the flagship MX Master 2S and MX Anywhere 2S look like your average mouse, the trackball-style MX Ergo that the company introduced last year fits right alongside the MX Vertical. And like the other MX mice, the MX Vertical also supports Logitech’s Flow software, making it simple to use it with multiple devices.

Logitech is promising up to four months of battery life off a single charge — and unlike all the other mice in the MX lineup, the MX Vertical finally charges via USB-C, which gives me the personal reassurance that I am apparently not just shouting about cable standards into an empty, unfeeling void all the time.

The MX Vertical will cost $99.99 when it ships in September, with preorders available today on Logitech’s website.

Logitech is acquiring Blue Microphones for $117 million in cash

Logitech is making a big purchase to secure a foothold in high-end audio recording. Tonight, the company announced that it’s acquiring Blue Microphones for $117 million. The all-cash transaction will result in Blue, known for USB condenser microphones including the Snowball and Yeti, joining Logitech’s existing portfolio of brands. Aside from Logitech and Logitech G, the company also owns Astro Gaming, Jaybird, and Ultimate Ears. Yeah, it’s putting together quite the roster.

“For Logitech, this is a new space,” the company wrote in its blog post announcing the deal. “But, at the same time, it’s not at all. Gamers are already using our Logitech G webcams to stream. People are video calling with friends and family thanks to Logitech every day. And in business, our audio and video know-how is apparent every time a video meeting takes place at the office. Joining up with Blue and their microphone lines is a logical adjacent opportunity with great synergies.”

Founded in 1995, Blue sells microphones that range in price from $60 to over $4,000 (for studio-grade hardware), and they’re used by podcasters, musicians, and any other consumers who need higher-fidelity audio than what they get from the built-in microphones on their devices. Now, after dropping a heap of cash on the company, Logitech will do its best to make sure Blue’s devices become just as essential as its own wireless keyboards and mice.