Disabling the obnoxious lights on the Evoluent Vertical Mouse 4

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I've been a fan of the Vertical Mouse for a while now, since the extreme wrist pronation of a conventional horizontal mouse aggravates my wrist. Unfortunately, however, Evoluent saw fit to put a blindingly bright blue lit-up logo on the back of the latest version (much to the delight of absolutely nobody in their target market). This is particularly problematic if you work late or sleep in the same room as your computer (blue light messes with your sleep cycle, hence tools like Redshift).

The offending logo (unlit).

After unplugging my mouse every night for so long, I finally decided to tear the thing apart and see how easy it would be to disable those lights. It turns out this is very easy, you don't even need to desolder anything. There are four screw holes hidden under the label and front pad on the bottom. You don't need to remove the other two pads like I did in the process of figuring this out.

Screw hole locations.

Remove all four screws and the top should come off easily. There are ribbon cables connecting the buttons, though, so don't pull too hard. Now you can see the battery of LEDS.

The seven (!) offending LEDs. When Evoluent shoots for annoying they go full out.

Luckily, this pointless board is connected with a header, so you can simply unplug it, and reassemble the mouse.

Disconnected LED board connector.

Much better.