Microsoft officially announces the Arc Touch Mouse, due in December

Microsoft has officially unveiled its latest mouse, the Arc Touch.

Details of the Arc Touch Mouse began surfacing in early July as several European retailers began publishing listings for a "Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse". Company officials registered arctouchmouse.com on Tuesday March 30 this year. Neowin exclusively revealed in August that the device would be announced in September.

“The reasons people need external mice will not change: comfort and precision. The Arc Touch Mouse just demonstrates again how committed Microsoft is to continuing to bring great new mice to consumers,” said Brett Ostrum, general manager for the Hardware Group at Microsoft.

The mouse is the result of a Microsoft Research program dubbed "Mouse 2.0". The project detailed different designs for a prototype multi-touch mouse and one of the prototypes looks similar to the current Microsoft Arc Mouse. Microsoft officials published a research PDF paper in October 2009 which contained pictures of a possible multi touch mouse. Microsoft plans to introduce the mouse as a cheap alternative to costly touch displays for use with Windows 7. It's understood this is a basic implementation of touch and will likely not support multi-touch initially. It will retail at $69.95 and be available sometime in December.

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techbeck said,
Looks cool. I will order one for work probably....dont want to waste my $$ if its crap.
On an unrelated note, just scanned your avatar in Google Goggles, and was... disappointed, haha.

Simon said,
On an unrelated note, just scanned your avatar in Google Goggles, and was... disappointed, haha.

Because I made you look? I have gotten a lot of PMs about that...haha

Simon said,
On an unrelated note, just scanned your avatar in Google Goggles, and was... disappointed, haha.

What does it link to? I haven't got an Android phone, so I can't check for myself.

MightyJordan said,

What does it link to? I haven't got an Android phone, so I can't check for myself.

It just says "Made you look!" Nothing special

techbeck said,
Looks cool. I will order one for work probably....dont want to waste my $$ if its crap.

Nice avatar, you've made me check it.

Still don't think such basic touch functionality warrants a "touch" in the name. Not even close to competing with the Magic Mouse touch-wise (although ergonomically, it's not difficult to surpass it - still love my Magic Mouse anyway).

I think the fact that it flattens is far more relevant than the touch features.

I kind of dig it. Though $65 seems a bit pricey. There's a lot of detailed into just posted at Microsoft's hardware site:
http://www.microsoft.com/hardw...ProductDetails.aspx?pid=123

I like that they replaced the scroll wheel with touch technology.
Interesting they say "Flatten to Pack" - inferring this is more of a travel/mobile device?
Also, I think they missed a significant opportunity by having it turn off when flat. If it was on when flat, it would double nicely as a presentation clicker.

dmoles said,
I kind of dig it. Though $65 seems a bit pricey. There's a lot of detailed into just posted at Microsoft's hardware site:
http://www.microsoft.com/hardw...ProductDetails.aspx?pid=123

I like that they replaced the scroll wheel with touch technology.
Interesting they say "Flatten to Pack" - inferring this is more of a travel/mobile device?
Also, I think they missed a significant opportunity by having it turn off when flat. If it was on when flat, it would double nicely as a presentation clicker.

All the "Arc" mouses are for traveling, which is why the original ones fold up to save space and I guess this one flattens.

Killa Aaron said,

yep

If you spend $60 on a mouse that's probably between 5% and 10% of the purchase price of your laptop/computer. I think that's an amount well worth spending on one the the main interfaces with your computer. It never fails to amaze me how some people will use a cheap $5 mouse / keyboard with their PC.

It's like: buying a Ferrari and then putting the cheapest nastiest budget tyres on it.

kev_gordon said,

If you spend $60 on a mouse that's probably between 5% and 10% of the purchase price of your laptop/computer. I think that's an amount well worth spending on one the the main interfaces with your computer. It never fails to amaze me how some people will use a cheap $5 mouse / keyboard with their PC.

It's like: buying a Ferrari and then putting the cheapest nastiest budget tyres on it.


I don't think the point here is buying a better quality accessory, but about the job it does: this mouse does little more than a standard mouse you can pick up for $15. I do not mind paying $60 for the Magic Mouse for example, because of it's multi-touch capabilities.

Likening the Ferrari metaphor: this is not a case of buying crappy tires for a very good quality car and therefore hampering the experience/performance; it's more as if the only difference between the $50 and $500 tires was the Ferrari logo, with little difference in performance.

osx86 said,
reminds me of womens high heel shoes or maxi pads

Was that comment meant to be on an iPad thread? High heel shoes maybe, but a maxi pad?

Cool. I love the original Arc, so I'll be getting this to replace that (I spilled iced tea on it repeatedly... LOL)... But I was holding off until this came out. I can't wait.

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