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Review: Microsoft Arc Touch mouse

Over the past couple of days, Neowin got a chance to look at the Microsoft Arc Touch mouse. The small, portable, sleek looking design really gets your attention. The bendable mouse is curved for comfort and lies flat when off for easy storage.

Look and Feel

The overall look of the Arc Touch mouse is very appealing to the eye. This mouse caught my attention, making me want to test this device out. The mouse has a shiny black finish, with a unique small grey stripe for the touch scroll wheel. As stated previously, when in use the mouse is used in its familar curved posistion. When the device is turned off, it lays flat allowing for easy storage. 

Parts of the Arc Touch, like the body, feel really smooth and built with quality, while the front of the mouse has that cheap plastic feel to it. However, there aren't many mice out there that do feel as durable and strong. Compared to other portable mice, this actually feels fairly nice in your hand. 

Functionality and Performance

After using the mouse for a couple of days, I started to get the feel for the device. The tracking on my wood desk was slightly off, when compared to my Microsoft wireless laser mouse 7000. There was some steady issues while using programs like Photoshop, and if you have ever used Photoshop, you know exactly how important accuracy and smooth fluid movements are.

The performance of the Arc Touch really depends on how much interference is between the mouse and nano snap-in transceiver. The mouse features a 2.4Ghz 30-foot wireless range, more than an ample range for you to work with on your laptop or even desktop computer. 

The mouse doesn't stack up when compared to the Microsoft wireless mouse 7000, but it is on the same level of performance, if not more, than the Microsoft wireless BlackTrack laptop mouse (3500).

The under belly of the mouse has a simple, yet very effective feature, a magnet. The magnet allows you to stick your nano transceiver to its belly, giving you more portability without the thought of losing it.

      

Cost and Conclusion

After a quick search on BestBuy.com, the pre-order price for the Microsoft Arc Touch mouse was listed at $69.99 USD, a fair price for the mouse.

My overall thought of the mouse is a fairly positive one. It does take some getting used to, but so do all other mice. This isn't a gaming mouse, if that's what you're in the market for, but it is a fantastic portable laptop mouse. The only real downside to the mouse is the feel.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Lightweight, making it easier to carry around as a portable mouse.
  • Sleek design.
  • Better accuracy than most wireless mice.

Cons:

  • Left and right click buttons feel cheap.
  • Not really suitable as a desktop, gaming mouse.
  • No back and forward buttons
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Not really suitable for desktop use..? I guess I shouldn't get this then unless I want to have a hard time making it work.. I'm currently using a genius wireless mouse. >_> but eh.. testing it wouldn't hurt.

Comparing e-tail to retail is simply a disservice (to both). E-tail's advantages - no salespeople (in most cases, no physical plant), often, sales tax is not charged except for local orders. The one advantage of retail - immediate purchasability and taking delivery (useful for when the need/desire is *immediate*); sometimes, closeouts and inventory reductions can beat e-tail (MicroCenter has actually crushed Newegg on CPUs most of the time; their specials make the whupping even more obvious).

I totally agree with the article. I got the mouse on a cheap through the company, and can't really complain in terms of its style. Not tried playing any games like COD or Battlefield, but I'm not expecting it to be as effective as a gaming mouse, then again its not designed for that purpose. Smooth and slick is the best way to describe it I guess.

ARD.88 said,
I totally agree with the article. I got the mouse on a cheap through the company, and can't really complain in terms of its style. Not tried playing any games like COD or Battlefield, but I'm not expecting it to be as effective as a gaming mouse, then again its not designed for that purpose. Smooth and slick is the best way to describe it I guess.

For the same reasons, *gaming* mice are totally unsatisfactory for productivity use (ever try using a Razer Lachesis in PowerPoint?) I so loathe the idea of *niche* pointing devices (or keyboards, for that matter) unless I have a computer dedicated to that niche. Otherwise, you wind up plugging and unplugging (yuck!).

Jaybonaut said,
Battery life?!

I can't give accurate battery life now, it would just be what Microsoft suggests. I haven't used it enough to go trough two AA batteries yet.

I was able to get my blue arc mouse from newegg.com for 37.62 + shipping and handling ..
I like it so far I configured my side button to use aero flip and use the scroll wheel to go through open windows but when I plugged it in it was defaulted to back button for web browsing. The software what auto installs on plugin goes to windows start up what can be disabled but worth keeping on if you configure your mouse button a lot for gaming or application setups.

Well... I was just woken up by our dog, becauce our security agency guys came here because of fake alarm that occured about an hour ago...

It is weird feeling when you come down to the lit christmas tree while you see the torch light swinging side to side from outside...

(here in Czech Rep we also have the more important part of christmas at Christmas Eve )

smachat said,
Well... I was just woken up by our dog, becauce our security agency guys came here because of fake alarm that occured about an hour ago...

It is weird feeling when you come down to the lit christmas tree while you see the torch light swinging side to side from outside...

(here in Czech Rep we also have the more important part of christmas at Christmas Eve )

And that's relevant to this article how?

OT: good review, I don't like the look of the mouse though. I'll stick with my magic mouse

Mr. Chronopoulos said,

And that's relevant to this article how?

OT: good review, I don't like the look of the mouse though. I'll stick with my magic mouse

It should have been reply to the first reply to the first post Sorry for clicking wrong button...

Tjcrazy said,
Posting a review at 00:59am Christmas Day?
'Neowin, where unprofessional journalism IS better'

lol I'm kind of drunk after some beers and whisky post-christmas celebration here in Sweden (we do that stuff on Christmas Eve not Christmas Day here), so I agree

Tjcrazy said,
Posting a review at 00:59am Christmas Day?
'Neowin, where unprofessional journalism IS better'

There IS other time zones in the world - just FYI.

Majesticmerc said,

I think he meant it as a compliment

I should have guessed. Because technically he was on Neowin at 00:59am on Christmas Day! lol

Sir Ali said,

There ARE*.


I used IS cause he capitalized it lol.


It didn't sound like a compliment, sometimes things aren't translated well over the Internet.