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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Review

Coolest mobile mouse ever?

Sep 9 2010, 1:44pm CDT | by

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Review
 
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Typically if I think a peripheral like a mouse or a keyboard is cool, that is because it is aimed at the gamer. Today I am checking out what may be the coolest mouse ever and it has nothing to do with PC gaming. The mouse is called the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse. The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is aimed at the notebook user wanting a compact mouse that works well to take with them on the road. Read on for all of the details.

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Specifications

The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse uses the BlueTrack sensor technology for accuracy and tracking on just about any surface. The mouse uses the MS nano transceiver and has a very cool fold flat design that turns the mouse off for transport. The mouse has two buttons and a touch strip for scroll functions. Microsoft will ship the mouse this month for about $69.

In Use

As soon as I pulled the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse out of the box, I knew it was the coolest mouse ever. The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse comes out of the package in a long flat form that is about a half inch thick at the front where the sensor is and about a quarter of an inch thick in the rear. When flat the mouse looks very uncomfortable. To turn the mouse and on and use it all you have to do is grab the rear of the mouse near the logo and pull the back of the mouse down until you hear a click. That turns on the battery power for the mouse and makes the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse into a more traditional mouse shape.

Microsoft did an excellent job with the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse, it feels great in the hand. The size is just about perfect for a portable mouse and when you want to pack it away all you have to do is press the mouse to flatten it out. The flat profile is very thin making it easy to fit the Arc Touch into a notebook bag or brief case.

Microsoft doesn’t say what the sensitivity of the mouse is, but from using it I would put it at 800 to 1200 dpi. It is plenty sensitive for most users. The mouse has two actual buttons that click with nice tactile feel and feedback on for the left and right mouse buttons. Where you would normally find a scroll wheel, the Arc Touch Mouse has a rectangular touch sensor.

The sensor lets you touch the top or bottom sections to scroll up and down on screens and documents. You can flick your finger on the sensor to start fast continuous scrolling and then tap again to stop the scroll action. The center of the touch strip is also a touch sensitive area and you can bind whatever controls you want to the area using the software.

If you are worried that the folding action will wear the mouse out quickly Microsoft claims that the mouse was folded more than 40,000 times during testing without issue. That works out to years of real world use. The BlueTrack sensor is very accurate and worked in testing on any surface but a mirror. This little mouse is simply fantastic and performs as well as it looks. The touch sensors do take some getting used to. I activated the fast scroll a few times when all I wanted to do was drop down a few lines on the page.

Verdict

Pros

  • Awesome design
  • Nano receiver
  • Comfortable in the hand

Cons

  • Touch sensors for scroll take getting used to
 

Conclusion

The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is my new favorite portable mouse. The Arc Touch looks good, performs very well, and is very comfortable covering all the bases for a portable mouse.

9.5
10
 
 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
Shane can be contacted directly at shane@i4u.com.

 

 

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