Dec 18

I'm no Microsoft peripherals/hardware fanatic, but one thing that this company does consistently seem to get right are their mice.  Case in point is the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - though it seems to get mixed reviews on functionality, but high points for overall design and appearance, I find it functional, comfortable, and stylish.

Functionally, the Arc Touch Mouse stands up well against all of the normal day-to-day tasks that I ask of it - including standard office tasks, development, web browsing, and light graphics work.  The BlueTrack sensor permits more reliable, less jittery use on traditionally less mouse-friendly surfaces such as reflective table tops, fabric, and uneven surfaces.  The same sensor technology makes this mouse very easy on battery life - running the same set of AAA batteries, I've yet to replace them after nearly six months of daily use.  The virtual scroll wheel gives user feedback through a tapping sensation - I find it both accurate, and true to its physical cousin.  The mouse un-arcs (i.e.: flattens) to turn it off, and for portability.  This mouse comes with a low profile USB receiver that can be left in the computer, or "sticks" to the bottom of the flattened mouse magnetically for storage.

From the standpoint of comfort, the Arc Touch Mouse has taken some criticism over its light weight, and untraditional form factor.  I find neither the weight, nor the form factor to be limiting or compromising in any way.  In fact, the shape of the Arc Touch is very well suited, I think, to a user looking for a standard desktop mouse feel while retaining portability.  The rubberized coating over the rear-half of the mouse keeps it fully in-hand while (again) the BlueTrack sensor keeps the mouse responsive under most any condition.

Appearance - well, there aren't many mice that can compare in elegance of design to the Arc Touch.  It lends itself well to pairing with any modern computer.  The shape and less-is-more design of the mouse makes it rather fetching, and a real conversation piece.

What would I change?  Only one thing - the sensitivity of the left and right mouse buttons, while fine, is only fine at the upper confines of the respective buttons.  Moving the button sensors down just a little further (toward the user's wrist), such that the sweet spot for a left or right click was approximately one inch from the front of the mouse, would make it just a little more functional.

Finally, I purchased my Arc Touch Mouse on an open-box discount at Best Buy for just under $50.  They can be purchased for less via Amazon, but are still at the upper reaches of what a two button mouse "should" cost.  This is no gamer's mouse - look elsewhere if you require multitudes of buttons and programmability.  However, if you're shopping for a highly portable mouse with strong basic functionality, do consider the Arc Touch.

Arc Touch Mouse

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