Often Microsoft name is widely associated with software and Operating System and many doesn’t know Microsoft also manufactures some of the cool hardware products for PC such as keyboard, mice, webcam, headsets and Microsoft LifeCam HD webcam is quite popular amongst podcasters. In wireless keyboard and mouse category Microsoft has some of the best ergonomic and travel friendly products & Microsoft Arc Touch mouse is one of them.
Today we got the chance to review Microsoft Arc Touch mouse. To start with review, Microsoft Arc Touch mouse comes in nice small red box package. The box contains Arc touch mouse, two alkaline AAA size batteries, USB transceiver and a product guide. Unfortunately Product guide isn’t useful in describing Arc mouse usage or even providing any definitive steps of installation. The USB based nano transceiver was tuck to the back of mouse with the help of magnet; we must say it is quite innovative and creative idea to keep transceivers handy while travelling.
Microsoft Arc Mouse
First time when you take out Arc Touch mouse out of the box you will be surprised with its flatness and compact design. It has nice soft rubbery material at the second half which provides nice gripe for hands and has regular mouse design at the front however one change, instead of roller for scrolling Arc Touch mouse has flat touch scroll pad.
Microsoft Arc Mouse uses Microsoft Blue Track technology which offers same performance and experience on any type of surface including rough wood surface or your living room carpet except clear glass or mirrored surfaces.
Arc Touch mouse has pretty good range support, you can use mouse up to 30 feet away from nano transceiver. You can turn on Arc Touch mouse by just bending mouse in to curve. As soon as Arc Touch mouse is turned on a green LED light will turn on for brief moment at top of Arc touch mouse which is good indicator of mouse is on.
The installation of Microsoft Arc Touch mouse looked complicated initially but it wasn’t at all. You just need to insert batteries and connect transceivers to PC or Laptop and you are good to go, though you do need Internet connection for Windows to download required drivers for Arc Touch mouse operation. Being Microsoft product you really don’t need to research on drivers as Windows will automatically start downloading drivers as soon as you connect transceiver to PC/Laptop and Arc Touch is on.
Unfortunately apart from scroll pad there is no substantial difference between Arc Touch mouse and any regular mouse. Scroll pad does offers handy way of scrolling & has slight vibration feedback every time you glide your finger up or down the scroll pad. Arc mouse has left and right click button like regular mouse but in order to properly hit mouse button you figures should reach to the rear end of arc mouse buttons.
1. Compact design
2. Flatten body makes it easy to carry
3. Nano transceiver takes very less space
4. Blue track technology makes it easy to use on any surface
5. Scroll pad for easy navigation
1. Less ergonomic
2. USB based Nano transceiver blocks your USB port, your one USB port will be always in use which could be issue for the owners of those netbooks which comes with just one or two USB ports.
3. Arc Touch Mouse attracts dirt and is smudges pron
4. Dependency on alkaline batteries
Arc touch mouse is definitely innovative product from Microsoft but it can not replace your good old regular mouse when you need to work on PC for long hours and productivity is the matter and the price of $59.95 at which Arc touch mouse comes you can get much better ergonomic mouse for your day to day use. That said Arc Touch Mouse is best if mobility is what you are looking for.