Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Review – Slim and Sexy

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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse ReviewSponsored by Nuffnang

Some of us happy to use our laptop/MacBook’s built-in track pad when we are browsing the web or writing a piece of document. Some prefer having a handy, compact, and wireless mouse as a travelling companion. If you fall into the second category, say hello to Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse. The Microsoft Arc Touch mouse has taken the word “compact” into the next level, thanks to the flexible design and the magic scroll pad.

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Review – Packaging

 

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The packaging includes the Arc Touch mouse, the Nano transceiver, 2 x AAA batteries, driver installation CD, and the manuals.

Microsoft Arc Touch review - packaging contents

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Review – Design

A regular compact mouse normally means a smaller sized mouse but still with the bulky, curved design. In the end, it’s still not practical to carry a mouse inside your flat laptop bag. Microsoft heard you and had decided to make the Microsoft mouse as flat as possible without sacrificing comfort and productivity. It does this by flattening the surface when the mouse is not being used, ready to be stored inside a bag. Simply pull the elastic part at the back of the mouse to flatten the mouse when you want to store it away:

Microsoft Arc Touch review - flatten

Flattening the mouse this way also turns the mouse off (which is powered by the included 2 x AAA battery) automatically. It is the most portable mouse I’ve ever seen and you can comfortably store it into any bags, even your shirt’s pockets!

Microsoft Arc Touch review - inside pocket

Flex the mouse back and the Arc Touch will automatically turn itself on.

The Microsoft Arc Touch has two physical left and right mouse buttons like an ordinary mouse but it has a unique scroll pad in between. You can scroll a page up and down using the scroll pad or do a  hyper fast scroll by brushing it up and down quickly with your finger. You can also do a double-tap on the scroll pad to assimilate a middle mouse click and even do a few other tricks (such as tapping the tip points). Occasionally though, I found that if I did a double tap too often, there were moments where the bottom touch pad stopped responding for a while. It’s as if I did a wrong gesture movement. I’m sure this can probably be resolved by re-assigning the gestures through the Microsoft Mouse control panel.

Microsoft claims that the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse can last more than 6 months before you have to replace the batteries. There is a small green LED indicator if the battery level is high and will turn into red when it’s time to replace the batteries (I tested this with my old batteries and saw the red light indicator).

The Nano Transceiver is very tiny in size and can fit any USB slot on your laptop/MacBook with ease.

Microsoft Arc Touch review - nano transceiver

Thanks to Microsoft BlueTrack technology, you can practically use the mouse on any surface, except on a glass or mirrored surface. This makes it really useful as you don’t ever need to carry a mouse pad with you while you travel. You can use the ArcTouch mouse on the floor, on a desk, or even on your lap!

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Review – Conclusion

Microsoft Arc Touch mouse is classy, elegant, and very portable. The surface can be flattened, which makes it even easier to be stored inside a bag. Although the mouse itself is not too comfortable to be used for long (due to its compact size), the Arc Touch Mouse is great for casual browsing, chatting, or creating documents in your laptop/MacBook. The BlueTrack technology, combined with long battery life and a scroll pad make this mouse a must-to-have companion for any travellers.

Note: Sample was provided for the review

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Pros

+ Stylish, Sexy
+ Can be flattened for easy storage
+ Cool scroll pad
+ BlueTrack technology
+ Nano transceiver, small in size
+ Long battery life

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Cons

– Not comfortable to be used for hours




ARC TCH MSE ENG HW US Experience the Arc Touch Mouse: there is no equal in look, feel, and performance. With a dramatic design and easy elegance, this stylish mouse is a perfect fit for your lifestyle. Flick to zip down the page. Tap to stay at your destination. Feel the speed and responsiveness to your touch.
List Price:$69.95 USD
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  • http://techpatio.com Klaus @ TechPatio

    Wow, that looks like a highly uncomfortable mouse to use! But I’m willing to give Microsoft some bonus points for at least trying something new with a mouse, not many companies seem to do that these days. Apple also tried with their Magic Mouse, which I think sucked – but again, at least they tried…

    • http://www.michaelaulia.com Michael Aulia

      I haven’t tried the Magic Mouse, a bit surprised that they sucked – but again I haven’t asked my friends or read any reviews. I thought they will be cool to use

      But yeah, it can always be a stepping stone to something greater

    • Harold

      Have you actually tried to use the mouse before claiming it looks uncomfortable? It feels great in my hands.

  • http://trafficcoleman.com/ TrafficColeman

    For the price I think many people will be getting it, I will take a look at it today.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

    • http://overcomeibs.com/nausea-and-ibs/ Mahesh Rathi

      I needed a mouse for my new work laptop and wanted something that had a Nano receiver as well as long lasting on batteries. The sales associate sold me on this having me play with it for a few minutes; I have to say i love how it is off when you fold it flat. Cool design and it has been easy to get used to at work (is used as primary mouse) as well as on the go it has worked on all types of surfaces.
      I am glad I tried it.

    • http://www.michaelaulia.com Michael Aulia

      Yeah, the flat design is really something. Making it very easy to store and carry around, compared to that fat-butt on a mouse :)

  • http://www.khabrichacha.com Khabri Chacha@khabrichacha.com

    really it is sexy, i want it in my hands :D What about its price??

    • http://www.michaelaulia.com Michael Aulia

      Well if you go to the link on the post, it’s around $99 :)

  • http://alpisteparaadelgazar.net Lola

    how does it compare to the microsoft arc mouse (not touch)? I loved this one but it seemed to have a problem in the scroll wheel (read reviews on amazon, people seem to complain).

    • http://www.michaelaulia.com Michael Aulia

      Hm I don’t have the Arc Mouse so I don’t know, I’m sorry. It looks similar, minus the touch pads.

      Ah, so it’s a known issue? I’m sure it can be fixed by a firmware update though *fingers crossed*

  • http://www.atlantaprecisionspindles.com/ david @ spindle repair

    So it seems like it is good for on the road but not long term. Good information, even though it is sponsored thanks for an honest review.

    • http://www.michaelaulia.com Michael Aulia

      Thanks, David. I always try look at the both side of the worlds – the wishlist or flaws too so the vendors get a constructive feedback and produce better products in the future

  • Andy

    I’ve been using my arc for about 5 months, and love it. The only draw back is the scroll bar. It should have been designed with bumps, or an entirely different feel. I’m thinking a couple of small rails on either side, so you know where your finger is at. I find I slide off the scroll bar a bit, and it’s hard to tell by feel where you’re at. Inevitably, your finger ends up on the right or left buttons, and you’re sliding your finger up and down trying to scroll. You simply stop scrolling, and have to glance over to see where your finger is at. Great product though, and I don’t have any regrets, but this definitely needs to be taken into consideration on the next version. It is a definite design flaw in functionality.