Excerpt: Microsoft's Best Buy-exclusive Arc Keyboard still won't be hitting stores for another couple of weeks (February 21st, to be specific), but we were lucky enough to get our hands on one a little early, and figured we'd share a few impressions with you, the keyboard-using masses. The first thing you'll notice when seeing the keyboard in person is that it's smaller than even the press photos suggested -- basically the same size as your average 15-inch laptop keyboard, with a...
Pros: Sleek, compact design, Magnetic storage for USB receiver, Great for a non-primary PC
Cons: A bit too small for full-time use, Arrow keys replaced by single d-pad key, Somewhat pricey
Excerpt: Keyboards are highly personal items. Some folks like huge, clackety, old-school keyboards with tactile feedback, while others go for small and light. And if small and light is what you’re after, Microsoft’s new Arc is a decent, portable, chiclet-style keyboard that works well alongside your Mac--provided you can put up with the indignity of backward function keys.
Summary: The Arc is best suited for casual users looking to save on desk space, or perhaps HTPC enthusiasts who are put off by competing products' smartphone-like keyboards and already have a Media Center remote or wireless mouse.
Pros: Driverless, Lightweight and stylish, Familiar layout for touch typists, Low latency, Suitable for gaming, Magnetically-stowed receiver
Cons: Fingerprint magnet, D-pad arrow keys are a pain for text selection, No caps-lock indicator, No Menu key, No media controls except volume, No mouse controls
Conclusion: So is the Microsoft Arc Keyboard a case of form over function? Well, yes and no, depending on what you intend to use it for. If you're looking for a cool-looking wireless keyboard for the desktop PC you use every day, then I'm afraid the Arc Keyboard just won't do. However, as a keyboard designed for light use, such as in your HTPC or as a better keyboard for your netbook, then it's actually pretty good.
Pros: : Attractive design; lightweight; good wireless reception.
Cons: : Missing number pad; directional pad is not for everyone; shallow key travel.
Excerpt: is introducing the Arc Keyboard exclusively in BestBuy stores. Like Microsoft’s Arc Mouse, the Arc Keyboard stands out for its design. About the size and weight of a thick magazine, the Arc Keyboard blends inconspicuously into its surroundings. It stores conveniently and maintains a low profile. The Arc Keyboard weighs less than a pound and measures less than an inch thick. Upon closer look, it is evident that there were aesthetic design considerations made in...
Excerpt: The Microsoft Arc's name comes from its curved chassis, which bulges upwards in the middle and slopes gently forward. This design makes the Arc pleasant and comfortable to use, as well as giving it an elegant, eye-catching look.