Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse
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Microsoft Arc Touch
16 January 2012
Summary: He recommends it for road warriors, but says, "To be perfectly blunt, this mouse has easily best in class ergonomics for an ultra portable mouse, but compared to a true 'full size' mouse it does fail to compete." We found credible reviews at CNET, TechCrunch.com, PCMag.com and ZDNet. India's TechTree also reviewed the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse, as did EverythingUSB.com and About.com. More than 300 users weighed in with reviews on Amazon.com.
Pros: Includes BlueTrack technology for use on a variety of surfaces, Lightweight, folds flat to turn off and for travel, Center touch strip offers good control
Cons: Not comfortable for everyone for extended use, Some reviewers found buttons hard to press, No forward/back buttons
Excerpt: $69.95, could be ordered online for $42.65. Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse looks great, has been benefited from BlueTrack tech from Microsoft and is immensely travel-friendly. It takes a bit to get use to Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse and is not fully-fledged touch offering. The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is ideal fro anyone who loves having a good looking kit, and anyone who doesn’t want to use the same old mouse.
Excerpt: Microsoft has always been a coveted name in the world of computer hardware and has a respectable position for its hardware, but because of some revolutionary designs from Apple and for the fact that it took complete one year to come up with the Magic Mouse, the company was considered lagging behind Apple. The Microsoft Arc Touch mouse, which was launched last year, was the flagship designer mouse for the company.
Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is Bag-friendly and Ergonomic
13 May 2011
Excerpt: I’ve got to say that when it comes to non-gaming peripherals that won’t give you RSI, Microsoft has been ahead of the pack for a long time. The Arc Touch mouse is evidence of that, the arc shape should keep it in a position that is a bit more comfortable for extended use (so you don’t get mouse hand). The trouble is, as cool as that shape might be for mousing, it sucks for throwing [...
Conclusion: A chic look and comfortable feature are the attributes found in the Microsoft Arc Touch mouse, but is the expense worth it?
Pros: Unique, portable design. Touch scroll has vibrating feedback. Thumbnail USB has innovative storage on base of mouse. BlueTrack laser technology allows the mouse to be used on a variety of surfaces. Ambidextrous.
Conclusion: Wireless mice are nothing new to the world, nor are they new to Microsoft. For as long as I can remember, Microsoft have been making wireless mice and trying to improve on functionality, performance, and design. With the Arc Touch, Microsoft strives to take good technology and make it look good. Some of my biggest pet peeves with wireless mice are battery life and range.
Summary: If you’ve become used to the almost-standard thumb-side buttons, you’re going to miss them with the Arc Touch. If you want a solid, ergonomic mouse for extended use, you should probably look elsewhere. However, if you’re looking for a portable mouse with a full-size feel and a head-turning design, the Arc Touch might be your rodent.