It has been a full week now since I started using my Microsoft Arc Touch mouse; about time to write a quick gadget review! This mouse came out of the usual plethora of MSFT design experiments around mice; but looks like nothing else out there & had my attention from the time it was announced. So, pre-order followed and the mouse was delivered right in time for the holidays. So, here’s what worked & what didn’t:
· The mouse came packed in a shiny unbelievably-thin box.
· Very thin contour for the mouse. About 1-1.5 inches thick & tapering. Let’s just say FLAT.
· Great for travel; super light.
· Super cool that the mouse curls up to the palm’s contour, and that is what turns on the mouse, saving battery otherwise.
· Left & Right clicks work smoothly.
· Tactile feedback on flicks is very nice. So, is inertia on scroll.
· Customizable touch sensitivity makes it easy to make the mouse work to your needs.
· Tapping works nicely for page-up, page-down & middle-click.
· BlueTrack technology makes for very precise pointing.
· Great on long web pages or my methods with 2000 lines of code ..ha ha.
· Does not seem to move very well on uneven surfaces because of its shape.
· Left & Right clickable areas may seem a little too widely spaced when compared to few other mice in the market.
· The contour will keep palms well stretched. This may not be a bad thing after all; but takes a little getting used to.
· Rear edge is a bit of dust/lint magnet.
A more detailed review can be found here:
In all, small & nifty, with lot of attention to design; but also works as intended.