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Written by Nate Swetland   
Wednesday, 06 October 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse RVF-00001
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Microsoft Arc Touch
Microsoft Arc Touch Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Review

Believe it or not, Microsoft has been creating hardware devices for over 25 years. They are no stranger to devices with both form and function. Very recently, Microsoft Hardware Division has created the new Arc Touch wireless mouse that falls in line with such products as the previously reviewed Arc Keyboard. Benchmark Reviews has been given the opportunity to check out Microsoft's Arc Touch Wireless Mouse. With such features as a scroll-wheel replacing touch-strip, 2.4ghz wireless technology, and an ambidextrous design, this looks to be a very promising device. There are plenty of wireless mice out on the market already, does Microsoft have what it takes to be competitive in this saturated market? Read the full review of the Microsoft Arch Touch on Benchmark Reviews to find out.

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. Often you get a mouse with incredible battery life, but you can't be more than 5 feet away from the receiver, or you get a mouse that will reach to the other side of your house, but find yourself replacing the batteries every two days. Microsoft has stated that this gets up to 6 months of battery life, and uses 2.4GHz wireless technology, so hopefully it will resolve both of those issues.

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As with the Microsoft Arc keyboard, the Arc Touch Mouse is as much about design as it is about performance. I think at first glance, you notice the effort that went into making the mouse look good. In the next few pages, Benchmark Reviews will test this mouse in a variety of scenarios to find out if it can both look and perform good. The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse will be evaluated using five categories of interest: Performance, Functionality, Construction, Value, and Appearance. Some of these categories have the tendency to be more subjective than others, but here at Benchmark Reviews, we strive to provide the most professional and unbiased reviews as possible.

Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
Product Name: Arc Touch Mouse
Model Number: RVF-00001
Price As Tested: $67.95 Amazon pre-order (other sources)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been kindly provided by Microsoft, Inc. Hardware Group.



 

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# time, on our side,....RealNeil 2010-10-06 03:58
Funny,....I didn't even know that I want one of these things until I read this review!
But I'll wait to see what the price does in the next 6 months before I buy one of them. It's not that I don't think that it's worth what they want for them, it's just that I can't afford to be spending 70 bucks on a mouse. Over time, these things usually go way down in price and if it turns out that repeated use by many people exposes some kind of design flaw or weakness, then I'll know about it before I buy.
Thanks for the review.
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# RE: time, on our side,....Nate 2010-10-06 12:35
RealNeil,
I am glad that you liked the review. I agree that the $70 for it may seem a bit steep. Think of it as an early-adopter tax. I think that you are right, in that people will become more and more interested in this, and prices will slowly drop to a certain point, and people will jump all over it. I think the mouse is great, and I hope that if you decide to get one, you think so too.
Thanks for the comment!
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# Nice, but not out yet.Marc schlenker 2010-10-06 15:35
Pre-order only, I read somewhere it wont be out till Dec. Nice Xmas gift to myself.
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# Does it have side buttons?Tim 2011-06-23 20:27
I'm interested in this mouse but used to mice with additional buttons on the side (these are often linked up to 'back' in your browser). Also, did you have any problems using the scroll panel for zooming in applications that use it for zooming? I've found weird compatibility problems with other 'more advanced' mice scroll wheels, including my current MS mouse. I'm interested in buying this mouse now though as it's pretty cheap.
Thanks,
Tim
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# RE: Does it have side buttons?Nate 2011-06-26 18:27
Thanks for the questions. When you talk about using the scroll panel for zooming, do you mean for example, holding control and scrolling the wheel to zoom in on a webpage? Are there any particular applications that I could try and use this feature on to let you know the results? It acts like a typical scroll wheel, so I don't anticipate there being much of any trouble, but I would be glad to test it out for you.
Also, I felt the same way about the side buttons, as I use them on my current mouse all the time. You do get used to not having them, though. I primarily use the Arc Touch with my HTPC, so I mainly do light web browsing. I don't find it enough of a drawback to take away from the mouse, however. I have been using it since I got it, and I still very much recommend it.

Thanks,
-Nate
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# RE: RE: Does it have side buttons?Tim 2011-06-26 19:08
Thanks so much for your reply Nate, much appreciated. Yes, that is correct - zooming like in a web page. Although in my specific example I was meaning more like in CorelDRAW - but I don't expect you to have these sort of apps installed :)
I might get myself one - they are so cheap at the moment here in Aust.
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# Poor battery lifeAl 2012-06-14 17:05
I've found battery life to be shocking. I get 2-3 weeks from new non-rechargeable batteries. I turn it off when not in use.

I don't know about "Two-color Battery Light Indicator". It stops working when the battery is dead, that's the warning.

I don't think it is particularly light either sadly as I bought it to travel with but decided to leave it at home because of it's weight.

It seemed to ultra sensitive when I first bought it but I've adapted and it's quite good to use. It's annoying that you have to unfold to turn it off rather than having a battery saving mode. I'd give it a 4/10.
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