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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 Detailed Features

In this section, we will take a look at some of the features of the Arc Touch Mouse in more detail.

MS_ArcTouch_Profile_Flat.jpg

Here is a side shot of the Arc Touch in the off position. Being that the thickest part of the Arc Touch is just barely over .5", this can be easily stashed somewhere safe. The back end of the mouse is coated in a tacky rubber which allows for the flexibility to bend the Arc Touch. This rubber also provides excellent grip when using the mouse, as it is very light, and otherwise could be prone to frequent slips, tosses, and drops if the back end of it were not covered in this rubber.

MS_ArcTouch_Bottom_Flat.jpg

This is an image of the Arc Touch from underneath. This is where the 2 AAA batteries go. Microsoft has stated that the Arc Touch can get up to 6 months of use before needing a battery replacement. Also, this is where the transceiver's magnetic holder is located. You can see an imprint of the transceiver where the magnetic part is, but I also noticed that it is magnetic at the very tip of the mouse as well (where the transceiver is currently pictured). The transceiver is very conveniently sized. It barely sticks out when plugged in, so it is great for use on the front of a HTPC case, or on the side of a laptop without fear of bumping it and doing damage to either the receiver or the USB port. The receiver uses 2.4GHz Wireless technology, so the range and connectivity is great. I sat at my computer desk which is located about 15 feet away from my TV behind my couch, and is where my wireless router is located, and did not have any trouble using the mouse. The circular opening on the left side of the Arc Touch is where the BlueTrack laser works it magic. The BlueTrack laser allows the Arc Touch to work on practically any surface. I used it on my wooden desk, my carpeted floor, my fuzzy couch, and on top of my nMedia 1080p HTPC case, and they all provided no trouble to the BlueTrack laser.



 

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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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