|Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse RVF-00001|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Nate Swetland|
|Wednesday, 06 October 2010|
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Testing & Results
Testing MethodologyThe Microsoft Arc Touch mouse was tested under a variety of conditions. I used the mouse as a supplement to my HTPC in my living room to test out the range and accuracy of the 2.4Ghz wireless from about 10-15ft away. This setting also provided a good way to test out the BlueTrack laser on surfaces such as carpet, fabric, wood, and metal. The second test setting was using my work laptop. Using the Arc Touch in a work environment allows for a good indication of comfort and reliability. On both systems, various basic tasks were performed such as: dragging, dropping, scrolling, navigating, and etc.
Test System 1
Test System 2
The results for the Microsoft Arc Touch mouse are very favorable. The Microsoft Arc touch performed very well in almost all situations. I found that using the mouse either from a distance, or on surfaces that would make many mice fall flat, such as carpet or couch fabric, posed no threat to the accuracy of the Arc Touch. Even from a distance of close to 15 feet behind obstacles, the Arc Touch performed admirably. While at work, the Arc Touch gave me no indication that using it 8+ hours a day would be a burden. The mouse is light and nimble. One small bit of trouble I did run into was when using the touch-strip. I found that every once in a while it would not fully recognize what I was trying to do, whether it be scroll or middle-click. After using it a few days, I got better with it, but I could see a combination of maybe a little better firmware/software support as well as simply getting used to it. This is not a show stopper, as it only happens very occasionally. I had absolutely no trouble getting the Arc Touch to work in Windows 7. It is exactly what you would call plug-and-play. As soon as you plug in the transceiver, it recognizes it, installs the drivers, and then proceeds to sync up with the Arc Touch. Once it finds the Arc Touch, it then downloads and installs the Intellipoint software, and you are good to go.