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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

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

The 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

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte M61SME-S2
  • Processor: AMD Athlon X2
  • Memory: 2GB DDR2
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Test System 2

  • System: Dell Latitude E6510
  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Results

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.



 

Comments 

 
# 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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