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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

Arc Touch Final Thoughts

I was very excited when Microsoft announced the Arc Touch, and I was even more excited to have the opportunity to do this review. I think Microsoft has been making quality peripherals for a long time, and continues to do so. Their Arc series provides a great balance of good looks and usefulness, and the Arc Touch falls right in line with that. The mouse looks great and performs very well. The bendable back of the Arc Touch gives it a great "cool" factor, as does the touch-strip in place of a scroll-wheel. I think that the Arc Touch will find a home in users that want a good wireless mouse, and are not afraid to spend money on something that looks good, too.

Microsoft RVF-00001 Conclusion

The Performance of the Arc Touch was very good. The range of the 2.4Ghz allows for use with HTPC systems, or systems that you may have tucked out of site. The BlueTrack laser provides great cursor accuracy, even on non-traditional surfaces such as carpet or couches.

The Appearance of the Arc Touch is one of its biggest attributes. The Arc in its name implies its shape. The sleek black color and silver touch-strip give the mouse a very professional look, and fall in line with the other Arc products from Microsoft. Even when it is in the flat/off position, the Arc Touch still looks good.

Despite being very lightweight, the Construction quality of the Arc Touch seems very good. I don't have the feeling that by bending it on and off too many times, it will break, or cease to function properly. The only part that may give users trouble is the battery door (my many remotes wrapped in tape would agree), but with a touted 6 month batter life, I don't see this being a problem at all.

The Functionality of the Arc Touch is right on track. The accuracy of the BlueTrack and the reliability of the 2.4Ghz allows the mouse to function like it should. I had a little trouble with the touch-strip not always recognizing what I was trying to do. With a little practice and some software adjustments, I believe that it is a problem that can be easily corrected, as it is not that large of a problem to begin with.

Value of this mouse can be a bit subjective. If you simply want a wireless mouse and do not care about looks, then this may not be your best choice. At a price point of $67.95 at Amazon, the Microsoft Arc Mouse (model RVF-00001) may seem a bit steep. You'll also want to check the other online sources for this product, and compare prices. If you are interested in a great looking mouse that performs just as well as it looks, then the price seems pretty fair for what you are getting.

It is truly difficult to find a reason to not recommend this product. The Arc Touch is a great combination of design, features, performance, and functionality. If you are at all in the market for your next great wireless mouse, then you should definitely give the Arc Touch a closer look.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Very Attractive Design
+ BlueTrak Laser Technology
+ 2.4Ghz Wireless Technology
+ Good Battery Life (6 months)
+ Touch-strip is a fun replacement of the scroll-wheel
+ Ambidexterous Design
+ Bendable On/Off Feature and Indicator
+ Very lightweight and portable

Cons:

- Expensive price
- Touch-Strip can be a bit finicky

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 8.50

Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.

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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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