|Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse RVF-00001|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Nate Swetland|
|Wednesday, 06 October 2010|
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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.
+ Very Attractive Design
- Expensive price
Final Score: 9.2 out of 10.
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