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Written by Nate Swetland - Edited by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Microsoft Arc Wireless Compact Keyboard
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Microsoft Arc
Microsoft Arc Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Microsoft Arc Wireless Keyboard Review

Many people may subscribe to the idea of "a keyboard is a keyboard is a keyboard". People don't just sit in front of a desk and use their computers anymore. Many people have their PCs connected to their televisions for home theater use, or set up in their kitchen, or hidden within some inconspicuous furniture. Anything goes these days. As computer users each change the way they use their PCs, consumers will need different peripherals to take advantage of these trends. A traditional keyboard does not always suffice in the eyes of the customer, and Microsoft recognizes and addresses this trend with the compact wireless Microsoft Arc model J5D-00001 keyboard. Benchmark Reviews has been givin the opportunity to not only test this wireless keyboard, but also determine if something that looks as good can also perform well. With a small footprint and elegant looks, Microsoft considers this a piece of decoration as much as it is a piece of electronics. Stay tuned as we see if this product lives up to performing as well as it fits into your home decor.


The Microsoft Arc Keyboard seems to emphasize both form and function. It is clear that the designers wanted something that both performed well and looked good without breaking the bank or cutting corners on looks and usability.

Here's how Microsoft describes the Arc wireless keyboard:

The Arc Keyboard is a redesign of the keyboard as we know it. It's small enough to move easily around the house and so attractive it fits seamlessly with chic home accessories, so it looks at home wherever it's used.

The Arc Keyboard shares the same design language with Microsoft Corp.'s best-selling Arc Mouse, with a beautifully curved profile, clean lines, and an ultraportable, lightweight shape. This keyboard is all about the home, and Microsoft Hardware's industrial design team drew their inspiration from modern home accessories: flatware, lighting fixtures and vases, resulting in a keyboard that looks and feels like it belongs with other objects in the home.

Weighing in at less than a pound, the Arc Keyboard is easy to move from room to room throughout the house, and its domed keyset comfortably rests on laps so people can kick back on the couch or type away on the kitchen counter. With its unique, compact design, the Arc Keyboard becomes a functional and stylish part of any living space.

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# UserUser 2011-02-13 05:27
The esc and del keys are very stupid, and hard to use. The arrow keys are bad too.
Becuase of that, its a bad idea.
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