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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

Closer Look: Microsoft Arc Touch

In this section, Benchmark Reviews will take a look at the basic features of the Microsoft Arc Touch. The name implies what the Mouse has to offer. The Arc is from the shape the mouse is in when you are using it. The Touch comes from the Touch-strip used for various gestures. Read on to find out more about these and the other features of the Arc Touch.


The above picture is of the Arc Touch from a front view while it would be in use. You can see the touch-strip in the front, and the green LED above it that indicates the power, and flashes when the battery is getting low. The front strip replaces the traditional click/scroll wheel you find on most every modern mouse. It is a strip of brushed aluminum with a small horizontal groove in the center. By flicking your finger up or down, it mimics the action of scrolling a mouse wheel, and scrolls up or down on your applications. What is nice is that there is a physical and audible feedback accompanied by this. There seems to be a small motor inside the Arc Touch that clicks and vibrates just like a scroll wheel would do. By tapping either top or bottom end, it provides page-up and page-down functionality. Double-clicking on the middle of the strip provides a middle-mouse button for opening new tabs, or double-click-and-holding in the middle allows for middle-mouse button drag-scrolling. It takes a small amount of time to get used to not having something physically moving where a mouse-wheel normally is, but the ability to flick and have it accelerate is pretty nice for long pages and documents. Many of these functions and options can be changed with the Touch Point software.


Here is an image of the Arc Touch from the side. You can really see the Arc shape in this photograph. Notice how there are only two small areas where the Arc Touch will actually come in contact with the surface of your desk, chair, etc. This will allow for easy movement across most all surfaces.


When flattened by bending the tail end of the Arc Touch, the power is turned off. This allows you to conserve battery, and it also allows for easy storage in a laptop bag, backpack, etc. Personally, I like this because you can tell in an instant that the mouse is powered off instead of having to pick it up, and see if the laser is still on underneath (and likely turning it back on in the process.) Another way to tell if the Arc Touch is off is that there no longer is an LED lit up above the touch-strip.



# 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
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.
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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.

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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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