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MicrosoftArc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 21 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable design (11)
  • Fast response (10)
  • Accurate tracking (8)
  • Works on any surface (8)
  • Glides smoothly (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Web browsing (9)
    • Everyday use (8)
    • Professional (7)
    • Travel (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (8), Power user (8)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (10), Personal (10)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (16)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Style meets Substance

    After about 3 weeks of use, I can say I am thoroughly impressed with Microsoft's latest installment of their Arc series mice; the Arc Touch Mouse. The mouse is compact but not too...Read complete review

    After about 3 weeks of use, I can say I am thoroughly impressed with Microsoft's latest installment of their Arc series mice; the Arc Touch Mouse. The mouse is compact but not too small. Both buttons and the scroll wheel work without hitches. The touch scroll wheel has so far been impressive, and the vibration while you scroll helps with control.

    The fold down aspect of this mouse is both cool and functional; it saves you battery life and allows for quick stow-and-go. A conveniently placed magnet on the bottom holds your USB receiver, preventing the tiny yet vital item from being lost. I cannot yet comment on battery life, as I am still on the first set. Really does work on any surface!

    Overall this mouse has been excellent, though it does feel a bit flimsy, which raises slight concern about how it will hold up to use over the long haul. No defects yet, however, so that one negative is entirely speculative.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC Use

    I use this for computer hooked up to tv. The mouse works fine for basic use, but doesn't work well on leather sofa arm as the previous logitech did. The mouse is not...Read complete review

    I use this for computer hooked up to tv. The mouse works fine for basic use, but doesn't work well on leather sofa arm as the previous logitech did. The mouse is not god for clicking on small things as it is not very responsive, so it takes longer than usual to get to what you want to narrow down on and click. Again, this is on sofa arm, not on a normal hard surface. Scrolling is a little wierd in that sometimes it is great and other times it kind of scrolls on its own when barely touched. It is cool looking and helps that snappping it flat turns off the use and saves battery life.

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    4.0

    Good, but not amazing.

    By JT

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Design
    • Fast Response

    Cons

    • Noisy

    Best Uses

    • Road Warriors

    Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

    Great design, lightweight, tracks well. Downside is that the scroll is a bit frustrating, doesn't touch scroll as well as a Magic Mouse, and the middle button is very touchy with no feedback. Could do without the mouse noise for scrolling, too -- should be an option to turn that off (in MS driver for Mac OSX). I like that it has a positive "off" by flattening it, and it truly takes up no room in the laptop bag. I wish it had more buttons, however. All in all, decent, but if I had to buy it again I'd buy a Magic Mouse instead.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    5.0

    MS got it 90%+ right IMO

    By jmang

    from NYC

    About Me Power User

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fair price
    • Fast Response
    • Flawless tracking
    • Full size travel mouse
    • Great design
    • Highly Compatible
    • Long Range

    Cons

    • Buttons stiff for some
    • Takes getting used to

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Use
    • Financial
    • Professional
    • Web Browsing

    Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

    Microsoft deserves kudos for a product that's visually appealing, cleverly designed and very practical that isn't overpriced. I have one for about a week now. I've used it at my desk, in conference rooms, on the couch in my living room and even my bare leg and the tracking was perfect every time. The "wheel" pad is great. It's also very responsive and has an inertial algorithm that allows you to "spin" the "wheel" by sliding rapidly up or down with your finger. It also clicks for tactile and auditory feedback. The Arc did feel a little strange in my hand at first, but I got used to it pretty quickly. I love the way it folds flat for traveling and the built-in magnet that holds the USB wireless dongle when it's not plugged into the computer. The dongle is so small it could otherwise easily get lost. Some users may find the Arc's design uncomfortable, and/or may find the left and right buttons a little stiff. However, they feel just fine to me as long as I press on them toward the forward end of the mouse.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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    5.0

    Great Mouse

    By Jcgreen

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Design
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast Response

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use
      • Professional
      • Web Browsing

      Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

      Thought I would try this mouse just because of the flat storage. It takes a few times to get used to, but I absolutely love it, it folds as flat as an iPhone for very easy storage and is a dream to use. Buy it.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      Well worth the money

      By Surkad

      from Irvine, CA

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Design
      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Use
        • Professional
        • Web Browsing

        Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

        This mouse was a better upgrade compared to my previous mouse.
        Easy to carry and use.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Other

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        3.0

        Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC Use

        By David in Cincy

        from Ohio

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Design

        Cons

        • Inaccurate Tracking
        • Limited Surface Compatibility

        Best Uses

        • Web Browsing

        Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

        I use this for computer hooked up to tv. The mouse works fine for basic use, but doesn't work well on leather sofa arm as the previous logitech did. The mouse is not god for clicking on small things as it is not very responsive, so it takes longer than usual to get to what you want to narrow down on and click. Again, this is on sofa arm, not on a normal hard surface. Scrolling is a little wierd in that sometimes it is great and other times it kind of scrolls on its own when barely touched. It is cool looking and helps that snappping it flat turns off the use and saves battery life.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Art + Technology

        By Sia

        from Nashua, NH

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

              It's a high quality, portable mouse, which definitely you never regret it.
              It's a piece of modern technology + artistic design. The turn on/off system, not only saves your battery, but also makes your mouse flat (in the off mode) to put it in your bag.
              Instead of scrollbar, there is a flat piece of metal in the center, which when you scroll your finger on it, you can feel an electro-magnetic pulse to simulate the scrolling sense.
              By installing the driver software (it happens automatically in windows 7), some additional scrolling and tapping features will be added to your arc touch.
              This is a real eye-catcher geek toy, and I love it.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              I like it!

              By Brandon7

              from Kansas

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Tracking
              • Comfortable Design
              • Fast Response
              • Glides Smoothly
              • Works On Any Surface

              Cons

              • Wobbly

              Best Uses

              • Everyday Use
              • Traveling
              • Web Browsing

              Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

              Would be 5 stars except it is a bit wobbly. It isn't so bad that it is annoying, but it is disappointing considering the price I paid. Otherwise, the device driver installed easily and automatically and the mouse is really responsive. I like most the flat profile for use in my laptop sleeve. Good overall buy.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              Great portable mouse

              By Urchent

              from NJ

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Tracking
              • Fast Response
              • Great Features
              • Works On Any Surface

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Traveling

                Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                A few coworkers and I all use this mouse. It just works and works well. Its completely flat when off and fits well into a shirt pocket. No issues with interference, battery life, range etc. not as heavy and comfortable as my desktop mouse but for the portable design it's great!

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                "ARC YOU WAY TO MOUSE HAVEN W/THIS ONE"

                By Ms Sugajt

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Tracking
                • Comfortable Design
                • Fast Response
                • Glides Smoothly
                • Great Features
                • Works On Any Surface

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday Use
                  • Gaming
                  • Professional
                  • Traveling
                  • Web Browsing

                  Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                  I like things out of the norm and this is out of the norm. I use it everyday and it works great. It 30-foot wireless range was on the money. Battery is still kicking strong after everyday use for a month and a half(have not turned it off). You don't even have to been in the room to do what you need to do (just be able to see your desktop or laptop). I would buy this again and again if needed. The price was also right. It a five star for me.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Other

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                  5.0

                  excellent product design

                  By lsr

                  from ny, ny

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Tracking
                  • Comfortable Design
                  • Fast Response
                  • Glides Smoothly
                  • Great Features
                  • Works On Any Surface

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Traveling
                    • Web Browsing

                    Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                    Great that it powers down automatically when flattened.
                    It mouses like a mouse should. Stealthily and reliably.

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                    5.0

                    A great, compact, & reliable mouse!

                    By Rick

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Tracking
                    • Comfortable Design
                    • Glides Smoothly
                    • Great Features
                    • Works On Any Surface

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional

                      Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                      I use this Arc Touch Mouse for work. The design is excellent and because it flattens out to a compact form, it fits great in my briefcase. Another great feature is the small USB piece that attaches to the mouse magnetically... Kudos to the R&D team who designed this mouse!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      Great Innovation

                      By ghost4evr

                      from NJ

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Tracking
                      • Comfortable Design
                      • Fast Response
                      • Glides Smoothly
                      • Great Features
                      • Works On Any Surface

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday Use
                        • Professional
                        • Web Browsing

                        Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                        The best feature is that it folds flat. Very portable and works every time. No connectivity issues.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        4.0

                        Really like this product very, very much

                        By Little One

                        from North Carolina

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Design

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                            I use the arc touch mouse with my laptop and even though I had to adapt to the feel of it in my hand, as opposed to the regular mouse, I am now thoroughly enjoying it. It is very convenient for travel and I do like the look of it very much, as well. I am going to purchase another one for my desktop and have already recommended it to friends.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            4.0

                            I like it for on the road.

                            By Modernone

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Frequent Player

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                                  I use the product on the bus and on the plane. It is great, takes up almost no room in my bag.I like the size, the way it turns on and the buttons are pretty good. The scroll bar takes some getting used to and I find I have no place to support my little finger on the side which also takes some getting used to. [...]

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  5.0

                                  Great new design

                                  By ajcatalano

                                  from los angeles, ca.

                                  Verified Buyer

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                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                                        Use this everyday for work. Hoping the battery efficiency is correct, great so far. Love the new design. Sleeker than it's predecessor. Easy to keep flat in briefcase with no worries. Scroll button takes a little getting used to. Love the new smaller USB dongle. I can now leave it in the plug with little worry of damaging the outlet.
                                        Would love to see some different color choices though. Love being the only kid on the block with one! Certainly impresses the boss.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • PC

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                                        5.0

                                        The product was perfect, I loved it

                                        By MoAsker

                                        from VA

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                                              Keep going the good work.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal
                                              • Computer Platform:
                                              • PC

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                                              5.0

                                              Great Mouse

                                              By Herm

                                              from Knoxville

                                              About Me Casual Gamer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • easy to use
                                              • Very responsive

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                                                  Overall a great mouse. Be sure and download the microsoft drivers and turn off the vibration feedback. The touch controls take a little tweaking to get just right, but an excellent wireless mouse this one is.

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Business
                                                  • Computer Platform:
                                                  • PC

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Elegance!!!

                                                  By PJLou

                                                  from Louisville, KY

                                                  Verified Buyer

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                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                                                        The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse is truly a product of elegant design. I saw an advert for it and I knew it was just the thing for my new audio workstation pc. I love how you can unfurl it to turn it off and easily tuck it away. Sleek, simple, and highly functional. And I love the touch pad where the scroll wheel would be. Excellent product!

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Business
                                                        • Computer Platform:
                                                        • PC

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Style meets Substance

                                                        By JMG

                                                        from Seattle, WA

                                                        About Me Casual User

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Accurate Tracking
                                                        • Comfortable Design
                                                        • Fast Response
                                                        • Glides Smoothly
                                                        • Great Features
                                                        • Works On Any Surface

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Everyday Use
                                                          • Traveling
                                                          • Web Browsing

                                                          Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                                                          After about 3 weeks of use, I can say I am thoroughly impressed with Microsoft's latest installment of their Arc series mice; the Arc Touch Mouse. The mouse is compact but not too small. Both buttons and the scroll wheel work without hitches. The touch scroll wheel has so far been impressive, and the vibration while you scroll helps with control.

                                                          The fold down aspect of this mouse is both cool and functional; it saves you battery life and allows for quick stow-and-go. A conveniently placed magnet on the bottom holds your USB receiver, preventing the tiny yet vital item from being lost. I cannot yet comment on battery life, as I am still on the first set. Really does work on any surface!

                                                          Overall this mouse has been excellent, though it does feel a bit flimsy, which raises slight concern about how it will hold up to use over the long haul. No defects yet, however, so that one negative is entirely speculative.

                                                          • Primary use:
                                                          • Personal
                                                          • Computer Platform:
                                                          • PC

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                                                          2.0

                                                          Not good for long usage

                                                          By Frank in Waterford

                                                          from Waterford, Michigan

                                                          About Me Power user

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Works On Any Surface

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Uncomfortable Design

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Traveling

                                                          Comments about Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse - Laser Wireless (Black):

                                                          I use the mouse a lot. This mouse is ok if you just use it a little. Cramps the hand bad.

                                                          Ok for travel, I guess.

                                                          • Primary use:
                                                          • Personal
                                                          • Computer Platform:
                                                          • PC

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