Microsoft Arc Wireless Keyboard for PC and Xbox 360 - Black
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- Revolutionary ergonomic design
- Features 4 programmable buttons
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Style that works. Meet the Arc Keyboard with beautiful curves and a compact design, it's at home wherever you are. Show it off - complement your style, a perfect fit wherever you use it. Be free with wireless freedom - 2.4 GHz wireless with On-off function.
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Style that works. Meet the Arc Keyboard - with beautiful curves and a compact design, it's at home wherever you are.
Clean lines and eye-catching shape
Show it off - complement your style.
Lightweight and compact
A perfect fit wherever you use it - here, there, anywhere.
Stowable Nano Transceiver
Be free, with wireless freedom.
- 2.4 GHz wireless
- On-off function
- Battery status indicator
- Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP
- or Mac OS X v10.4-10.6x
- USB 2.0
- 2 AAA batteries (included)
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I accidentally dumped about 1/2 glass of water on my Microsoft Arc keyboard. I did what I could to clear the water out. Everything but the "S" key worked. So I set it out in the hot dry outside for two days. It dried out nicely but the S key still wouldn't work. I did what I could to disassemble it but the design includes quite a few melted plastic posts as part of the manufacturing process. In other words there is little hope of fixing one of these.
I went to order my third Microsoft Arc but the price had risen into the mid $60's here on Amazon. I found a clearance sale at Best Buy for $35 each and ordered two which will arrive in about a week.
At the moment I'm using a Logitech K380 which is about the same size as the Arc. I mention it as an alternative if anyone is interested.
The Arc is full size while the K380 is a bit smaller. The Arc is easier to type on both because of the size, and also the arc curve fits my hands better. The K380 is as flat as a laptop keyboard. The K380 has four cursor keys vs the Arc's single key. The Arc has it's own special transceiver while the K380 is Bluetooth.
I purchased a Microsoft Arc Wireless keyboard just about 2 years ago. It has performed flawlessly since then - I'm not sure if I've ever had to replace the batteries. However this evening the keyboard wouldn't work. As a first attempt to get it to work I pulled the transceiver out of the USB socket and it was almost too hot to touch. Obviously it had gone bad.
I tried to find just the transceiver to purchase but apparently you can't just buy the transceiver. So I ordered a full replacement here on Amazon. Yet another product that will become a throw away for me. Too bad as the keyboard itself works perfectly.
As for a review of the keyboard I really like it. In fact since it went bad I've had to switch back to my Microsoft Wireless Multimedia keyboard 1.1 and it is a challenging adjustment. I now prefer the shorter keystroke of the Arc over this more traditional keyboard which now feels sloppy and slows me down. I'm a touch typist.
My reason for purchasing the Arc was totally to get rid of the 10-key pad and the extra keys between the keyboard and the 10-key. I found that with the full keyboard the mouse was simply too far to the right and I was worried about developing carpel-tunnel syndrome. Plus it was just too much of a bother to reach that far all the time.
I work at a computer inside a cabinet with doors and a pull out keyboard drawer. With the mouse pad, 10-key, and extra keys my keyboard is so far to the left it's way off center of the screen. Hence the great little Arc was perfect for me. Also, I'm not a person used to using the 10-key pad, and even though it was there I seldom used it. I automatically use the number keys along the top of the keyboard.
There are two things about the Arc that I had to adjust to.
First, the single cursor key replaces four keys. I don't know how long it took me to adjust to that but it was a matter of a few weeks at most. Now I'm perfectly adapted to that single cursor key and it doesn't bother me at all.
Second the function keys I use the most, F9 and F10, require using the Fn key, kind of like a shift key. That I've never gotten used to and have to think about every time I need F9 or F10. Fortunately this is only when I'm trying to boot into the BIOS or diagnostics which isn't often.
Other than those two quirks I really like the Arc. It was less than an hour between discovering it was bad and ordering another with a two day ship from Amazon. That should show how much I prefer the Arc.
A bonus was the first Arc cost me $69.95 and this one was just $39.95. Cool.
By the way the advertisement says for PC and Xbox. It also works on our Sony Playstation 3.