Microsoft Arc Mouse - Black
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- Mouse folds to 60% of its fully expanded size
- Micro-transceiver snaps into the bottom of the mouse
- Folding motion turns mouse on/off
- Laser tracking for precision
- 2.4 GHz wireless with up to 30-foot range
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From the Manufacturer
You take your notebook PC everywhere. That's why the Arc Mouse is designed to go with you. Expanded, it's a sturdy and comfortable full-sized mouse. Folded, it fits perfectly into your bag.
Folds for Portability
Designed for comfort, the Arc Mouse folds to 60% of its fully expanded size, with the folding motion controlling turning the mouse on and off.
For easy navigation.
Made of metal for durability.
Snaps into the bottom of the mouse.
Battery status indicator
Changes color to indicate when the battery needs to be replaced.
- 2.4 GHz wireless with up to 30-foot range
- Laser tracking
- 4 buttons
- Carrying case included
- Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP or Mac OS X v10.2-10.5
- Powered USB port
- 2 AAA alkaline batteries (included)
Top Customer Reviews
After we first shipped the Arc mouse in September 2008, we quickly discovered an issue with the scroll wheel. We fixed it and new mice being manufactured don't have this issue. (And for people reading this review who have not already purchased a mouse, any new mice you purchase TODAY should not have this problem.) However, there were a small amount of units manufactured that we couldn't catch in time before they made their way to the store shelf or warehouse.
If you are using the Arc Mouse, and your scroll wheel stops functioning, you can call this number to get support: (800) 360-7561. (US customers only.)
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1. The size. It's a full-sized mouse, yet it folds up nicely for transportation.
2. The laser is accurate. Finally! A laser mouse you can use on your bed sheets/blankets/pillows without skipping horribly. Does it work on a glass tabletop? Sorry, I didn't try it, but I would think not.
3. Appearance. Sure, this may not be a big deal to anyone, but it looks good -- well, the black one does anyway...
4. Noise. The buttons don't have a pronounced "plastic click" sound. Some may find this to be a disadvantage, but my wife is thanking me dearly for not keeping her awake when I'm on my laptop late at night.
5. The small USB plug -- not quite as small as the Logitech Nano, but close.
Of course, there are some shortcomings:
1. Functionality. This is a very basic device -- Right click/Left click/Scroll/Back are your functions. That's it; no browser forward, email, volume, etc. features here. To me, not a big deal. To you, it might be.
2. The browser 'back' button is WAY too far down toward the nose of the mouse. I can't imagine the prehensile anatomy of whoever thought this would be ergonomically viable to us modern-day hominids.
All things considered, I like this mouse a lot. It could have more features, but what it lacks in that regard, it makes up for in comfort and styling.
The mouse feels full sized when opened, but takes little space when folded up. It uses the tiny usb transciever with no wire or "pod" extending from the part that plugs into the computer. No direct line of sight necessary.
The scroll seems good, not quite as high quality as the Explorer 2 wireless, but the clicking is phenomenal. The back button is good. The only missing feature is a forward button, though rarely used, is noticeably missing.
The fit and finish of this mouse is superior. The build quality seems very high. Possibly the best mouse Microsoft has made, from an overall perspective.
Ergonomics seem very good with this mouse. It took me no adjustment time going from an Intellimouse Explorer 2.0 to this mouse. It takes only 2 AAA batteries for which Microsoft says should last 6 months.
Best feature: The mousing seems incredibly precise and high resolution. It is very good at navigating very fine movements.
Edit in, a few weeks later: I bought two of these and while I'm still very happy with both of them, the scroll wheel stopped working on the red one. It spins, but there's no clicking and the computer doesn't register that it is scrolling. Amazon is replacing, and since the other one is fine I'm hoping this is an abnormality.
Overall, I'm quite pleased and am thinking of using this with my desktop computer as well.
Update: (11/29/08) Bah. I have to change my review a bit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this mouse. Had one for another laptop and bought another one!Published 2 days ago by G. Wales
I love this mouse functionality and have bought it 3x. Each time it has stopped working prematurely. I thought it was perhaps something I was doing. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Nicole Solovey
It worked for a while but it gets dirty so easily! The light gray sides would have dirt rub off from my hands onto it giving it a horrible look. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was never able to use this mouse. It's beautiful but the battery works only 1 dayPublished 21 days ago by Alexandre S.
These are great. When I got mine, the red ones were a lot cheaper than the black ones, now I see that has reversed. Color doesn't matter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by frozebubba
This mouse was great, when it worked... The USB broke inside my computer and I haven't had it long at all. I'd like to request a return but it's past my 30 days.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The one I got, at least, works well on generic synthetic-"wood"-veneer-over-chipboard office desks... and almost no other surface. Read morePublished 1 month ago by utsusemi
Microsoft's Arc Mouse is one of the most portable, usable, comfortable wireless mice. Great battery life. Very easy to use. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Cady