Review: Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

I’ve been in the market for a new mouse at my day job. I was looking for something that was precise, portable, and most of all comfortable since I’ve been feeling some discomfort in my mouse hand.

I finally settled on the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse.

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

Microsoft Arc Mouse

I’ve been rocking this mouse for a little over 4 months now, and I must say that I’ve been quite impressed with it.

Pros

  • The feedback from the pseudo scroll wheel provides the ‘feel’ of a conventional scroll wheel, which is a nice touch.
  • In my opinion, this mouse forces you to have good mechanics when working with it. since you don’t have sides to clench, you have to use the palm of your hand to maneuver the mouse.
  • Precision on this mouse is excellent.  As a developer, this is a big priority for me and the Arc delivers.
  • Portability of this mouse is great. Since it can fold flat, you can stick it in pockets and pouches you normally wouldn’t with a conventional mouse.  Plus, the fact the nano receiver is magnetic and ‘sticks’ on the bottom of the mouse removes another frustration of misplacing the receiver.

Cons

  • Obviously, the buttons on this are limited.  I didn’t really feel that I was hindered by not having the customary navigation buttons.
  • The scroll wheel, while great for scrolling, will sometimes not register your ‘taps’ for page up / page down etc.
  • Battery life is a little less than my previous Logitech mouse. Plus, the Arc Mouse takes 2 AAA batteries, when my old Logitech took just one AAA.

I’ve been very pleased with the Arch Touch Mouse and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great mouse, or a mouse to rid themselves of their claw hand.