More Stuff I Like: Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Review & Giveaway

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No need to be funny, witty or even moderately entertaining on this product review – if you have a laptop and like to use a mouse, you need one of these.

Two weeks ago, I received a Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse as a demo unit to review. The mouse is very flat (only a half inch tall) with just enough height to hold two AAA batteries. So I took it out of the package, inserted the included batteries and then looked for the on/off switch and the “connect” button that are de rigueur with other wireless mice. I was baffled by finding neither switch so I actually looked at the quick-start guide. First I was told to “bend” the back half of the mouse in order to turn it on – what? Bend the mouse?

Flexed and FlatSure enough, the “tail” of the Arc Touch mouse is flexible. You bend it to make an arc (hence the name Arc Touch) and it automatically powers on. In it’s flexed position it takes the shape of a traditional mouse, fits your hand nicely and glides easily as only the tip and tail touch the surface. Don’t believe it?  …. Then check out the video.

Now I needed to connect it to my MacBook Pro laptop. A bit more reading led me to some good/bad news. First, the good; the Arc Touch comes with a tiny USB plug-in transmitter receiver. It’s the size of a postage stamp and protrudes only a ¼-inch from the USB port of your laptop when plugged-in. Instead of BlueTooth, the Arc Touch uses a proprietary wirelesss protocol to communicate between mouse and system. I know – proprietary is bad – but how many times have you struggled with setting up a BlueTooth mouse or keyboard? With the Arc Touch, plugging in the transmitter/receiver is all that is required. Now the bad, the documentation indicated that the Arc Touch is a Windows-only device – huh? No Mac support?

So for fun, I plugged it in to my MacBook Pro just to see what would happen. Amazingly, it worked perfectly. I didn’t even have to download or install any device drivers or control software. I could use the Apple mouse control panel to change any settings I desired.

Lastly, the “scroll wheel” is a thing of genius. Instead of a traditional wheel, the Arc Touch has an inch long “scroll bar” sitting flush to the surface between the left- and right-click buttons. If you move your finger forward or backward along this bar, scrolling works as expected. However, the scroll bar gives you both the tactile and audio feedback similar to a traditional scroll wheel … even an amazingly accurate reproduction of the clicking sensation.

So how does it perform? Since I received the demo unit, I take it everywhere with me. I never have to remember to turn if off when I travel – simply flattening the device does the trick. Even the mini-transmitter receiver attaches to the mouse magnetically for storage if I need to free up the USB port. Everyone in the office is coveting the Arc Touch including, unfortunately, our CEO. So put this one in the TechDadCentral hallowed category of “Stuff I Like” and hope that I can keep hiding it every time our CEO strolls by my desk.

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Comments (132)

  1. Barbra M says:

    I have a laptop & I can’t live without my wireless mouse!

  2. Deb Anderson says:

    I have a mini surge suppressor that I use when traveling to make sure my electronics are protected outside their “everyday” environment. I also have a USB hub that converts one USB port into seven.

  3. I currently could not live without my usb cord to upload pictures! I do not have a mouse for my laptop but i bet if I did, I wouldn’t want to live without it!!!

  4. Karen says:

    Theres so many things I’m not sure I could live without. Im sure it would have to be my USB cord which I use to connect to my camera, and I have one for my phone, etc. Just being able to link everything to my computer makes like so much easier.

  5. alh1203 says:

    love my smartphone and all of it’s freedom but I also love my external harddrive for my desktop – gotta keep all those kiddo photos safe!

  6. Erica says:

    My printer. We use it constantly.

  7. sandra says:

    i can’t live without a wireless mouse

  8. tgerine says:

    Couldn’t live without my mouse….or keyboard…or monitor….Oh heck, couldn’t live without any of it!!!!

  9. Vickie Couturier says:

    my wireless mouse for my laptop I cant live without,,,,I just cant work it without it

    vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

  10. Diane says:

    I could use this for my laptop. I really need a mouse cannot use the laptop without one.

  11. January Bennett says:

    Looks neat! Would love to try this! :)

  12. Stacie says:

    Either my camera cord or my webcam! There are both essential!

  13. Mary says:

    I can’t live without my Flip Video camera and my mini mouse, which is a very small narrow mouse that you control with your fingertips, not the entire hand, which means no carpal tunnel syndrome.

  14. Heather says:

    Wow! THis looks so cool. I just might order one for my office desk!

  15. Daleene Fox says:

    Wow! This looks very cool.

  16. Chris says:

    I couldn’t live without my wireless mouse for my laptop.

  17. Blake says:

    My printer and computer are priceless!

  18. sandy says:

    I need my mouse, this one looks awsome. Maybe my hand would not fall asleep so quick with this.

  19. Holly says:

    I love my wireless keyboard and mouse!

  20. Shawn says:

    I have got to have a mouse, couldn’t live without it!

    shawn113(at)hotmail(dot)com

  21. Letessha says:

    I cannot live without my mouse. I use a wireless one with the laptop.

  22. Kimberly says:

    I am actually in the market for a wireless mouse for my laptop…the trackpad isn’t working. I also couldn’t live without my portable speakers!

  23. I could not live without my mouse. I have left it at home and it was horrible to try to use the touch pad on my laptop at work. I have 3 wireless mice that I use and 2 have died from over-use. I’m now using a basic Logitech that I purchased about 3 months ago but it’s for work. It has been pretty good but working for a technology company and blogging about technology always has me looking for a new model for personal use. I have seen this mouse before but I haven’t considered buying it just yet.

    Maybe I should! I’d love to try one out.

  24. Christina G says:

    I would love to win one of these for my laptop too. As far as what tech I can’t live without I can’t live without my laptop, my iPad, my iPhone, my desktop and my washing machine :D

  25. Beth says:

    I love having a mouse…definitely miss it when I’m using a laptop….and of course, the keyboard :-)

  26. Costana Hornbaker says:

    i cant live with out my headphones for the computer!!!

  27. carol naes says:

    I have to have a mouse, I am lost without it, my kids laugh at me, I can’t use my laptop without it

  28. Nicole says:

    I love my ergonomic keyboard.

  29. Chad says:

    When dealing with Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro, I definitely need a mouse as the trackpad doesn’t perform as well.

  30. Jerrilynn says:

    I cannot live without a mouse!! I even pack one when I travel to use with my netbook!

  31. Angela says:

    I cannot live without my *real* mouse attached to my notebook. Would love a cordless version. Thanks!!

  32. Kim says:

    This soundslikethe perfect solution for me!

  33. Jennifer W says:

    Have to have my mouse! I’m a total mess without one!

  34. Anonymous says:

    Yes I love my mouse gets me where I need to goooooooooo lol

  35. Dan Kassinger says:

    This is so cool! I just can’t live without my computer!!

  36. Erin T says:

    I cannot live without my speakers! They broke the other day and I have to go get new ones, it’s driving me absolutely CRAZY!!!

  37. Stacy T. says:

    I can’t live without a wireless mouse with my laptop, or my printer!

  38. Kelli W says:

    I would love to have this. I use my track pad and an external mouse depending on what I’m doing. This would be so cool! If I had to pick, I’d say I couldn’t live without the mouse.

  39. Dusty B says:

    I love my wireless mouse, but this seems like it would be a great spacesaver when you want to use a mouse :)

  40. Pauletta Horn says:

    Love laptops, but hate the touchpad. I am so use to a mouse that goes witht the traditional desktop, so…..mouse.

  41. Anonymous says:

    I get frustrated with the trackpad on my laptop, therefor I use a mouse all the time. This one looks awesom and I would love to try one!

  42. Diana Linder says:

    Gotta have a mouse!

  43. Barbara says:

    This looks so cool.

  44. I can’t live without my wireless keyboard!

  45. I can’t live without my wireless keyboard…when I’m using the Mac!

  46. LauraG says:

    Cannot live without wireless keyboard and mouse!

  47. fatima says:

    I can’t live without my mouse!!

  48. Christina says:

    I can’t live without my headphones and my laptop lap cooling pad.

  49. jean says:

    I miss the mouse when using my laptop.

  50. Stacey says:

    I definitely need my mouse! Also love my new Mac keyboard!

  51. Daniel M says:

    kinda difficult using my computer without a mouse

  52. Alissia M says:

    I have to have a mouse, I feel naked without it. I hate having to use my touch pad on my laptop. I also have to have a mouse pad.

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Alissia

  53. adrian says:

    my mouse – would like to try this one too!

  54. suz says:

    External hard drive.

  55. Jazmin K. says:

    I have to have my laptop! I have my business and all sentimental pictures on it! I’d go nuts without it!

  56. Donna Long says:

    This is awesome! :) This mouse would be great!

  57. Bonnie Wemyss says:

    I can’t live without my wireless keyboard and mouse!

  58. RUTH A LUCE says:

    I absolutely couldn’t live without my mouse, external hard drive, head phones, digicam, printer/scanner and my disc drive without doubt, all equally important and this mouse looks like the bomb!!!

  59. Alice F says:

    My favorite computer items I can’t live with out would be the mouse you described, it sounds incredible

  60. keyless keyboard, 3 ft tall monitor

  61. Barbara Molchanoff says:

    Oh a mouse, of course! I hate having to use the touchpad lol ~ of course a lot of times I have to, but I don’t like it, at all. Also couldn’t live without my wi-fi printer, it’s amazing!

  62. Tiffany says:

    We can’t live without our video cam! We skype weekly with our family in California.

  63. Raina says:

    Have one of these for one of our laptops and it is wonderful. Would love to have one for the desktop too.

  64. Emmeline says:

    I can’t live without my external hard drive! What would I do without it? My Macbook Pro fills up quick. :) I have yet to acquire a wireless mouse though….

  65. Deb J. says:

    I can’t live without my wireless keyboard & mouse. I use a notebook and just can’t use the small keyboard and trackpad… too tiny!

  66. Monique says:

    I couldn’t live without my mouse! I do not like using the touchpad on my laptop
    gusgirl33@hotmail.com

  67. Ellie says:

    I couldn’t love without a mouse. It’s much easier to work than the laptop trackpad. Thanks for this great giveaway.

  68. Ellie says:

    I mean “live” not love.

  69. Brenda says:

    I guess it would have to be my mouse, since I’m on the 2nd one in a few months. The cords keep coming lose and breaking. I use the mouse a lot!

  70. Natalie55 says:

    It looks neat!!

  71. Michele H says:

    I can’t live without my speakers, headphones, FLIP and external hard drive.

  72. kim says:

    I can’t live without my mouse!

  73. Well, I think I’d have to agree with the rest of them…the mouse is a definite, but that’s no mouse you’re giving away–that’s the grand slam of mouseness!!! It’s so sleek and cool looking.

    Thanks for the chance to win–that’s amazing looking!

  74. Okay so this isn’t terribly creative but I’m going to have to go with my mouse as well. My life would be much more complicated if i had to use the track pad all the time on my laptop. Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. Stefanie says:

    My favorite computer accessory is my mouse because I can’t stand the touch pad pointer on my computer. I would love to win this prize!

  76. Lisa says:

    Definitely my mouse… I hate the track pad, and the arrow keys too! Annoying!

  77. BethD says:

    I would say my wireless keyboard is my coveted possesion at work! I have an old desk not computer friendly..and have destroyed many keyboard cords over the years!
    But this sounds awesome for use with the laptop or netbook! Wow..

  78. bkl says:

    I can’t live without my flash drive. It makes life so much easier when you don’t have to mail someone a file (that might be too big to mail), or have to carry around a bulky laptop when all you need is one or two files. My flash drive makes me less dependent on the computer itself.

    This mouse would be really great for me; I have carpal tunnel & very small hands; the usual ergonomic mouse options don’t work for me. Thanks for the opportunity.

  79. I can’t live without my external hard drive. I export all my blog information as well as my family photos…just in case my laptop goes down I have a backup source.

  80. Nicole Brady says:

    I absolutely love my wireless keyboard and mouse that I have at home. Drives me crazy when I’m doing the bookkeeping at the church and am confined by cords!

  81. BenSpark says:

    I love my logitech trackman. Have had one for years.

  82. Scott says:

    I was just telling my wife about this mouse the other day when I saw Microsoft’s new release about it! As for my most-used and loved accessory, it has to be the external hard drive for photo/video storage. 2TB (yes, TB) of space!

  83. TimeOutDad says:

    A mouse is not just a mouse! This one seems awesome!

  84. Nic F says:

    I LOVE my digital camera and my external hard drive.

  85. Nic F says:

    I LOVE my digital camera and my external hard drive.

  86. kjllane says:

    I would have to say the one computer accessory I can not live without would be my printer. It helps me plan all of my craziness and keep it somewhat organized. Maybe that is why I have 4…. and actually use them all!!!

  87. Crystal Jo Bruns says:

    I can’t live without my zip drives and my all-in-one printer. I love being able to simply carry my zip drive into stores and print pictures off of it. My all-in-one makes my life super easy. No more running into town to get a copy made. Thanks for a chance to win this great mouse. I have been looking for something to take on vacation with me for my laptop. This would be great.

  88. Wendy says:

    I wouldn’t be able to live without my all in one printer!

  89. Claudia says:

    I can’t live without my mouse….

  90. Cathy B says:

    my mouse died and I have had to succumb to using the touchpad! it is not easy!!! Would love to review this arc mouse!!! I have tried all kinds of “mice” or “mouses?!” .. and still looking for the right one!

    I also am so happy since I started using cooling fans under my laptop… HUGE difference in performance and gives me security. the secret is finding the right one… one that is quiet and does the job still.
    cathy b
    http://palmbreezeliving.blogspot.com
    http://www.bamboopink.net/palmbreezeliving
    pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

  91. LaTanya says:

    Definitely can’t live without a wireless mouse!

  92. I can’t live without my portable hard drive!

  93. Theresa J says:

    I can’t live without my wireless mouse and my portable hard drive (both connected to my laptop).

  94. tarah says:

    that would b the best i have a laptop n lose my mouse on my screen all the time w that i would never lose it

  95. Vicenzino Armenti says:

    I can not live without my Computer. But My Mouse is still the one with the “Ball” and I hate it, but I tolerate it.
    I think this Microsoft Mouse is Sleek in Design and would be Proud to own one. I love Microsoft Products.

  96. Shannon L Barlow says:

    I would go nuts without my mouse. The pad thingy is a pain in the _____. It’s really touchy so it messes with my screen a lot if I’m not using my mouse.

  97. ellen says:

    For sure a mouse- I have movement problems & cant use a laptop without some sort of mouse. I held onto a desktop for 8 years fearing I couldnt operate without a mouse! This arc one looks darn nice!

  98. Beva says:

    Any Toys You can get for the puter is fun!! I just got a pad to sit my lappy on that has a pullout for a mouse! That mouse would work on there! Would love it!~

  99. kkenty says:

    USB Flash drives are really helpful for using files on different pc’s. Or carrying a presentation to a meeting in your pocket!! THANKS.

  100. Melissa says:

    I can’t live without my mouse and my Flash Drive.

  101. Amanda Kelsey says:

    I have to have my wireless mouse

  102. Gail T says:

    I can’t live without my laptop & mouse.

  103. Alec Mendez says:

    I’m a piece of cheese. I cant live without a mouse.

  104. Robin says:

    I am very disturbed when I don’t have a working color printer. Also, I really depend upon my external hard drive–it is only bested by my flash drive.

  105. gayla says:

    my daughter has a laptop i cant afford one but she loves hers. at night time i wish i had one while im watching my shows, but i think that she would love this mouse instead of the pad on the computer. i know that i would when i am able to use hers. thanks

  106. gayla says:

    my daughter has a laptop i cant afford one but she loves hers. at night time i wish i had one while im watching my shows, but i think that she would love this mouse instead of the pad on the computer. i know that i would when i am able to use hers. thanks

  107. WHOA – Love this concept! A wireless that will travel well, not burn batteries by being on when I want it off and works easily? That sounds like the perfect item.

    Can’t live without it computer accessory? Well, having started using computers in the age of the 8″ floppy, I am in love with thumb drives, but I don’t know if those are considered accessories. I love my hub port – I have one with a 12″ extender, so I can plug everything in and move it out of my way – it is a wonderful thing!

  108. sindy yanez says:

    My printer!

  109. ragu says:

    cant live without my wireless mouse….

  110. Judy says:

    I use my scanner so much I would miss it a lot if it were gone :)

  111. Susan West says:

    A mouse,lol,never could get used to that little touchpad! Of course I could not imagine living without a printer either!

  112. Renee Turner says:

    I have to have great speakers for the computer!

  113. Dianne P says:

    I can’t live without my big monitor, no more squinting for me.

  114. Kim McKoy says:

    I can’t live without my external hard drive.

  115. DeeAnn S says:

    I can’t live without my mouse. Don’t like the touch pad. Thanks.

  116. Cheyenne says:

    To be honest, I can’t live without my laptop. I do everything on it!! I’ve never had a wireless mouse — what a wonderful idea this one is!

  117. Christine says:

    I can’t live without my laptop!

  118. Kristy Richard says:

    I can’t live without my mouse… would love to upgrade to this!! I hate having to use the touchpad..

  119. Paula Shayter says:

    i would love to have this I get tired of having a lost pointer because the touch pad is alwalys sticking or moving to fast

  120. Kris Smith says:

    This looks AWESOME!!!

  121. sarah b says:

    need speakers so i cna listen to Glee while I surfing

  122. Adrienne says:

    laptop, printer and mouse!

  123. clarissa says:

    a mouse is really the only acessory i use

  124. Robyn says:

    I can’t stand my pad on my laptop. I have tried a wireless before and wonder if this one will be different. If I win it will be interesting to find out!!

  125. Robyn says:

    I can’t stand my pad on my laptop. I have tried a wireless before and wonder if this one will be different. If I win it will be interesting to find out!!

  126. Tiffany S. says:

    Love the idea of wireless mice, however few work well.

  127. Julie says:

    A wireless mouse is required – even for a laptop.

  128. DJ says:

    This Arc Touch Mouse is so unique and awesome!! This will be hard to live without!! :)

  129. Lisa Kassabaum says:

    I can’t live without my wireless mouse!

  130. SusieQTpies says:

    My laptop has a touch mouse but it doesn’t work anymore (only 1 year old) so I had to buy a wireless mouse. It is big and bulky! I would love to try out this one! Thanks for the opportunity! I CAN”T live without a mouse.

  131. MNJetter says:

    How on earth did you get the thing to work with a MacBook? I tried it on my iMac and all it did was force my Arc keyboard to uninstall itself and restart. I love the design of this mouse so much….stupid software…

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