We have seen some pretty clever mice (think that is the right terminology) while doing our featured reviews at Gadgets 4 Guys but we always appreciate a minimalist design that happens to work with making a product easier to travel or carry. We stumbled across the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse on the good ol’ interwebs and thought it was a really cool product. We are very particular about the mice that we use since they are such a part of our everyday life which is why we took a deep look at the Arc mouse.
The first thing you will notice from the pictures above is that this mouse is kind of a transformer. The Arc starts off in a flat position (we’ll call that the prone position) to begin with. When you are ready to rock and roll, you simply bend the non plastic part of the mouse until you hear a “click” which not only puts it into a more usable position but it also turns the mouse on. The way that we kind of thought of it was the slap bracelet concept (don’t lie, you we all had one at one point) applied to a mouse. The nice thing about the Arc mouse is that when it is flat, it will easily fit in the sleeve of a laptop back or even in a front pocket. The other cool thing about the mouse is that it uses the ultra fancy technology to where this baby can work on every surface (even glass) which should make it easier if you are a person with a mobile workspace. Or if you are like us and go to random coffee shops with a Mac and try to talk extra loud to other people about how hard it is “to turn blogging into a career” while sipping on a Mocha. Actually, you are a complete tool if you do that and this probably isn’t the mouse for you (no offense to the Apple fanboy’s out there). The arc is for somebody that is wanting to do a little extra work at home and always wished they could just use their leg as a mouse pad which is what this Mouse does. The one thing we wished we could have seen on the Arc was the ability to use it in the prone (or flat) position. While that isn’t our cup of tea, we know it is for others which is why it would be nice if this thing did that.
We were going to post a video up here from some other people that had the lucky chance to review it but we at Gadgets 4 Guys aren’t fancy pants enough to have Microsoft personally send us this product to review. So a couple of us in the office put this one on the old Christmas list and they’re keeping their fingers crossed. While going through the reviews of some of the other spoiled brats out there, the only real complaint we heard was some the noise level of the touch scroll. We can’t give you too many details but when we do get our hands on the Microsoft Arc you will get the full unboxing and review video. Definitely a cool mouse that really isn’t terribly expensive and will get you the occasional “oh my!” remark around the office (because we know you aren’t currently getting it now).