Photos: Microsoft Arc Mouse, what it looks like folded like a phone

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Photos: Microsoft Arc Mouse, what it looks like folded like a phone
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We've seen interesting mouse designs before, but none quite like this. Microsoft's new Arc mouse fold up like a mobile. See our photo gallery here.

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Price: $99.95
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Out of the box, the Microsoft Arc Mouse stands out a mile, as you can see from our photo gallery (click the images above).

There's been a few attempts to redesign the mouse (see below), and the Arc is up there amongst the more striking designs, with it's foldable half-moon shape.

The foldeable idea is interesting, if a little pointless unless you're travelling, or like your desktop peripherals uber chic. The Arc actually folds up like a clamshell-type mobile phone, turning the device into a mini mouse.

We found the Arc a super-smooth scroller, but like many portable mice, took a bit of getting used to. The scrolling is slick, but the thin design feels a little flimsy - there's not a lot of surface area to grip, and we found our little finger kept slipping underneath.

The good thing is that vertical side buttons are out of the way, so you don't accidentally press them.

arc mouse front view
The Microsoft Arc Mouse - slick design, and it folds up


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The Arc folded up.


Mouse wars: attempts to make mice standout

The Arc is up there with some other attempts to make a standout mouse.

The Logitech MX Revolution - a flywheel that uses a motorised transmission, and individually built scroll wheels. For the connisour.
The Logitech MX Revolution - a flywheel that uses a motorised transmission, and individually built scroll wheels. For the connoisseur.


Microsoft Sidewinder - separate weight cartridges, custom glide pads for the optimum glide feel. The deluxe experience. (now in the new X8 version)
Microsoft Sidewinder - separate weight cartridges, custom glide pads for the optimum glide feel. The deluxe experience. (now in the new X8 version)


Logitech G9 - as above, this has customisable weighting, plus you can switch plastic casings. Gaming cred, like the G5 before it.
Logitech G9 - as above, this has customisable weighting, plus you can switch plastic casings. Gaming cred, like the G5 before it.


Razer DeathAdder - we're talking 1800dpi and 1000Hz polling, ultra-fast tracking over surfaces, and tolerance of 2.1mm from desk height. Even the <i>name</i> sounds mean.
Razer DeathAdder - we're talking 1800dpi and 1000Hz polling, ultra-fast tracking over surfaces, and tolerance of 2.1mm from desk height. Even the name sounds mean.


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Comments: 8
chickenzz
12 September 2008
I never thought i was see the day that a mouse would cost $3434




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Photos: Microsoft Arc Mouse, what it looks like folded like a phone?
We've seen interesting mouse designs before, but none quite like this. Microsoft's new Arc mouse fold up like a mobile. See our photo gallery here.

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William Maher
12 September 2008
chickenzz, thanks for pointing out the typo. The correct price is listed now.
Hobo_Joe
12 September 2008
I wonder how sturdy it feels? You say flimsy.. but flimsy how? I'd be afraid of putting too much pressure on it and snapping it!
Nat.W¿LL¿
12 September 2008
my wrist is aching just looking at that! AGHHHH!!
Slatts
12 September 2008
Looks like it would be hard pressed to survive its first BSOD. :(
William Maher
14 September 2008
Hobo_Joe, the mouse feels delicate, but it's not flimsy enough to bend. It's not going to snap in normal use. On the upside, it's not tiny like some travel mice, on the downside, I found it a bit awkward to grip.
Hobo_Joe
14 September 2008
William Maher wrote:
Hobo_Joe, the mouse feels delicate, but it's not flimsy enough to bend. It's not going to snap in normal use. On the upside, it's not tiny like some travel mice, on the downside, I found it a bit awkward to grip.


Hey Will, thanks for that. I'm always in the mood to try new things :P
It sounds like it'd be decent for business use, but I don't know if I'd consider it for gaming.. It'd probably be too narrow. Maybe I should look into it for my laptop!
bbjai
14 September 2008
I'm going to go check this out, I have small hands so like I hope this is going to be alrite for me. I travel a fair bit for work so a mouse like that would definetely help.
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