Review: Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse

Microsoft’s optical mouse is somewhat of an iconic piece of kit. If you’ve ever gone from a generic optical mouse to one of Microsoft’s pieces of work, you know that you’re never going to use anything better without shelling out several thousand rand for it – and then it’ll be custom-designed for a specific purpose. But a mouse looks like a mouse, right? Wrong.

And now for something completely different. Kinda. Microsoft has had an Arc Touch Mouse before this but this is the Bluetooth version. If you’ve never seen it before, it looks like someone’s taken a computer mouse and smooshed it into the table, resulting in a… mouse pancake, of sorts.

Except that it’s not. The mouse snaps up into a curved shape that fits your hand, allowing you to transport it easily. The flat-to-curved design isn’t just a because-we-can thing either, that’s how you power it on or off. When it’s curved, the mouse is usable, and you just mash it flat to turn it off and put it away. Nice touch there.

The Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse uses a selection of touch technology to let users scroll through pages, while the connectivity is taken care of by Bluetooth 4.0. As usual, Microsoft’s BlueTrack optical tech makes sure that it works on just about every surface you can think of. Aside from clear glass or mirrors, that is.

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