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Conclusions

With this mouse, Microsoft proved that its designers could rival Apple with a unique, stylish product that is sturdy as well as simple and functional. Although USD 70 is a little pricey for a mouse, it is perfect for traveling and can easily be used as an everyday mouse.

The Arc Touch is accurate and works on a wide variety of surfaces. The nano-sized transceiver is very transportable and works perfectly, although it can be easily misplaced. When paired with the Microsoft IntelliPoint software, the Arc Touch is a fully functioning and customizable mouse. The unique way the mouse flattens out when not in use and turns on and off automatically is an outstanding feature.

The only drawback is the fact that the sweet spot for clicking is at the front end of the mouse and those with small hands or short fingers may find that they cannot comfortably reach this area for ease of use.

Strong Points

  • Excellent stylish design
  • Sturdy
  • Easily transportable
  • Excellent precision
  • Works on a large variety of surfaces
  • LED light on top of the mouse give feedback on battery strength
  • Long battery life
  • Haptic scroll bar
  • Customizable through IntelliPoint software
  • Excellent packaging

Weak Points

  • Transceiver too easy to dislodge
  • Not good for small hands or short fingers
  • Fairly expensive
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Sandy Berger, respected computer authority, journalist, media guest, speaker, and author, has more than three decades of experience as a computer and technology expert. Her eight books include: How to Have a Meaningful Relationship with Your Computer, Your Official Grown-up's Guide to AOL and the Internet, Cyber Savers –Tips & Tricks for Today’s Drowning Computer Users, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Better Living through Technology, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to the Internet, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Gadgets & Gizmos, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Health & Wellness, and Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Travel. Sandy’s newspaper column, magazine articles, feature stories, product reviews, and computer tips can be found at her website, Compu-KISS.