Today there are two major manufacturers of mice that are sold worldwide, namely Logitech and Microsoft. The two companies are competing with each other to see who can outdo who by coming up with the most innovative, feature rich or simply just unusual products. Today we’re taking a look at a rather unusual mouse from Microsoft, the Arc Touch, which is not like any mouse we’ve ever seen before.
We weren’t swayed by the original Microsoft Arc mouse, as it was more of a fashion and design statement than anything else and it’s not what we’d call the most comfortable or practical mouse in use. However, the Arc Touch is a different animal all together, as although it shares the arc shape, that’s about all it has in common with the original.
Microsoft has spent a fair bit of detail when it comes to the packaging which has a textured flat which can be opened to reveal the mouse hiding underneath a clear plastic window. Surprisingly the flat closes with the help of a magnetic lock, not something you expect to see on what ultimately is a cardboard box that most people won’t spend another second with once they’ve gotten the goods out of it. Still, it’s a nice touch and an impressive start.
For once it’s actually quite easy to get the goods out of the packaging as well, as you simply cut the seal on the side of the box and slide an inner box out of the main packaging. We really approve of packaging that’s this easy to open and you won’t have to worry about cutting yourself on either the packaging or whatever you use to open it with.
But enough about the packaging, it’s the mouse that’s the interesting thing here. The Arc Touch doesn’t exactly look like much of a mouse when it comes out of the box, as it’s very flat and long. It has a small compartment at the bottom which has room for a pair of supplied AAA/LR03 batteries. Pop the batteries in and nothing much happens, as to power on the mouse you need to bend the rear half so that the Arc Touch forms an arc shape – imagine that. On the top is a battery indicator which lights up green for as long as there’s enough juice in the batteries and red when they’re about to run out.