Microsoft Arc Mouse review: Microsoft Arc Mouse

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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The Good Folds up smaller for portability. Expands to near full size so your hand doesn't cramp. Ambidextrous. Receiver snaps magnetically to the underside of the mouse for easy transport.

The Bad Receiver could be smaller. It doesn't use Microsoft's new BlueTrack technology.

The Bottom Line Microsoft's Arc is one of the best mouse concepts we've seen, combining the benefits of portability and a full-sized mouse into the one unit.

CNET Editors' Choice Sep '08

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You'd be forgiven for thinking Microsoft's Arc was the latest exercise in design wankery, as we certainly did when images first started filtering down. Thankfully however, this is completely untrue. The Arc is a case of form following function, and not the other way around — as the space under the mouse serves as an area for the rear end of the mouse to fold under, cutting down the size dramatically when it comes to storage.

This effectively gives the user a notebook-sized mouse when they want to pack it away, but a full-sized mouse when they're using it, avoiding "the claw" that so many notebook users have to employ to use the tiny mice. The hinge is strong too, and so won't break in a hurry.

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Microsoft Arc Mouse

Part Number: CNETMicrosoft Arc Mouse

Typical Price: $99.95

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