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Microsoft's Arc Touch Mouse is Like No Other

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 63 comments

A mouse that flat-packs for easy travel.

We've been hearing about Microsoft's Arc Touch Mouse for a while now. A couple of interesting pictures cropped up on Twitter and word on the street was Microsoft was teasing its upcoming peripheral. However, the images didn't look anything like a traditional mouse, leading people to believe Microsoft could be working on its own version of Apple's Magic Trackpad.

This week, yet more images cropped up, and though these ones didn't come directly from Redmond, they do lend weight to the theory that the images posted to the Microsoft twitter were pictures of the Arc Touch Mouse.

The images above were taken from German etailer Notebooksbillinger's website and show a curved mouse, with a shape similar to that of the already available Microsoft Arc Mouse. However, as you can see, the Arc Touch Mouse actually flattens out for easy packing. The mouse is supposedly able to track on almost any surface, features touch scrolling and makes use of a 2.4GHz nano transceiver.

Notebooksbillinger had the price for the peripheral listed as €69.99, but no word on if that's a conversion of the American price or just a similar price point.

(via Engadget)

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  • 37 Hide
    beayn , August 19, 2010 7:17 PM
    zoemayneits just a mouse/track pad i mean seriously....


    But if Apple made it, it would be revolutionary.
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    lamorpa , August 19, 2010 7:16 PM
    Wow. Now I can finally buy that suitcase that I could not fit my old mouse into. That 3"x2"x1" (6 cu.in.) space that my old, huge mouse took up can be replaced by this new, tiny 3.5"x2"x0.5" (3.5 cu.in.) mouse. I was always a couple cubic inches short with my old suitcase. 2.5 cu.in! (0.0015 cu.ft!) Now I can fit everything!
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    damasvara , August 19, 2010 7:43 PM
    beaynBut if Apple made it, it would be revolutionary.

    Only if you're holding it right... lovl
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    stm1185 , August 19, 2010 7:15 PM
    Function > Form.
  • 25 Hide
    lamorpa , August 19, 2010 7:16 PM
    Wow. Now I can finally buy that suitcase that I could not fit my old mouse into. That 3"x2"x1" (6 cu.in.) space that my old, huge mouse took up can be replaced by this new, tiny 3.5"x2"x0.5" (3.5 cu.in.) mouse. I was always a couple cubic inches short with my old suitcase. 2.5 cu.in! (0.0015 cu.ft!) Now I can fit everything!
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    beayn , August 19, 2010 7:17 PM
    zoemayneits just a mouse/track pad i mean seriously....


    But if Apple made it, it would be revolutionary.
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    jacobdrj , August 19, 2010 7:20 PM
    I wonder if they will make a bluetooth version.

    Either way, this looks very cool, and innovative. However, it has to prove to me that the arc design is comfortable and ergonomic, or they will not get many buyers. It would take a lot to pry some people away from their trackballs from their cold, dead hands...

    Also, battery life, battery life, and more battery life... If it is too low, forget about it.

    Other issues with mice come from tracking. Do I trust a trackpad not from Synaptics? I have tried some imitators, and have been quite disappointed. The laser on Microsoft mice seem to leave a little to be desired, even from their laser mice, compared with Logitech, despite M$ being the initial company to market with optical mice.
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    theuerkorn , August 19, 2010 7:23 PM
    Finally something Microsoft I would consider buying.
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    TunaSoda , August 19, 2010 7:27 PM
    "Microsoft's Arc Touch Mouse is Like No Other"
    That's a good thing
  • 24 Hide
    damasvara , August 19, 2010 7:43 PM
    beaynBut if Apple made it, it would be revolutionary.

    Only if you're holding it right... lovl
  • 9 Hide
    Nightsilver , August 19, 2010 7:44 PM
    beaynBut if Apple made it, it would be revolutionary.



    It would change everything. Again.
  • 1 Hide
    N.Broekhuijsen , August 19, 2010 7:55 PM
    beaynBut if Apple made it, it would be revolutionary.
    yes and no;
    The idiot apple fanbois would overrate it on so many levels a normal human mind cannot even begin to comprehend why...
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    lamorpa , August 19, 2010 8:02 PM
    If Apple made it, it would be white. That's the revolutionaly part (oh, yeah, and adding a lowercase 'i' before the name).
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    bustapr , August 19, 2010 8:02 PM
    remember the mighty mouse... they revolutionized with a right click OMG
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    sstym , August 19, 2010 8:08 PM
    beaynBut if Apple made it, it would be revolutionary.


    And white.
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    cyprod , August 19, 2010 8:09 PM
    did any of the "if apple did it, it would be revolutionary" commentors read the article? Apple already did do it minus the ability to flatten it out. It's called the magic mouse.

    Jane even was kind enough to mention it in the first paragraph.
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    jacobdrj , August 19, 2010 8:16 PM
    Why is everyone focusing on who makes the product instead of the product... Had Microsoft gone Disney/Buena Vista, would the discussion be more on topic?
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    tayb , August 19, 2010 8:33 PM
    beaynBut if Apple made it, it would be revolutionary.


    Apple already made one and as far as I know they were the first to make one. Sadly, both of these mice were engineered to solve a problem that doesn't exist.
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    nitrium , August 19, 2010 8:40 PM
    Apple kinda does make it:
    http://www.apple.com/magicmouse/
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    Euphoria_MK , August 19, 2010 8:43 PM
    cyproddid any of the "if apple did it, it would be revolutionary" commentors read the article? Apple already did do it minus the ability to flatten it out. It's called the magic mouse.Jane even was kind enough to mention it in the first paragraph.


    No they haven't, they just want to troll
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    husker , August 19, 2010 8:43 PM
    If you read the german on the box it uses the word "tasche" which could mean bag but also can mean pocket. The English version misses out on pointing out that the mouse will more easily fit into a pocket.
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