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Microsoft's Collapsible Touch Mouse Now Available

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Just in time for Christmas, eh Microsoft?

We've seen a lot of Microsoft's touch-sensitive mouse, the Arc Touch Mouse. However, though Microsoft had formally announced the device, we had yet to be told when people could actually go out and purchase it. Microsoft would say no more than, "It ships early December."

Today, apparently. The Arc Touch Mouse is now available to purchase from Microsoft's seven brick and mortar retail stores. Costing $60, the peripheral is unique in that it flattens out for portability and pops back up when you're ready to use it again. Aside from that little feature, Microsoft is pushing the customizable capacitive touch strip and sensor pads that bring a touchpad-like experience to the device.

No word on when you'll be able to pick one up from other retailers, but if you're living near Scottsdale, Mission Viejo, Lone Tree, San Diego, Oak Brook, Bloomington or Bellevue you can get one today.

 

 

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    stingstang , December 15, 2010 11:08 PM
    I actually do live near Bloomington. A Bloomington, anyway. Not buying it, though. What's the selling point? There are more portable, and better functioning mice out there for less money.
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    tacoslave , December 15, 2010 11:20 PM
    it looks REALLY uncomfortable
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    del35 , December 16, 2010 12:24 AM
    Ummm, too bad MS is not "our boy", or we would be hearing about this crap almost as much as we hear of similar efforts by crapple's US media's poster boy, Mr Jobs--The Super Con Artist.

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    chickenhoagie , December 16, 2010 12:37 AM
    stingstang - bloomington, Illinois?


    and actually tacoslave, I've tried out a similar microsoft mouse ( an arc mouse with a folding back) and it is very comfortable. and definitely stylish
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    eddieroolz , December 16, 2010 2:57 AM
    I still think it looks a bit like a worm traversing in its motion. Nothing bad though.
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    James296 , December 16, 2010 3:22 AM
    looks like a stylish radar gun to me ;) 
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    Anonymous , December 16, 2010 3:40 AM
    the buttons should've been on the other side of the arc
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    deletemach_kernel , December 16, 2010 3:42 AM
    would like to see how much it costs here .else its the roccat pyra wireless or razer mamba for me....

    this looks stylish.... if it is cheaper may acutally give it a shot..... the women in the house might love it
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    cruiseoveride , December 16, 2010 6:05 AM
    If Apple came out with this it would be the next best thing in the world.
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    Anonymous , December 16, 2010 9:05 AM
    What does it do exactly? Is it a mouse or touchpad? http://ddp.net/jab
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    TomTomz , December 16, 2010 10:25 AM
    @chickenhoagie That's where I live :D 
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    sliem , December 16, 2010 1:18 PM
    Too expensive. Try $30.
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    i_am_aronman , December 16, 2010 1:26 PM
    chickenhoagiestingstang - bloomington, Illinois?and actually tacoslave, I've tried out a similar microsoft mouse ( an arc mouse with a folding back) and it is very comfortable. and definitely stylish

    Yea but it does look uncomfortable, its nice to know somebody has tried it though to know otherwise. I am not sure how much i like the touch feature though, it seems like you could accidentally scroll when you don't want to and such. i guess i would have to try it though.
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    gogogadgetliver , December 16, 2010 2:14 PM
    @i_am_aronman

    The scroll is done by a kind of separate touch strip in the middle. Software can tell casual finger motion from holding the mouse apart from an intended scroll motion.

    And it's pretty comfy. Ergonomics was a big design factor.
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    chickenhoagie , December 16, 2010 2:27 PM
    @ i_am_aronman. I didn't try the model with touch sensitive feature, but it had the same arc design, just solid buttons.

    and @ TomTomz. interesting to know :)  i'm about 30 minutes from there
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    Yoder54 , December 16, 2010 3:17 PM
    cruiseoverideIf Apple came out with this it would be the next best thing in the world.


    Actually, they would never produce anything like this for a couple of reasons: 1) it is black, and 2) it is not aesthetically pleasing. Besides, Apple is moving towards tactile devices. Their Magic Mouse uses multi-touch technology, and the Trackpad completely replaces the need for a mouse.
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    Yoder54 , December 16, 2010 3:20 PM
    The above should read "Apple already uses tactile devices."
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    gogogadgetliver , December 16, 2010 5:48 PM
    Yoder54Actually, they would never produce anything like this for a couple of reasons: 1) it is black, and 2) it is not aesthetically pleasing. Besides, Apple is moving towards tactile devices. Their Magic Mouse uses multi-touch technology, and the Trackpad completely replaces the need for a mouse.


    I find the ArcMouse to be very asthetically pleasing. More so than apples magic mouse which just kinda looks like cheap plastic paperweight. But yeah, it's black.

    I think you mean Apple is moving AWAY from tactile devices. There is nothing tactile about touch devices by themselves. They produce no sense of touch like a mechanical button does.

    By contrast the ArcMouse has vibration tied to it's touch sensitive scroll wheel.
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    dEAne , December 17, 2010 1:08 AM
    It looks like a stapler to me than a mouse.
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    HardcoreGrady , January 3, 2011 11:44 PM
    I dig it, but i don't think i'd ever buy one. My mouse works just fine.