Pros Very cool shape that is elegant and makes you think "why aren't all notebook mice like this?" Unfolded it reminds me of those bad-ass rolling/shooting force-field droids in Star Wars...
Cons It's not as accurate as other modern top of the line mice. The wheel doesn't always register a movement. The working ergonomics are poor.
Summary I expected better performance from the mouse itself (poor point & scroll accuracy) this isn't a cheap mouse, I expected better precision. I also expected much better ergonomics when actually using the mouse. Your thumb and pinky have no place to rest when using this mouse. On a normal mouse when I'm making broad movements my thumb and pinky are resting on the side of the mouse, when I'm doing very precise movements they're touching the desk and dampening/controlling the mouse movement. You can't do either of those things with the arc mouse.
Pros Looks Great feels good
Cons Scroll Wheel Problems
Summary Microsoft called me back Friday 11/07/08 saying they wanted the 3 mice I had shipped to them as this was the first they had heard of a problem I told them to check the internet as there are many many of the same scroll button complaints. They said it would be a while before I got Replacements. I assume they didn't know because places like best buy do not return items or report problems very easily instead they just sell the stuff in bulk as return merchandise.
Pros Well built frame, excellent concept. Clever BT storage. Beautiful idea, bad execution
Cons I've had two of these. The scroll wheel stopped working within 2 -3 weeks each time. Web search shows this is a common problem This time I'll call Microsoft to see if they have fixed the problem. If they have, I would recommend this mouse to anyone.
Summary I was taken with the design. and impressed with what seemed like high quality construction when I opened the box. Even the packaging was impressive. The "feel" wasn't to my liking out of the box. The pointer was extremely smooth, but less than one inch of movement caused full screen travel of the mouse. This can be reset in Control Panel each time it is necessary to switch from the desktop to the laptop mouse. That gets to be a pain but is easily remedied by downloading and installing the Arc driver software. So bottom line - it's curently a flawed product with the potential to be great. I hope they get it fixed.
Pros It works so well on ordinary surfaces. I use mine on a 70 yr. old wooden desk & it slides along like it's on glass. And as far as looks go it's simply elegant.
Cons none. I have heard though that the wheel has broken on several units.
Summary I just purchased mine today(10/28)at Sams club for $39.86. I?ve never used anything but the touch-pad on my Acer Lappy & after today I?ll never use it again!! As Sam?s is owned by Wal-Mart don?t be surprised to find it there at a similar price point. This device is so smooth on even a hard wood desk that I use & is very elegant looking as well. I can?t find a single issue that comes close to a negative.It fits very comfortably in the palm of my hand & works right out of the box?.no drivers needed. I did however download the app for it though you don?t really need to.It has a very solid feel. You won?t be dissapointed if you decide to go with it.
Pros LIght weight
Easy set up for the spare button commands
Easy to take with you
Pretty quick for gaming or just normal use
Cons The spare button cant be hit if your pressing on the left mouse button
They only last a couple months (well my last five did)
Summary I would have given it a higher rating if they never broke so often. If you even do buy one of these make sure its covered if you break it even though its about $40 if you keep using these buying them over and over adds up. But apart from that a great mouse for gaming, house hold use or just at workThey just dont last.
Updated on Sep 11, 2011