Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Finally OfficialCategory: Input Devices
Posted: September 1, 2010 03:15PM
Microsoft first teased a new device a little while back and from then on it had been shown in unofficial leaks. Now Microsoft has finally made it official and has named it the Arc Touch Mouse. This is a mouse just like any other but it has a few unique features to distinguish itself from the competition. First up is the shape of the mouse. It is perfectly flat when you first open up its box and in order to use it, you bend the rear portion to form an arc. The rear features a soft rubber grip so it should be quite comfortable to hold. The front portion of the mouse features two buttons for left and right click along with a capacitive strip in the middle in the place of a scroll wheel. The capacitive strip has sensor buttons that can be used for scrolling, like the typical wheel, as well as customizable shortcuts giving you the option to launch whatever you want. The capacitive strip has some haptic feedback which will let you know when you are using it so it should be similar to a scroll wheel's feel.
The Arc Touch Mouse will launch this December for $69.95. It seems a bit weird to me to announce the mouse so far in advance so maybe there is something else planned to launch around that time. Whatever the case may be, stay tuned for more information.