A Premature Look at Microsoft’s Arc Touch

Awhile ago, I punched you in the eye with a tidbit on Microsoft’s mystery device. That device, as you’re probably aware, turned out to be the Arc Touch mouse, and it now seems that German retailer notebooksbilliger has jumped the gun on unveiling the product proper. Oh, it looks like they got hip. But that certainly won’t stop me from punching you in the eye all over again. Stick your ice packs in the freezer, guys.

A typical 2.4Ghz dongle hooks up what is, surprisingly, one of the sexiest-designed Microsoft peripherals to date.  The Arc Touch is, of all things, bendable, flattening out for easy transportation – or, perhaps, for a presentation-style TV remote configuration? Looks like it’d be comfy either way. Tracking is handled by Microsoft’s Blue Track system, and that big grey bar is a touch pad, replacing the traditional scroll wheel for no reason other than that it can.

The device is slated to drop (in Europe at least) on October 13th, and will retail for €69.99 (90 dollars (bucks (bones (clams)))) – the same price as a Magic Mouse in Germany. Presumably, the Arc Touch will go head-to-head on this side of the pond, as well.

A toast to Microsoft, for developing a product aesthetic that doesn’t reek of a cubicle from the early 90s.

By tydunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.

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