Last year, the mouse turned 40.
And, like other gadgets, it has acquired many advanced features over the years.
If you have been using the same old mouse on your computer for a long time, then you might be surprised to learn the new features that a new mouse sports. Optical and laser technologies are fast replacing the rolling ball that used to adorn the underbelly of the old mouse.
Microsoft has taken an industrial design risk in order to come up with a truly innovative, portable mouse -- the Arc Mouse. It folds up like a flip phone, making it a perfect device to stow away in your laptop bag, and connects to your PC or laptop wirelessly via a USB micro-transceiver, working efficiently even from as far as 30 feet away.
If empty USB ports are scarce on your notebook, then you will be better off with a Bluetooth-connected mouse.
There is no complicated installation involved, and in case you would like to customise the left and right buttons on the mouse, then the free software called Intellipoint, which is available on Microsoft's website, can help you. Or, you can simply tweak some Mouse properties from your Window's PC options menu too.
With Arc, the mouse motion is decent, no jiggling cursor or jumping around movements.
It has a laser sensor that tracked along smoothly across many surfaces, including cloth and hard paper. But it does have its design drawbacks. The back button on the left side of the mouse could have been a potentially useful button, but due to its positioning on the left side of the mouse, it becomes difficult to reach.
There's a battery status indicator between the left and right click buttons. As for battery life, Microsoft claims that the Arc Mouse will work for more than six months on just two AAA batteries. This mouse retails at around at Rs 3,000 and fits the definition of a versatile pointing device for both desktop and laptop users.
- Flawless glossy paint finish with rubberised sides and underside
- Innovative and functional design