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The Microsoft Arc Touch mouse aims to flatten competitionBy Johan Keyter 6 September 2010 | Categories: news
Last week Microsoft corporation unveiled its new mouse design in the form of the Arc Touch Mouse. The mouse is designed to be able to fully flatten for portability and pop out again for use.
This intriguing new design also features a first touch scroll strip that allows users to either move their finger slowly for normal scrolling or flick it quickly for hyperfast scrolling, a feature also found on some of Logitech’s devices.
The mouse's main feature remains its ability to collapse to an almost flat state, making it the perfect device for travelling business people.
The device can go from curved to flat in one simple movement, simply collapse the Arc Touch Mouse to turn it off and pop it up again to turn it back on.
It’s also equipped with BlueTrack technology that enables it to track on almost any surface and comes with two AAA batteries giving it an estimated six months of battery life. A two-colour battery life indicator also lets users know when power is running low.
“The reasons people need external mice will not change: comfort and precision. The Arc Touch Mouse just demonstrates again how committed Microsoft is to continuing to bring great new mice to consumers,” said Brett Ostrum, general manager of Microsoft's Hardware division.
The Arc Touch Mouse will be available worldwide from January 2011 and will carry a three-year limited hardware warranty. No information on a local release date is available yet.
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