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Microsoft Arc Mouse Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Dec 11, 2019 at 08:55 am
Microsoft Arc Mouse Picture
Test Methodology v0.8.1
6.1
Mixed Usage
6.7
Office/Multimedia
7.5
Travel
5.1
Video Games (FPS)
5.3
Video Games (MMO)
5.9
Ultra-Light Gaming
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Microsoft Arc Mouse is a good ambidextrous travel mouse, but it isn't well-suited for other uses. It offers excellent portability, with a lightweight, compact design, and it supports Bluetooth connectivity, so you don't have to worry about losing a receiver. It's decently comfortable, but might be a bit too small if you have extra large hands, and it isn't a good choice for fans of the fingertip grip. Unfortunately, this isn't a very good mouse for gaming, as it has high click latency and only one programmable button.

Our Verdict

6.1 Mixed Usage

Overall, the Microsft Arc Mouse is adequate for most uses. Its compact design is good for traveling, including minor office work or multimedia. Unfortunately, the high click latency isn't great for gaming, and there's only one programmable button.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.7 Office/Multimedia

The Microsoft Arc Mouse is a decent office/multimedia mouse. It has decent ergonomics and fits most hands, but it might be a bit too small if you have extra large hands. It has decent build quality, with no significant issues, and it has excellent portability, great for taking with you in a laptop bag.

7.5 Travel

The Microsoft Arc Mouse is a good travel mouse. It has excellent portability, thanks to its compact design, and it supports Bluetooth connectivity, so you don't have to worry about losing a proprietary wireless receiver. It's decently comfortable, regardless of hand size, but it might not be ideal for long-term use.

5.1 Video Games (FPS)

Unfortunately, this isn't a very good mouse for high-speed gaming. It has very high click latency, and it can't be used wired for lower latency. Although it has decent ergonomics, it might not be comfortable for longer play sessions or if you have extra large hands.

See our Video Games (FPS) recommendations
5.3 Video Games (MMO)

Unfortunately, this mouse isn't a great choice for MMO gaming. It only has one programmable button, and the available software has very limited options. It has decent ergonomics, but might not be a good choice for longer gaming sessions.

See our Video Games (MMO) recommendations
5.9 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Microsoft Arc Mouse has excellent portability and a compact, light-weight design, but it isn't a good choice for gaming. It has bad click latency, and there's only one programmable button.

  • 6.1 Mixed Usage
  • 6.7 Office/Multimedia
  • 7.5 Travel
  • 5.1 Video Games (FPS)
  • 5.3 Video Games (MMO)
  • 5.9 Ultra-Light Gaming
Pros
  • Excellent portability.
  • Lightweight design.
  • Good overall performance.
Cons
  • Limited number of buttons.
  • High latency.
  • Limited companion software.
  1. Update 12/20/2019: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Microsoft Arc Mouse has a very simple, compact design. When traveling, it collapses to a flat shape for better portability. It's available in a variety of different colors depending on the retailer.

Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
N/A
Maximum Weight Without Wire
82 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
82 g

There's no weight optimization possible on this mouse, but it's already pretty light, making it a great choice for traveling.

8.9
Design
Portability
Length 5.2" (13.2 cm)
Height 0.6" (1.4 cm)
Width 2.2" (5.5 cm)
Volume
6.35 Cu. Inch (104 Cu. centimeter)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No Receiver/Cable

The Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse has outstanding portability. When collapsed to the "off" position, it easily fits in your pocket or a bag. If you want a more typical-designed mouse that is travel-friendly, take a look at the Logitech Pebble M350.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

Decent build quality. The clipping mechanism used to lock the mouse into a flat or arched shape feels well-built, but the latex material that covers the back portion of the mouse could be more susceptible to wear-and-tear.

6.5
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
No
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
Yes
Grip Width
55 mm

The Microsoft Arc Mouse has an ambidextrous design and decent overall ergonomics. It can't really be used with a fingertip grip, but is otherwise comfortable for most hand sizes.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Palm Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Palm Grip: X.Large Hand
No

This mouse is a good choice for the palm grip unless you have extra large hands, in which case the mouse might be a bit too small to use comfortably.

Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Claw Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Claw Grip: X.Large Hand
Yes

This mouse is a good choice for the claw grip, regardless of hand size.

Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Fingertip Grip: Small Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Medium Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: Large Hand
No
Fingertip Grip: X.Large Hand
No

This mouse isn't designed to be used with a fingertip grip. Most of the weight is in the front of the mouse, so it's difficult if it isn't in contact with your palm.

6.0
Design
Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
No
Battery Type
2x AAA
Use When Charging
No ( Single use batteries)
On/Off Activation
On/Off Switch

The Microsoft Arc Mouse can only be used over Bluetooth. There's no traditional on/off switch; instead, the mouse can only be turned off by snapping it to the flat position.

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Design
Cable
Cable Length N/A
Braided
No
Port Type: Mouse End
No Cable
Port Type: PC End
No Cable

This mouse doesn't come with a cable, as it can't be recharged, and it can't be used wired.

Design
In The Box

  • Microsoft Arc mouse
  • User Manual
  • Batteries

Control
Control
Sensor
Sensor Technology
Laser
Works On Glass
No
3.4
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
N/A
Click Latency: Bluetooth
49 ms
Click Latency: Wired
N/A

Unfortunately, this mouse has bad click latency and isn't a good choice for gaming. There's no option to use it wired either.

7.7
Control
Performance
Minimum CPI (DPI)
400 CPI (DPI)
Maximum CPI (DPI)
1800 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
200 CPI (DPI)
CPI (DPI) Error
-9.9 %
Mouse Acceleration
No
Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
125 Hz

The Microsoft Arc Mouse has very good performance. It has a good DPI range, but it can only be adjusted by increments of 200, so it might be difficult to find an optimal CPI setting. It has a fixed low polling rate, so cursor movement isn't very smooth in some cases.

4.4
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical And Tactile
Number Of Buttons
2
Number Of Programmable Inputs
1
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
No

This mouse has a limited number of buttons, which is okay for traveling. It recognizes certain gestures, including a three-finger click, which can be programmed to do almost anything. The left and right mouse buttons can also be swapped, depending on which hand you use.

7.0
Control
Mouse Wheel
Vertical Wheel
Tactile
Vertical Wheel Incremented
No
Vertical Wheel Unlock Button
No
Vertical Wheel Tilt
No
Horizontal Wheel
Tactile
Horizontal Wheel Incremented
No

Although there's no physical mouse wheel, the Microsoft Arc Mouse recognizes gestures for vertical and horizontal scrolling.

Operating System And Software
4.5
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
No
Account Needed
Yes
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
No
RGB On/Off
No

The available Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center software works well, but is only compatible with recent Windows PCs, and has limited options.

8.3
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Partially

The Microsoft Arc Mouse is fully compatible with Windows PCs, but some functions don't work properly on macOS, including the three-finger click, which isn't supported at all.

Compared to other mice

The Microsoft Arc Mouse has a very unique design. It's good for travel and its snap-to-power-on feature hasn't been tested on any other mice we've reviewed so far. It connects via Bluetooth to your source and needs AA batteries to work. The click latency is quite higher than most mice and its max CPI setting is very low compared to others. See our recommendations for the best wireless gaming mouse, the best wireless mouse, and the best gaming mouse.

Logitech Pebble M350
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B&H

The Microsoft Arc Mouse has a better overall performance than the Logitech Pebble M350 since you can customize its settings a bit, but its unique design might not be suitable for some. On the other hand, the Logitech can be used with a receiver and via Bluetooth, and has a lower click latency as well.

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