Microsoft Arc Mouse Comparison Thoughts

I also completely agree with @Patrick_Hermawan. I tried the Arc mouse in-store, and it just feels awkward to hold. The only advantage I can think of is Arc is easy to carry around.

I using the new MX Masters 2S in the office now. Most comfortable mouse I have owned, the self-adjusted scrolling wheel is amazing to use, and the gesture control is also fun to use. The new model also has a long ass battery life which I love a ton.


I had a original Surface Edition and now I have the newest one with my Surface Book - they are great for travel sleeves. For travel use - they are OK. I’m planning to get one for EVE V too.


Love my MX Masters! Best mouse I’ve ever used. I’ve got two also - dark one for work and a light one at home. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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I’ve got the arc mouse (non Bluetooth version) for my current laptop and absolutely love it. It’s a good mouse for mobility purposes because of the folding but the price point is a little steep I must say.

I use a Logitech G502 Protege core on my desktop and find that i only use the extra (side) buttons for heavy gaming so i guess the lack of side buttons is a personal preference thing. (Don’t game much on my laptop)

I would recommend getting the bluetooth one- one less small item to worry about going missing + one more USB port freed (and the V doesn’t have many to begin with)


yes, I owned it… the Surface Edition.
as far as I know, the difference that the Surface Edition is without BT Dongle. CMIIW.
To be honest, doesn’t fit for my job (i need the middle click, not only scroll up and down). But for browsing, this is nice and compact mouse. I mean, when you unfold it, it is very thin! I like it!

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I can recommend the Logitech MX Master


My colleagues in Japan love this mouse precisely because it is easy to move around from meeting room to meeting room.
Then after I belive it is overpriced. I also went for logitech (or logicool in Japan :rofl: )

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it is very compact when unfold.
When unfold, the mouse turn off -> saving power

The mouse buttons become discoloured after month of usage. It is not due to dirt. My friend thought it was dirt and try to clean it off. Instead the paint peel off
When I try to scroll up and down, I almost always activate the middle click button. So annoying until I turn the middle click feature off.

It is a pretty good mouse for portability use only. Not suitable for playing games or desktop use.


I’ve got both in use: The Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse/ Surface Edition (old one with the scroll touch field in the middle)
and the Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse (new one with scroll-touch everywhere).WP_20171107_07_52_35_Pro
I have both of them in daily use and I really love them. I get used to the special way of holding them and love to beat them flat to turn off (Konsta-Style, especially in meetings). I used the older one for nearly two years and then it started to loose a bit color at the rubber surface. The biggest plus of the new one is that you can use it on nearly every surface. I mostly use it on white paper or on my matte-glass-desk (which should be immediately cleaned as I can see on the pictures…).


The Microsoft Arc series are good devices, but I found an option that I like a lot more.
Lenovos Yoga (I have that one) and N700 are more versatile. They support Bluetooth and 2.4G. You rotate the two parts to switch between mouse and a flat mode. In flat mode you can use them as presenters.

The N700 uses AAA batteries and has a laser pointer. The Yoga has Micro USB charging and media controls.

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@Thomas_Weinert I’m very curious about that chargeable yoga one! Thanks for taking the time to share mouse’s beyond the arc series :slight_smile:. Any more thoughts on it? Does the yoga also have laser pointer?

@dibadibadu I feel like the arc mouse without the scroll area visable would be a head wreck to use? It’s partly why I’ve started this thread. If it’s got scroll everywhere surely you’d always be accidentally scrolling?

Something a few people have said is that they’re awkward to hold. Does your thumb and pinky not know where to go?

@Incoming do you have the arc mouse that scrolls everywhere? The newer version?

@Kuri64 this is what I thought for college :smile:

I don’t need side buttons for my use case. Mainly portability. I always maul touch screens because it’s more intuitive for me than clicking with a mouse anyway. But if it’s a nightmare to hold I’ll end up never using it :thinking:

The entire top part of the mouse is the scrolling surface, yes, but no, I’ve never had problems with it scrolling when I didn’t want it to.

A bit OOT, but why is that though? Is it cool to call your mouse cool in Japan?

It depends on how youre going to carry the mouse around. If you have a bag, be it a laptop bag, briefcase, messenger bag, or a backpack, then you can even fit a large mouse in there. It wont make any sort of noticeable difference. In that case, I would recommend to go with ergonomic first. I honestly dont know that many places where an Arc would fit, but a “laptop mouse” (like MX Anywhere 2) wouldn’t.

I would say anywhere 1 since the two doesn’t really add on a feature that is incredibly usable and the 1 is cheaper. I have the mx anywhere and it’s great.

Ne, I think it is a trademark issue. There is actually an other brand name Logitec (ロジテック) which is doing, wait for it… computer peripherals!
Logitech thus had to rebrand Logicool for Japanese market. :joy:
I wonder how long the marketing department did spend time over the name :rofl:

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I get used to not touch the front area when not clicking, but even if your fingers are lying on the scroll area nothing is moving. If they move more than just a bit, screen is scrolling…
The mouse is sticking between my thumb and my ring finger holding the edge of the mouse… the two fingers between are for right and left click and scrolling… Nothing weird or awkward… But you have to force yourself to use it one or two weeks to get used to it. Lot of people (most of them are also staying with windows xp or win 7) aren’t able to force themselves to get used to something… But I like trying new things…

some pictures with the Surface Arc Mouse in my hands (sorry for the sausage shaped fingers… I’m not as fat as my fingers are looking in this pictures) …desk is cleaned now…


I don’t think that the Arc mouse was designed for a palm grip, more for a claw grip. When it’s just your fingertips moving the mouse around, I’d imagine it’s suddenly quite comfortable.

In a lot of ways, it looks and acts like Apple’s Magic Mouse. Simple shape, smooth top, whole top is a multi-touch area. And though I was convinced that I’d hate the Magic Mouse so much whenever I saw it, once I started using it at work it turned out to be… pretty damn awesome.

…and now I have one on my desk at home. (And it looks like I need to give that one a polish, too!)

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It doesn’t. But I prefer the Micro USB charging. A small USB cable is easier to carry then additional batteries or a charger for them.

Thin bags like the Knomo Knomad series for example. But even in a larger bag the flat form factor is a plus. Additionally I see Bluetooth as a must have feature for a portable mouse. The dongle is just awkward.

My grandfather actually had an older version of the arc mouse, using it was not a terrible experience, but nowhere near the performance of the Logitech marathon mouse I use at work currently.

This is totally true, however, not for long periods of time. At some point my palm wants to rest, but the ergonomics of this mouse don’t really lend itself to that.

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