Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse pictured, listed in Canada

Mystery solved. That "touchy" device Microsoft teased and the Arc Touch Mouse we heard about last month are indeed the same product. So suggest the pictures posted yesterday by German site WinFuture.

Although that teaser shot from Microsoft showed a flat contraption, the product will indeed feature an arc-like design… but only if users wish it so. WinFuture explains that the rear of the mouse can either be kept flat or "bent by the user as needed." Interesting.

Unfortunately, this story also dashes our hopes for a multi-touch device. The Arc Touch Mouse reportedly has an "advanced touch-scroll function" instead of a scroll wheel, but WinFuture says nothing about actual multi-touch functionality a la Apple’s Magic Mouse. Also, the photos appear to show a pair of conventional-looking buttons. (Other rumored features include a BlueTrack optical sensor, 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, and a "nano-transceiver that can be stored in the battery compartment.")

Although Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement, the Arc Touch Mouse is already listed on Amazon Canada. The e-tailer charges $79.95 CAD, which ain’t cheap for a non-gaming pointing device. Considering that Amazon sells the existing Arc Mouse for $45.99 CAD in Canada and $31.99 USD in the States, though, you can probably expect U.S. pricing to end up a ways below 80 bucks. (Thanks to Engadget for the tip.)

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    • jalex3
    • 9 years ago

    i think that it will not feel good in the hand…. but if people like it and give ms money im fine, so long as they continue to make mice that i like

    • Welch
    • 9 years ago

    What a waste…. I mean where is your thumb supposed to rest? All they are doing is reinventing the wheel, and screwing it up. I’ll stick with my G5 thank you 😉

      • Duck
      • 9 years ago

      I know. WTF is this?? This is lame. Boo!

    • Thresher
    • 9 years ago

    I use a regular MS Arc at work (it’s what they gave me). It’s uncomfortable as hell. Only mouse I’ve ever used that was more uncomfortable was the Apple Magic Mouse (the Mighty Mouse is actually quite comfortable).

    These things are designed more for looks than functionality.

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 years ago

      I had a Logitech VF500 laptop mouse that folded for storage. It even had a touch-sensitive scroll surface years before Apple. Was surprisingly comfortable and had insane battery life, but it died on me after a year and a half of intermittent use.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    Would be nice to get a hands on with something like this prior to purchase.

    That could be a major marketing angle.

    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    Why isn’t this Bluetooth?

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      cause bluetooth sucks. Give me real buttons anyday. I HATE touch.

        • roont
        • 9 years ago

        Agreed. Until they can surgically install a stylus in my finger, I’ll stick to buttons.

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          that does sound pretty awesome though….

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 9 years ago

        What does that have to do with wireless technology?

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          A. Bluetooth sucks.
          B. Touch also sucks

        • SomeOtherGeek
        • 9 years ago

        What happened to your “reach out and touch” philosophy?

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          i like people. not inaccurate methods of using pc’s.

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