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Three little Microsoft Mice

It may not be for hardware that Microsoft is known for, but for a giant so accomplished at software and web technology, their peripherals deserve a look at. The first piece of hardware Microsoft sold was a mouse. Microsoft’s mice are now quite diverse and feature rich compared to the heavy, single button thing that was awkward to handle back in 1983. In this post, we look at some of Microsoft’s mice worth of the Microsoft name.

The Modern Mouse
The “Modern” in Microsoft’s modern mouse refers to its design resembling minimalist modern art. It is comparatively flat with a well-designed parabolic arc. It features the standard two-button layout with a metal scroll wheel that has a pleasant hepatic feedback. The mouse itself is quite low-profile, and the silent clicks will make you forget it’s even there. 
The Modern Mouse
The Sculpt Comfort
The sculpt as created with design focus on ergonomics. It has a bigger form factor than the modern mouse and easily fills your hand. There is also a dimple for resting the thumb on the side of the mouse. The mouse connects via Bluetooth and would work with most Android phones too. There is also a customisable button which can be used to use common windows functions such as the start menu and switch desktops feature. The customisable features require a companion Windows app and works with Windows only.
Microsoft Sculpt Comfort
The Arc Mouse
The Arc mouse, named after its physical shape, is probably one of the most popular Microsoft peripherals. It became famous for the use of a touchpad on the upper surface of the mouse, instead of the traditional two buttons and scroll wheel. Users can both left and right click by tapping on each side of the touchpad. They could also scroll vertically and horizontal by using their fingers to swipe to in all four directions.
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At just 83 grams, it is quite lightweight. It can also be flattened or folded for travel use. It connects via Bluetooth and therefore could theoretically be used with smartphones – however some users seem to have a problem with this. The two AAA batters used in it need only be replaced every six months, which is great for such a functional device.
Microsoft Arc Mouse when flattened
The arc features a minimalist, elegant design and looks good in both black and white. The Bluetooth pairing button is neatly hidden in the underside and will only be seen if you look for it. The physical arc is also quite high which fills the palm and feels comfortable to use. Overall, it is the top choice for a mouse from Microsoft and the touch-based scrolling means you won’t regret buying it.

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