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Microsoft Arc Keyboard

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1064 reviews of Microsoft Arc Keyboard. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Keyboards for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and price. The size and design also get good views.

usability, design, size, price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Keyboards the Microsoft Arc Keyboard is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Microsoft Arc Keyboard

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 242 user reviews of Microsoft Arc Keyboard from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Keyboards on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the reliability and price are generally positive. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably.

design, usability, size, price, reliability

93% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Arc KeyboardMicrosoft Arc Keyboard

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Microsoft Arc Keyboard

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 311 user reviews of Microsoft Arc Keyboard from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Keyboards on Amazon.com. Views about the durability and price are generally positive. The size and design are also appreciated.

usability, design, size, price, durability

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Microsoft Arc Wireless Keyboard for PC and Xbox 360 - BlackMicrosoft Arc Wireless Keyboard for PC and Xbox 360 - Black

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Lance Ulanoff (pcmag.com)

Microsoft Arc Keyboard Special Edition

 

Microsoft's affordable Arc Keyboard Special Edition looks small, but is actually sized right and feels great when you're typing.

Excellent design. Keyboard curve is subtle, yet ergonomically pleasing. Strong keystroke feedback. Lightweight and small. Wireless hub is tiny and stores in base.

Green keys. Direction keys all in one somewhat hard-to-press rocker key.

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Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Donald Melanson (engadget.com)

Microsoft Arc Keyboard hands-on

 

Microsoft's Best Buy-exclusive Arc Keyboard still won't be hitting stores for another couple of weeks (February 21st, to be specific), but we were lucky

Sleek, compact design ; Magnetic storage for USB receiver ; Great for a non-primary PC

A bit too small for full-time use ; Arrow keys replaced by single d-pad key ; Somewhat pricey

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: John Burek (computershopper.com)

Microsoft Arc Keyboard Special Edition Review and Ratings

 

This colorful, compact wireless keyboard has a surprisingly roomy feel. Despite some "key" omissions, it's one of the better keyboards we've used for home theater PCs.

Compact body, but uncramped keys ; Tiny wireless receiver

Lacks Media Center launch button, media-playback keys, and arrow-key cluster ; Too-small Delete key

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Dominic Raad (skattertech.com)

Microsoft Arc Keyboard (Review)

 

Microsoft has never had a problem turning out innovative, functional products. However, they haven't always been notoriously artistic with their hardware. Apple's products have a level of aesthetics that give them an upper hand in the market...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Everything USB (everythingusb.com)

Microsoft Arc Wireless Keyboard

 

The Arc is best suited for casual users looking to save on desk space, or perhaps HTPC enthusiasts who are put off by competing products' smartphone-like keyboards and already have a Media Center remote or wireless mouse.

Driverless, Lightweight and stylish, Familiar layout for touch typists, Low latency, Suitable for gaming, Magnetically-stowed receiver

Fingerprint magnet, D-pad arrow keys are a pain for text selection, No caps-lock indicator, No Menu key, No media controls except volume, No mouse controls

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Nate Swetland (benchmarkreviews.com)

Microsoft Arc Wireless Compact Keyboard

 

Many people may subscribe to the idea of "a keyboard is a keyboard is a keyboard". People don't just sit in front of a desk and use their computers anymore. Many people have their PCs connected to their televisions for home theater use, or set up in...

Small and lightweight ; Very attractive design ; Wireless with mini-USB adapter that easily stores under keyboard ; Battery life indicator ; Dead simple to set up and use ; Great wireless robustness

Slightly lacking HTPC keys, but it is not necessarily designed to be one ; Not very comfortable after using for an extended period of time

Performance on this keyboard was not an issue. I never noticed any hiccups typing whether I was using it for hours at a time, or using it touch-and-go. The wireless did not seem to be affected by other wireless devices at all, and the range of 15ft is...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Anita Z (the-gadgeteer.com)

Microsoft Arc Keyboard Review

 

On February 21st Microsoft is introducing the Arc Keyboard exclusively in BestBuy stores. Like Microsoft's Arc Mouse, the Arc Keyboard stands out for its design. About the size and weight of a thick magazine, the Arc Keyboard blends inconspicuously...

Sleek design

Collects fingerprints

PC that meets the requirements for and has installed one of these operating systems: Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Chris Hedlund (activewin.com)

Microsoft Arc Keyboard

 

Battery Life Indicator Glowing light tells you when battery is low. Press function + escape to easily turn the keyboard on and off.

Stowable Transceiver ; Battery Indicator ; Compact & Portable Design ; Windows 7 Certified ; Carrying Sleeve

Non rechargeable batteries ; Matching mouse separate

I've been a fan of Microsoft's hardware products for a long time. That being said, this keyboard is no exception. It is well made, easy to type on and very attractive. It's not designed for every computing environment. But with the micro-receiver that...

Expert review by: Kenny Yeo (hardwarezone.com)

Microsoft Arc Keyboard - HardwareZone.com

 

The stylish Microsoft Arc Keyboard is the perfect complement to the Arc Mouse.

Expert review by: (cgena.com)

Microsoft Arcâ"¢ Mouse Review

 

This architecturally designed stylish mouse for your desktop and laptop computers will definitely give a punch to your lifestyle. Because it's wireless, it means you can say bye bye to messy, tangled wires

Product Specifications

Design

Backlight: No
Certification:WEEE, CCK, KCC, GOST, BSMI, FCC, CB / WEEE, R&TTE, KCC, GOST, FCC, UL, cUL, CB
Color of product:Black / Blue / Green / Grey / Purple / Red / White
Internal: No
Surface coloration:Monotone
Wireless receiver interface:USB

Energy Management

Battery life (max):12960 / 4320
Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:AAA
Keyboard battery type:AAA
Number of batteries (keyboard):2
Number of batteries supported:2
Power Source:Batteries
Power source type:Battery

Ergonomics

Battery LED indicator: Yes
LED Indicators: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes
Wireless range:120.1 / 196.9 / 393.7

Input Device

Buttons quantity:4
Device interface:RF Wireless
Frequency band:2.4
Movement detection technology:BlueTrack / Laser
Movement Resolution:1200
Number of scroll wheels:1
Purpose:Office
Recommended usage:Notebook / PC/notebook
Scroll: Yes
Scroll type:Touch / Wheel

Keyboard

Device interface:Bluetooth / RF Wireless
Frequency band:2.4
Full-size keyboard: Yes
Hot keys: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard form factor:Mini / Standard
Keyboard integrated devices: No
Keyboard language:English
Keyboard Layout:Alphanumeric / AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:105
Keyboard style:Curved
Keyboard type:Alphanumeric / AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keys operating life:5
Numeric keypad: No
Purpose:Gaming console / Notebook / PC/server / Universal
Recommended usage:Home
Windows keys: Yes
Wrist rest:No / Yes

Mouse

Buttons quantity:4
Mouse included:No / Yes
Movement detection technology:Laser
Movement Resolution:1200
Scroll: Yes
Scroll type:Wheel

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90 / 5 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90 / 5 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 65
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 65
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60

Other Features

Compatible operating systems:Windows 7\nWindows Vista\nWindows XP (32/64-bit)\nMac OS X 10.2 - 10.5 / Windows XP/Vista/7
Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Mouse dimensions (WxDxH):2.31 x 4.37 x 1.44
Number of products included:1
Product dimensions (W x D x H):2.31 x 4.37 x 1.44
Receiver dimensions (WxDxH):0.591 x 1.09 x 0.271
USB required: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wireless

Packaging Content

Batteries included:Y
Number of products included:1
Receiver included:Y
User guide:Y

Packaging Data

Batteries included: Yes
Number of products included:1
Quantity:1
Receiver included: Yes
User guide: Yes

Power

Battery life (max):12960 / 4320
Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:AAA
Keyboard battery type:AAA
Number of batteries (keyboard):2
Number of batteries supported:2
Power Source:Batteries
Power source type:Battery

Receiver

Receiver Type:Nano
Wireless receiver interface:USB

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / No / Yes
Minimum hard disk space:100 / 150
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.37
Height:1.44
Keyboard dimensions (WxDxH):1.25 x 1.5 x 0.642 / 12.2 x 6.06 x 0.85
Keyboard Weight:12.4
Mouse weight:3.1
Receiver depth:1.09
Receiver dimensions (WxDxH):0.516 x 0.72 x 0.173
Receiver height:0.271
Receiver weight:0.0529 / 0.0988
Receiver width:0.591
Weight note (metric):3.1
Width:2.3 / 2.31