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Mobile mousing taken to the next level

The retail division at Workgroup IT, has announced the immediate availability of Microsoft’s Arc Touch Mouse, which has been designed to flatten for portability and pop up for comfort.

‚The Arc Touch Mouse features Microsoft’s touch scroll strip for simplified navigation – all a user has to do is move a finger slowly for controlled scrolling or flick for hyper-fast scrolling that can be stopped with a simple tap,‚ says Gladwel Soko, product manager: Microsoft Hardware within Workgroup IT’s retail division.

‚Windows-based PC users will love packing up their laptop bags without the added bump of a mouse as the Arc Touch flattens with just the touch of a finger.‚

Soko says South Africa has realised a growth in the number of mobile users who all still seek comfort and control when using them. At less than 15 millimetres thick at its widest point, the Arc Touch has been designed to deliver ultimate portability, slipping easily into a bag, purse or pocket.

‚It also goes from curved to flat with a simple movement and collapsing the Arc Touch switches it off automatically whilst popping it up switches it on,‚ he says. ‚The mouse is extremely durable and is tested to ensure years of performance.‚

With the Arc Touch’s touch strip, consumers can take control of their scrolling with a flick of a finger. Using a capacitive sensing technique and sensor pads, the strip corresponds to each position and velocity change to give users accurate, controlled scrolling no matter how fast or slow the movement.

The strip includes three tap ‚buttons‚ for added functionality ‚ page up, page down and the middle click area, which is reprogrammable for whatever mouse function the user needs most. Switching from a scroll wheel to a touch strip is made easier with haptics, a vibration technology that stimulates the bumps users would feel while using a traditional scroll wheel.

Furthermore, the Arc Touch Mouse is equipped with BlueTrack Technology, letting users track on virtually any surface, and a tiny magnetic snap-in Nano transceiver stores conveniently on the bottom of the mouse. Two AAA batteries give the Arc Touch Mouse more than six months of battery life and the two-colour battery life indicators let people know when the power is running low.

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