Arc At a Glance
The Bad: Not ergonomic
The bottom third (or so) of the Arc folds beneath the mouse's body with a strong, satisfying click. I folded and unfolded it dozens of times, and the strong construction can withstand daily abuse. Not only does the folding reduce the mouse's footprint (a plus for travelers), but it also switches the mouse off -- increasing battery life (a plus for everyone).
A variety of colors are available: black, brown, blue, purple, white or green. Since many kitchens now are just as likely to have a laptop as a Kitchen Aid mixer, this color choice is a nice option to have.
The 2.4GHz USB micro receiver fits into the bottom of the Arc when it's not being used. The receiver is quite small and could be easily misplaced, so it's relieving to have a custom-fit home for it.
Ergonomic Seekers Beware
Easy on the Eyes, Easy on the Wallet
If you're looking for an attractive mouse but don't need extra bells and whistles (like more programmable buttons or the hyper-fast scrolling that can be found in some Logitech mice), the $49.95 Microsoft Arc is a great choice. The 30-foot wireless range is sufficient, and the six-month battery life is more than enough.