Microsoft Launches £70 Arc Touch Mouse

Microsoft has announced a new version of its Arc computer mouse, dubbed as Arc Touch, but said that the device is still not out on the market.

The current Arc mouse is currently available for sale for a mere £23 while the new one, which should go on sale towards the end of the year, commands a suggested retail price of £70.

The Arc Touch is portable, slightly curved, can be flattened to carry easily and runs on AAA batteries rather than more conventional AA ones, giving it a battery life of six months.

The mouse sports a touch scroll strip which allows users to scroll through web pages and documents with a slight touch, Microsoft announced on its blog.

In comparison, the whole surface of Apple's Magic mouse is scrollable and touch sensitive and does not come with any buttons. The Arc Touch also comes with Microsoft's own BlueTrack technology and a minuscule Nano transceiver which is housed into the mouse itself.

"The reasons people need external mice will not change: comfort and precision. The Arc Touch Mouse just demonstrates again how committed Microsoft is to continuing to bring great new mice to consumers.” stated Brett Ostrum, general manager of hardware division at Microsoft.