I've had a Microsoft Arc Mouse for about 2 years. It's not been a bad mouse, but often the scroll strip would quit working. I would turn it off and on, and it would resume. It wasn't the most comfortable mouse, but it folded flat in my small case. Recently, the strip quit unless I pressed hard: hardware failure. Apparently common on the Arc Mouse, so I didn't want to go back to it.
The nice Logitech travel mice work and feel great, but they're just too stinking thick. You need a big bag, or put up with a big bulge and probable damage in a small bag.
Doing my research, I came across the Lenovo mouse. It had some great reviews, so I picked one up. Being Best Buy, I could return it if it didn't work for me, then get something else.
It was a terrific choice. It's fast, accurate, and connects quickly and easily. So, given that I was comparing it to the Arc Mouse, what are the advantages?
- More comfortable (at least to me)
- Built-in chargeable battery (through USB).
- Bluetooth OR standard wireless (usb connector is inside the mouse) (helps with multiple computers, although the mouse can pair in Bluetooth with multiple computers, I'm told) (also helps on non-Bluetooth computers)
- If you turn it flat, but leave it on, it has two remote control functions: one for Powerpoint presentations (though no laser pointer), and another setup for music. It works very well.
-At regular price, it's $10 cheaper than the MS mouse (at the time of this writing, Best Buy has it on sale for $49, $30 cheaper).
So what are the disadvantages?
- With the Arc Mouse, turning it flat turns it off; with this mouse you have to push a button to turn it off. It's a necessary requirement since the remote function works in flat mode.
- With the Arc Mouse, there was audio and tactile feedback when you scrolled. I don't much miss it, but some might.
-No scroll coasting. With the Arc Mouse, if you flicked your finger up or down the scroll strip, it would "coast" past, like a real scroll wheel. Lenovo's just stops. After a week, I'm used to it, and there's still the option of clicking the scroll and using mouse movements to do a lot of scrolling.
Overall, if the price were the same, I'd still prefer the Lenovo with its additional features, better feel, and multiple connectivity options. $10 cheaper makes it even nicer. Right now, when it's on sale, it's a no-brainer.