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Microsoft - Arc Wireless Keyboard - Black

Model: J5D-00001SKU: 9715661

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 200 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very small and light, form over function keyboard

    Posted
    jdonalds

    I purchased the Microsoft Arc Keyboard today (2/21/2010) at Best Buy. My purpose was simple, I just wanted a keyboard without number pad or extra keys on the right side of the keyboard. I want the keyboard to be centered on the display, and not have to reach too far to the right to use the mouse. My Microsoft Wireless Multimedia keyboard forces me to have the keyboard to the left of center about 5-6 inches which causes a twist in my sitting position. Long days of typing literally cause me pain. To that end this keyboard does the trick. It sits squarely in front of the screen without hindering the mouse pad. The distance to the mouse is now reduced by 5-6 inches; much better. The jury is still out though on the overall experience. This thing is truly small - perhaps too small. Typing on it is fine - once I have my fingers on the home keys. I like the key travel which is decidedly short, but it is positive and has a satisfying feel; solid and quiet. It resembles typing on my laptop which is fine for me. It is a full sized keyboard. If I lay it over my 13.3" laptop it matches the keys closely in width and height. If I lay it over my MUCH larger Microsoft multimedia keyboard again the keys line up closely in both the row and column patterns. The keys do have a slight concave shape and the spacing is good for me. The problem I'm having is there is no palm rest to serve as an alignment assist for my hands. If I were to put my palms on the bottom edge of the keyboard my fingertips would fall on the qwerty row. So my palms are off the keyboard when my fingers are on the home keys. That makes it a challenge to locate my fingers on the proper keys (I'm a touch typist). So I find myself hunting for the asdfghjkl; row before I can start typing. I'm also not sure about the curve. I might get used to the curved keyboard. I'm typing on it now and it feels comfortable. It's just that I've typed on a flat keyboard for so many years this feels odd. The rows of keys are spaced closer as you move from the center of the keyboard to the edges. This too isn't like a standard keyboard and tends to feel a bit odd and throws me off a bit. Also the keyboard is SO thin that I had to put a 1" thick book under it to bring it above the raised edge on my pull-out keyboard drawer. Otherwise my fingertips would be in an unusual low position that I'm not used to. In some ways I'd rather just have a standard keyboard, taller, with a flat surface, with evenly spaced rows, without the number pad on the side. I did a lot of research before purchasing this keyboard. There are very few slim wireless keyboards on the market and user reviews for the others were not satisfying. I'm not a gamer so the single key that performs cursor movement is fine. It will take some getting used to but I don't see that as a big challenge. I mostly use the mouse for cursor movements when typing anyway. The placement of the Backspace and Del keys are perfect for me. I haven't developed a habit of using Home and End but they are on the top row if needed. I have the sense that Microsoft went for form over function; sort of Apple'esque like the Apple Air. This is what keeps me from moving to the Apple camp. I prefer function over form. I hope Microsoft doesn't catch that disease. I now have both keyboards available. If I really want to use a number pad I can reach up to the other keyboard. However I've never gotten used to the number pad anyway and often found myself using the number row above the keyboard even when there was a number pad available. Pros: - Very narrow keyboard. No number pad. No space allocated to the right of the main key set for things like Home, End, and cursor keys. - Reasonably nice typing experience - Battery life? Cons: - Too thin (height). - No palm rest - No adjustable feet to tilt the keyboard. - Curved keyboard surface - Uneven row spacing. As this solves my main problem, that being the overall width of the keyboard, I'm keeping it. It will take some time to get used to it but I'm willing to to through the effort to get rid of the number pad. Your mileage may vary...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent (With A Few Minor Compromises)

    Posted
    SJVT

    This portable keyboard has a great look and feel. Unlike most of the porty's I tried, the ultra low profile keys very comfortable to use for long periods of time. My typing accuracy is definitely better versus the typical keys found on most keyboards. The "arc" style is not only attractive but ergonomically superior, especially when resting the keyboard across the lap. The unit includes a durable fabric carrying pouch which does a good job protecting the keyboard from scratches and key damage when stowed in a laptop bag. The built-in storage slot for the tiny "nano" usb receiver is also a convenient feature. Although software to set-up and enable the special programmable keys can be downloaded, the unit is plug-and-play for Windows PC's. The only slight negatives would be: 1) The (top row) "F" command keys feel more like "buttons" than "keys". It's not a problem for me but those who use these keys frequently might find them a bit tedious. 2) The "arrow" keys have been condensed into a single compass-like button that handles up/down/right/left by pressing the key towards the direction you wish to go. Again, users who have frequent need of the arrow keys might be disappointed. All things considered, the few compromises that were made in favor of a compact design are of little concern considering the excellent overall performance of this keyboard. Highly recommended although a bit pricey.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I really like this keyboard

    Posted
    MirthfulSwami

    Like one of the other reviewers here, I was in search of a keyboard that would allow me to keep my mouse closer so I wouldn't have to move my arm such a long distance when switching between typing and pointing. Lately I've begun to develop a bit of tennis elbow and the motion was beginning to bother me. After trying a couple different solutions, I finally decided to try the Arc keyboard. The keyboard itself is very small, though the keys are oddly farther apart than normal keyboards so you'll find your fingers stretching a bit more than they did before but after a day or two you get used to it. The chicklet keys themselves are pleasant, at least for me. There's a small bit of travel on them but enough to be satisfying. It really is like typing on a laptop keyboard. I've had no issues with dropped or missed keys and the wireless signal has been consistently good. Turning the keyboard on/off is a snap so saving battery life when not in use is easy. Can't comment on battery life yet, but I'm not too worried. One thing that I've see a lot of people unhappy about is the directional arrow key that replaces the 4 traditional arrows. I expected to hate it based on what I'd read. I'm happy to report that it's actually very usable for me. Definitely a change from the norm, but not an unpleasant one. The price is a tiny bit steep for this unit, IMO. $60 seems like a lot, I'm glad I was able to snag it while it was on sale for $50.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent wireless keyboard for touch typists.

    Posted
    Phreak
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My wife and I lug around a laptop when we travel. It is heavy and battery life is undesireable. Recently I purchased 2 ten inch tablets at a great price. We love them. But, being touch typists, we despise the virtual keyboards for composing messages and the like. I decided that wireless keyboards, small enough to pack along with our tablets were a solution. Laptop keyboards notoriously suck and thin wireless keyboards designed to acompany tablets are even worse. I saw this one and noticed the arc. Thus shortening the length of the keyboard to an acceptable size, yet retaining the proper spacing between the keys. Decent tactile reception for the keys makes this board a winner as well. This is in no way a full size keyboard with numeric keypad and other additional keys a Logitech wireless full size kb has. Nor does it cut corners. And it is packable. It comes with a thin, yet durable pouch to protect it from dust/debris when stored. It will fit nicely into our carry-on bags. And even in my backpack designed to carry laptops. It is battery powered and comes with an rf dongle to plug into a standard USB port. Haven't tried it for distance while tablet is pluged into a t.v. But rf frequency ranges are acceptable. It has one rocker key which has four arrows on it for cursuor control rather than 4 separate keys. It is wonderful and accurate. I strongly recommend this wireless keyboard to any of my touch typist friends and my wife loves it. For a former secretary to give that recommendation should be taken seriously. I am sure there are other keyboards out there. This one's price, layout and key spacing are its prime attributes. It is very light and solid in nature. Battery life is good, since we both have been using these for several months, now, with the initial pair of batteries we put in when we brought them home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Arc Wireless Keyboard

    Posted
    DownTrees
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have a Sony Tap computer that for some reason unknown my key board stop working ! I mad due for a week or 2 and then went and decided to just get a new key board. I went home put a battery in it and immediately began typing! The board is a little more compacted then the larger board I was use to, but I liked the added space I received at the desk area to place other items! The board has an indicator light to show that it was on above the on button that should say power because that would tell you how to turn it on & it doesn't! In fact I had to go find the box to figure how to turn the thing on after the 1st set up! to turn it on I was forced to open battery cover pull battery & then replace it to make it work again! this continued because I eventually discovered that the board was using a lot of power and draining the 2 small AAA batteries that it needed! Who wants to do that after going through $12.00 dollars in AAA batteries I said it was time to return this item! I liked the design it just wasn't practical for me!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard!

    Posted
    annNYer

    I love this keyboard. The keys are big enough and in the right places that I don't make "fatfinger" mistakes that I then have to correct. I also love that it has a USB connection, which means you put a little USB cable on your tablet and then attach the USB key from the keyboard. Voila. Connected without any cords. I use an old Nokia n810 tablet and I had to flash it and download the USB utility. Each time I boot it up, I select USB host mode, rather than device mode. This disconnects the built-in, thumb-size keyboard and tells the tablet to look for a USB connection. It's quick and easy. I had a previous, smaller keyboard -- it was too small and the keys were in the wrong places. I made tons of mistakes, so that it was not even worth the $10 I paid for it. On this keyboard, only the arrow keys are moved, to one key in the corner. The character keys are all just where you expect them. Great for typing, and I'm glad I bought it at Best Buy because, even tho it might be cheaper online, I was able to try it for size and one of the always intelligent sales staff recommended I try it. I love that there is an actual store to go to and try out things like this, and smart people there to help you. That's worth a few extra bucks, imo.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite keyboard.

    Posted
    jdonalds2001
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I find I get used to keyboards and once used to one it is hard to change to another. This is actually my third Microsoft Arc keyboard. I originally selected this keyboard because it has no number key pad on the right. I've never developed the habit of using a number key pad, and find with one on the right of the keyboard the reach from the keyboard to the mouse is too far. My first Arc transceiver died. They are a matched pair so I had to buy a second keyboard. I spilled water on the second but after it dried the "S" key wouldn't work. Hence this purchase. All of this was spread over about 4 to 5 years. I like the arc of this keyboard. The keys feel good to me, and they have good travel. The keyboard is quiet. There is a single key on the lower right for cursor control. That took some getting used to but now it is second nature to me. I wish it was back-lit but that's a bit much to ask for a battery powered keyboard. The batteries last forever and I never turn it off. The price was so low on Best Buy I actually bought two Arc keyboards this time, one to stick in the closet in case this new one (that I'm typing on right now) somehow fails.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice little keyboard if you catch it on sale

    Posted
    HiFiGary

    Got this on sale for $ 30.00. I would not have paid the$ 60.00 full price for it. I use this mainly for my home theater PC. The reception is not the best. Had it plugged in to back of my tower as have no front usb and had a lot of dropped key strokes at about 7 feet away. Bought a powered usb hub to move it closer (aprox 5 feet) and the reception has been great since. No missed keystrokes. Also have used it for my regular desktop and love the extra space I have due to the small size. The battery life is good as I still am using the original battery since Nov 2010. The keyboard is very quiet and is comfortable for me. It takes a little while to get use to the small size but if you are in need of space or want to be able to tuck it away when not using it is a nice little keyboard if you catch it on sale. I will be buying another when BB has another sale on it. I will give it 4 stars since got it on sale and due to the reception, but if had to pay full price would knock off a star.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Beautiful, Functional Keyboard

    Posted
    compudude

    First of all, I must say that this is a beautiful keyboard. It's a nice glossy black (which will attract fingerprints very quickly, but easy to clean). The arc design is a nice touch. If you think that this keyboard needs a palm rest, it does not. If your wrists lay on the desk/whatever surface you type on, this allows for a good attack angle. The volume controls are very, very useful. The Arc takes up very little space. This is why I bought it, because I don't normally use the number pad. It's got all of the keys you need for just regular typing. If you are an avid gamer, this keyboard is NOT for you. The arrow keys are combined into a 4-way rocker to save space. I personally like this, but this is not a gaming keyboard. This keyboard has an excellent battery life, and a range like no other wireless keyboard I have used before.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I love it. It truly is a masterpiece

    Posted
    Marathongman

    I would probably give it five stars but it is very slippery on the bottom and slides around on your lap alot Here is the good news It comes with a cloth envelope pouch for carrying. Cut the top of the pouch( the envelope flap) off. Take some double sided tape I used the cheap storm window type. I put a full lenght along the top and a few pieces on the bottom so I could have easy access to the battery compartment. Velcro would work also. Even for just a few strips on the bottom placed like anti skip strips they put on steps. I used what I had and have to say it is a brilliant idea. LOL It changes the whole keyboard 100% in usability for what it is intended to be. Used on your lap. It absolutely amazes me how they did not detect this in their testing. One more thing but I haven't found any info on battery life. I say buy this product if you like to sit back and type. Also Best Buy made it a pleasurable shopping experience

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great compact wireless keyboard

    Posted
    CharlotteF
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I love the Arc wireless keyboard! My newest one replaced an old one that finally stopped working, and all I had to do was plug the transceiver into a USB port to get the new one up and working. I like the fact that the keyboard is not bigger than my laptop, which is the problem I have with the full sized boards. This one is easy to travel with and works wherever I want to use the laptop. It is responsive and the keys have a good feel, enough resistance so you know you've clicked a key. The transceiver stores in the back of the keyboard for travel. It lacks a number pad, but that's a trade off I willingly make for its size and portability. I can always plug in my wireless number pad when I really need one. The board has a slight curvature, so it doesn't feel like the roll-up boards I've tried to use and the keys are no smaller or closer together than on a small netbook keyboard. It takes 2 AAA batteries and they last a long, long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Awesome except range is small

    Posted
    Derokorian
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    This keyboard is great size if you are looking for a small wireless keyboard (which I was) and I love the little arc it has. Plug and play just like you'd expect. CON: My biggest beef with this keyboard is that the range on it is very low. I have a computer hooked up to my entertainment system and I was looking for a small keyboard to sit on the coffee table should I need it. However I learned that if I wasn't within ~7.5ft of the receiver it would either miss key presses or stop responding all together. This was very disappointing. I now use it on my desk and use my wireless keyboard that was in my office in my living room instead. :( In the end its definitely worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Good while it lasts

    Posted
    jlpilkin

    I bought the Microsoft Wireless Arc Keyboard to complement a Media Center PC. At first glance, the keyboard was excellent. For those who like typing on a laptop, the feeling of the keys are perfect. The arc design takes some getting used to, as for me it felt very awkward at first and was somewhat uncomfortable. The range was excellent and covered my entire living room. The real problem is that after two days the USB receiver quit working; Windows complains that the USB device is not recognized. Furthermore, upon pulling the device out of of the computer, it was very hot to the touch. Looks like some quality control issues here. I will try my luck elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Little keyboard that packs a powerful punch

    Posted
    Tamaracrum
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Initially I was hesitant to try a smaller keyboard. I had always preferred keyboards that had the numeric pad on it. This keyboard however has more than made up for its small size. It feels great to type on. It's sturdy, and very lightweight. It does not slide around on your desktop due to rubber feet on the bottom, and because of its arched design, there are no extra little tabs to help keep it in an inclined position, A big plus for someone who's always finding those little tabs breaking off and ending up with a flat keyboard. I wouldn't recommend this keyboard to anybody with very large fingers, or someone who has dexterity issues. For me however, I love this keyboard and I'm very happy with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for size and comfort

    Posted
    Saber4mike
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Purchased this unit to replace my full size Microsoft Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. The footprint of the this keyboard is outstanding; doesn't take up much space and comfortable off desk. The keyboard touch is great, solid and responsive combined with its ergonomic design makes it a joy to use. The only drawback is it not being compatible with the old transceiver which is still needed to allow the mouse to function. Microsoft should have designed it for both use of a new dongle ( Laptop) or use with an existing desktop configuration...integrating the existing hardware. Not a big deal but one less part to deal with. I will probably upgrade to the Arc Mouse in the near future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good

    Posted
    gamer211

    I bought this keyboard today because i needed a new one and i needed a small one for my desk. I decided on this after looking for a couple of days. Overall its good it does what i need and its the size i needed it to be. The keys are quiet when i use it to type. The arc is a little weird but i got used to it after it a couple of hours. My biggest problem with the keyboard is the arrows its just one button and you have to press up on the button for up and so on. Overall like i said before its a good buy, but for the price of $59.99 i would hold off and wait for it on sale honestly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love This Small Keyboard!

    Posted
    Hoot
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is my 2nd Arc Wireless Keyboard. I don't need it yet, but bought it so I'd have it when the current one dies & in case they stop making them. My desktop computer is a laptop & I don't like using its keyboard, especially since I also use an external monitor as my main screen. I like the small overall size with the still good-sized keys & the wireless connectivity. I think my current one is dying because it has started burning though batteries: 1 set every 2 weeks. I've had the current Arc for 6-7 years and it gets used a lot every day, so it has provided good service for a long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not for the number cruncher

    Posted
    mistahilliard
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    When I first tried this keyboard in the store, I fell in love with the shape. The way it arches makes it easy on the hands. It lies flat on the surface, but there are no fold out legs at the top to tilt keyboard forward. So I have to prop it up with little wedges. If you're number crunching, you will need a separate keypad. There is no visible indicator for Caps Lock. This gets tricky when you are typing in passwords. The Arc has great potential as a keyboard shape that fits the hand well. I would recommend this to a friend but with reservations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Xbox 360 Compatible Keyboard

    Posted
    RommelS

    The keyboard works right out of the box for your Xbox 360 - just plug-in the USB transceiver to one of the Xbox 360's USB port, and no software installation needed. People complained about how the arrow keys should be individual keys rather than a pad on the keyboard, but the design is perfect for navigating within your Xbox 360's dashboard. As for the value, I would have given it 3 stars, but since it was on sale, I'm giving it 5 stars, and the design and chiclet keys are nicely done and easy to use for a compact keyboard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Design, takes a little getting use to.

    Posted
    FLhd

    Its a very small, thin, and light design. Ideal for the living room or bedroom PC's. The directional pad that takes place of the arrow keys is not as responsive as I would like. I bought this item on sale for $39.99, I thought it was too pricey at regular price. Overall the design is quite appealing to me and the functionality is good, takes a little getting use to. One thing is for sure the build quality is very good on this keyboard, and also the range is not bad at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend