Microsoft Arc Mouse Elg 00001 Black Review

If you’ve been looking for a solid, affordable wireless mouse that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, The Microsoft Arc Mouse Elg 00001 black could be just what you’ve been looking for. We put it through its paces to see how well it stacked up against some of the biggest names in wireless mice, and here are our results.

1. Microsoft Arc Mouse Elg 00001 Black Review

I’ve been using the Microsoft Arc ELG-00001 mouse for several months now, and I have to say that I’m quite impressed. I’ve tried a few different ergonomic mice in the past, but this is the only one that has really clicked with me.

Plus, this one easily fits in my pants pocket without issue! Here are some of my biggest takeaways from using the Microsoft Arc Mouse Elg 00001 Black: Unfortunately, this doesn’t actually make Apple’s mouse better than this one. In fact, the Microsoft mouse is 30 percent lighter.

That doesn’t really matter to me, but if you want a mouse that feels good to use, go with the Apple model — it will weigh slightly more, but will feel much better in the long run. You don’t have to worry about forgetting this mouse at home, either.

The battery is rechargeable, so you can go for a long period between charges if you need. The Microsoft Arc ELG-00001 Mouse connects through USB-C, and like on other Microsoft mice, this one is designed to have the mouse dongle included.

The Microsoft mouse feels solid when you pick it up and starts clicking; in fact, it feels like you’re using the same mouse you’re used to using. Again, Apple’s mouse is going to weigh a bit more than this one, but it’s not $250 any longer. I think this is by far the most comfortable mouse I’ve ever used. Besides the weight and the similar design to the Apple mouse, I don’t feel like I lose any usability out of this mouse.

The only issue is that I find myself waiting about a half minute for this mouse to charge once it’s plugged into my computer.

It takes about two hours to fully charge, and that’s just me. I think that’s a bit too long, especially for someone like me who doesn’t work a lot. Most people would probably suggest you wait about two minutes between charges, but it’s something to consider if you’re someone who often forgets your mouse.

2. The Good Microsoft Arc Mouse Elg 00001 Black

For the first time in a long time, I’m feeling good about the future. I’m excited to see what’s new next year and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the year after that.

The Microsoft Arc Mouse Elg 00001 Black Mouse is Windows 10-compatible, has a sleek design, and has a rechargeable battery that should last about 2.5 hours.

Microsoft claims that the rechargeable battery allows the mouse to last for many, many weeks of non-stop use — although we didn’t get to test that one out as everyone who bought the mouse will most likely charge it at home or at a Target while it sits on their desk.

The mouse features a 45-degree aluminum chassis that feels sturdy compared to the Cloud Stinger or even the old Razer Mamba. It would have been one of my favorite mouse reviews if it weren’t for the polarizing Bluetooth connectivity.

For reasons known only to Microsoft, the Bluetooth connection on the Microsoft Arc ELG-00001 Mouse is on the far left side, left arm, and there’s a mute button on the right arm. It’s not clear why it’s there, nor is it clear what consequences it has if it fails.

Bluetooth 2.0 is already the industry standard, and Microsoft stated repeatedly that the new mouse has Bluetooth 5.0 support, which should be great for both those who use it on computers and those who use it on their phones.

Unfortunately, over Bluetooth 5.0 is where things start to get a little muddy. Companies who support Bluetooth 5.0 aren’t required to explicitly advertise that support, so in many cases it can look like the mouse has 5.

3. The Bad Microsoft Arc Mouse Elg 00001 Black

The Arc ELG-00001 Mouse’s wireless system is beautiful and unique, and there’s something to be said for consistency.

These features are built into the mouse itself, and while every wireless mouse has them, not every wireless mouse has them all. ELG-00001’s feature set can take advantage of things like DC-powered USB hubs and configurable profiles, but there needs to be a better standard for most wireless mice.

Wireless mouse manufacturers often feel the need to implement all of the latest features on the newest firmware, which makes it difficult for everyone to buy the mouse and use it at the same time. If the mouse could last a few years on a single firmware update, we wouldn’t be talking about it over a decade later.

Microsoft Arc Mouse Elg 00001 Black doesn’t have that problem. It’s a great mouse that, even without additional features, will work with any previous or newer wireless mouse, and I can’t think of a better alternative at this price point.

It’s also worth mentioning that an X-Wing style headphone jack would be excellent on this mouse. Wireless mice are often relegated to being truly wireless, reducing the amount of overhead around cable management. Arc ELG-00001 does offer an optional wired option, but it’s unfortunately built into the mouse, meaning you can’t use it unless you hook it up to the wrong way.

It also doesn’t function when you have the mouse on the charger, due to lack of support from the wireless chip. Arc ELG-00001 just needs to allow a headphone jack to accessory their mouse, similar to the Ducky One 2. They could even sell it separately if they wanted, but it seems like aspect ratio control would be required to use it for headset use.

4. The Verdict

The verdict is in. Here’s what we found – If you’re already in the Microsoft Arc ELG-00001 Wireless family, you may have already experienced the Bluetooth connection issues the mouse has. In an email, Microsoft talked about some fixes the tech giant is working on to smooth up certain aspects of Bluetooth connectivity in the Arc ELG-00001.

However, it’s also worth noting that there is no fix in sight for the customers who have encountered Bluetooth issues. If you really can’t sit and wait for an update to the mouse’s Bluetooth connection, you can swap your original mouse’s battery along with the new wireless charging case.

However, you won’t get RGB lighting like the Arc Mouse 3, but it’ll still charge wirelessly for around an hour while sitting on a flat surface.

The Microsoft Arc Mouse Elg 00001 Black maintains its predecessor’s excellent build and build quality boundaries, introducing a metal sliding action and a decent rubberized grip.

The metal sliders industrial design feels sturdy and premium, and gives you a good grip on the mouse when carrying it around. The back edge is also glossy so you can easily see the Bluetooth icon in the corner of your eye while wearing the mouse.

The rubberized underside eliminates any unpleasant feeling of the mouse rubbing your hands, and its stainless steel bar is ergonomically positioned under the mouse for clean, clickable movement.

Unlike its wired predecessor, the Arc ELG-00001 doesn’t use a USB type-A connection in its original form. Instead, it uses a USB type-C port and the usual USB-C charging port, both of which are hidden underneath a plastic flap.

Conclusion: The Microsoft Arc ELG-00001 Mouse is an affordable mouse that does what you need it to do with no fuss, and little hassle. As far as mice go, you can’t ask for much more than that.

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