Microsoft’s Arc Keyboard isn’t so much designed small because it’s great for travelling – laptops already come with compact keyboards – it’s more for compact spaces or controlling media centre machines. I gotta say, it looks really nice, even if it’s awkward.
Aussie RRP $79.95.
Pretty good. Like we said above, it’s a very pretty keyboard, curved in the same way that their Arc Mouse is. They’re two devices made with the same idea in mind: Shoving as much functionality into as a tiny space as possible. To that end, Microsoft’s made a few concessions on the normal keyboard design.
The arrow keys have been replaced by one 4-way key, the higher end of the F-keys have been changed out to the Home/End/Page Up/Page Down keys (and those F-keys get “function” status on top of the F1-F6 keys), and there’s no numpad. The upside to these changes is that it definitely does save space, but the downside is that the D-pad arrow keys are awkward and slow to use.
It’s a pretty solid wireless keyboard to stash away when you need to do some quick typing on an HTPC across the room. The 2.4GHz wireless dongle goes into a recessed magnetic slot on the back of the keyboard for safekeeping, similar to the way Logitech has been unifying their tiny wireless dongles on their latest mice and keyboards.