Of course, most folks will choose function over form when it comes to a keyboard, and in that respect the Arc Keyboard is a bit of a mixed bag.
Microsoft Arc Keyboard hands-onSee all photos
Described by Microsoft as "style that works," the Arc Keyboard isn't intended to just stay on your desk. It's wireless, of course, and its form factor lends itself perfectly to being slipped in a drawer or under a monitor, or discreetly tucked away if paired with, say, an all-in-one PC in a kitchen or living room. And in those instances, the Arc Keyboard is a pretty attractive, if somewhat pricey ($60), solution. For anyone hoping to simply clean up the clutter on their desk, however, there may just be one too many trade-offs. For starters, the key travel isn't much better than your average laptop keyboard and, while the keys thankfully aren't as glossy as their surroundings, they are still a bit too slick for our tastes (gaming is practically out of the question).
That said, there is still quite a bit to like about the Arc Keyboard, especially if you're pairing it with an equally streamlined PC in a non-PC-minded workspace -- just keep in mind that it's better suited to Tweets and Facebook postings than your next novel.