With the touch-friendly Windows 8 OS launch just weeks away, hardware manufacturers are now ramping up production of tie-in peripherals. Logitech are the latest gang to do so, today revealing a pair of mice and a touchpad built specifically with Microsoft’s new operating system in mind.
Lets take a look at the mice first. The premium pointer is the Logitech Touch Mouse T620 (above, left), which features touch-sensitive page scrolling and gesture controls alongside the regular clicky-slidey mouse features. A wireless mouse, it’s good for six months of use per charge of its rechargeable battery pack.
Lower down the price list is the Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 (above, right). It’s offering a similar experience to the T620, though looks more like a conventional mouse than the curvy T620. With its rubberised grips, Start screen shortcut button and 18-month battery life per charge, it may well be the more functional of the two.Perhaps the glitziest addition to the range is the Logitech Rechargeable Touchpad T650, which looks basically like Apple’s Magic Trackpad, but for Windows machines.
Like a laptop trackpad, you slide your fingers around it to move the onscreen pointer, with the pad also accepting gesture controls like pinch-to-zoom and three-finger swipe shortcuts to bring up the Start screen. You’ll get one month’s worth of juice out of the TouchPad T650 before it’ll need a battery top up over a USB charge.
Pricing sits at £69.99 for the TouchPad T650 and £59.99 for the T620 mouse. At £39.99, the T400 seems a relative steal.
By Gerald Lynch | October 10th, 2012