What I Use: Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650

Ever since the release of the Apple Magic Trackpad, I have been hooked on using a trackpad instead of a traditional mouse for desktop computing. Unfortunately, there were not many, if not any, similar devices for Windows. Logitech released the Wireless Touchpad about a year ago. It was nothing compared to the Apple Magic Trackpad. It was bulky, plastic and had a very cheap feel to it. It was the only thing available for Windows that worked. Until now.

Wireless Touchpad (on left) next to T650

Logitech just released the Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 in conjunction with the release of Windows 8. I can say that this is a major improvement over the original Logitech touchpad.

The Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 features an ultra-smooth upper glass surface that’s fingerprint and scratch-resistant. It doesn’t look or feel cheap like it’s predecessor. It is rechargeable with up to one-month battery life on a single charge. No need to change out batteries. Just plug in the included USB cable and instantly begin charging, even if it is in use. It connects using Logitech’s proprietary 2.4GHz wireless technology that allows you to connect multiple wireless peripherals with the Logitech Unifying Receiver. Mine is paired with a Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750.

The T650 is capable of supporting a number of Windows 8 gestures, such as edge gestures for app switching, app bar and charms bar activation, pinch-to-zoom and three-finger swipe to take you back to the Start Screen. This is great if you are running Windows 8 on a device that is does not support touch. Here is the link to the gestures that you can do.

Something to keep in mind is that you may need to install and use the Logitech SetPoint application to adjust the configuration of the T650 for your specific style. The defaults just didn’t work for me.

The Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 is the perfect accessory to any desktop computer running Windows 8 especially if you want to use the related gestures.

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