Logitech announces Wireless Touchpad for Windows 7 PCs

By on September 14, 2011, 8:00 AM

Taking a page from Apple, which last year released the Magic Trackpad, Logitech today announced its own version of the mouse companion (or replacement) designed to add multi-touch capabilities to Windows 7-based PCs. Dubbed Wireless Touchpad, the device offers 5 inches of real estate and supports up to four-finger gestures and swipes.

The Logitech Wireless Touchpad takes advantage of Windows 7's gesture-based controls and multi-touch so you can use two fingers to page scroll, three fingers for photo browsing, and four fingers for application switching. These uses will only expand in the future with Windows 8 expected to embrace touch in a big way and as more developers bake in native support for the functionality in their apps.

There are also left and right mouse clicks below the touchpad area, or you can simply press down on the surface of the touchpad to actuate a click instead.

Like other Logitech peripherals, the Wireless Touchpad connects to your computer using the same Unifying USB receiver that lets you use a single plug for up to five compatible devices. The company says its touchpad is good for up to four months of battery life and will launch priced at $50 later this month.

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stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

meh, I dunno if I would really have any use for this. I hate the ones on laptops and I know this isn't the same but I'm still happy with my mouse. I think it is because of those accidental tap clicks.

Guest said:

As a software developer the $50 price tag will allow me to get more into the multi-touch area of Windows since I don't want to go buy another $1,000 computer just to get multi-touch to learn on. Hopefully it will be better than Microsoft touch mouse, which is much worse than Apple magic mouse in terms of usability on Windows machines (quite ironic IMO)...

nismo91 said:

never been a fan of multi-touch touchpad.

ive been using laptops for years and i still prefer the classic synaptics touchpad for tapping, coasting, vertical and horizontal scrolling. these features (which exist in most laptop with synaptics) allow me to use only my right thumb and index finger for daily operation.

Cota Cota said:

So now Logitech is infected whit mouth-breathing syndrome too? :'(

Guest said:

Dead on arrival.

Touchpads are cumbersome to use.

I still prefer a mouse.

They should create a high-tech mouse instead.

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