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Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 review

Gordon Kelly



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Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650
  • Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650
  • Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650
  • Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650
  • Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650
  • Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650
  • gestures


Our Score:



  • Stylish design
  • Durable with excellent build quality
  • Responsive
  • Intuive setup with customisable gestures


  • Expensive
  • Poor battery life
  • Limited use in early days of Windows 8

Key Features

  • Glass, multi-touch surface
  • Full Windows 8 gesture support
  • Programmable gestures
  • Integrated battery
  • Manufacturer: Logitech
  • Review Price: £69.99

With the impending launch of the touch-friendly Windows 8, touchpads are set to become the new must-have PC accessory for those not upgrading to touchscreen hardware such as the Microsoft Surface. With them you can effortlessly pinch, swipe and rotate your way round the interface, giving the new software a more intuitive feel. One of the first choices to hit the market - aside from the long-standing Apple TrackPad - is the Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650.


First impressions of the Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 are excellent. At 129mm (length and width) this square trackpad is, like Apple's Trackpad, roughly 50 per cent larger than even the most oversized laptop trackpad, giving you a spacious area to perform basic operations and gestures. The all important surface is good too with Logitech using smooth, scratch-resistant glass which has a sand-blasted matt finish that gives a good balance of smoothness and slipperiness.

While gently sloped to present the surface to users at a slight angle, the T650 also isn't much thicker than a modern smartphone and it is lighter as well allowing it to be thrown in a bag or even coat pocket. The underside of the Logitech T650 backs up this portable lifestyle too with a toughened matt plastic base and four rubberized feet sunken into the trackpad rather than simply stuck on. So far, so good.

Style wise, it's not quite as snazzy as Apple's metal-clad effort but at least you couldn't accuse Logitech of outright copying.


While it would be equally comfortable permanently staying on your desk this portable theme is continued with the inclusion of an integrated (non-removable) battery which will last up to a week between charges. Charging the T650 is done via a micro USB port at the front. As for the 'Wireless' in its lengthy name, Logitech has steered away from Bluetooth instead using an automatically paired 2.4GHz USB dongle. As with all recent Logitech products the dongle is tiny, barely sticking out of a USB port so it can be left in and it will pair with up to six Logitech devices simultaneously to compensate for taking up a port. An acceptable trade-off in our minds.


So it looks good, is durable and fairly portable, but what does the T650 actually offer above and beyond a standard laptop trackpad? In Windows 7 the answer is not much. Left click (tap the pad in the middle), right click (tap the pad in the bottom right corner) and middle click (tap three fingers in the middle) are all standard across both Windows 7 and Windows 8, as is two fingered horizontal and vertical scrolling. A little more exciting is three fingered swipes left and right to go back or forward in web browsers and folders while the ubiquitous pinch to zoom gesture is supported too.


Then again it is Windows 8 where the T650 really comes alive. Three fingers up takes you to the Windows 8 Start screen (complete with 'modern UI'), a one fingered swipe from the left edge switches between open applications (both programs and Windows 8 apps) and a one finger swipe from the right edge opens the Charms menu – essentially a transparent overlay with shortcuts for search, share, devices, settings and the Start screen. Meanwhile swiping one finger from the top edge opens the Windows 8 context menu for whichever app you're in.

In addition Windows 8 adds a few more gestures for core functionality: three fingers down minimizes/restores desktop windows and four fingers up/down maximizes/minimizes windows. All in this is a fairly heady list, but since they are in accordance with Microsoft's official gestures for Windows 8 they are worth learning and in time become second nature. Furthermore if you aren't happy with them Logitech's SetPoint software will let you customize gestures to your heart's content.

Carlos Blanco

January 23, 2013, 10:29 am

Umm... truth is that it only makes the same moves as a mouse does,
When using it in a page that with functionality of a touch screen does nothing, gestures like zooming with two fingers going away or close just zooms the browser instead of zooming the content, ie: a picture suposed to zoom, not the entire browser, maps: suposed to zoom the map, not the entire browser. This mouse is a joke (I have it and belive me, is dumb).


January 31, 2013, 5:20 pm

I'm curious how you were able to customize the gestures. I bought this touchpad because it promised customization, but there are no customization options in the SetPoint software other than to disable certain gestures.


February 17, 2013, 4:01 pm

You say: and four rubberized feet sunken into the trackpad rather than simply stuck on. So far, so good.

I say: the two bottom feet are BUTTONS!!!!!! Have you not seen that in your review? Without that bottom left button there is no drag feature.


September 30, 2013, 4:33 pm

Not satisfied only basic functions are covered this pad is going to go back to Logitech.
Not for example rotating in a 3D application.
This is not a replacement for the mouse for 3D artists.

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