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Logitech Announces Wireless Touchpad

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Logitech Wireless Touchpad

Do you miss your laptop’s trackpad when you're stuck at your desktop PC? Well Logitech may just have the solution.

The Logitech Wireless Touchpad is a multi-touch navigation device which allows you to point, scroll and swipe your way through the web and your favourite PC applications. It’s basically an Apple Magic Trackpad for PCs.

The Wireless Touchpad connects with your PC via a discreet USB dongle and Logitech’s unifying technology lets you use a single dongle to connect multiple devices, such as the M325 mouse we looked at last week.

A single touch anywhere on the Trackpad will let you instantly control the cursor, but of more interest is the support for multi-touch gestures (up to four fingers) and swipes to scroll quickly through documents and werbsites, jump tabs and switch applications.

Logitech Wireless Touchpad

Logitech says its advance 2.4GHz wireless eliminates almost all delays, dropouts and interference and it also promises a four-month battery life with an LED indicator showing you when the juice is running low.

“The Logitech Wireless Touchpad is perfect for people who want to surf the Web in a more fun and natural way,” said Rory Dooley, Logitech’s senior vice president and general manager of the Control Devices business unit. “It lets Web surfers flick through websites and effortlessly scan long pages – making browsing easier than ever.”

The Logitech Wireless Touchpad is expected to be available in Europe this month, for a suggested retail price of £44.99.

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CJ6699

September 13, 2011, 5:08 pm

I love Logitech stuff but surly this is just a apple trackpad ripoff?

Chris

September 13, 2011, 8:02 pm

IMHO, trackpads are inferior pointing devices to mice in every respect aside from two saving graces: portability and multi-touch. Multi-touch appears to be the primary factor behind Apple bringing the Magic Trackpad to market. Why else would they design the flawed, multi-touch Magic Mouse only to persuade customers to use a trackpad instead?

This is just Logitech following suit for the PC market. Watch it sell like hot..... manure.

ffrankmccaffery

September 13, 2011, 9:54 pm

@chris: Hardly. Desktop touchpads have been around for a while with Cirque being one of the major manufacturers. The choice of materials is one major differentiator alone with the shape another. In fact this is a pretty belated entry into the market considering the multi-touch features Microsoft's debuted in Windows 7. Incidentally Microsoft's own recently debuted offering - a hybrid device combing both a mouse and a touchpad - is one to really look out for.

Chris

September 13, 2011, 11:19 pm

@ffrankmccaffery: Yeah, I have no doubt that desktop touchpads have been around for nearly as long as the touchpad has. While there's a niche market, someone will cater to it. However, that's not really relevant to my argument.

Logitech, Apple and Microsoft are not niche brands. They cater to the mass-market, which is where these products are aimed. Perhaps their mass-market entries are belated precisely because touchpads are generally inferior to the mice that most customers have been using for years, and these companies know it's a hard sell.

Don't get me wrong, multi-touch on the desktop has its uses. I like the concept of a touchpad integrated into a mouse, provided the touchpad doesn't detract from the mouse's function as a pointing device. That would be the best of both worlds. I just think it would be very difficult to persuade the average consumer that they're better off with a trackpad rather than a mouse.

Jamie C

September 14, 2011, 1:50 am

I don't see how trackpads are so inferior as a pointing device for the casual computer user. The degree of accuracy needed to browse the internet and word process etc isn't that great and anyone who's used a laptop trackpad (probably the majority of people these days) will at least understand how to use and control the pointer easily enough. And of course, don't forget the multi-touch gestures which are far superior on a trackpad than any mouse hybrid. Another plus for trackpads is the reduction of repetitive strain injury as the hand and arm stay fairly motionless and only the fingers do the work, which tends to cause less wrist pain.

It seems the only people who still benefit from proper mice these days are those who require the better accuracy and control afforded by a mouse such as a designer or gamer.

Chris

September 14, 2011, 9:25 am

Surely the more accurate the pointing device the better? I don't really agree with the argument that any pointing device is 'good enough'. Anyone can benefit from increased accuracy in all activities, and less effort is required from the user if the pointer is more accurate. That's a good thing in anyone's book, not just gamers and designers.

I should explain that I've spent some time helping seniors who are new to computing. Often people who aren't used to a trackpad get angry with it very quickly, as they perceive the trackpad to be the cause of their difficulty with the GUI. They often take to a mouse far faster, and this takes a lot of frustration out of using a computer for them.

RSI is a legitimate issue, I can imagine that many existing users of desktop trackpads have RSI problems. However, that's a bit of a niche application. To appeal to the mass-market, companies will have to convince users that multi-touch is worth a downgrade in pointing accuracy. I don't think that will happen as consumers tend to follow the path of least resistance, and right now that's the mouse.

Bugblatter

September 15, 2011, 12:33 am

I prefer a trackball myself.

For this to even be a consideration it needs a middle button; tabbed browsing is far easier with one.

Also the only trackpad I've ever found usable is the one on my Dell, because it has momentum (i.e. you can swipe it all over the place very easily).

Bugblatter

September 15, 2011, 2:56 am

@Jamie C Trackballs give the same advantages, and having used both a fair bit I feel they're far better.

The main reason I switched from using a mouse was so that I could use it on the sofa without constantly hitting the person sitting next to me.

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