If your new Windows 8 notebook has a cramped touchpad and you find the operating system's dual interfaces confounding, the Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 ($59) offers a helping hand. The large, smooth surface makes it easier to pull off gestures and navigate both the desktop and Modern interface while significantly decreasing the stress on your wrist, digits and mind.
The underside is made of matte gray plastic with short, stubby legs located on each corner that kept the unit firmly in place. An on/off switch sits on the right side of the T650, while the microUSB port is on the rear edge.
Measuring 5.1 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches and weighing 7.3 ounces, the Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 is significantly larger than any touchpad you'll find on a notebook. For example, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400's touchpad measures 3.6 x 2.4 inches, while the MSI GX60, which is a gaming notebook, has a touchpad that's 3.3 x 2.8 inches.
A sticker on the T650's underside instructed us to go to www.logitech.com/download/t650 and download the SetPoint software, which we used to set up and configure the touchpad. We then plugged the included the 2.4GHz wireless USB receiver into our PC, switched on the T650 and it was up and running.
From Tools, you can contact customer support, install support for old-school PS/2 devices and save system reports.
One of the things we like most about SetPoint is that it shows how to perform each gesture. In the "Navigate Windows" menu under the My Mouse tab, clicking on any of the seven gestures plays a short video. Right above that is a visual representation of what the gesture allows you to do in Windows 8. These helpful hints can also be found in the Scroll section of the My Mouse tab. We really appreciate that Logitech includes this simple-yet-powerful teaching tool.
Swiping inward from the left edge with one finger activated the Task Switcher, while swiping inward from the right edge opened the Charms menu. Swiping left or right with four fingers when using a Windows 8 app allowed us to dock it to the left or right side of the display. One-finger inward swipe from the top opened the App Bar when using a Windows 8 app. Pinch-to-zoom was also very easy to execute. However, two-finger rotate is not supported.
Logitech claims that the T650 can last for up to a month on a single charge.
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|Accessories Type||Laptop Accessories|
|Size||5.1 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches|