Logitech Wireless Touchpad…OK for Windows 7..Perfect for Windows 8
I have been a mouse guy all my life and use Logitech’s MX Performance MX mouse with my desktop and VX Nano with my notebook. So it was with some trepidation that I picked up the Logitech Wireless Touchpad. Five inches square and a tad on the ugly side the Wireless Touchpad sat nicely beside my keyboard.
For starters the Wireless Touchpad uses Logitech’s unifying receiver which I already have so, I didn’t have to use up another USB port on my computer..this is more important on a port challenged notebook. Setup was simple and fast. With one finger this Touchpad works just like the one on most notebooks..but where it starts to shine is the ability to Scroll up or down with two fingers to easily move through a document or your favorite web page or if you want to swipe from side to side three finger swipe accomplishes that quite nicely and a downward three finger swipe changes pages. You can switch between open applications with a four finger swipe. That’s pretty much it in Windows 7 which has limited touch capability.
I tried the Wireless Touchpad in the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 and found it a bit more versatile on the Metro GUI..I was able to move around the tiles and swipe across the screen with ease..I can see that perhaps with the right driver support this touchpad could work as well on Windows 8 as does it’s Apple counterpart on OS X..we can only hope.
Despite the shortcomings of the operating system with which it has to work I found the Logitech Wireless Touchpad a pretty good replacement for a mouse..especially for those who may have issues using a mouse. It is available wherever Logitech products are sold for $59.99