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Multitouch gestures on any Windows 8 PC or tabletThe Logitech Touchpad T650 makes it easy to add a standalone touch pad to your Windows 8 tablet or desktop, but mimicking touch-screen gestures is still an imperfect experience.
I'm Dan Ackerman and we're here taking a look at the Logitech Touchpad T650. This is something you're seeing a little bit more these days, a standalone touchpad that can connect to pretty much any Windows PC, especially useful with Windows 8 because Windows 8 is very touch screen-driven as in the case of a hybrid-style tablet like this. But, in this particular case, we don't have a touchpad or a pointing stick or anything. It doesn't come with a mouse. So, you would wanna pair something like, let's say, an external mouse or a touchpad for a product like this or you can set it up with a desktop or even a laptop if you dock your laptop like an extra screen and you have an external keyboard. So, you use this instead of a mouse so you have a more sort of seamless transition between your laptop and between using kind of a dock setup. The 650 connects via one of these UFP RF adapters. It's not Bluetooth. Logitech says that this connection is actually faster, more responsive than Bluetooth. You know, I've used the Apple Magic Trackpad that has Bluetooth. It certainly seems fine. I do appreciate the really big surface area here and it uses all the standard Windows 8 gestures like swiping in from the side for the charms bar and there're a few of their own gestures in here that sort of approximate what you'd get on the MacBook but don't quite equal it. I'm especially a big fan of, on a MacBook, swiping up and down with 3 fingers to go into that exposÃ© view. You still really can't do that in Windows whether you have this touchpad or different touchpad. But this is one of the only really high quality, glass top, standalone touchpad you can get. It's about $80, a little bit on the expensive side especially compared to just run-of-the-mill wireless mouse. But I think a lot of people are moving in this direction even if they're not laptop users. Certainly feels a lot more natural when you're navigating Windows 8. I've been trying to do it with a mouse which is just a real headache. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Logitech Touchpad T650.