Windows 8-based Logitech mice and trackpad revealed

Confirming previous rumors, Logitech announced today it plans to release three new PC peripherals (two mice and a trackpad) that have been made especially for desktop and notebook users to access the "Modern" UI of Windows 8. All three products will be released in October.

One of the three new devices is the super-smooth looking Touch Mouse T620, which will come with a way to access the "Modern" interface via six gestures along with ways to bring up the Windows 8 Start screen, showing and hiding the desktop mode and more. The wireless mouse will have a six month battery life and be priced at $69.99.

Another Windows 8-based mice product from the company is the Zone Touch Mouse T400, which has a more traditional looking shape, along with a "touch zone" in the center that mimics the familiar scroll wheel in other PC mouse products. It also has six Windows 8 navigation gestures, along with a way to access the Start Screen. The mouse also has an 18 hour battery life. It will be priced at $49.99.

Finally, for those of you who want a full trackpad on a desktop, Logitech will release the Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650. It will let users access a whopping 13 Windows 8 "Modern" UI gestures. it will have a one month battery life and be priced at $79.99.

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I love my wireless logitech touchpad. After using laptops for so many years, I can't use a mouse, so having my laptop hooked to tv, using the wireless touchpad goes nicely with mywireless loigitech keyboard.

having owned the previous (horrific) implementation of this (the logitech touchpad) i've pre-ordered this new version as I know how useful this will be now it actually supports gestures and they've removed the deadzone around the pad. Using this with win8 on a desktop gives the best of both worlds.

i love my love my logitech my logitech mouse. So far the battery has lasted 14 months with it being left on all times.

I want that trackpad for my TV-connected laptop dock. I have an older laptop that still pulls off Windows 8 perfectly, and I could just leave that docked to my TV as a HTPC with Windows 8.

That trackpad would make a very handy 'remote' for 90% of the interaction I'd need to do with it as a media device. I still don't understand all the crying about the 'loss' of Media Center.

Joshie said,
I want that trackpad for my TV-connected laptop dock. I have an older laptop that still pulls off Windows 8 perfectly, and I could just leave that docked to my TV as a HTPC with Windows 8.

That trackpad would make a very handy 'remote' for 90% of the interaction I'd need to do with it as a media device. I still don't understand all the crying about the 'loss' of Media Center.


So how do I watch live tv in Windows 8 without having to rely on the crappy programs that TV Tuner manufacturers include with their cards?

MFH said,

So how do I watch live tv in Windows 8 without having to rely on the crappy programs that TV Tuner manufacturers include with their cards?

Right, because a metro TV tuner app will never, ever exist for you <1% of people who used WMC for live TV.

The increased functionality in every single other respect with Windows 8 as a media center is completely and utterly meaningless without a Microsoft-built TV tuner client.

The dramatically more media center-friendly interface for apps, web, streaming video, and entertainment are completely moot without an out-of-box metro app for your crappy TV tuner hardware that can't even manage video on par with over-the-air HD on a real TV.

Oh, woe is media consumption.

Kirkburn said,

Why is that an issue for you?

You need to move your hand differently, it's more to the right of your hand so has a different movement to the centre of your palm.

I couldn't get used to it after 3 days, switched to a Gigabyte mouse and all was well again.

Sly_Ripper said,

You need to move your hand differently, it's more to the right of your hand so has a different movement to the centre of your palm.

I couldn't get used to it after 3 days, switched to a Gigabyte mouse and all was well again.

If the mouse is flat on the surface (where it should be), then logic says that it doesn't make a blind bit of difference where the sensor is. However you move your hand, the sensor is still moving an identical distance. Or am I missing something here?

TCLN Ryster said,

If the mouse is flat on the surface (where it should be), then logic says that it doesn't make a blind bit of difference where the sensor is. However you move your hand, the sensor is still moving an identical distance. Or am I missing something here?

I guess if you use a mouse like it's glued to your palm, yes, but my wrist stays still and I move it with my fingers. With the sensor being off-centre it takes different movements compared to a regular mouse. The cursor with a Logitech mouse moving in curves when I tried to move it in a straight line.

I use just such a Logitech mouse (M705) - playing with it, I do slightly see what you mean - it affects the arc a bit - but I can't say I've ever noticed an issue personally. But absolutely fair enough if it's an issue for you.

Hmm I was envious of the Mac Pad (was that its name?) but if this works under windows 7 as well as 8 I would love that trackpad. Doesn't seem to be too pricey either.
I wonder what it would be like to work on for graphics work too

Teebor said,
Hmm I was envious of the Mac Pad (was that its name?) but if this works under windows 7 as well as 8 I would love that trackpad. Doesn't seem to be too pricey either.
I wonder what it would be like to work on for graphics work too

Win 8 has much better multi-touch trackpad support, so i very much doubt it will work as good on Win 7.

Still uses Logitech proprietary 2.4Ghz dongle instead of Bluetooth. I'll pass. I'm still holding on to my Logitech DiNovo original Ultraflat with Bluetooth. Half of the keys have the letters worn off. Thank God I touch type.

TruckWEB said,
What? Still not Bluetooth? I'll wait for something better...

have you even used the RF version with the unified controller? No... you have no idea what you are talking about and are avoiding a perfectly good device for reasons of your own mis-understanding. good luck with that mentality

Jub Fequois said,
That track pad looks gorgeous. I'm getting one.

A trackpad for *desktops*.

The sad thing is that it took Windows 8 for IHVs to get a friggin CLUE and create one.

(The "why" behind that criticism - there are certainly plenty of folks that are used primarily to portable PCs; however, portable PCs simply lack computational power compared to desktops, nor are they as easy to upgrade. However - with the right drivers - trackpads can absolutely kick the bejeebers out of mice; trackballs (the desktop ancestor of the trackpad) proved that with Windows 3.x - and are re-proving it today as trackpads; Logitech, in fact, was just as well-known for their trackballs as for their mice.)

When will they become available?

Jub Fequois said,
That track pad looks gorgeous. I'm getting one.

That's what I was trying to say, but old boy ^Benalvino got a little cranky. It looks very comfortable to use and I like the jet black color.

Jub Fequois said,
That track pad looks gorgeous. I'm getting one.

I am a big fan of trackpad (got my finger hurt from using the thinkpad nipple or thinkpoint too much).
I currently have Apple Magic Trackpad, and it works pretty well with Windows (assuming you install proper drivers etc). The one month battery life for that Windows 8 trackpad seems a little low though

Tyler R. said,
If I ever do switch to Windows 8, I'd want that track pad.

trackpads were always the achilles' heel of windows based notebooks altogether and frankly the one and only thing i can think that actually better in a macintosh laptop - i do hope W8 changes this all (if we can believe synaptic and other manufacturers than yes)

Tyler R. said,
If I ever do switch to Windows 8, I'd want that track pad.

My bad... I was using the mac to read the comment... I just saw your real post using windows pc... lol. that is what is happening to apple fan boys.

benalvino said,

Take your pointless trolliness somewhere... They never asked anyone to switch... they just announce new peripherals for windows 8... If you don like windows 8 use your windows 7. Linux or OSX... stop being a jobless Dude who look for windows 8 article to comment how he is not getting it like Microsoft will die if he doesn't.

1. I'm not trolling. I'm saying I'd love to own this track pad when I buy 8.

2. I have a job. It just doesn't pay very well. I've stated my finances before in previous post.

3. I want to buy Windows 8 and use a fu*king trackpad with it. Sue me. How is MS or Logitech going to die when I'm spending money on their products?

Edit: Just read your second comment. My post is the same on OS X, Windows, Linux, BSD, what ever the hell your using. I have a Mac, however, I'm not a fanboy. If anything I'm a Windows 7 Geek that use Kubuntu and OS X on the side. Problems? Write me an OS that can run Windows, Linux, and Mac apps that I need to have either for entertainment, school, or my job.

Tyler R. said,

Write me an OS that can run Windows, Linux, and Mac apps that I need to have either for entertainment, school, or my job.

If Java wasn't really messed up when it runs operations then you would have this and if everything was programmed in it then this would be universally true. All you would need was the jre and you would be set. This is why I lol'ed when notch said he didn't want mine craft to run on Win 8.

Billaguana said,

If Java wasn't really messed up when it runs operations then you would have this and if everything was programmed in it then this would be universally true. All you would need was the jre and you would be set. This is why I lol'ed when notch said he didn't want mine craft to run on Win 8.

True. I completely forgot about Java. lol either that or I was just pi*sed. Notch is a spoiled brat that thinks he's so right about the fate of Windows 8. I just used the RTM in a real computer and I kind of like it.

siah1214 said,
I don't know why Microsoft hasn't made a trackpad yet.

I'd imagine the same reason they caught a bit of flak from manufacturers when they showed they were going to make a tablet.

Richard Cousins said,

Yeah! and they can call it Surface. Oh wait...

Why not? They already have the touch table called the "Surface" and the upcoming tablet called "Surface"... if they're going to keep reusing product names they might as well make a touchpad called "Surface".

theyarecomingforyou said,

Why not? They already have the touch table called the "Surface" and the upcoming tablet called "Surface"... if they're going to keep reusing product names they might as well make a touchpad called "Surface".

The "touch table" was renamed to PixelSense: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/pixelsense/default.aspx
So, the brand name "Surface" only refers to the tablet.

siah1214 said,
I don't know why Microsoft hasn't made a trackpad yet.

They did include a mini-trackpad in Microsoft Ultimate Wireless 7000 Keyboard, but obviously, they didn't do a good job, because they don't sell that keyboard anymore