I was pretty enthusiastic when I heard about Logitech’s T650 Wireless Touchpad for Windows a while back. I’ve been a PC user for years, but I freely admit, I’ve been a little jealous of the quality of Apple’s touchpads. Finally, I thought, a PC touchpad that looks like it rivals Apple’s! Thankfully it does live up to that impression.
Gesture-Compatible and Made for Windows 8
The T650 took me a day or two to get used to. After the adjustment period, it felt fluid and incredibly intuitive, with a nice glassy feel under the fingertips. It was designed to work with Windows 8, so with drivers loaded, it supports the Windows 8 gestures very nicely. A few of them take a little getting used to though. By default, right-clicking is accomplished by tapping the lower-right corner of the touchpad, and by pressing it continually if you have to sustain the click. This can make right-click-and-drag operations tricky; thankfully, a driver update adds the ability to toggle right-clicking by double-tapping the touchpad, which simplifies things greatly.
As a Windows 8 user, I noticed an interesting phenomenon occuring after I started using the T650. With the trackball I’d been using previously, I ignored the Metro interface almost completely. (I know, we’re not supposed to call it Metro.) Since using the T650 though, I’ve started using a lot of Metro apps pretty regularly. Swiping between screens and flipping around to different apps is quick and seamless and it feels natural to use them in a way it never did with the trackball or mouse. Desktop use still dominates my computer time by a MASSIVE margin, but I found the change to be significant, and very interesting. I have to think that if I had a touchscreen display, I’d use the Metro interface all the more.
And that is the last significant point that needs to be brought up. The T650 is a fantastic addition to any desktop computer without a touch screen, or to many laptops if you don’t have one built in, or don’t like how it feels or where it’s placed. It is not 100% equivalent to having a touchscreen though. On a touchscreen, the active spot is wherever you put your finger; with the T650 or any touchpad, you still have a mouse cursor that determines where the active spot is. This isn’t a criticism of the T650, just a point to consider if you’re thinking about changing systems.
Battery life is tough to talk about. They claim up to a month of battery life with typical usage. I haven’t had mine for a month yet, and after getting it fully charged up, I have yet to lose power in it or have any sort of problem. I’ll have to take them at their word for now, but it is looking good so far.
Relief for Stressed Hands
One last big point for a certain category of user; I suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, and am pleased to report that using the T650 has greatly reduced the stress on my wrist compared to using a mouse. Unfortunately, there are still some things you can’t really use a touchpad for – many games, for example. Overall though, I am exceptionally pleased with the purchase (I did buy it myself, I never got a review unit), and would easily recommend it to others.
Logitech also offers a version of the T650 for Mac. If any of you have given it a try, we’d love to hear your opinions of it, or of this Windows version in the comments!