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It’ll be an additional two weeks prior to Windows 8 PCs go on sale, but if you like, you can easily hand select out your gesture-enabled peripherals now. Logitech just announced 2 cordless mice and an external trackpad, all enhanced to support motions in Windows 8. Beginning with the mice, the Touch Mouse T620 has the same design as the M600 revealed earlier this year, except it supports Win 8 motions from the box. (The M600 will get a software update enabling it to work the very same method.) Just like its ancestor, the T620′s whole leading surface is touch-enabled, which implies you could do things like swipe the right side for the Beauty Bar, or swipe from the left to rotate through open programs. You could additionally double tap with one finger to go back to the Start Screen, and double tap with 2 fingers to show the computer.
Proceeding, the Zone Touch Mouse T400 has a touch strip that you can utilize to move up and down through pages, along with scroll through the live tiles on the Start Screen. In a radiant twist, though, the touch strip itself is included 2 buttons, which you can easily make use of to toggle open apps or bring up the Start Display, depending on which end you push. Finally, the Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 is a Magic Trackpad-style touchpadwith a large glass surface, which appeared impeccably receptive during our short hands-on with it. Unlike the 2 mice, which run on AAs, the T650 has a rechargeable battery, which you could re-juice over USB.
All of these add-ons use proprietary 2.4 GHz cordless innovation as an alternative of Bluetooth, which means you’ll require a complimentary USB port to accommodate the accompanying transceiver. The dongle can combine with up to six Logitech peripherals simultaneously, however that’s a bummer if you additionally take place to possess gear made by a Microsoft or HP. As you might have guessed, these are appropriate with Windows Computers just, though you could use them with Win 7 if you so picked. Search for all 3 this month, with the Touchpad T650 priced $ 80, the Touch Mouse at $ 70 and the T400 at $ 50.
PeripheralsLogitech outs two wireless mice and an external trackpad, all optimized for Windows 8 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed
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HP has revealed their Windows 8 personal computer lineup, leading off with 23.6-inch Spectre One. It’s the very first all-in-one in the company’s premium Spectre line and a scant 11.5 millimeters thick– HP’s thinnest all-in-one to date. The computer additionally is without a touchscreen, a curious omission in light of finger-friendly Windows 8. HP told us that adding one would certainly add 4 to 5 millimeters to the general thickness, a downside they just weren’t prepared to accept.
You’ll still be able to get your multitouch-gesture fix, as HP has bundled a wi-fi touchpad with the PC. The touchpad is light, comfy and baked into the exact same silver shell as the computer. More significantly, it works: it tracked Windows 8′s multitouch gestures accurately, and was big …
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Back in September, we got our hands on the 17-inch gaming behemoth from Razer. There was only one snag: the trackpad wasn’t fully functional yet. There were screens in place, but we weren’t able to test out all of the controls. Here at CES, we were able to get a quick hands-on with a final consumer model, ready to start dominating your next Skyrim marathon. As you may recall, the trackpad is offset to the right side of the keyboard so as not to interfere with your access to the essential in-game controls. Serving up quite a few functions, the tech includes a miniature web browser, access to control settings, macro key set-up, YouTube viewer, a number pad and a regular ol’ laptop touchpad. Another difference between the model pictured here and the one we spent some time with is the inclusion of a 256GB SSD instead of a 320GB HDD which pushed the launch date back to mid January. The kit will still set you back $ 2,799 and is slated to ship later this month.
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We heard a while back that Windows 8 would support multi-touch via the trackpad. Sure, there’s some stuff you can do right now, but the promise made by Microsoft and Synaptics has been deferred for the most part. But they’ve put up a video that shows just how you can expect to interact with Windows 8 and Metro using a multi-touch trackpad.
You can watch the video here, but I’ve embedded it here as well for your convenience:
I have to say that some of these things look extremely handy. I use a PC desktop and a Mac laptop, and each one is jealous of the other for several reasons. One of the things I love on my MacBook is the multitasking multi-touch gestures. Switching between desktops or applications with a swipe of a couple fingers becomes second nature, and it looks like that’s being nicely integrated in Synaptics’ concept.
Essentially what they’re doing is just mapping your input on the large touchscreen into the normal touch driver; the difficulty is probably the precision and filtering, determining exactly where that finger is so you can provide touchscreen-level accuracy.
Naturally there are obstacles. I wrote a long time ago about the fundamental difference between direct and indirect manipulation of UI elements, and I can’t say that this video makes any difference to my opinion that we’ll likely always need both. After all, the feedback loop telling you where you’re putting your finger is a bit incomplete: it needs to let you know where your finger is hovering, since you can’t touch the items directly. As it is, I think you can touch and then press down to click, as we’ve been doing for a while, but that’s not cohesive enough.
Yet the edge gestures look like a joy. Flipping between apps looks as natural and useful as it feels on the tablets, and I like the idea of bringing up the charm bar like that. There’s a danger of accidentally activating these, but that’s a matter of software optimization and Synaptics is no slouch. In fact, usually it’s ODMs and OS makers who fail to implement their solutions properly.
They’ll be showing this off at the Microsoft Ecosystem Summit later this week. In the meantime more info can be found at the Synaptics press release.
The Lenovo Multimedia Remote was an almost instant classic. Finally, HTPC buffs thought, a remote for us. And for the most part, the remote/controller did the job and filled a huge void when it was released in 2009. The company is back with another incarnation. Don’t fret, though. Lenovo didn’t start anew. There are several notable changes that seem all for the better.
Lenovo slightly reworked the keyboard, opting for a backlit version and better looking media playback buttons. The right and left buttons are better defined and for better or worse, an optical trackpad now sits in place of the trackball. Like the previous model, wireless connectivity is handled by a USB receiver operating on a 2.4GHz signal. Two AA batteries power the remote and should provide up to 3 months of battery life.
The whole thing is packaged in the same housing as the previous model. However, gone is the glossy finish that loved fingerprints and is replaced by a pleasant matte finish with a chrome band around the keypad. The new remote should be available later this month for the same $ 60 price as the old version.
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“This thing actually works.” That was my thought a few minutes after unboxing the Logitech Wireless Trackpad last week. I had pushed my Logitech G700 out of the way and placed the new trackpad defiantly on top of my gaming mousepad. The future is here, I thought.
So here we are a week later, and I’m thoroughly satisfied with the accuracy of my early statement. The Wireless Trackpad is not perfect. I have an issue that, while totally a first world problem, could be a potential dealbreaker for those with arthritis or a generally wussy constitution.
There isn’t a better Windows trackpad
Large, well-placed buttons that are easy to click
Multitouch gesture support
Claimed (but untested) 4 month battery life
A slight learning curve
Only works with Windows
The plastic tracking surface doesn’t like finger sweat (yes, the tip of your finger sweats a bit. At least mine does)
The Logitech Wireless Trackpad is to Windows as the Apple Magic Trackpad is to OS X. It attempts to bring multitouch trackpad goodness to a desktop environment. And it does. In fact, this Logitech device facilitates the best trackpad experience I’ve ever had with Windows.
Trackpads on Windows notebooks are almost universally garbage. I have found a few that are acceptable, mainly on Acer/Gateway machines, but most are horrible (I would rather get a vasectomy than use an HP trackpad). The difference in experience between a Mac and Windows trackpad is akin to the ride of a Rolls Royce vs a Geo Metro. These well-proven preconceived notions set my expectations for this particular trackpad rather low. I fully expected it to work — Logitech makes good stuff — but I also expected Windows to hamper the functionality.
However, upon opening the Wireless Trackpad, I was pleasantly shocked to find that the device not only works, but it works well. I love it despite a few quirks.
Much like the majority of Logitech products, the Wireless Trackpad is a plug-and-play sort of device. Plug in the USB receiver and it starts working within about a minute (at least on Windows 7). I did have to download a software pack from Logitech’s website to adjust tracking speed and the multitouch options, though.
The device is physically about the size of the Apple Magic Trackpad. They both rest at about the same slight angle, but that’s where the similarities end. For better or worse, the entire glass surface of Apple Magic Trackpad is used for tracking. There’s about a centimeter boarder around the tracking area on the Logitech version and there are two large, easily-clickable buttons placed at the bottom. I prefer the buttons over the clickable surface of the Magic Trackpad, but the plastic surface isn’t as smooth as glass.
Much to my initial surprise, the trackpad works great even on my dual 24-inch monitor setup. I fully expected to hate using a trackpad with such a wide work area. It’s not bad at first, then your hand starts to cramp from keeping three fingers slightly elevated over the super-sized surface. It physically hurt, but for you, my lovely readers, I manned up and pushed through the pain and thus emerged with a new friend. This trackpad has almost fully replaced my beloved mouse.
My G700, which, for reference, is the best mouse on the market, now sits mostly unused, but still in a ready state. You see, I still default to it when I need to get something done quickly. I’ve used a mouse almost daily for 17 years so the movements are second-nature and the tracking is more precise than this trackpad can provide. But for casual browsing, the Wireless Trackpad is actually a bit more comfortable. The multitouch gestures are wonderful in a browser, and as lazy as this sounds, I don’t have to move my arm as much to traverse my 48-inches of screen real estate.
There are some caveats here. Multitouch is not built into Windows as it is in OS X so don’t expect fancy gestures in Photoshop, although two-finger scroll does seem to fully replicate a scroll wheel. Also, hopefully this is obvious, but gaming is impossible on a trackpad; keep your mouse around for Deus Ex.
The Logitech Wireless Trackpad is the Windows Magic Trackpad. Logitech built a fantastic product and it’s priced right at $ 50. Give it a chance, push through the pain, and you’ll likely love it. But just in case, it’s probably best to buy it from a retailer without a silly restocking fee. Recommended.
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The wise folks who brought us the inductive Magic Charger for the Magic Mouse are now back with a new trick up their sleeves. This time we have the Mobee Magic Bar, which can energise either an Apple Wireless Keyboard or a Magic Trackpad thanks to their identical dual AA battery compartment. To get some wireless charging action, simply install the supplied battery cylinder to either device (presumably extra cylinders will also be available for purchasing), and then slide the extruding part into the charging dock. Of course, the nature of this setup limits the number of compatible devices (unlike the flat Magic Charger), but this is still more convenient than unscrewing the lid every time you run out of juice. If this Magic Bar tickles your fancy, you can pick one up around end of June for $ 59.90 — pre-order starts on May 15th.
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Kind of crazy that we haven’t seen more accessories that combine the Apple Bluetooth keyboard with the Magic Trackpad yet, but TwelveSouth has it covered with the Magic Wand, a simple aluminum half-tube that takes your two Apple wireless peripherals and joins them as one. Cute. Of course you’re still stuck with duplicate sets of batteries, and you’ll have to somehow deal with the fact that you just spent $ 30 on a piece of metal that creates a godless keyboard chimera monster, but if you can get past that the Magic Wand is shipping now. Video after the break.
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…It seems the right and left button also act like the trackpad. Anyone have a solution?
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