Touch technology has made its mark on our smartphones and tablets. But now it has come to one device that has not changed very much over the years: the computer mouse.
Apple led the way last year with its Magic Trackpad, which mimics the trackpad on its laptops, and Logitech has introduced a similar product. Logitech's Wireless Touchpad, which costs US$50 (Dhs180) lets users point, scroll and swipe with the taps and swipes that they have become used to on their touch-screen smartphones.
Users can use just one finger anywhere on the touchpad to control their cursor, scroll up or down with two fingers to move through a Web page or use three-finger horizontal swipe movements to flip through photos on their computers.
Logitech's latest product also uses a plug-and-forget receiver, a USB gadget that is attached to the computer via one of its USB ports to connect as many as five other Logitech compatible devices such as the company's wireless keyboard products.
The touchpad's wireless connection functions over a distance of nearly 10 metres, a feature that will be handy for those conducting presentations while seated or standing a distance from their computers.
Logitech claims that the device has a battery life of up to four months. An LED indicator tells you when the touchpad is on and whether the batteries are running low.
This device, however, is designed only for Windows 7 users who would like to get the same multi-touch experience they can get on Apple notebooks or even computers that will be equipped with the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
But for those unfamiliar with the typical touch movements that can be performed on a device such as this, the touchpad does have traditional laptop trackpad buttons that allow for clicking instead of two or four-finger movements to perform functions. The product is mounted on four rubber feet to prevent it from sliding around while you're swiping.
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