Logitech has become the first big name to launch a its own version of Apple’s Magic Trackpad for >Windows PCs. The Wireless Touchpad is a $50 alternative to the traditional mouse that provides desktop PC users with a large, 5-inch multi-touch trackpad.
In many ways, Logitech’s latest peripheral is very similar to its Apple rival: both devices support input from up to four fingers, allowing you to scroll, swipe between pages, and swipe between applications with a number of simple gestures. However, in other ways, the Wireless Touchpad is very different.
For a start, it’s nowhere near as pretty. Take a look at the image above and tell me you’d rather have that sat on your desk than the sleek, aluminum trackpad from Apple. You just couldn’t. Second, Logitech’s new device doesn’t use Bluetooth — it uses an RF connection instead. That gives it the advantage of longer battery life, but means it’ll still take up one of your computer’s USB ports for its RF receiver. This could be a problem if you have one of the latest ultraportables which only sport a couple of USB ports.
Logitech’s Wireless Touchpad is a lot prettier when it comes to price, however. At just $50, it’s $20 cheaper than Apple’s device, and with that RF connection it will undoubtedly save you a small fortune in batteries each year, too: two AA batteries are promised to last for roughly four months.
At present, Logitech’s website advertises the Wireless Touchpad as compatible with Windows 7 only, so don’t expect to pick this up as a cheaper alternative to the Magic Trackpad for your Mac. The device is set to begin shipping before the end of this month.
What do you think of Logitech’s new Wireless Touchpad? Have you been waiting for a trackpad for your Windows PC, or do you prefer a good old mouse?