On Wednesday Logitech revealed three new peripherals designed specifically for Windows 8, Microsoft's updated OS slated to launch later this month. These new gadgets include the Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 (opens in new tab), the Logitech Touch Mouse T620 (opens in new tab) and the Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 (opens in new tab). Each was developed with Microsoft's new Modern UI interface in mind, offering shortcuts to make it easier for users to move between the old Windows desktop and the new Windows 8 Start Screen.
Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650 (opens in new tab)
This actually looks rather interesting: a large pad sporting an ultra-smooth glass touch surface. Logitech claims it will speed up navigation while giving fingers plenty of room to perform up to 13 unique Windows 8 gestures. Users can even click anywhere within the touch zone to zip directly to the Windows 8 Start Screen.
The tech specs weren't provided, but the gadget will have precision sensors, resistance to fingerprints, and a rechargeable battery promising up to one month of performance on a single charge. "Just plug in the USB cable – even while using it – and instantly begin charging," Logitech said on Wednesday. "With an on/off switch and low-battery status indicator, never worry about losing power again."
Logitech Touch Mouse T620 (opens in new tab)
Here's a wireless mouse with an ultra-sleek design that's packed with a full-touch surface for fluid navigation. Like the larger Touchpad T650, users will have the freedom to gesture wherever their fingers rest on the mouse (even on the edges, Logitech says) so everything feels natural, including horizontal and vertical scrolling, and app switching.
Logitech said this upcoming mouse will feature advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity and a receiver that connects up to six compatible devices. It will also sport advanced optical tracking and customizable controls, allowing users to configure the mouse their way via the Logitech SetPoint software. The two AA batteries will offer a six-month lifespan on one charge, but that will also depend on its overall usage.
Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 (opens in new tab)
This Windows 8 peripheral will "go beyond traditional mouse functionality," and sports a glass touch-surface that is designed for smooth horizontal and vertical scrolling. Users will be able to click anywhere on the front of the touch zone to go directly to the Windows 8 Start Screen. Also thrown into the mix will be a rubber grip wrapping, as seen above, so that the gadget doesn't suddenly escape across the desk.
Like the Touch Mouse T620, this model will connect to a Windows 8 device via an included 2.4 GHz USB receiver which will support up to six compatible devices. The battery will provide up to 18 months of performance, and Logitech even included a battery status indicator just in case time slips by too easily. Optional Logitech SetPoint software will allow the user to customize the controls, just like the T620.
The Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650, Logitech Touch Mouse T620 and Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 are expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in October 2012, for a suggested retail price of $79.99, $69.99 and $49.99, respectively. Below Logitech has provided a video demonstration so you can see these Windows 8 peripherals in action.