Logitech is under no illusions about its place in the world of technology. Windows 8 has caused a shift in the computer landscape and there's a new experience ready for the right peripherals to augment it.
There are two new conundrums to address. The first is the existence of a dual interface system with the traditional Windows 8 desktop at loggerheads with the Modern UI, both in terms of look and functionality. At the same time there exist the ideas of touch and non-touch between the two, each presenting a separate confusion for the consumer which this Swiss-based company is looking to ease.
The answers, as far as Logitech is concerned, lie in the three mice that it's added to its line. They range from the slightly touch, through the mostly touch right up to the entirely touch. Pocket-lint went hands-on to find out which worked best for our Windows 8 experience.
The most basic of the three is the Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400. It's pretty much what you'd expect. It's an optical device that operates over 2.4GHz wireless between itself and the Logitech universal USB hub which can handle up to four or five such wireless gadgets at a time.
What's different about the Zone Touch is the small touch-sensitive area where the scroll wheel normally sits. You can tap the front of it to switch between applications and the back to toggle desktop/Modern UI. It also works as the scroll wheel did by allowing you to go up and down pages, as well as side to side, by swiping your finger in the desired direction. Very simple, very nice and all for a rather reasonable sounding £39.99.
The quite large, and, for us, unnatural, step up is to the all-touch Logitech Touch Mouse T620, which comes in at £59.99. Again, it works like a standard mouse in that you move it around and, hey presto, so does the cursor on the screen. What's a little tricky to get used to is that the entire top side of the device is touch sensitive, so you have to be rather careful about how you handle it.
A collection of one and two-finger swipes, and taps and double taps on different parts of the surface mean you can access the frame edges – charms and all – of the Windows 8 Modern UI, switch between interfaces and applications, scroll around pages and select just about anything you like in traditional right and left-click manner.
The trouble is that, certainly initially, it's as tricky as it sounds to get used to. Doubtless, it's a question of practice but, after five minutes of confusion, we were desperate to move on to the final mouse-type device – the Touchpad.
The Logitech Rechargeable Touchpad T650 works pretty much as you'd expect if you note that this all-glass-topped device can recognise up to four touch point at once. Drags from the frame play nicely with the hidden menus of the Modern UI; three-finger up and down swipes switch between applications and interface types; and the two-finger variety is your scrollable functions. But it's all customisable through settings and, better yet, is both updateable and ready to be exploited by developers for app-specific gestures as they're added to the Windows 8 Store.
You can, of course, also use the Touchpad for a normal mechanical left or right click as well as a touch-sensitive one. As the name suggests, it's charged by micro USB connection and will last a good few months of use before conking out on you. At £69.99, we're tempted to take two.
None of the three seemed overly expensive for what's on offer and they all look to add a great deal to the Windows 8 experience if you don't have a touchscreen to play with - or even if you do. Instead of reaching back and forth, you can have it all in the palm of your hand. Personally, it's the Touchpad we'd like to spend most time with but there's some definite intrigue with the Touch Mouse too.