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Logitech Rechargeable Touchpad T650 | Review

Love it or hate it, Windows 8 is here. Sad face.

Well, if you’re going to go all-in into the Windows 8 environment — or even if you eventually will but would want to stick with Windows 7 for now — then you might as well have the proper tools for it. And if you don’t happen to have a touchscreen on your PC, then your next best bet is to have a big, killer multi-touch trackpad. That’s what Logitech offers with the Logitech Rechargeable Touchpad T650.

 

The Logitech T650 box

First impressions

The Logitech T650 trackpad is a square pad that’s roughly 5.5 x 5.5 inches, with a glass finish and plastic bottom. It’s weighted so it won’t wander around your desk, even if it happens to be a slippery glass table top. More important, the build quality is topnotch.

Logitech Rechargeable TouchPad T650

You’ll find a power switch on the right side, a micro USB charging port at the front side, and there’s a tiny green LED indicator light that’s flush against the glass surface on the upper right side. Pretty elegant. It comes in a dark gray “corporate” finish, so it will class up an office desk. Just don’t anyone mistake it for an oversized coaster… though it looks like it will survive the odd coffee cup perched on its smooth glass surface.

The surface. Yes that’s one smooth silky glass surface. Your fingers can glide over it with effortless ease.

Installation

The T650 comes with Logitech’s trademark “Unifying” receiver USB. That’s good news if you’re thinking of getting an extra wireless mouse or keyboard because this one receiver can take handle up to six devices (so long as they’re Logitech Unifying compatible, ahem) and thus freeing up your precious USB ports. Connection between the pad and the USB was seamless and lag-free. The USB dongle is so small that you can just keep it plugged in on your laptop and you won’t have to bother with unplugging it, ever, even when packing up to go.

Unifying receiver

Frankly speaking, the T650 was designed specifically for Windows 8 use. So once you plug in the T650 onto a Windows 8 PC, you’re practically good to go. And if you’re already familiar with Windows 8 gestures, then you’re all set.

However, let’s be candid here. Most people will still be holding on to their older Windows devices (me included). Well, good thing the T650 works on older Windows 7 systems too. You just have to download the driver software (a.k.a. Setpoint software) for it from the Logitech website. The backside of the T650 comes with friendly instructions, and all you need is to head on to the link printed at the bottom:

Backside of the T650

Note that if you don’t install the driver on your Windows 7 computer, the trackpad will still work… as a basic mouse-like device. You can point, and that’s it. You can’t even click on anything. So yeah, you gotta install the driver pronto.

Once the Setpoint driver is in place, this magically activates gestures on the trackpad. Voila! Simply tap the trackpad to select objects on the screen. Need to right-click? Simply tap the bottom right corner of the trackpad.

There are a number of other gestures too, which you might want to study to make full use of the trackpad. Windows 8 gestures are slightly different from those for Windows 7. Curious? Just go to Logitech’s gesture guide for Windows 8 and Windows 7.

And you’re ready to go! It’s pretty easy to set up the trackpad.

What else is there? Oh right. Charging.

Hey, that’s basically all that you need to know. Oh, the box also comes with the perfunctory manual which hardly anybody would read, as well as the micro USB charging cable.

What's in the box of the T650

Logitech T650 USB cable

The T650 comes out of the box with a bit of a charge already, so you’re good to go. Mine lasted for a couple of days (it wasn’t much of a charge).

The real surprise comes with the charging process. Plug the trackpad to a USB port and it charges up (the green LED light starts throbbing). And in record time that’s so short that I didn’t even get to time it (well okay, a couple of hours tops perhaps), you now have enough juice to run the trackpad for a month, according to Logitech. And I’d tend to believe them because it’s been a couple of weeks already and the charge status (seen on a desktop toolbar widget) is still good.

And since you can use the trackpad even while it’s charging, you basically can have uninterrupted use, ever.

Verdict

I am loving the Logitech Rechargeable Touchpad T650. And if I was finally upgrading to Windows 8 (when Windows 8.1 comes along, at the least), this goes with me into that dimension. In the meantime, it’s pretty useful as a Windows 7 pad as well.

Well okay, I’m still finding a mouse to be faster than a trackpad, so I still reach for my wireless mouse on a regular basis. But the trackpad is useful for its gestures: scrolling down articles, swiping in and out of apps, things like that. Plus, its buttery-smooth surface is a joy to the touch.

I say it’s worth it, especially if your device (whether Windows 7 or 8) does not come with a touch screen. You can get the T650 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of Php 3,397.00.

Logitech Rechargeable Touchpad T650

Likes

  • Ease of installation, with Unifying RF receiver USB dongle
  • Buttery smooth glass surface!
  • Excellent build quality
  • Impressive battery performance, both on charging and longevity

Dislikes

  • I’m still faster on a mouse. That’s not a fault of the device, really. That’s just me. But once I go Windows 8, who knows?
Art

Art

Art is a long-time editor for a number of technology publications. He is a Palanca-winning writer (he got lucky) whose day job is to try to be as serious as possible while being a management consultant and lecturer. His favorite noodles: chapchae.

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