HARDWARE FIRM Logitech is bringing out two mice and a touchpad for people that want to use the touch elements of Windows 8 without buying a tablet or touchscreen PC.
The devices will go on sale later this month and Logitech said that they have been designed with the Windows 8 touch interface in mind.
They are the Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650, the Logitech Touch Mouse T620 and the Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400.
"This new family of products takes the traditional mouse functionality you're used to and optimizes it for the navigation experience offered by Windows 8," said Mike Culver, VP of brand development for consumer computing platforms at Logitech.
"Our new mice and touchpad replicate the touch-screen experience that you've grown accustomed to on smartphones and tablets. With Windows 8 now offering up a similar touch experience, our products give you quick, easy and dynamic access to the core elements of the new interface."
The Touchpad is the least like a mouse, so the most interesting. It takes the sort of touchpad that you would normally have on a laptop and puts it right on your desk. According to the firm it supports all that Windows 8 offers like touch, naturally, gesture control, pinch, zoom and swiping.
It has a glass surface, suggesting that if you close your eyes you can imagine that you are actually using a tablet.
The mice are described in glowing terms like ultra-sleek. The Touch mice have a touch surface, meaning that you can achieve the same dizzying heights of control that the Touchpad offers while using a mouse. We could go on more, we imagine you've got the idea.
The Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650, Logitech Touch Mouse T620 and Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400 should go on sale this month for suggested retail prices of £69.99, £59.99 and £39.99, respectively. µ