Logitech enters the button-free mouse market with the Touch Mouse M600

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Logitech has announced the new M600 Touch Mouse, where the familiar clicky buttons and scrollwheel are ...

Logitech has announced the new M600 Touch Mouse, where the familiar clicky buttons and scrollwheel are replaced by a touch-sensitive upper surface. View gallery (6 images)

There's no doubt about it, we live in a touch-enabled world. Everywhere you look there's a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer obeying the fingertip commands of users. Separate input peripherals like keyboards and mice have also had their keys and buttons replaced by a smooth, touch-enabled surface. Although somewhat late to the party (Apple introduced its Magic Mouse as far back as 2009), Logitech is about to release its own Windows 7 mouse called the M600.

The upper surface of the polished-stone-like surface of the 111.3 x 64.3 x 29.2 mm (4.38 x 2.53 x 1.14-inch) M600 is delightfully free of clicky buttons and scrollwheel. Input commands are activated by swiping or scrolling with the fingertips, and Logitech promises chop-free, fluid scrolling similar to the experience you might have on a modern smartphone's touchscreen display, courtesy of its Flow Scroll software (downloaded free from the product page).

As you might expect, the mouse wirelessly connects with a Windows 7 computer or laptop via the included Logitech Unifying receiver (one of which can handle up to six device connections), and laser-grade optics are said to offer precision tracking on virtually any surface. Users can program the mouse for left-handed use if desired and can power the device with one AA-sized battery for up to three months of operation, or two AA-sized batteries for twice that at the expense of a little weight.

Logitech says that the M600 will be available later this month for a suggested retail price of US$69.99, which is quite a bit more expensive than Speedlink's similarly capable CUE touch mouse.

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