Buttons? Scroll wheels? Pish posh, that’s so yesteryear. Logitech is joining Microsoft and Apple in creating a mouse whose top is covered with a touch surface instead of using physical buttons and wheels to get the point across.
According to Logitech, the philosophy behind creating the M600 had to do with how people interact with devices nowadays. Specifically, the rise of smartphones, especially those with attractive capacitive touchscreens, have changed the way users use page through their computers when browsing webpages and data.
Regardless of where your fingers rest on the surface of the Logitech Touch Mouse, you’ll be able to scroll and swipe. The company remained silent for the moment, however, on whether the M600 can register more than just a single touch input at a time. The specs page for the new mouse did reveal, however, that it can’t scroll horizontally – only vertically.
Since the M600 is a new mouse, it works with Logitech’s Unifying Receivers, which let multiple mice or keyboards pair with a single computer that has one of the company’s thumbnail-sized USB plugs inserted. If you want the scrolling to be as smooth as you’re used to on your smartphone, however, Logitech makes you install their special “Flow Scroll” software.
As the Touch Mouse M600 is symmetrical over one of its axes, it’s being billed as an ambidextrous mousing solution (a boon to left-handers everywhere, especially since Logitech cruelly killed off the the MX610.
It does manage to come in below the list prices for its Apple and Microsoft competitors, but at $69.99, it’s still $20 more expensive than the current street price of Microsoft’s own Touch Mouse.