Gadgets & Gizmos

Logitech Trackpad’s glass multi-touch is familiar

 

Twitter.com/greggellman

It’s taken me a little while to get used to the Logitech T651 Trackpad for Mac but now I’m hooked.

The square shape (actually 5-by-5 1/4 inches) works like a laptop touch-pad except this one is Bluetooth-enabled. It can be connected with a laptop or desktop computer and be used up to 30 feet away.

An ergonomic design has it laying flat but with it angled lower toward your wrist. It has a glass surface where you use your fingers to scroll, click and zoom. The mechanics also allow for left and right click, which we are used to having on a mouse, and are accessible with the Trackpad in the lower corners.

As mentioned, it takes some getting used to but after a few days it’s like I’ve never worked without it.

A quick driver download added a Logitech Preference Manager option in my system preferences to allow controls for speed, clicking options, zooming, battery level and more.

It’s built with a rechargeable battery, which is charged with the included microUSB cable.

Logitech says a full charge is good for a month but the on/off switch lets it save power when not in use.

Details: $60; www.logitech.com

SOUND SWITCH

Another entry in the crowded portable Bluetooth speaker market is the Switch from Native Union.

The powerful speaker is shaped like a brick (7.75-by-2.75-by-2.7 inches) so it’s not going to fit in any pockets but the sound makes it worth the portability.

Hooking it up is as simple as any other Bluetooth device; just pair it and you’re set. Your device should remember it even after turning it off.

Past that, it’s just rocking good sound with lots of bass from the Switch, which has three drivers and an active subwoofer. When in use, it can be left on a flat surface in either horizontal or vertical orientation.

The speaker has controls for the pairing, power and volume. If you have it paired with a cellphone and a call comes in, the speaker automatically switches to call mode for a hands-free speaker phone.

A USB-out port is built into the side to give you the option of charging your mobile device right from the speaker.

It charges in four hours for up for up to 14 hours of use with the included USB cable.

Details: $149.99 available in black, blue, gray, red and white; www.nativeunion.com

POWER PLAY

Both of the previous items can benefit from the Ventev universal rapid chargers.

We live in a portable, power-hungry world and these chargers will work at home, cars, airports or even in the air.

They charge just about any device, including Apple, Android, Galaxy, GPS, tablets, e-readers or anything taking a USB connection.

The Dashport r2200 is a dual rapid charger that’s particularly handy, with a pair of USB ports (10W each) built into a 12V car charger. It’s also available with a single 10W port — the r1200 mini.

The Wallport R2200 is a double-ports rapid charger (10W each port) for any wall plug. Also available in the Wallport models are the 2100, a dual USB universal charger (5W each port), and the e1100, a single USB universal “ecocharger” that uses 100 times less standby power than ordinary chargers.

The company is proud of the design and appearance of the chargers and while they do look cool, the bottom line is they work.

Details: Prices range from $20 to $35; www.ventev.com

Read more Technology stories from the Miami Herald

  • Albuquerque school wins supercomputing challenge

    Organizers of the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge say two high school students from Albuquerque have taken the top prize at this year's competition.

  • Finalists named in Bloomberg European city contest

    Amsterdam wants to create an online game to get unemployed young people engaged in finding jobs across Europe. Schaerbeek, Belgium, envisions using geothermal mapping to give households personalized rundowns of steps to save energy. Gdansk, Poland, is proposing to require officials to debate ideas from citizens.

  • Minn. lawmakers seek to enhance privacy protection

    Minnesota lawmakers are on the verge of cracking down on public employees who abuse their access to citizen data.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK


  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category