Logitech’s Zone Touch T400 may look weird for the lack of some features you expect in a modern mouse – a scroll wheel, thumb buttons – and it might be easy to dismiss since it doesn’t boast a premium-level price point. But its revolutionary feature – a touch zone that takes the place of the scroll wheel – just might be right for you.
Announced in advance of the summer, Logitech’s Zone Touch T400 is an interesting mouse for a couple of reasons. Let’s start with the color selection: Red Velvet, Midnight Berry, Wild Plum and… Black (it seems Logitech’s creative streak hit a brick wall). For those who might not want a solid color, a white and blue abstract design called Fusion Party is for you.
The T400 has been designed with Windows 8 (and RT) in mind, although its special features are also supported in Windows 7. While Logitech doesn’t tout support for Linux with this product, the T400 works just fine there, with the only function lacking being the front click of the touch zone (which in Windows brings up the Start screen or menu).
As the product’s name suggests, a touch surface is found in the middle front of the T400, in lieu of a traditional scroll wheel. The sensation of using this touch zone as a wheel is a little strange at first, but after some use, it becomes more natural (though never completely). I can state with assurance that I much prefer an actual scroll wheel, but your opinion may vary.
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