Invest in these peripherals, not a new machine, to get the most of Windows 8

February 1st, 2013

Windows 8 represents a revolution for manufacturer Microsoft. It is the first Windows operating system to incorporate touch-screen and gesture-based features. Consider Windows 8 a nod towards the future; progressively more tablet and smartphone users have become acquainted with poking, swiping and holding to control their electronic devices. Now Windows is allowing them to do that using laptops and desktop. There is a hitch, though. When you run Windows 8 with an older machine that doesn’t feature touch-screen technology, you’ll have to access the operating system’s features the old-fashioned way, with your mouse and keyboard. If you run Windows 8 using a tablet, you’ll miss out on those features that work best with traditional mouse and keyboard controls. Fortunately, there are numerous peripherals you can buy that will help enable you to make the most of all of Windows 8′s features without needing to buy an entire new laptop or computer, whether you run the operating system on a pc or a tablet. Here, courtesy of PC Magazine, are some of these peripherals.

Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard

Typing on the tablet’s on-screen keyboard is never an enjoyable experience. When you use Windows 8, that’s particularly so. Fortunately, you can utilize the Microsoft Wedge Portable Keyboard. This sturdy keyboard provides more room for your fingers. It also includes several Windows 8 features and shortcuts integrated, enabling you to get the most from your new Windows 8 operating system. And when you need to turn your tablet into a desktop? The keyboard’s removable cover turns into a tablet stand.

Logitech T650 Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad

Want to have all those touch-screen features incorporated into Windows 8 without needing to get a tablet or some other touch-screen device? Try the Logitech T650 Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad. The product works so well the editors at PC Mag have made it their top choice for Windows 8 computer mice.

Kingston DataTraveler Workspace

It appears to be a USB flash drive, but the Kingston DataTraveler Workspace actually contains Windows To Go, a portable and bootable form of Windows 8. As a result it is possible to bring the Windows 8 operating system — or at least the portable form of it — to the PC of your choice. Best news? It possesses a reputation for being safe and secure.