Touch Mouse – Review

On February 6, 2010

App Type: Uncategorized

Touch Mouse – Review

Our rating:

By: Logitech Inc.

Version #: 1.0

Date Released: 2010-01-12


Price: 0.00

User Rating:

With the success of Air Mouse Pro, it seemed logical for a major hardware manufacturer like Logitech to get into the "virtual mouse" market for the iPhone and iPod touch.  What Air Mouse Pro probably didn’t count on was that competitor giving it away for free.

Before writing this review I re-familiarized myself with Air Mouse Pro and also took a look at the Logitech mouse app.  The apps offer virtually the same services.  The fundamental difference is that Air Mouse Pro offers an "air mouse" option in which the device can act like an actual mouse (as opposed to just a trackpad).  The Air Mouse Pro also offers more in that it can act as a remote control for several programs found in both Windows and Mac (iTunes, Firefox, etc.).  On the other hand, Air Mouse Pro is $2.99 and Logitech Touch Mouse is free.

Admittedly, I didn’t really like the "air mouse" capabilities of the Air Mouse Pro.  It feels jerky and uneven.  Generally I use the trackpad functionality of the app.

For what it does, the Logitech offering is a bargain.  It only comes in trackpad mode, but that works well and it offers a virtual keyboard if you want to type via the iPhone or iPod touch. 

Both programs require the computers to be hooked up via a WiFi connection and each requires server software installed on the computer you to control.  Both programs work well, but in the case of Logitech Touch Mouse, you can’t use the program as an actual mouse.

If you want to try the concept out, get the Logitech app.  For a little more functionality at a slightly higher price, get Air Mouse Pro.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes indeed.

Learning Curve:Low.

Who Is It For:Those who would like a remote control for their computer via their iPhone or iPod touch.

What I Like:Great functionality. Free!

What I Don't Like:Can't use it as a proper mouse. Have to be comfortable with a trackpad.

Final Statement:Given the price and the name brand attached to it, this app is worth the download.

Read the Developer's Notes:
Touch Mouse by Logitech turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a wireless trackpad and keyboard for your computer.Do you connect your computer to your TV? Touch Mouse is the perfect solution for when you want to stay in control from the comfort of your couch. Point, click, scroll and type in any application—on a Mac or a PC.Touch Mouse works over Wi-Fi, so you can use it anywhere in the house. And to make typing easier, text is displayed on the screen of your iPhone or iPod touch as you type, so you can see what you’re doing without having to continually look up and down.FEATURES- Multi-touch trackpad with option for two or three buttons- Two-finger scrolling- Keyboard with modifier keys- On-screen text display while typing- Show or hide the keyboard at any time- Trackpad and keyboard are available in landscape and portrait modesIMPORTANTTo make Touch Mouse work, you will need to download the Touch Mouse Server software from and install it on your Mac or PC. This software enables the Touch Mouse app on your iPhone or iPod touch to find your computer and communicate with it.SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS- Mac with OS X 10.4 or higher- PC with Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7- Computer and iPhone or iPod touch must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network- Touch Mouse Server software must be installed and running on the computer you want to control
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