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

You invested in the new Windows 8 operating system mainly because the system’s new touch-screen capabilities intrigued you. There’s just one problem: Your older computer is not a touch screen. You still open files, look at the internet and manage e-mail messages with an old-fashioned mouse and keyboard. And what if you utilize a tablet to run Windows 8? Then you’ll be missing out on the many mouse- and keyboard-controlled options that come with the product. Don’t lose hope. Traditional laptop and desktop computer users are still able to enjoy many of the touch-screen and gesture-based features contained in Windows 8. And tablet users can enjoy the keyboard- and mouse-based features. You just need to invest in the right peripherals. Fortunately, PC Magazine recently ran a feature story outlining these must-have Windows 8 add-ons.

Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard

PC Magazine points out the Microsoft Wedge is not only just a portable keyboard. Additionally, it is an indispensable tool to enable tablet users to get the most of the Windows 8 experience. For one thing, the keyboard provides a better typing experience than your tablet’s onscreen keyboard. Secondly, Windows 8 features are included in the keypad. Even the cover can become a tablet stand, enabling you to mimic the desktop experience.

Logitech T650 Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad

Want to access those touch-screen features found in 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 looks like a USB flash drive, however the Kingston DataTraveler Workspace actually contains Windows To Go, a portable and bootable version 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.