Way back in November
, Synaptics announced plans to launch a new PC notebook touch pad that would support multi-touch features. At the time, the company showed off how the touch pad would work with the Developer Preview version of Windows 8 and its UI, then known as "Metro".
and other media outlets got a chance to get some hands-on time with the touch pad technology, which Synaptics now calls the ForcePad.
The biggest difference is the lack of physical click keys; the ForcePad is made with just one thin pad. The ForcePad is also pressure sensitive, with the company claiming that it allows PC notebook users to use up to five fingers at one time; they can press down on the new pad with 64 different levels of pressure.