by Rob Williams on December 22, 2006 in Peripherals
Logitech has released quite a few “revolutionary” products this year, and plan to finish 2006 off with their diNovo Edge keyboard. They claim it’s the most technologically advanced keyboard available and is probably one of the most expensive. Is it worth your time and money?
On the left side of the board we have five buttons that you probably recognize. Seeing as this is a media keyboard, a sleep button makes good sense. Below that we see a zoom in and zoom out button and another to restore the webpage/image back to it’s original state. The bottom button, funny enough, acts as a mouse left click. So, if you are sans a mouse, you can use the touchpad with your right hand and then double click with your index finger on your left hand. It seems silly, but it’s actually intuitive.
Above the touchpad you will find both the volume control and media center button. The volume control is an interesting part of the board, because you can increase/decrease the volume simply by rubbing your finger along it in the desired direction. To the right of this bar you can see a power icon. Beside that on the side of the board is the actual power button, which is somewhat awkward to click to the on position. It should only need to be done once though.
Unlike most other keyboard, the Edge has keys very similar to what you see on your laptop. This is for various reasons. It helps the board retain it’s very slim form and also is comfortable to use. Not to mention dead quiet operation.
An arm rest is built right into the board and is made of tough aluminum. To continue it’s classier look and feel, it has a brushed surface.
Turning over the keyboard surprised me, because I wasn’t expecting an overload of orange. The entire back is made of rigid plastic, and its color well matches the LED color choice used on the front. Towards the bottom you can see the notch with two metal contacts used for connecting to the charger.
Charger bases are never too exciting and this one isn’t either. It will hold your keyboard perfectly whenever you need to charge it.
Included with the keyboard is the usual manual and software, in addition to the Bluetooth USB adapter and cloth for wiping all the dust off.
As I mentioned, the board utilizes many orange LEDs, although the Bluetooth and Battery level indicators light or green or red, depending on it’s status. When the lights are off, you cannot tell that they are there at all, unless you look very closely.
This is a time lapsed photo. At no time will you see all of the lights lit up like this, but the image is used to show you all the locations of LEDs on the board. Note the icons above the F keys. Whenever you push the Fn key, these alternate functions light up and pushing them will perform that function. F9 – F12 are custom keys, although the other ones can be changed also. None of the lights will light up for more than a second after pushing the respective function key. The only button that will stay lit up is the ring around the touchpad while it’s in use.