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First Look: Logitech diNovo Edge Keyboard

updated 12:10 am EDT, Wed August 6, 2008

Logitech diNovo Edge

Every Mac needs a keyboard, but many people may not realize they have a choice. Most people settle with the keyboard that comes with their iMac while laptop users have no choice but to use their built-in keyboard. However, if you have a Mac mini or Mac Pro, or simply want a more flexible, full-size keyboard to control your iMac or laptop, then take a close look at Logitech's diNovo Edge Keyboard.

Like Apple's own wireless keyboard, this item also connects to your Mac through Bluetooth at a range up to 30 feet. Apple's keyboard is much less expensive ($79) compared to Logitech's keyboard ($159.99). However, Logitech's item offers far more features.

Apple's device requires three AAA batteries. Logitech's device contains a rechargeable Li-ion battery with a charging dock that doubles up as a keyboard holder to clear space off your desk. A five minute charge is enough to power the device for an entire day, while a longer four-hour charge can provide enough power to last for a month before recharging.



The Apple wireless model essentially gives you a truncated version of a normal keyboard, offering only typewriter keys, function keys at the top row, and tiny arrow keys squashed in the bottom right corner. The Logitech model offers a top row of function keys, typewriter keys, and a full size cursor keypad in addition to two Delete keys.

Pressing one Delete key erases characters to the left of the cursor while pressing the second Delete key erases characters to the right of the cursor. Both Delete keys are large enough to find and press comfortably, which makes text editing easier and faster.

Another unique feature of the Logitech offering is a built-in slider, which lets you slide your finger up or down to adjust the volume. Underneath this volume slider is an audio mute button.

The top right corner of the Logitech model includes a button for loading Front Row right away. Another dedicated button in the top right corner lets you eject a CD/DVD from your Mac.

The bottom right corner of the Logitech model provides a TouchDisc, which acts like a round trackpad for moving the mouse pointer. By sliding your finger around the edges of the TouchDisc, you can scroll both horizontally and vertically. Directly underneath this TouchDisc is a left and right mouse button.

Since sliding your finger along the TouchDisc and then trying to fumble for the left mouse button underneath can be clumsy, the device also offers a special left-click mouse button on the left edge of the keyboard. This lets you control the mouse pointer with your right hand using the TouchDisc and then select items with your left hand by pressing this special left-click button.

Additional dedicated buttons on the left edge allow you to play/pause, rewind, or fast forward in iTunes or the DVD Player. In the upper left corner, you'll find a button for turning your Mac on and off.

Touch typists may especially appreciate the keyboard's PerfectStroke feature. On most keyboards, you only need to press a key 2.2 mm to activate it. On the Logitech model, you must press a key 3.2 mm. This extra distance provides greater typing comfort when pressing each key.

Perhaps its greatest strength is the keyboard's Plexiglass construction. The review unit came crushed in its box, yet the keyboard remained unblemished although its docking station got smashed. To see how durable this keyboard really is, view this
YouTube video that shows someone tossing the keyboard off a cliff and on to a concrete road as well as using the keyboard as a club to bash across somebody's head.



If you just want a wireless keyboard, you can find plenty of alternatives. However, if you want a wireless keyboard that's durable, thin, and offers built-in buttons and features for making your Mac easier to use, then your only choice may be Logitech's diNovo Edge keyboard.






by MacNN Staff

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Comments

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    WTF

    Most people don't "settle" for Apple's keyboard. It's a nice kb . Settle implies that it's not very good.

    And besides, this article reads like an advertisement. Maybe it's finally time to find a different Mac web site. The so-called journalists here have finally convinced me to say adios.

  1. reciprocity

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Option and Command Keys?

    The article makes it sound like this keyboard is geared specifically toward Mac users. From the photos, it appears to have Windows logos all over it and a keyboard layout designed for Windows (i.e. not even "Command" and "Option" sub-text on the appropriate keys).

    Maybe these product photos are for a different version of the keyboard, but I honestly wouldn't consider this keyboard unless the keys were appropriately labeled. Seems like that should have been addressed in this posting.

  1. Kainzow

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    settle = accept

    It's a review... and the reviewer obviously found this product to be pretty good, hence the high marks and praise.

    Every review is ultimately a reflection of the evaluator's personal taste. For every good one, you'll find a bad one.

    And settle does not imply 'not good,' it literally means 'to accept,' which is what the majority of system buyer's probably do when a KB is included.

    MacNN's a great site, I wouldn't let a review get get you all knotted up.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    logitech has a crappy

    record for keeping their drivers up to date and working properly.

    Personally, I'm partial to Microsoft's ergonomic keyboard and use the USB '4000' ergonomic model, which works great on Leopard with MS's driver.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Illuminated keys...

    ...like the macbook pro would be helpful for us nighthawks!

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    Apple's keyboard is not..

    The original wireless keyboard was the worst on the planet. It reminded me of the Microsoft defunct "EasyVBall" that gets stuck and does not turn.

    The second generation USB keyboard with the USB ports pointing to the back is also horrible.

    The current generation thin aluminum keyboard draws too much power and prevents many USB drives from working with different models of (even) Intel Macs.

    Yes, I do settle for crappy Apple keyboard. However, I do like the very-small footprint of the current wireless keyboard, which I am typing on.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Not so great

    Unfortunately, the "touch" sound controls won't turn off-- it keeps adjusting the sound from chnages in ambient light. Had to put electrical tape over the sensor even to use teh thing. VERY disappointed.

  1. eliotw

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Does it come in white ?

    Those black keys are going to be tough to navigate in dim light. I had similar issues with my G4 Mac charcoal keyboard. The original Apple Wireless keyboard that is full sized and white makes it much better for we night owls.

    Seems nice and glad it's BT, but unless they add back lighting or make it white, I'll stick with my Apple keyboard.

  1. PaSav

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Not Mac Compatible

    I looked this keyboard up at the website of Logitech, it only says windows. And to make all other function work correctly you need driver support.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    My experience

    I have been using this keyboard with my Mac for the last one year. The reviewer should have pointed out that this is a Windows product. There are many keys that simply do not work with Macs. The keyboard needs to be configured to have the key to the left of the spacebar work as the "Apple" or command key (by default, as in Windows keyboards, that is the Alt key). For the first week that I had the keyboard my Mac crashed hard after going to sleep. Since there is no documentation for Macs it was difficult to figure out what was causing it. It took several days of trial and error to remedy the situation.

    Having said all of that, once I had it working it has worked like a charm. But to get it to work properly on a Mac took quite an effort. My beef is not with the keyboard but with the partially misleading review. Way to lose credibility, MacNN.

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