Logitech diNovo Edge KeyboardMakaveli - August 14, 2007
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The best way to test a keyboard is to put your fingers on it and let it rip! I'm going to be testing this keyboard in various scenarios to see just how well it does and if it can beat out the Logitech G15 and Razer Pro|Type keyboards that I own. I will be giving my honest opinion about everything, so let's get started!
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
- Abit IN9-32 Max Wi-Fi Motherboard
- Crucial Ballistix Tracer (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 Memory
- eVGA 7950GT KO Video Card
- Cooler Master 750watt Power Supply
- Western Digital 250GB IDE Hard Drive
- Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
- Sony SATA 3.0GB/s DVD Burner
- Windows XP Professional w/ SP2
- Turtle Beach Montego DDL Sound Card
- Enermax Uber Chakra ATX Full Tower Case
The first thing I noticed on this keyboard was how the keys felt. The keys are very easy to push, but not as easy as a laptop's keys. They do stick nicely and give off a nice sound that really lets you know that you've hit the key and it registered. Some of the keys are smaller than a normal keyboard, but like I mentioned earlier, if you're comfortable with a laptop's keys, you'll be good to go with this keyboard. I don't notice myself making mistakes too often on this keyboard though, so it's not a problem for me. The Razer Pro|Type and the diNovo Edge tie for how the keys feel because they both felt really good, smooth, and easy to push.
One thing that could be an issue for some people is that this keyboard does not have a number pad. I know that I've recently become a fan of the number pad and I like having it there. It still isn't a big deal to type with the numbers above the keys so I'm not too bothered by the lack of number pad. Nevertheless, the diNovo lost some points here because it doesn't have a number pad.
The customizable keys are awesome because you can set them to do anything and the orange lights that this keyboard has makes everything look very professional. No one expects to see the orange lights on the keyboard until you turn it on and then they're like, "Oh my God, that's cool!" I can't begin to tell you how much praise I've received with this keyboard. It's so small and doesn't get in the way with anything, which is a plus. I didn't like how you have to hold down the "Fn" key to be able to use the hot keys though. Out of all my keyboards, this one was hands-down the best looking one and really caught the most attention.
As far as the range of connectivity, this keyboard can go roughly thirty feet and still do well, but the TouchDisc can only go about twenty feet or so before it starts to get jumpy. A thirty foot range? That's about 20 feet more than I'll ever need. The battery life, being able to last 60 days on a full charge, is simply jaw-dropping. While this keyboard is charging, you can still use it which is something I like.
The Media Center keys are very nice and are very easy to push. Unfortunately, I found that it was very easy to accidentally hit them. I thought that I would have to install the software to use these Media Center keys, but I found out that you don't have to since the keyboard is plug-and-play.
The TouchDisc pad is very useful, especially if you're an avid laptop user. It is harder to control than a normal mouse, but getting used to it doesn't take much time at all.