Logitech diNovo Edge Keyboard

Makaveli - 2007-08-04 02:43:09 in Input Devices
Category: Input Devices
Reviewed by: Makaveli   
Reviewed on: August 14, 2007
Logitech
Logitech
Price: $199.99 USD

Introduction:

Small, wireless, and packed with a plethora of useful features. These are some of the more common traits in the keyboard that most people desire. For me, it has been an ongoing search for the perfect keyboard, but I still haven't found the keyboard of my dreams. Could Logitech's diNovo Edge be the keyboard that many of us are looking for? Will it prove superior to other popular keyboards on the market? Let's go ahead and see what this keyboard offers that others don't. We'll be examining this keyboard very thoroughly to get a good idea for what type of user the keyboard is ideal for and just how practical and useful it is.

Logitech is one of the front runners in today's input-device market. The company provides some of the most innovative, high quality, and honest products to users across the board. Logitech has something for everyone. The company strives to stay among the elite in their respective market.

 

Closer Look:

The retail box that the diNovo Edge is packaged in is very professional looking. On the side of the box, I was really surprised to see the claim of "The World's Most Advanced Keyboard" and I'm excited to see if it really is. The back of the box displays some of the key features, such as the TouchDisc onboard mouse. The volume control on the keyboard really caught my attention while I was looking at the box.

 

 

There it is! The diNovo Edge looking very clean and professional waiting to be used! Under the keyboard you'll find the driver CD, user manual, and a shammy used to wipe off fingerprints to keep your diNovo looking as clean as it was when you first got it.

 

 

At the very bottom of the box, you'll find the Bluetooth adapter that plugs into an available USB port. Notice the connect button, this will come in handy when we want the keyboard to find this adapter.

 

 

Last but not least, we have the charger. There is an included cable that is plugged into a wall outlet and plugs into the charger.

 


Let's go ahead and take a closer examination of the actual keyboard.

Closer Look:

Now that we know what's included, let's take a look at the actual keyboard starting from the left and moving to the right. The keyboard incorporates black, silver, and orange for its professional looks. On the very top-left, you'll notice a stand-by button with zoom-in and zoom-out buttons below it. The button with a magnifying glass and a percent symbol in the middle is for zooming in 100%. The cursor button acts like the left button on a mouse.

 

 

 

 

The start button key displays the Windows logo on a glossy black background. Notice the shiny Logitech logo in the middle of the arm rest on the keyboard.

 


The keys on this keyboard remind me of those on a laptop. Some of the keys are smaller than a normal keyboard, but if you type well on a laptop, you'll have no problem with the diNovo Edge's key size. Notice how the Function (F) keys are about half the size of the normal Function keys on a keyboard. Smaller is better, in my opinion, for those keys.


Here is where it gets interesting on this keyboard. On the right hand size you'll notice the Windows flag on a button. This button opens up Windows Media Player by default, but you can set it to do other tasks, which we'll talk about later. The power switch is on the right side of the keyboard and when it's on, you'll see the little clear box light up orange. The volume control really caught my attention and is an awesome way to change the volume on your computer. The LEDs move with your finger on the slider making it look like you are actually turning down the volume. You'll also find a volume mute button below the slider. You might be wondering what that circular pad is on the keyboard. That's the new  "TouchDisc" technology that Logitech has implanted into the keyboard. It's a mouse pad much like the mouse pads integrated into most laptops today. When your finger moves on the pad, an orange circular light is lit up around the pad. You can also scroll on this pad by moving your finger across either the vertical or horizontal white lines to scroll in the respective direction. The two buttons below the TouchDisc pad are for left and right clicking.

 

 

The bottom of the keyboard is orange and before I knew that the keyboard used orange lighting, I was wondering why Logitech would paint the back of the keyboard orange. But since I know why, it looks very nice and it's not too bright of an orange color.


If needed, you can prop up the back of the keyboard by opening the feet on the bottom. When the feet are extended, the keyboard stands about one inch taller in the back. For size comparison, I stood a penny up to the side of the keyboard while it was laying flat. Isn't that insane? The keyboard is smaller than a penny in height.

 


Join us as we pop the driver CD in and get the software installed for this new keyboard!

Installation:

The diNovo Edge is plug-and-play, so you don't necessarily need to install software unless you want to be able to customize some of the features of the keyboard. Insert the Bluetooth connector into a free USB port and turn on the keyboard. If you see the Bluetooth symbol on the keyboard light up red, it means you need to press the "Connect" button on both the Bluetooth connector and on the back of the keyboard. When everything is connected correctly, you'll notice the Bluetooth symbol light up green when you turn it on.

 

 

 

I know that I want to take advantage of everything this keyboard has to offer so let's install the software! Pop in the included software CD to install SetPoint version 3.1. Follow the on screen instructions to install the software correctly. During the installation, SetPoint wanted me to insert my Microsoft Windows Professional CD so that it could get the "mouhid.sys" (used for input devices) file off of the disc. Your Windows might already have it installed so you may not be prompted to insert your operating system CD, but have it handy just in case.

 

 

Be sure to check Logitech's website (or use their Desktop Messenger service) to get the latest SetPoint version.

Here is a shot of the keyboard in the dark when it is first turned on. You'll be able to see the keys lit up in the software below.

 

Configuration:

You'll be able to configure not only the keyboard, but the integrated mouse as well. Let's start by configuring the keyboard itself. The first buttons you'll be able to configure are the stand-by button and the Windows Media Center button. Instead of Stand-by, you can set it to shutdown, restart, log off, or do nothing. For the Media Center button, you can change it to launch any program you want, open any file, folder, web page, or you can customize it to a certain keystroke or show a custom menu. For me, I set the Media Center button to open the latest Windows Media Player that I have installed on my computer.

 


The next set of keys that we'll be customizing are the Function (F) keys. You cannot change the symbols that appear, but you can change their functions. To use these hot keys, you have to make sure you hold the "Fn" key while you push them. This deactivates the F-mode so that you're not actually pressing "F1", etc. The first is "VoIP" which I set to open Windows Live Messenger. The next hot key is called "One-Touch Search" and I set this to open up Google, which is my favorite search engine.

 


Email is the next hot key, which you can set to open Outlook Express, MSN, or Hotmail. I customized my key to open up the webpage for Gmail so that I could easily check my email instead of having to open the browser and manually type the address in. After the email hot key, you'll find the "Homepage" hot key. I set my key to open up Mozilla Firefox.

 


The next four keys that you can customize are "a,b,c,d," which you can set to do anything you want. I set these keys to open up some of my favorite games and programs.

 

Configuration:

Now that all of the Function keys are customized, let's move on. The next thing you can do is configure your zoom settings for those zoom buttons on the left of the keyboard. The TouchDisc scroll options are listed here as well, but once you click to configure them, you'll be directed over to the "My Mouse" settings within SetPoint.

 

 

 

 

If you've ever configured a mouse using Logitech's SetPoint software, you'll notice that setting up the TouchDisc mouse is exactly the same. You start with being able to configure the vertical and horizontal scroll speed. The next thing you can configure is the mouse speed, acceleration, and pointer trails.

 

 

The last configuring that you'll be allowed to do is to customize the document flip ability. You can't change the left and right buttons below the TouchDisc pad, but you can change what happens when you click them simultaneously which by default is document flipping. The last thing that I checked out was the battery life page. You can see how many days or percent is left of the charge. At full charge, the keyboard will last for 60 days!

 

 

Now that we've successfully configured the keyboard, let's test it out!

Specifications:

 

Features:

Enhanced Control

Connectivity

Power and Battery

System Requirements

Testing:

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!

Test System:

 

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.

Conclusion:

This keyboard really blew me away. It weighs practically nothing and takes up hardly any desk space. Being wireless definitely cleans the desk up quite a bit as well. This keyboard was easy to install and took almost no time to configure to my needs. The Media Center buttons really gave this keyboard the upper hand on my other keyboards because of the way they are presented. The volume slider has LEDs that follow your finger when you scroll up or down to change the volume. The TouchDisc pad lights up when you use it and all of the Function (F) hot keys light up when you hold the "Fn" key down and use them. All of the image editing buttons also light up their respective symbol when you press them. This keyboard's color scheme looks very professional and clean. Speaking of clean, I was so surprised when I saw that Logitech included a shammy to clean the keyboard of any fingerprints it may have. The only negative thing that I have for this keyboard is that it has no number pad, which can be bad for some users, but I think for the majority it isn't an issue. I was simply amazed when I saw that this keyboard can last for 60 days when fully charged; that just blows my mind. I agree with Logitech's claim that the diNovo Edge is "The World's Most Advanced Keyboard" because it truly is a remarkable keyboard that won't be replaced anytime soon. Do not pass up this keyboard if you're in the market for a slim, wireless, feature-rich keyboard.

 

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