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Logitech diNovo Mini Keyboard
Peripherals | First Looks
Fri 01 Aug 2008

Palm-Sized Accessory

By Sutlej Soin and Aloysius Low

It's a well known fact that advances in technology usually lead to miniaturization and we've seen just about anything from gadgets like mobile phones to televisions all shrunk and flattened. Hence it's no surprise we now find ourselves with the compact Logitech diNovo Mini Keyboard, a full wireless QWERTY keyboard made to satisfy the needs of a home theater PC owner and features dedicated Windows Media Center controls for one touch access to the entertainment library.

Mini-Me, You Complete Me

Weighing at around 175g, the Mini's modern clamshell design exudes enough class to look like it belongs on your coffee table. Incidentally, you don't have to worry about spills damaging the Mini; the lid acts as a good protective cover against accidental spillage and knocks.

The Mini provides an overall comfortable typing experience with its rubberized buttons which gives a nice tactile feel when depressed. Though the layout is understandably smaller in size, we didn't encounter any difficulties while using our thumbs to work on the keyboard during our tests.

Click Me Baby, One More Time

Aside from the keyboard, the Mini also features a ClickPad that can be used as a touch pad, and also acts like a mouse by providing scrolling and clicking. It also acts as a media-remote or a directional pad for menu navigation and selections. Modes can also be easily switched via a simple button press.

The nicer aspects of the Mini are the backlit ClickPad and keyboard, which glow with an orange hue that makes it convenient to work even under low light conditions. The ClickPad also changes to green when switching between cursor and media-remote modes, so there's no excuse for wondering why your ClickPad isn't working (unless you're color blind, of course).

Good to Go

Like most PnP devices, the Mini was a piece of cake to install. Just plug in the Bluetooth receiver and it will automatically connect. Further customization options can also be set up but we did have to use the software provided by Logitech to do so. During our run with the Mini, we found the mouse cursor movement to be adequate and relatively smooth.

All in all, the Mini's performance was on par with standard wired keyboards. The responsiveness and ease of installation were both plus points in its favor. The only snag we found with the Logitech diNovo Mini is a jaw-dropping price of S$279 which will set most people back from grabbing this nifty accessory.

Product Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6 x 3.5 x 1.1 inches (with cover closed)
  • Weight With battery and mini-receiver: 170 - 175g
  • Receiver only: 7g
  • Bluetooth 2.0 Wireless Long-range wireless control up to 30 feet
  • Battery: 950mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Estimated battery life: Up to 30 days
  • Fast-charge time: About 10 minutes for approximately one day of use. About 4 hours for up to 1 month of use
  • System Requirements: PC running Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows XP, Available USB port, CD-ROM drive for software installation
  • Compatibility: Living-room PC, Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3)
  • Warranty: 3-year limited hardware warranty