While we must admit, the Logitech diNovo Edge Keyboard has been around for almost 2 years, it still continues to be one of the finest choices in HTPC and Playstation 3 owners' top list of peripherals because of its sleek form factor and Bluetooth capability. However, it's hard to justify a nearly $150 purchase for a mere keyboard. Are there enough features to justify its steep price tag? Let's find out...
INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: If you haven't had the opportunity to see this thing in person, we're hoping the pictures does it enough justice. Its sleek and unique design makes it fit quite non-abstrusely into any living room setting. Well, maybe not so much the dock, which you need to be creative with placement or else you'll have a giant keyboard just looking to get knocked over.
As for the keys, the feeling while typing is extremely similar to typing on a laptop keyboard (with great key response). It is very quiet and feels extremely sturdy despite being so thin. For connectivity, the keyboard includes a Bluetooth adapter if your system doesn't have it integrated (Note: there's two versions of the diNovo Edge; a Mac and a PC version).
Basically, we tested for usability, durability, and consistency. The good news? The diNovo does not disappoint. The trackpad is excellent, though a bit awkward with the Playstation 3's cross media bar (it moves too fast sometimes and you can't change the scroll speed), and the keystrokes continue to give great feedback despite our continuous hammering on it while we browse the internet on our HTPC. Plus, we found the zoom buttons, volume control, and media keys, and a oversized delete key to be nicely placed for easy touch access.
One small gripe was the fact that the keyboard didn't support the 64-bit version of Vista, which was what we were running on our media PC. Since it was a fresh install anyway, we simply reformatted and loaded up Vista Home Premium and it worked out just fine. One would think driver issues wouldn't be a problem at this point, but we're glad it works with just about everything else we paired it up with.
CONCLUSIONS: So, is it worth it? To be frank, it's really what you make of it. We found the keyboard was used pretty much every day when we had it connected to the media center, mainly because of internet browsing on the big screen (which is pretty fun, I might add for YouTubing stand up comedy videos). When it was connected to our PS3, we found the keyboard sat for weeks at a time without being touched (we only used it a few times to chat with friends our friends list - everything else we found the controller was sufficient enough).
Our tip - think two steps ahead before making purchases like these. Ask yourself, am I going to use this everyday? Does this do more than make my life just a little bit easier? Sometimes those extra dollars may alleviate one or two problems, but you need to always ask yourself if it's worth the premium. As for the diNovo Edge, we say it's a definite keeper, at least for the HTPC it is.
You can purchase the Logitech diNovo Edge Keyboard for $150.