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Logitech outs diNovo Keyboard Mac Edition

updated 07:40 am EST, Tue November 11, 2008

diNovo Keyboard Mac

Logitech this morning rounded out its holiday lineup and announced a more Mac-friendly addition to its diNovo range. The simply-titled diNovo Keyboard Mac Edition is a lower-cost alternative to the conversion of the diNovo Edge and drops the touchpad controls but keeps the particularly thin profile (0.87in) and notebook-style keys with a slightly deeper, more comfortable travel. The new keyboard expands on Apple's own designs by including not just shortcuts for Dashboard, Expose and media playback but also Cover Flow, Spaces, and common apps like iChat, Mail and Safari.

Like the rest of the diNovo range, the Mac Edition keyboard is wireless but uses RF with a USB dongle to pick up the signals. In exchange for the lost port, the keyboard gains better responsiveness, resistance to interference and as much as three years of battery life.

Logitech bills the keyboard as compatible with any Mac, including the MacBook Air, and starts shipping the peripheral later this month for $100.



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  1. simdude

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    no bluetooth?

    That's actually a pretty nice looking keyboard. but why no Bluetooth? Is there is huge licensing fee or something because I still see tons of keyboards selling with these dongles even though most computers (even PCs) now ship with bluetooth.

  1. Scott_R

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    Better than the Edge

    Wish I'd known this was coming out--it looks better than the Edge, which I recently bought. The scroll wheel is relatively useless, the volume slider a gimmick--and useless for me, since it's disabled when I use my external speakers (it can't control an application's volume, such as ITunes).

    And I miss the numeric keypad--which is what you get back in exchange for those useless controls.

    But I question the statement: "Like the rest of the diNovo range, the Mac Edition keyboard is wireless but uses RF with a USB dongle to pick up the signals."

    My DiNovo Edge definitely uses BlueTooth

  1. nativeNYer

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    not updated

    The Logitech website hasn't been updated with info on this new keyboard just yet.
    Honestly, from the looks of it, I'd buy itů IF it used Bluetooth. Why oh why do companies continue to come out with dongle laden peripherals? Give me this keyboard in a BT edition and I'm there. I'm still searching for SOME kind of BT full keyboard (one that has a keypad for instance) to replace my aging white Apple bluetooth model. I fear its not long for this world and I'm going to be forced to either give up a USB port and get a full set of keys, or go with a crippled keyboard that uses BlueTooth. Why can I not have both?? Bah!

  1. Longwalker

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    It IS Bluetooth

    Take a look at Logitech's website for it. At the bottom it describes the keyboard as being bluetooth. So, nativeNYer, you may have finally found your keyboard. :-)

    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard/devices/4429&cl=us,en

  1. Commodus

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    Longwalker: wrong KB!

    This isn't the diNovo Edge - it's a lower-cost model. Doubtless Logitech would have shouted Bluetooth from the rooftops if that was the case.

  1. Scott_R

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    Not quite...

    It's not clear to whom you were directing your remark, Commodus, but I realize that it's not the Edge. I was responding to the line in the article that said "Like the rest of the diNovo range, the Mac Edition keyboard is wireless but uses RF with a USB dongle to pick up the signals."
    This assertion is clearly wrong in that regardless of what the Edge-less edition is like, the Edge, which is part of "the rest of the diNovo range," does not require a USB dongle. (Longwalker: you link to the Edge's page, not this keyboard's).

  1. testudo

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    Re: no bluetooth

    That's actually a pretty nice looking keyboard.


    Nice is in the eye of the beholder. In the last year, the best keyboard I ever found (based on keylayout and usability, not nifty features or 'low-profile' or the like) was a freakin' $30 Micro-something or other keyboard. Generally I've found logitech's keyboards to be too much about the extra keys and looking cool (and s******* around with a keyboard layout that hasn't changed in 20 years).


  1. testudo

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    Re: no bluetooth

    but why no Bluetooth? Is there is huge licensing fee or something because I still see tons of keyboards selling with these dongles even though most computers (even PCs) now ship with bluetooth.

    Most computers don't ship with bluetooth. Most laptops probably do, however.

    Which just shows you how stupid logitech apparently is. They have a 'laptop edition' of their keyboard, which isn't Bluetooth. They now have a new basic mac edition, which isn't bluetooth. WTF is up with that?

    But don't think it is just licensing. I would think component costs must be higher. Or maybe it is just the 'luxury tax' of Bluetooth. But RF keyboards/mice are not just still around, they are almost always a lot cheaper.

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