Logitech diNovo for Mac

Ever since Apple discontinued the wireless keyboard, Mac users everywhere have been searching for a good alternative. I on the other hand was just looking for a good Mac keyboard with the keys in the right place. Anything else would be a bonus.

Logitech originally launched the diNovo keyboard for Windows, but late last year, the Mac edition was released. Featuring a slim profile design with a soft touch, the diNovo is a delight to use and having spent a couple of weeks using it now, I find myself unwilling to back to my last keyboard.

There’s a combination of glossy plastic and an aluminium wrist rest which helps to balance out the oft-seen single tone keyboards.

The aluminium wrist rest offers a stylish touch to the keyboard with a feel of quality to it. Logitech has kept true to the classic diNovo keyboard that originally came out for Windows with a slim profile that has an almost flat surface.

Lightweight yet strong materials have been used in the keyboards construction. This is evident when typing quickly with no flex or movement despite how thin it is.

Mirroring the latest Apple keyboard layout, you’ll find an assortment of shortcut keys for accessing frequently used applications, media functionality and system controls. The first set of F1-F12 keys allow you to control your brightness and sound levels as well as keys for controlling applications like iTunes or QuickTime with playback buttons. Expose and Dashboard are allocated above F3 and F4, which I found difficult to get accustom to since I was used to pushing F10 and F12 on my old MacBook Pro. Fortunately, Logitech includes software which lets you customise or add functionality to the keyboard so the options are whatever you prefer so long as you don’t mind the pre-printed labels on the keys.

Typing at the speed of thought with minimal mistakes is the benchmark I go by when assessing how good a keyboard is. Curious as to what my typing speed is, I headed over to typingtest.com and did a two minute test which gave me an accuracy of 97% and a net speed of 100 words per minute. When I retook the test with my Matias Folding keyboard which I rate very highly for both speed, comfort and typing accuracy, I was able to achieve 94 words per minute with a 94% accuracy. Using the Everglide keyboard which I use for when I’m in Windows, I managed to get a 98 words per minute count but an accuracy of only 90%, which is quite high if you look at it from the perspective of typing out 1000+ word document. As many as 100 words will be spelt incorrectly!

diNovo for Mac takes four AAA batteries which Logitech claims will last up to three years. Anything that lasts 6-12 months is acceptable in my book, so to claim a three year life is outstanding. It helps minimise the number of batteries going to the landfill.

The wireless range is impressive, achieving distances far beyond what would be practical in a real world usage scenario. Due to limited room, I wasn’t able to test the keyboard range to its maximum in open spaces but was still getting a connection from 3 metres away. It also worked when I moved the keyboard behind a wall at 3.5 metres away. Beyond that and I was putting the signal across walls at an angle (thus increasing the thickness of the wall it has to travel through) which resulted in a dropped signal.

The sleek design and quality construction means you’ll get a comfortable and quiet typing experience. Great for minimising distractions for colleagues in the office or just a pleasant typing experience at home. Logitech has come up top with one of, if not the best wireless keyboards that I’ve come across for the Mac.

2009-02-02 Onwah Tsang

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