Daily Blog – Sumit Chawla – July 11, 2008: HTPC: KEYBOARD + TOUCHDISC.

I have been using the “diNovo Edge” keyboard from Logitech for some time and it has worked out well. There are several features I like. Among them:

  • An integrated TouchDisc, so I don’t need a separate mouse. The TouchDisc is responsive and can be used to scroll both horizontally and vertically.
  • Communication with the PC is handled over BlueTooth and the range is good.
  • A built-in rechargeable battery with a quick charge cycle. A charging base is provided and the charge holds for a good length of time.
  • A slim-profile
  • Light-weight
  • Some special function keys with labels that light up; I would have liked the entire keyboard to be backlit.

Logitech’s line also includes a keyboard for use with the PS3, the “MediaBoard Pro”, offering similar functionality. It does not include a built-in rechargeable battery, and some of the media control keys are also missing. This keyboard should work with a PC, although it may require some tinkering. It is also less expensive, so if your budget cannot accomodate the “diNovo Edge”, you can consider this alternative. Hopefully the price of this keyboard will come down over time. I would also like to hear about other options that people are using, so if you have a keyboard (BlueTooth or RF based) that you like to use with your HTPC, please post.

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