Control your Media PC with the Logitech diNovo Mini-Keyboard
by Brad Linder, posted Jan 6th 2008 10:55AM
Logitech is showing off a new miniature PC keyboard at CES that looks like a nice replacement for the standard media center remote control. The $149 diNovo mini-keyboard features a full QWERTY keypad, a ClickPad that can be used like a mouse, and page up and down keys for scrolling through your Windows Media Center menus.
The keyboard connects your your PC via Bluetooth 2.0 and supports a range of about 30 feet. There are also hotkeys for launching frequently used applications like media players and web browsers. Of course, there are also fast forward, rewind, stop, pause, play, and volume buttons. The mini-keyboard should be available in February.
If you've ever been frustrated at the limits of a traditional remote control when paired with a media center PC, the diNovo mini-keyboard could be a good solution. But I'm still a bit skeptical. Part of the appeal of a standard remote is that it doesn't take long to get used to the key placement so that you can use the remote without looking. But I can't imagine touch-typing on a keypad this small, which means you'll have to look away from your monitor/TV to perform certain functions.
Veronica Belmont of Mahalo Daily shot some video of the keyboard in action from CES. Check it out after the jump.