My New Keyboard

My new keyboard is so awesome that I am actually going to dedicate an entire post to telling you all about how awesome it is. (And no, I’m not being paid for it; I really do like this keyboard this much.) I didn’t think it was actually possible to get this excited about a new keyboard, but it is. This keyboard is just that cool. It’s called the diNovo Edge, and it’s made by Logitech, which already has a pretty nice niche in the mouse and keyboard market.

If you bothered to follow the link above, you probably noticed that this keyboard looks incredibly cool, and it’s also very expensive. (Although I didn’t pay sticker price.) One might reasonably wonder how you could possibly spend over $40 on a wireless keyboard, let along almost $200, and I was pretty surprised when I noticed the price myself. However, in my humble opinion, it really is worth it.

First, a little background. I go through keyboards really quickly. I’m a writer, so I need a keyboard which can withstand a high number of keystrokes and some serious hard use. I am also just hard on electronics in general, partly because I have a nasty temper and I tend to slam things around when I get irritated; I go through mice at an astronomical rate, for example. So when my latest keyboard failed, I decided that I was going to set out to get the most durable, high quality keyboard possible.

First, I looked at Das Keyboard, because it has mechanical keyswitches and it is incredibly durable. And it also makes that oh so satisfying clackety sound when you type, which is an important part of the computing experience for me. But it’s not wireless, and I really need a wireless keyboard. I don’t like cables, and I don’t like feeling tethered. I also stash my keyboard and mouse when not in use so that my desk stays tidy, because I likes me a tidy desk.

So then I hit Amazon and looked up keyboards by user reviews, and the diNovo kept coming up on top in pretty much every category. Despite the expense, it comes in #2 in popularity in the wireless keyboards category. So I decided to just go for it (Tristan egged me on, pointing out that it is, after all, a write off). It also has a three year warranty, which is good news for me. It’s also pretty sexy looking, but I swear that’s not why I got it.

Like most wireless keyboards, it comes with a USB dongle and it worked right out of the box, although I also installed the keyboard’s management software to take advantage of the extra features. The diNovo also uses a built in rechargeable battery, so it came with its own charging station: I just checked the power management software, and it says I have 54 days left on this charge. Which is pretty amazing, if you ask me.

The reasons this keyboard is so awesome are myriad. For one thing, the keys are incredibly responsive, and it’s a fairly quiet keyboard, considering how hard I pound the keys. I imagine that more sedate users probably generate a faint whisper of sound. Like most keyboards these days, it also comes with hotkeys, which are nice but not terribly exciting. What makes the diNovo especially cool is the built in TouchDisc, which you use to mouse and scroll with. The TouchDisc is pretty much awesome. The volume controls are also activated by touch, which is nice; the slider is really intuitive and very responsive. The brushed aluminum armrest doesn’t hurt either, because it stays nice and cool, and I’ve noticed that my wrists are not as painful after a day of work as usual. So not only does it look awesome, it’s also apparently helping my repetitive stress injuries.

The one flaw with this keyboard is the lack of a number pad. I really do like number pads, and I hope that Logitech issues a version with a number pad soon. Other than, it’s pretty much perfect, and totally worth every penny of the seemingly insane price. So if you happen to end up needing a new wireless keyboard in the future…