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Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Laser
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The Logitech DiNovo keyboard is 38x20x1cm the latter measurement applies to all but the back 4cm of depth where is expands to 2cm. I suggest you measure your keyboard to see the difference. It is described as an ultra flat keyboard, however if like me you were brought up on typewriters (manual) then you like a bit of tilt and with the lifts extended this is still possible. Having measured your keyboard you probably find there is probably not a lot in the depth but the width of this unit is probably somewhat smaller. Now measure your keyboard again without the numeric keypad section and that is probably the difference. On this Logitech keyboard the numeric keypad is a separate module. The keyboard is controlled by four 'AA' batteries provided.
The mouse is sculptured so it is hard to give exact measurements but maximum figures are 12x8x4cm somewhat bigger than my corded Microsoft Intellimouse. The Logitech offering is also a little heavier but you never need batteries as this cordless optical mouse charges from a docking station and in normal use will probably last around two weeks between charge but if you replace it in the docking station when not in use it will stay fully charged. Apart from the normal two buttons on the top and a four way tilt around the scroll wheel there are another three buttons on the left side.
Now onto the numeric keypad it is 10.5x20x1 apart from the back 4cm that expands to up to 2cm. It could sit just to the right of the keyboard and it would look like part of the keyboard. Just behind the normal 18 keys are three small keys with 123, Nav and +/- as it can work in any of those three modes. To the right are three silvered buttons and a larger four position button near the base with a small media button just to the side, all these options and controls are explained in the manual. Just above the keys of the Mediapad is a 6.5x2cm LCD display and this works as a calculator even when the PC is switch off when not in calculator mode it displays month, day and time. This module is controlled by two 'AA' batteries provided.
Now on to the link it is a Bluetooth dongle looking like a slim stick drive that fits in any USB port. The PC I used has Windows XP SP2 on and as such most of the actions of the keyboard and mouse work automatically. However a CD is provided that for anyone using earlier than SP2 is a must. But really to get the best out of the unit and the Mediapad should be installed. This process is reasonably quick until the separate identification of the modules.
I may have made it harder for the unit by using the mouse and keyboard with the Windows drivers but not only do these need to be uninstalled (automatic) but then it has to find the mouse, then the keyboard and then the numeric keypad. I think a total of seven run thorough were required before it was happy. However in the weeks since then all the modules have worked correctly. You need to click on a chain with the mouse to prove it is working, type a numeric key code for the keyboard and a different key code for the Mediapad. Then it thinks for a while and promptly asks you to repeat an action, however after a total of seven actions things were - and have remained - settled.
Typing cordless means you are not tied to the desk, the same with an optical mouse, the Mediapad needs use to become adjusted to it's full range of features. This is by no means a cheap range of kit, however it could be considered the ultimate set of gadgets. Any executive would really look the part with these modules on his/her desk.
Doing my Internet searches found it at a best price of £60.62 at Amazon but at least that does include free shipping.
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