Date: December 29th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Lets start our walkthrough with the USB Bluetooth dongle, as it is the communication hub that allows the mouse and keyboard to send and receive data to/from the computer or other Bluetooth 2.0 EDR device. Since the keyboard and mouse are pre-configured at the factory, the red “connect” button on the dongle should only need to be used when adding another device to your Bluetooth neighborhood. As stated in the system requirements and specifications chart, the diNovo's basic functionality is supported in Windows XP SP2 (and Broadcom's Widcomm BTW 5.0), allowing it to be used right out of the box. For access to the more unique features of the diNovo, however, the included software will need to be installed. We'll get into more detail about this later.
The mouse included with the MX5000 cordless desktop is a Bluetooth compatible version of Logitech's groundbreaking MX1000 laser mouse. The scroll wheel is very smooth and silent, but Logitech has provided a few surprised here. Their “Tilt Wheel Plus Zoom” technology allows the user to scroll from side to side and, by depressing the wheel, to magnify or reduce an image. Surrounding the wheel is the “Cruise Control” rocker switch that allows the user to move rapidly up or down a page. Conventional left/right mousing functions are, of course, supported. LED lights indicate the charge status of the lithium-ion battery.
A left-side view shows off the deep thumb recess and the page/application switch. The rocker switch allows the user to move forward or backward, page-by-page, in a document while the center application switch is used to move among open windows. The deep thumb recess, in conjunction with the more shallow finger rest on the opposite side, provides a secure, comfortable grip and very good mouse control. This is definitely a right-handed mouse. I can't imagine a southpaw wanting to spend much desk time with this mouse. The charging stand has a smoke-look acrylic backstop with the Logitech logo and holds the mouse securely despite its small footprint. The first full charge of the mouse batteries took around two hours, and has lasted for over a week with normal usage. This combo takes up very little desk space and the design goes well with the rest of the diNovo package.
Flipping the mouse over, the first thing that jumps out is the optical sensor window. Logitech's MX Laser Engine has a resolution of 800 dpi with an image processing speed of 5.8 megapixels/second. Pretty impressive! I don't know what the feet are made of, but the mouse glides around easily whether I'm using my mousepad or the worn surface of my desk. The red connectivity button shares a recess with the on/off switch. At the rear of the mouse, a conical indentation acts as a guide when placing the mouse in the charger and is flanked by the gold plated charging contacts.
The main keyboard in this set has everything most users will want. What sets it apart from other keyboards is the attention to detail and design that Logitech imparts to this, as well as the other components of the diNovo set. Very compact, the keyboard has full-sized keys and a flat presentation that is very easy to use. It's very quiet during use and the keys have a positive, responsive feel that makes using this keyboard a real pleasure.
Four buttons on the left side of the keyboard provide, from the top down, stand-by, internet home, E-mail access, and finally, a one-touch Bluetooth synchronization hotkey. Enhanced function keys, a feature of most Logitech keyboards, are also included.