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Indeed, cranking up the acceleration further makes this possible on a 21 inch widescreen display – though there’s a natural trade-off with smaller movements being rather more awkward to perform.
The TouchDisc also benefits from vertical and horizontal scroll, with Logitech implementing a clever system whereby running your finger around the circumference activates the scroll. For the most part this works very well, though occasionally it can be temperamental to get going.
Whilst using the diNovo I’ve yet to accidentally move the mouse, but it can also be turned off and on by holding down the Fn key and pressing the corresponding mouse button below the TouchDisc.
Above the TouchDisc are a mute button and the touch sensitive volume control, which is backlit in orange when used. At the very top is a small button, which by default opens your media player, though this can be programmed for a variety of other tasks such as opening a particular file, folder or webpage.
On the far left running from top to bottom is a programmable Sleep Mode button, three zoom controlling buttons and a final auxiliary left click button to complement the two already provided. This in particular is a thoughtful addition, making it a lot easier to select portions of text or drag and drop using the TouchDisc.
Running along the top are the normal array of function keys which, when holding down the Fn key, become media keys with backlit icons hovering just above.
F1 through 4 launch VoIP services, One Touch Search, mail client, and homepage and all these have a degree of programmability from the software. F5 through 8 control playback, with the usual array of back, stop, play/pause and next keys. Finally, F9 through 12 are labelled A to D and these can be programmed to do anything you desire – within reason.
As you can tell, the diNovo packs a whole load media functionality into its slim frame; further enhancing its status as the ideal partner for a Media Center PC. If I were to have one complaint, however, it would be nice to have the option of toggling, rather than holding down, the Fn key for using the function keys as media keys.
Last, but by no means least, for what is essentially a large laptop keyboard the diNovo is delight to use for general typing tasks. There’s a nice level of travel in the keys, and each key feels even and perfectly durable. The delete key is oversized, which I found useful, while the Insert key has been moved upwards, above it.
The keyboard does, however, share one annoyance prevalent in laptop keyboards – an oversized Caps Lock key. I say oversized, comparatively it’s the same size as a Caps key on any normal keyboard, but unlike a standard desktop keyboard there’s no large gap between the A key and the Cap Locks key thus making it susceptible to accidental presses.
This issue accepted, however, there’s very little worth criticising about the keyboard performance even if I’d personally still go for a standard desktop keyboard for regular typing tasks.
There’s a great deal to love about his keyboard: it’s good looking, has loads of media functionality and is great for general use. The only real concern is the price which, even at the discounted £105, is still a steep for a keyboard. As a living room solution, however, the diNovo is perfect and you’d be hard pressed to find anything more suited to that environment.
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