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Logitech Announces Illuminated Keyboard

Keyboards may be a commodity item to most of us, but that doesn't mean that we don't still want the best and most innovative bit of kit available. Doing its bit to help, Logitech has detailed a trio of new keyboards joining its range, namely the Illuminated Keyboard, diNovo Keyboard for Notebooks and the Cordless Desktop S520.

Starting with the Illuminated Keyboard, which Logitech claims to be its thinnest model yet, the party trick is given away by the name - that is to say its keys are backlit. The idea, if you couldn't guess, is to allow easy typing in low lighting conditions - something I wish my notebook allowed. Otherwise the Illuminated Keyboard is pretty much par for the course with its media and function keys, and admittedly pretty stylish looks. A £49.99 MSRP is reasonable, too.

Joining the Illuminated Keyboard, is a third member of the diNovo family. Joining its desktop and Mac counterparts, the diNovo Keyboard for Notebooks seems primarily similar only in name. There's no trackpad present, and until Logitech actually stumps up some images we'll have to take its word for it that the board "has a glossy black finish and brushed-aluminium palm rest that look great with any notebook PC". As well as leaving product images conspicuous in their absence, Logitech has also yet to reveal pricing for the diNovo Keyboard for Notebooks.

Finally, the Cordless Desktop S520 is a pretty standard laser mouse and keyboard combo - doubtless following on from the Cordless Desktop S510. A set of function keys, media controls come alongside a claimed 15 months battery life, on the keyboard front. The mouse, meanwhile, should provide eight months of use - I doubt anyone is going to test that claim too extensively. The Desktop S520 has a £39.99 MSRP and should be available post haste, for the interested.

ChaosDefinesOrder

September 2, 2008, 8:53 pm

When is the illuminated keyboard released properly? It's not on the Logitech website (not even a search for "illumnated keyboard" produces any results)

gettinhigh

September 2, 2008, 9:24 pm

i've wanted this for so long in my desktop keyboard...but alas, i wonder if i can spend 50 pounds on a keyboard, wen my current one costs about 2 pounds...will just have to buy a cheap desktop lamp then.





Nice one though Logitech, some ideas are just right there, but no one seems to implement it really.

jordanwise

September 2, 2008, 9:24 pm

Haven't Logitech already got backlit keyboards? I'm sure both versions of the G15 do, and I'm guessing there's others...

Hugo

September 2, 2008, 9:54 pm

G15 and G11 are backlit already, yes.





The illuminated board is on the US site, so I imagine it'll be on the UK one later today, early-ish tomorrow.

Nyght Owl

September 3, 2008, 12:58 am

Erm... I have had an illuminated Logitech keyboard (G11) for over a year now.





Very useful to me as I like low lighting and am not a touch-typist.

Frankf9d

September 3, 2008, 1:03 am

Is the cordless keyboard illuminated ? that I really would find useful, along with a caps lock indicater, something I was assured is left of cordless keyboards to preserve battery life, be gentle, I probably lost the plot after the first paragraph, long day etc.

ChaosDefinesOrder

September 3, 2008, 3:18 am

seeing as it's not linked to in the new article (which is odd as it usually is) here's the full press release from Logitech: http://www.logitech.com/index....





Apparently October is the intended market release

Garfee

September 3, 2008, 7:35 pm

Backlit keyboards are all nice but i do find it frustrating when they dont come in a UK key layout with a tall Return key, and a full size backspace, amongst other tweaks.



majwalrus

September 5, 2008, 1:51 am

Er I've had an illuminated saitek keyboard since january. UK layout etc as well.

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