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Logitech Makes Its Play On Console Messaging Devices

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Though the sales figures may make you think otherwise, there are apparently people out there that own PS3's (other than myself and Riyad). No doubt they, like us, can see the huge potential the machine offers what with features such as the ability to install a Linux OS for playing back media that the PS3 wont support natively (DivX, XviD) and an integrated web browser. Now Logitech, well known makers of all things peripheral, has seen the appeal of the latter and has launched a Bluetooth keyboard designed for use on the PS3.

While most of us loved the Xbox 360 Messenger Kit, using a similar device on the PlayStation controller would defeat the point of the lightweight design, and who wants to browse the web on a thumb-pad? Other than looking quite swanky, the device also manages to bundle in some useful console-specific features.

The first of these is the placement of the, x, square and triangle, buttons at the top left and the circle key on return. The latter move is quite a nice idea, as circle and enter are pretty much synonymous on the console. A touchpad is also included, diNovo style, for easy page navigating. This is a great touch, because in all honesty using the analogue stick on the PS3 controller is a might ungainly and not conducive to a good browsing experience.

Of course you can also use the keyboard to type out messages to any friends who own a console. Logitech claims 200 hours of use from a pair of AA batteries, although as ever take that with a pinch of salt. Conveniently the MediaBoard Pro will be available this Christmas, for £59.99 so it could make a nice addition to that PS3 you're hankering after from St. Nick.

Link:
en MediaBoard Pro product page.

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