Do you drive an Audi TT? Is everything you own finished in some type of metallic? If your answers to the first two questions are yes, or even no, but I’d like that then the latest two product announcements from Logitech should make you feel all warm and cuddly inside.
First up we have the stylishly minimalist diNovo 2, the impossibly expensive but oh-so-good looking top of the top range Bluetooth wireless keyboard and mouse combo. Like its predecessor, it costs a whopping £199.99 and while on the surface not much has changed, those of you who already drive Audi TTs and have metallic kitchens know that is not the point. Classic designs don’t change, they are merely refined.
Think of the Jaguar XJS or Harrier Jump Jet, the Concorde until its untimely death at the hands of government bureaucrats. In computer time (which probably passes quicker than dog years) the diNovo, introduced in October 2003, still has some way to go, but the desire to leave such simply, elegant lines alone must have taken real will power.
Instead, all the changes come under the bonnet, so to speak. There is a claimed 50 per cent reduction in latency resulting in faster connectivity through the diNovo’s revised Bluetooth 1.2 interface; it won’t make you a faster typist but it should certainly make tapping those keys a more pleasurable experience. There is also the bonus of interoperability with all Bluetooth 1.2 compatible mobile phones.
In addition, battery performance is up by 25 per cent and diNovo’s detachable numeric keypad now supports Yahoo Messenger as well as MSN Messenger and can be used like a remote control to navigate Windows XP Media Centre 2004. Like I said, good designs don’t change, they just refine.
Next up in the stylefest is an updated io2 digital pen. Slimmer than its predecessor, it is a satisfying mix of James Bond gadget and quill which will create a digital record of any notes you make using its own special paper (£5 for a book of 80 A4 sheets).
The docking cradle that comes with the pen is used to charge its battery and download data. Saved notes can then be recorded as an image file or transferred into text. If you are out in the field, doing whatever it is Audi TT owners do, data can be stored directly to the pen. At £149.99 including VAT it is certainly a lot more than a bic biro, but then again style never has come cheaply.
Both products are hitting the shops now.