CES 2008: Logitech at CES

Debuts diNovo Mini Keyboard and Harmony One Remote

As peripheral companies go, Logitech is the daddy and its showing at CES this year has done little to dissuade this opinion. Top of the list were the diNovo Mini keyboard and the Harmony One, the latest in Logitech’s line of universal remotes.

Starting with the diNovo Mini, this may well be one of my favourite new products at CES this year – mainly because it’s a wonderfully elegant solution for those that use a Media Center PC in the living room. So, what is it? Simply put, it’s a handheld keyboard and pointing device. It houses a full QWERTY keyboard, a touch pad, uses Bluetooth and is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery.

As we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from Logitech it’s also very stylish and complements the well regarded diNovo Edge. A backlit keyboard and media control keys are also key to the appeal, making it ideal for controlling video playback while sitting in the dark. Moreover, the circular touch pad also doubles as a cursor pad, which should aid navigating Media Center’s menus.

All this said it does have a couple of issues. Having picked one up today the clamshell lid strikes me as somewhat flimsy, being liable to cracking or breaking the hinge if dropped. In addition, Logitech is quoting a far from cheap $149.99 SRP, which would make it around £75 provided a direct conversion. Thankfully, retailers often offer a decent discount on Logitech products so hopefully this may come down in time.

With Media Center users dealt with, Logitech also had a new addition to its Harmony range of universal remotes on show. Called the Harmony One, it has a classy but traditional design with touch sensitive screen mounted at the top.

Capable of replicating the functionality of 15 remotes it features a rechargeable battery and boasts a database of over 225,000 devices. It also features what Logitech are calling ‘Smart State Technology’, which automatically detects the power state of any device configured for the remote.

Having had a brief moment to play with the device it shares the same design ethic of the diNovo Mini. It’s certainly very comfortable to use, mimicking the form factor of a more traditional remote, with backlit buttons also featuring. It will retail for $249 (around £125) in the US and is available as of January.

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