Logitech diNovo Keyboards

The diNovo Mac keyboard from Logitech: my fave keyboard.

Over on Twitter, @JeffCGD asked me what I thought about the Logitech diNovo Mac Edition wireless keyboard, which got name-checked in my previous post. I started to say “It’s fab.” But I soon realized that it was too fab to really talk about in just 140 characters. I headed to Logitech to grab an image for a blog post and that’s when I discovered that my favorite keyboard had been discontinued.

It’s still widely available but that’s still stinks. The diNovo features my definition of the perfect keyswitch design. Fifteen years ago, I might have preferred big, chonky noisy keys with lots and lots of travel. That was back when “my main computer” was a desktop that I sat down behind, as opposed to a notebook that I drag into bed off the nightstand.

Today, a classic keyboard leaves my fingers a little confused and out of sorts. I’ve trained them to tap the keys instead of pushing. The diNovo feels like the sort of keyboard you’d get on a notebook if the designers didn’t care about a keyboard’s size, depth, and cost. The keyboard you get with the Mac is the same keyboard you’d get on a notebook…which seems to miss the point.

The diNovo looks great, too. And even though it takes up very little room on my desk, its size comes only at the expense of wasted bits of casing and plastic that served no purpose anyway.

So why did Logitech can this product? I haven’t a clue. They still sell the super-duper edition: the diNovo Edge, which is a Bluetooth keyboard that integrates a trackpad and other little bells and whistles. But cripes, it’s another hunnert bucks!

There seem to be two options. You can just buy a diNovo Mac online — stocks still appear to be plentiful at Amazon and elsewhere — or you can buy Logitech’s Illuminated Keyboard. The keys are backlit, it’s corded, and I’ve never used it…but it’s still an active product. It uses the same keyswitch technology as my beloved diNovo Mac, so hopefully it’ll have that same great feel.

The Logitech Illuminated Keyboard. It's lighty-lighty and it isn't wireless, but it uses the same kind of keys as the diNovo.

I try not to be too fussy about keyboards. It’s easy to become just as precious and annoying about your favorite keyboard as some writers are about The Perfect Pen and…

(Hang on…I need to channel the Great Spirit of Creative Twitbaggery…)

“The creamy perfection of the classic Moleskine; the smell of the leather and the slight crackling sound as I spread it flat on a table at my favorite coffeeshop. The way it accepts the ink, which, when I am truly in connection with my Muse, flows not from the pen, but from the mysterious wellspring from which all stories are spun…”

(Note: you are not a Creative Twitbag if you use a Moleskine and are fond of pens. You are undoubtedly a Creative Twitbag if you’ve ever described your writing tools in that way. If your writing tools inspire you only to write about how you feel about writing, you should probably switch to something that costs less than a dollar per unit at the drugstore.)

I do love my diNovo, though. And this new knowledge makes me wonder if I shouldn’t, you know, stockpile one or two of these for a rainy day.

6 thoughts on “Logitech diNovo Keyboards”

  1. The Mac edition wins of your two choices above for not messing with the layout of the keys above the arrow keys… I seriously do not understand why these people insist on messing with those and worse the arrow keys.

  2. Speaking of stockpiling, the Logitech diNovo Mac Edition is on sale here at many major Australian retailers for sub-$30!

    That is a complete and utter bargain.

  3. I just wanted to add a little something on about the Illuminated Keyboard. I ordered one from amazon and after about a week something odd happened the “2” key popped off while I was typing. I was a little bummed about this but didn’t think it was too big a deal, but then the “/” key came off. This was a little disturbing so I did a search over at the Logitech forums and there were several posts about keys popping off in the Illuminated Keyboard and the DiNovo Keyboard.

    I contacted Logitech customer service and they have yet to reply to my emails or their own support form. I am just glad Amazon has such a easy replacement policy and far better customer service then Logitech.

    Otherwise I am very happy with the replacement, the Illuminated Keyboard seems very well sturdy and well built. And the keys feel awesome.

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