The Logitech diNovo Mini is simply the keyboard/mouse combo to use with your PS3 or HTPC machine. This little device answers all of the problems users have been complaining of when looking for a good input device for an HTPC system or PS3.
Pros: Great style, Good wireless range, Easy setup
Cons: Button spacing not ideal for users with smaller hands
Summary: If you're a home theater PC owner looking for the perfect input device, look no further. Logitech has melded the keyboard of a BlackBerry with a flexible cursor control pad into an attractive, coffee-table-ready package that will let you master your HTPC without cluttering up your living room with clunky hardware.
Pros: The Logitech diNovo Mini's elegant design won't besmirch your living room; it gives the HTPC owner full cursor control; keyboard is well-suited to situational typing; easy setup; it works with your PS3.
Cons: Pricey; touch pad occasionally inaccurate; no Xbox 360 or Apple support.
Excerpt: So you’re a road warrior, and recently got a media-centric laptop to take with you on your travels. Perfect, except that when it’s time to set the laptop on a table and kick back on the hotel bed to watch the latest episode of The Office from Hulu, controlling playback or searching for other videos requires you to get out of your comfortable position and go over to your computer. The Logitech diNovo Mini may be just what you’re looking for. Read on for more!
Conclusion: I really enjoyed using the diNovo Mini while I had it. Everything worked great and it made using an HTPC really easy. I was even able to type with a fairly good speed when using a word processor or email program. If Logitech can address some of the concerns I mentioned above they will have a really useful device that almost anyone can use. With a list price of $149.99 it is not too far out of reach of most people that are putting together an HTPC.
Logitech diNovo Mini Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for PC and PS3 Review
9 June 2008
Conclusion: This li'l keyboard is a wicked-cool design and it works fabulously, effectively addressing some legitimate gripes with other PS3 and PC peripherals vying for a place in the home theater. If you want to operate either of these next-gen source components from the sofa, do it with a diNovo Mini.
Summary: I'm currently stuck in a cheapo apartment lease where they only offer proprietary cable and internet services, which means no HD for me. So, I haven't bothered to get a high-def TV yet... nor have I bothered to set up a dedicated HTPC.
What I have done, however, is connect my laptop to my TV. Sure, it's not a true HDTV setup, but it works just fine for me for the time being.
Excerpt: Designed for the living room, not the desk, the tiny Logitech diNovo Mini keyboard will thrill entertainment-PC users who are looking to ditch their clunky full-size keyboards. As long as your typing needs are minimal, we recommend it.
Pros: Innovative, miniature design fits in well in living rooms, Thumb-style keyboard is easy to type on, Includes control pad for navigation, Simple setup, Long battery life, Works with PlayStation 3
Cons: Not compatible with Macs or Xbox 360, D-pad mode can only be used to scroll through menus
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Summary: A tiny Bluetooth keyboard to control your media centre is a cool idea. However, the diNovo Mini is hard to recommend, particularly given its relatively steep price. If you're paying $200 for a keyboard it better be damned good and the diNovo Mini isn't in our opinion. It looks kind of cute and the backlighting is somewhat funky, but all up we'd prefer a normal remote control and a full-sized wireless keyboard hidden under a cushion.
Pros: Small, light, rechargeable battery, kind of cute, backlighting