As someone who does a lot of typing, often times for many hours at a time, my keyboard is a vital element of my computer set-up. Nothing is worse than typing on a cheap, mushy keyboard. After buying several cheaper keyboards and becoming more and more frustrated, I finally took the plunge and invested in a top of the line, professional level keyboard - the Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless keyboard. I'll never type on anything less again.
The first thing you notice when buying a diNove edge is the chest pain induced by the extreme cost. At about $160 on Amazon.com (with free shipping!), this is not a casual purchase, but rather an investment for people who need the best keyboard money can buy.
Physically the diNovo is stunning. It's made of a shiny black one-piece acrylic. Just sitting on your desk, it becomes almost a work of art. Of course, it's wireless, connecting to your computer via a bluetooth dongle (included of course). Noticeably absent from the keyboard is a dedicated number pad on the right. Instead, there is a touchpad, much like those found on laptops. Also on the right, just above the touchpad, is a touch sensitive volume control, which adjusts the master volume on your computer with a simple slide of your finger.
Getting started with the diNovo couldn't be easier. Simply plug in the bluetooth dongle to any available USB port, wait a few seconds, and you're up and running. Installing the control software isn't necessary, but it is recommended as it gives you access to many extra features, such as the ability to reprogram many keys and monitor battery life.
Battery life of the keyboard is nothing short of amazing. The software will monitor how many days you have until it needs a recharge. Even with constant everyday use, the keyboard only needs to be recharged about every eight weeks! Recharging the internal lithium-ion battery is done with the included base charger. Simply slip the keyboard in to the base station - which sits the keyboard upright. A full charge only takes a couple hours to complete, which can usually be done overnight.
Of course, all these fancy features don't mean anything if the keyboard is hard to type on. I find the diNovo edge to be the most comfortable keyboard I've ever used. The keyboard itself is VERY flat, allowing you to keep your hands and wrists in a neutral position while you type. Minimizing the angle your wrists bend at keeps your from getting strain and pains in the fingers after several hours typing.
Because it's wireless and the range of the bluetooth connection is quite good, I've been able to rest the keyboard in my lap and type on it quite comfortably. It's very light weight.
The keys themselves have very little depth and travel. It takes very little effort to press a key and they snap back with a nice soft tactile feedback. Many people have commented that they keys resemble typing on a nice laptop keyboard, which I think is a fair description.
The keyboard map is normal with a couple exceptions. Notebaly is the absense of a dedicaded number pad. This isn't an issue for me as I rarely input many numbers, but it's certainly not a good keyboard for people who deal with number and spreadsheets a lot. Also, the placemen of the "page up", "page down", "delete", "home" and "end" cluster is a little different. The "delete" key is larger than normal, although I found I actually like this once I got used to it.
One of the few issues I have with the diNovo edge (aside from the hit to my pocketbook) is its ability to attract fingerprints. The glossy acrylic attracts fingerprints like honey attracts bees. The keyboard comes with a soft cloth for wiping the surface dow, but even so, it's a constant battle to keep it looking good.
In summary, if you are someone who types for hours and need a professional quality keyboard, no matter the cost, take a look at the diNovo Edge. It won't be for everyone, but if you're a chronic writer like me, you may just fall in love.