The Logitech diNovo Cordless Desktop is designed for desktop use as well as for people on the move, who carry their notebooks with them everywhere they go, whether from city-to-city, office-to-home,or simply room-to-room. The new product, a lower-priced version of the award-winning Logitech diNovo Media Desktop, combines the sleek, low-profile design elements of the original product with thetop-selling Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse for Notebooks and a separate cordless numeric pad. The result is a versatile modular ensemble that offers desktop comfort plus instant mobility, lettingpeople easily pack away mouse and numeric pad and be on their way.
Analysts agree that the desire to be mobile is a key factor in defining today’s PC market. IDC has predicted that worldwide notebook shipments will rise 24 percent in 2004. According to Roger Kay, vice president of client computing at IDC, “Sales of portable units are driving today’s PC market as people increasingly choose this versatile form factor to be their main system.”
Logitech believes this trend involves a number of trade-offs for the consumer. “When people choose a notebook PC as their primary computer, they sacrifice a certain degree of comfort and functionality,” said Denis Pavillard, marketing director for Logitech’s Desktop and Keyboards Division. “They accept compromises both in the layout and feel of the keyboard, and in the default pointing device, which is typically a touchpad or an trackpoint tip. They also give up their numeric pad and are forced to use the much more awkward number key row.
“The diNovo Cordless Desktop addresses these issues,” Pavillard continued, “by providing a solution that is totally satisfying at the desktop, with a complete, full-function keyboard, mouse and numeric pad, or on the go, where mouse and numeric pad can be easily tossed in a briefcase or purse and taken along.”
The full-size keyboard layout, with full vertical travel distance of standard desktop keys (3.2 mm) ensures easy, non-constrained operation and a familiar feel. Included on the keyboard are three hot keys for Internet, Mail and Search, media controls for audio and video, and enhanced F keys that provide one-touch access to common applications and useful functions.
A separate cordless numeric pad that doubles as a smart calculator, thermometer, and time and date display, fits snugly beside the keyboard, on either the right or left side, providing complete flexibility in arranging a personal workspace. The numeric pad, which features a three-line LCD, also provides basic media control for audio and video. A removable cover protects the pad when it is placed in a briefcase.
The cordless mouse provides 800 DPI resolution and features Logitech’s proprietary FastRF(TM) transmission technology. With a report rate of 125 reports per seconds, FastRF ensures that the mouse will consistently deliver corded performance without the cord. The mouse communicates with the PC via a compact USB Mini-Receiver that plugs either directly into the PC or, in cases where the USB port is awkward to reach, into a convenient USB desktop stand. To ensure maximum battery life, the mouse features an on/off switch. For easy travel, mouse and Mini-Receiver are easily stowed in an included carrying case.
System Requirements; Pricing and Availability
The Logitech diNovo Cordless Desktop operates on a 27 MHz, dual-channel frequency. It requires Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 2000 or XP and one free USB port. The keyboard, numeric pad and mouse each require two AA batteries. The product will be available on U.S. retail shelves and online at www.logitech.com later this month at a suggested retail price of $149.95.