This morning, on the heels of the recently announced diNovo Edge, Mac Edition, we announced the second keyboard made specifically for the Mac — the diNovo Keyboard, Mac Edition.
This latest product is a favorite of mine. I use a relatively old iMac at home (it’s a G5 system) and I had the chance to attach this new keyboard to it a few weeks ago. It immediately gave the system a newer, cooler feel and the design language of the keyboard sits well with the Mac, as well as in my living room, which is where the system resides.
I imagine that some of you might ask why we chose 2.4 GHz instead of Bluetooth? The answer is simple — responsiveness. This keyboard has no perceptible lag and is always connected (and the battery life is an amazing 3 years!). We spend a lot of time and energy (no pun intended) trying to minimize the power requirement of our devices. This is better for the environment (fewer batteries) and makes it essentially maintenance-free for the customer. Our 2.4 GHz technology also uses many proprietary algorithms for trouble-free operation, even in the busiest wireless environments, and offers a range of up to 10 meters for those using a Mac Mini with a large-screen TV.
One of my tests these days when trying a new product is to measure the time it takes from the moment I open the box to having the product running on my system. In this case, it was impressively fast – 2 minutes to have the hardware up and running and 10 minutes total with all the software installed (more later on the need for software). The key here is that the 3 AAA batteries are preinstalled and the packaging is a piece of cake to open.
The layout of the keyboard matches the layout of the full sized iMac keyboards. It also has all of the expected Mac shortcut keys (Safari, iTunes, etc.), but you will need to install our LCC software in order to take advantage of those shortcuts. The reason for this is that the Apple OS only recognizes Apple-made keyboards in terms of supporting the shortcut keys.
In my opinion, the real beauty of this product is that it includes our Perfect Stroke key system. This is really the highlight from a usage perspective. I love the responsiveness of the keys and also the forgiveness for my more-than-occasional off-center key hits. The product also has a metallic palm rest that provides ample support for my wrists — it really is incredibly sleek and beautiful from a design perspective.
As far as I know, the DiNovo Keyboard, Mac Edition is the only wireless keyboard for Macs on the market today that offers all this functionality and a full-sized numeric keypad. I look forward to hearing what you think when units begin shipping later this month.