Before we move to the heart of the diNovo Edge, I wanted to show you just how slim this keyboard really is. The Edge measures just over 1/2" thick; 13mm to be exact. Extending the feet help raise the keyboard up a bit more, should you feel more comfortable with this typing angle. Logitech keeps with this slim design on the face of the keyboard as well. The majority of "accessory" buttons are flush with the plexi surface of the Edge. This only helps to add to the overall sleek appearance of the unit.
The keys on the diNovo Edge function more like those you would find on a laptop keyboard. This is made possible by Logitech's PefrectStroke key system. On a traditional low-end keyboard, a rubber sheet is placed beneath the keys with a series of small molded domes, one centered under each key. When a key is pressed, the dome flexes down and the key then returns to its original position. Keyboards like this are easy to manufacture but lack a solid feel of quality construction. Logitech makes use of the scissor keystroke mechanism found on laptop keyboards, which allows the end user to type faster and more efficiently. As you can see, the general key layout is very similar to that of a regular keyboard, minus the number keypad.
The diNovo Edge makes use of some pretty neat technology that we are all familiar with thanks to the iPod. A touch-sensitive volume slider is integrated on the right side of the Edge. When in use, orange LEDs follow the movement of your fingertip. A mute button sits directly below the slider, flush mounted with the surface of the keyboard. Below the volume slider is another touch-sensitive device known as TouchDisc. The TouchDisc can serve many uses. In the event that you do not have a mouse handy, you can use the TouchDisc as a backup by moving your finger across the surface, much like you would on a laptop touchpad. Mouse movements were a bit frantic during testing so I would only suggest using this as a backup if you do not have a mouse handy. The TouchDisc can also aid in scrolling both vertically and horizontally through webpages, file lists or even spreadsheets. Try as I might, getting the TouchDisc to function in this manner was hit-or-miss (more miss than hit). I got rather frustrated after multiple attempts and went back to using the arrows and Page Up/Page Down buttons to accomplish this task. I was not terribly impressed with the TouchDisc to say the least. Below the TouchDisc are two buttons that perform click functions identical to those on a mouse.
The far left side of the Edge has five additional buttons. From top to bottom, Stand By, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Reset Zoom and Click. Each function is pretty self-explanatory, so I will not cover it in detail. The zoom function is very useful if you have your computer connected to a non-HD television. I had this problem several months back with my HTPC.
More on the diNovo features ahead...