Logitech Control Centre 2.7, Windows diNovo Edge & Leopard

Logitech Control Centre 2.7 (one step forwards, two steps backwards) and a trio of diNovos.

When I saw the new version of the Logitech Control Centre (LCC) v2.7, and then spotted that it at least recognized my Windows diNovo Edge keyboard, I thought it was a step forward. It now seems that my excitement was a bit premature and I’ve now reverted back to the earlier 2.6 version. So why is that?

You are feeling sleepy!

You are feeling sleepy!

Well with v2.6 of the LCC, pressing the ‘Sleep‘ key (top left of the keyboard) would pop up a prompt under Leopard giving me some choices – Restart, Sleep, Cancel or Shutdown. Under v2.7 of the software that option has been disappeared and pressing the Sleep key simply puts the Mac straight to sleep.

The second difference is the F12 key. With v2.6 of the LCC software, pressing F12 would eject the CD/DVD tray. Under v2.7 pressing F12 caused Spotlight to open a search results window. I couldn’t find a single key (or combination of keys) that would eject the CD/DVD tray and so had to resort to plugging in the aluminium Apple keyboard to a spare USB port in order to be able to open the tray. Sure I could try and load something that would assign the Eject function back to F12 but that would be defeating the object.

Seeing as Logitech Control Centre v2.7 only gave me access to the battery gague and allowed me to adjust the sensitivity of the TouchDisk (which I rarely use), going back to v2.6 seemed to make sense. Maybe v2.8 of the LCC software will be better, who knows. I’m not holding my breath.

On the subject of Logitech and Mac keyboards, not everything is as straightforward as it seems and if you’re thinking of buying a ‘diNovo’ for your Mac then it’s worth doing some research. Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve found.

diNovo Edge Keyboard (Windows)Logitech diNovo Edge (the original Windows version) – Features the TouchDisk and the touch slider volume control. Also features a Fn key for activating extended function key options which illuminate soft orange symbols above the keys when activated. This keyboard will work with a Mac running Leopard OS X 10.5.x with the following limitations – Not recognized by the Logitech Control Centre 2.6 software, the extended function keys will not work, the Windows key (top right) does nothing, the zoom keys (left hand side) do nothing, the ‘Sleep’ key works, the TouchDisk works and the volume slider works. Recognized by the v2.7 LCC software but only to a degree and lacks programmability. F12 is mapped to ‘Eject Disk’ with the v2.6 software but to Spotlight with the v2.7 software. Uses bluetooth and includes a USB bluetooth dongle in the box. Uses built-in rechargeable batteries. Has height adjustment. Uses Logitech’s PerfectStroke™ key system.

dinovo-edge-macLogitech diNovo Edge Mac Edition – Looks almost identical to the Windows version, but unlike the Windows version it does NOT have the illuminated function keys feature (there is no ‘Fn’ key). Fully supported by Mac OS X Leopard. Has the correct key labels (e.g. Command, Option, etc.). You can map funtions to the F keys via the LCC software. Have read reports that this version of the keybaord does not use Plexiglass like the Windows version, but uses piano black plastic instead. (I cannot confirm this as I haven’t seen the keyboard in the flesh). This keyboard is NOT available in the UK or Europe, contrary to comments on the Logitech US website. By the looks of it, it’s also disappeared off the US website now. Uses bluetooth but reportedly does NOT include a bluetooth dongle. Uses built-in rechargeable batteries. Has height adjustment. Uses Logitech’s PerfectStroke™ key system.

diNovo Keyboard Mac EditionLogitech diNovo Keyboard Mac Edition – This is essentially a revamped version of the Logitech diNovo Keyboard for Notebooks. Fully supported by Mac OS X Leopard. Does NOT have the illuminated function keys feature (there is no ‘Fn’ key). Has the correct key labels (e.g. Command, Option, etc.). You can map funtions to the F keys via the LCC software. This keyboard definitely uses black plastic rather than plexiglass, but does have the aluminium wrist rest. It is available in the US and Europe. Does not use bluetooth, uses 2.4GHz RF instead and includes the relevant USB dongle.  Uses 3 x (non-rechargeable) AA batteries. Does not have height adjustment. Uses Logitech’s PerfectStroke™ key system.

There you have it. The names are a little confusing as they’re so similar, but yer pays yer money and takes yer choice. Logitech do make other keyboards that are oficially supported on the Mac, but for my money I really like the PerfectStroke key system and the build quality of the diNovo keyboards is superb. The downside is they are horribly expensive, but it’s like choosing a bed – you spend so much time using one that the extra cost is justified. I did try out the Logitech Wave keyboard but it was vile, it felt really plasticky and the key action was more like playing Whack-a-mole than typing. All down to personal preference though.

One Response

  1. Not that I’m totally impressed, but this is more than I expected for when I found a link on Furl telling that the info is quite decent. Thanks.

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