The Best 5 Gadgets: #3 Logitech diNovo Mini

Good times
  • Quite intuitive to use
  • Really classy finish
  • The only way to keep a qwerty keyboard in your lounge without looking like you play Dungeons and Dragons
Bad times
  • Not cheap
  • No recharge cradle
  • I do not think it is Mac compatible ...
I also considered
  • Full size bluetooth qwerty keyboards with built in track pads ... there is that Dungeons and Dragons thing again ...

The diNovo Mini is quite possibly the sexiest bit of kit I have ever purchased. That includes the iPhone 4, the iPad and a swathe of also rans. The diNovo Mini looks good and feels better. And it works. Install some software on your Windows 7 media PC and away you go. Or flick a switch under the battery lid and use it with your PS3 (though not with PlayTV, which is frustrating). Hell, it even worked for me with the linux release of XBMC without any tweaking. This all results in a massive feel good factor.

It is not all upside. The diNovo Mini is not cheap. And at the price it sells at you think it would come with a recharge cradle. Instead, you need to plug it into a cable that comes out of a wart-in-the-wall which is neither elegant nor convenient and totally in contrast with the otherwise classy experience. The specs do not specify that it works with a Mac so I would assume it does not, which is a shame as the paring of diNovo and Apple Mac Minis would be a match made in heaven. 

I find it difficult to run a media cenre PC in my lounge without a qwerty keyboard and the inordinate level of panache the diNovo Mini brings to this task is above and beyond what I expected. 

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The best five gadgets
  1. iPhone 4 smartphone
  2. Sagem PVR6240T PVR (as buggy as it is ...)
  3. Logitech diNovo Mini miniature QWERTY keyboard
  4. Logitech X-230 speakers
  5. Lacie iamaKey USB memory key
The worst five gadgets
  1. One For All URC-9900 Director (Mosaic) universal remote control
  2. Nokia N800 internet tablet
  3. Sony Playstation 3 (slim) games console
  4. Asus EeeBox PC EB1501 nettop
  5. Aliph Jawbone bluetooth headset