A huge keyboard from a company that already makes great portable media center keyboards.
Digital Trends got their hands on an early Logitech Revue GoogleTV last week. Overall, they loved it, saying:
One thing stuck out to me about the hardware: the keyboard. It is full-sized and meant to be used on your lap.
I’m about as techie as it gets and I see no reason why you need a full-sized keyboard in your lap while watching TV. More than 90% of what you type on this thing will be to search for shows to watch. That’s about 10-20 characters per query.
You can do that with a smartphone-sized keyboard that acts as a multimedia controller. As just about everyone is getting used to typing on their phones, this would be foreign to few.
The strangest part? Logitech has made a device that does this exact thing, the Logitech diNova Mini (pictured below) for two years!
I use the diNovo Mini for my current home media center and it works perfectly. I use a full desktop Mac OS computer so I don’t just have to navigate a few menus, I am literally using it like a computer. It works over Bluetooth and on Mac or PC.
The circular tab on the top right acts as either a mouse or as navigation arrows. It is as fast and efficient as a full sized keyboard would be, especially if I had to use the full sized keyboard in my lap. It also gets passed around the room just like a remote would.
I use the keyboard in a very similar way that BlackBerry, Sidekick, Droid or other Qwerty smartphone users use their keyboards. As people know, they can often approach their desktop speed with some practice.
Here’s a good video of the Dinovo Mini in action. Another from YouTube:
One of Google’s smaller competitors, Boxee, has a really cool little remote on their $200 media center.
This is the right idea:
Media center users don’t want a full keyboard. If anyone should know that, it is Logitech.
So why is Logitech putting this full-sized keyboard (below) in the box with their Revue GoogleTV?
I am at a loss. Perhaps Google requires a full-sized keyboard? Or maybe this was just a one-off for early reviewers? Anyone?