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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [11.02.05]
Manufactured by: Logitech


Keyboard Continued

The MX5000 keyboard introduces a tilted LCD screen at the top which can be configured to display different information. The default is simply the date, the time and the tempurature. The screen will change depending on what you have. One feature that can be useful at times is the ability of this keyboard to display what media is currently playing in your player. I tested it with Winamp, Windows Media Play, Music Match along with Logitech's included MediaLife program. Unfortunately, this display can only support Western Characters with other languages such as chinese, japanese and korean do not display properly.

The buttons below the LCD screen were used to navigate menus much like a cell phone. The menus themselves were laid out nicely though more options would have been nice. As you can imagine, power consumption is up with this LCD so the keyboard takes 4 AA sized batteries now.

The layout of the top left of the keyboard has also remained largely unchanged. However, instead of the "My Documents" button found on the MX3100 keyboard, the MX5000 keyboard features a "Sync" button which allows for one touch synchronization of of your bluetooth devices to your computer. I tested this with a Sony Ericsson k750i and unfortunately, the phone was not supported for one touch syncronization. A complete compatability list can be found on Logitech's website.

In addition to a radically redesigned top, the left side of the keyboard also saw some significant changes. The media buttons that were displaced by the LCD display were moved here along with the volume control. Gone is the a lot of the buttons found on the previous combo. These buttons are large a matter of taste, but I found that they did not get much use and Logitech's design change seems to reflect that.

The problem with replacing controls with touch sensitive areas is that they lose much of the tactile feel to them. To add some sort of feedback, the scroll sensors would emit a ticking sound that would let the user know something was happening. The LCD display would also change to display the action being taken.

Though the buttons did not emit any sound, they lit up red to let the user know that they had been pressed.

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