Saturday, 27 December 2008

Logitech MediaBoard for PS3

(Review) - Knowing that Sony should release a Bluetooth wireless keyboard of its own in the near future, it hasn’t made any announcements regarding that thus far. Sony being Sony has "kindly" blocked the onboard Bluetooth configuration menu to prevent third-party developers from releasing an exclusive keyboard for the PlayStation 3 gaming console. Thankfully, Logitech is on top of things, and it may have a solution to satisfy your temporary desire for a wireless keyboard for your PS3.

The Logitech Cordless MediaBoard is the only Sony-certified keyboard available for PS3 in the market, but since Sony wouldn’t certify a Bluetooth keyboard, Logitech jumped over the hurdle and released a RF version based on its 2.4GHz technology. Logitech has used this technology in a number of its products, and it’s fairly robust. Logitech’s MediaBoard gets connected to the PS3 with a wireless RF dongle that transmits data for the device to capture in order to operate. There isn’t much to the setup. It’s a matter of plug-and-play to get things going. Once you have the keyboard plugged in, you are ready to roll with messaging and other data input.

Unfortunately for Logitech, the MediaBoard is more or less of a disappointment. At the end of the day, it’s really a standard desktop keyboard that’s programmed and tweaked to work with the PS3. That’s it. We would’ve loved to see Logitech get creative, as it does normally, and transfer other buttons from the controller to the keyboard, but that’s not the case. Even though the keys are soft to use and compliments the notebook-style mousepad, there isn’t anything particularly unique about the unit.

The performance, in terms of signal strength, was great. It’s lightweight, and works well with the PS3. Even though Logitech didn’t make the effort to make MediaBoard a one of a kind product, the least it could’ve done was matched the exterior of the keyboard to the Sony PS3 with a glossy black exterior. Seriously, how hard is that? We wouldn’t be surprised if Logitech actually went through the entire product development process within a week or so before sending it to production.

For $80, we would’ve expected a lot more, and sadly, Logitech didn’t show what it’s capable of with peripherals as it normally does with almost all of its products. If you are dying for a PS3 keyboard, you don’t have much of a choice but to opt for the MediaBoard, but for those of you who can wait, we say hold on and wait until something better comes along.

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