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MediaBoard Pro Impressions

I just got a chance to try out the Logitech MediaBoard Pro.


UPDATE: In the image above, the escape key is mapped to “X” and the enter key is mapped to “O”. The actual western keyboards have the expected mappings (escape -> “O”, enter -> “X”). As Segitz points out, the above image is probably for a Japanese keyboard. Appararently, Japan PS3 systems use “O” for forward and “X” for back (kind of odd that Japan and US would have this bizarre difference).

It uses native Bluetooth wireless. No special dongles needed.

It runs on two AA batteries. There is an on/off switch at the top right of the board.

The integrated trackpad is obviously ideal for sofa use where finding a surface for a traditional mouse might be awkward. It works perfectly for browsing the PS3 store and using the web browser. I doubt it would work well for an FPS however.

Overall, it’s exactly what you would expect. There are no real big surprises or anything, but it’s light, simple, it does its job well, it’s an exact stylistic match for the PS3, and it’s a perfect keyboard for chatting, text entry, web surfing, and navigating the XMB from a couch. It’s expensive for a keyboard, Amazon lists this at $62.99 while wired keyboards can easily be found for $10, but I’m definitely a happy customer.