Logitech is introducing the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser, featuring a built-in LCD on the keyboard that can display e-mail and instant message (IM) notifications, favorite playlists and Internet radio stations.
The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser keyboard has the ability to send information to and receive information from the computer. The product also turns a PC into a Bluetooth wireless hub, as it features the new Bluetooth 2.0 Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) wireless technology.
The multipurpose LCD screen displays information that can be navigated using the four buttons immediately below the screen: Up, Down, Back and Enter. The LCD Dashboard shows the active account name of the Microsoft XP user, room temperature, and keyboard status information such as caps lock, F lock, and battery level. The time and date are also displayed and are automatically synchronized with the computer.
By pressing the the keyboard's Down button, the main menu includes smart key assignments, playlists, and radio stations. The keyboard has four programmable smart keys, F9 through F12, which can be programmed by pressing and holding them while in the desired application, just like programming a car radio preset button. The LCD and its controls provide one-touch access to music playlists from popular media player applications, including Apple iTunes, Microsoft Windows MediaPlayer, Musicmatch and the new version of Logitech MediaLife software. People can also access and launch categories and themes of music through Musicmatch's Internet radio stations.
The keyboard screen provides instant notification of new e-mail and instant messages, as well as the status of the user's instant messaging presence for Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger. Using Logitech SetPoint software, users can specify from which of their contacts they wish to receive these peripheral notifications.
A button on the keyboard activates the calculator, which appears on the LCD rather than on the monitor screen. Calculation results are automatically saved to the computer's clipboard so that they can be pasted into spreadsheets, documents, or other PC applications.
The Bluetooth adapter is compatible with Bluetooth headsets, Bluetooth enabled mobile phones and PDAs. The keyboard features a one-touch synchronization button that lets users synchronize their PC calendar and address book with a mobile phone or PDA.
The set features the Logitech MX1000 Cordless Laser Mouse, with an accuracy of 5.8 megapixels of detail per second. The mouse uses a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, and comes with a charging station.
The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser will be available in October in the U.S. and Europe. The desktop has a suggested retail price of US$149.99.