Product Review (February 2008)
Logitech® Cordless MediaBoard Pro™

The Sony PlayStation3 (PS3) is one of the most exciting components in our A/V system. It's a game console, Blu-ray player, and media center with full access to the internet. Controlling the Graphical User Interface (GUI) with the game controller is not always easy, nor is it very user friendly when entering information such as web addresses or text messages. Luckily, Sony was forward thinking when developing the PS3 and included the ability to use Bluetooth devices for controlling the Blu-ray player, Headset, Keyboard and Mouse. We have already benefited from this capability using our dedicated Bluetooth remote control for the PS3 Blu-ray player. Logitech® has introduced the Cordless MediaBoard Pro, a Bluetooth® cordless keyboard with an integrated mouse pad that is designed to work with the PS3. The full-size keyboard feels great and the inclusion of the mouse with scrolling makes it easy to use and manage.

Our system projected a full 1080p (1920x1080) resolution on a 100" screen, thanks to our Mitsubishi HC5000 projector and Stewart FireHawk filmscreen. This single input device allows us to place the keyboard on our lap and gave us full control of the GUI.

Setup and Installation
The installation of the keyboard is very easy thanks to the smooth GUI (Graphical User Interface) on the PS3. Simply go the Settings->Accessory Settings->Register Bluetooth Device. The screen to the left appears and the user must select Register Keyboard/Mouse. Once selected, the PS3 will prompt the user to start scanning for the Logitech MediaBoard Pro. The PS3 will detect the keyboard and ask the user to confirm the device on the screen. The user will then be asked to type in a six digit code to confirm the correct device is being connected to the PS3. This will complete the installation process.

The MediaBoard Pro™ uses cordless Bluetooth® technology designed to operate from up to 30 feet (10 meters) away from the PS3. The keyboard includes an Integrated touch pad which eliminates the need for a separate mouse. This stylish keyboard is thin and lightweight, making it perfect for living room use where space is limited. The MediaBoard Pro includes all of the standard keys found on a computer keyboard. The special keys for the PS3 have been defined on Enter (X), ESC (O), F1 (Triangle), and F2 (Square). The top left of the keyboard has buttons for Menu, Scan Left, Play/Pause, Scan Right, and BD-DVD Menu. The right side of the keyboard has a dedicated mouse pad with scrolling and a pair of mouse buttons. A pair of AA alkaline batteries are included to power the keyboard and last up to 200 hours. The top right side has a slider switch for power and an indicator for the battery. While it is not completely obvious, the user needs to slide the switch to the right to turn on the keyboard. A Reset button located on the back can be used during the registration process to place the keyboard in a reset state.

Conclusion
The Logitech® MediaBoard Pro is an excellent addition to the powerful Sony PS3 game console. The wireless Bluetooth interface provides a robust and reliable way to connect to the PS3 while enabling user to maximize efficiency with a simple keyboard and mouse pad. We loved it and with a street price of around $65, it is well worth it.

- Rita Nakano





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Review System

Projector: Mitsubishi HC5000 Full 1080p High-Definition LCD Projector
Screen: Stewart Filmscreen 100" FireHawk Screen on a Luxus Deluxe ScreenWall
Video Processor/Scaler: Anchor Bay Technologies DVDO iScan HD+ A/V Processor
Preamplifier/Processor: Parasound AVC-2500U THX-Ultra DTS/DD Preamp/Processor
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Bass Management: Miller & Kreisel BMC Mini 5.1 Bass Management Controller
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 Tripole® Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box: Dish Network ViP622 HDTV Satellite and Terrestrial Receiver with HDMI
Blu-ray DVD Player: Sony PlayStation3 with HDMI
HD-DVD Player: Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD Player with HDMI
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer
DVD Player: OPPO Digital OPDV971H DVD Player with DVI Output
D-VHS VCR: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
Media Server: Kenwood Sovereign MRH1 Entre
Remote Control: Remote Technologies Inc. T4 Controller
HDMI Cable: VizionWare Hi-Wirez 15-meter Active 1080p Cable
HDMI Cable: Accell UltraRun 45-meter 1080p Cable
DVI Cable: AudioQuest DV-1 20m DVI-D Cable
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables


Review at a glance


Logitech® - Cordless MediaBoard Pro™

System Requirements

  • Sony PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system

Features

  • Cordless Bluetooth® technology: Use your Logitech® Cordless MediaBoard Pro™ up to 30 feet (10 meters) away from your PLAYSTATION®3.
  • Integrated touch pad with vertical scrolling: Eliminates the need for a mouse. Perfect for living room use.
  • A real keyboard for your PLAYSTATION®3: Enter Web addresses, type messages, and manage your user profiles more quickly and efficiently.
  • Quick media keys: Makes Web browsing easier and provides instant access to media control panel, movie menus, and more.
  • Get more with less: Two AA batteries (included) provide more than 200 hours of battery life.

Package Contents

  • Logitech® Cordless MediaBoard Pro™
  • Installation guide
  • 2 AA batteries
  • 1-year limited hardware warranty

Company Information
Logitech Inc.
Corporate Headquarters
6505 Kaiser Drive
Fremont, CA 94555 USA
Phone: 510-795-8500
Sales: 800-231-7717
Support: 702-269-3457

Part Number 968011-0403
Source: Manufacture Supplied
MSRP: $79.99

URL: www.logitech.com

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