2nd year of med school is no joke. This is the last preclinical year and the amount of material we’re cramming in is ridiculous. Adding to the pressure is the ominous USMLE Step 1 looming at the end of the school year that is pretty much the most important test in my life. Forget SAT or MCAT, this is the big one.
Still, I got this awesome keyboard a while back and have been meaning to take pictures so here’s my first post in a few weeks.
The MSRP for the Logitech diNovo Edge is $200, which is a crazy price for a keyboard, but online stores have been selling it for substantially cheaper these days. When Amazon offered a $50 rebate and my brother reported how much he loved the keyboard, I placed an order.
The diNovo Edge is certainly a looker. Functionally, it boasts a couple neat features like a touchpad and touch-sensitive volume control, but what you’re paying extra for are all the bells and whistles: the razor thin profile, sleek design and light-up hot keys. All of these were awesome for the first few days and would definitely dazzle any company you have over, but the initial rush wore off pretty soon and I was left with a keyboard that admittedly seemed pretty gimmicky.
I ended up keeping the keyboard for two reasons. My brother loves the keyboard because of the typing feel, which I didn’t appreciate until after spending a few days with the diNovo Edge and then switching back to my old keyboard. Keystrokes have a satisfying tactile response and I estimate I type about 15% more quickly and accurately with this keyboard. No kidding. Of course, my old keyboard wasn’t anything spectacular, but I didn’t realize how much its keys were slowing me down until I made the switch.
The second reason is preparation for the future. I plan to have a home theater PC at some point, and the diNovo Edge with its touchpad and light weight makes for an awesome keyboard for that setup. I can also use it for my PlayStation3 online when I get around to buying one.
The touchpad is no substitute for a mouse but it’s still pretty convenient to be leaning back in my chair watching TV shows and not have to shift forward to use the mouse on the desk. Instead, I just use the touchpad on my lap to do whatever I need. Sounds pretty lazy, but hey, I’m the type of person who sometimes can be too lazy to walk across the room and change game discs in my Xbox 360 so I end up playing Live Arcade games from the hard drive.