Logitech Cordless MediaBoard for PlayStation 3 review: Logitech Cordless MediaBoard for PlayStation 3

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good Sony-certified and fully compatible with the Sony PlayStation 3, the Logitech Cordless MediaBoard for PlayStation 3 has a slim profile, is easy to set up, and has a built-in mousepad, obviating the need to connect a mouse to your PS3. This keyboard uses 2.4GHz RF technology (via a USB dongle) that has a range of 30 feet. It also works with Windows PCs and Macs.

The Bad It's somewhat pricey, and there are no PS3-centric buttons/shortcuts available on the keyboard.

The Bottom Line The Logitech Cordless MediaBoard for PlayStation 3 is currently one of the only Sony-certified--and totally compatible--cordless keyboards for the PS3, but it's really not a true PS3 keyboard.

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If you own a Sony PlayStation 3 and have done any Web browsing or text messaging, you're probably pretty tired of using the PS3's cumbersome text-entry system. Perhaps you take a moment a key in the words "PS3 Bluetooth keyboard" into the Google search box and discover Sony hasn't made one--yet. You might also discover that Sony hasn't enabled the Bluetooth profile for keyboards in the PS3 Bluetooth settings menu, which means you can't just plug in any old Bluetooth keyboard and use it with the PS3. Of course, this should all change when Sony eventually puts out a Bluetooth keyboard, but as of this writing, Logitech is the only manufacturer making a Sony-certified cordless keyboard for the PS3 that's been deemed completely compatible. Alas, it doesn't use Bluetooth wireless technology, opting instead for 2.4GHz RF (radio frequency) technology. That begs the question: why shouldn't other USB cordless keyboards work with the PS3? Well, they might, but Logitech says it's tweaked the drivers on its Logitech Cordless MediaBoard for PlayStation 3 ($80) to make sure the keyboard works flawlessly with the PS3. And in a nutshell, that's what's special about the keyboard.

In all other regards, this is a pretty basic cordless keyboard, which also happens to work just fine as a basic, cordless keyboard with Windows PCs and Macs. The main points working in its favor are that it's easy to set up, it's slim and light, and it has a built-in mousepad, so you don't have to bother connecting a cordless mouse to your PS3 as well. To get going, you simply plug the USB dongle into one of the USB ports on the front of your PS3, install two AA batteries in the keyboard, and flip the keyboard's power switch to "on." (In case you're wondering, the RF dongle does not allow you to use an RF remote with the PS3).

The Logitech Cordless MediaBoard for PlayStation 3 is fairly ho-hum looking, and Logitech didn't attempt to match its finish to the PS3's piano-black finish. As we said, it's slim and fairly compact, measuring 6.8 x 17.6 x .9 inches (HWD), which makes it easy to stow away when not in use. We suspect that a lot people will keep it on the lower shelf of a coffee table between the couch and TV.

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Logitech Cordless MediaBoard for PlayStation 3

Part Number: 920-000129 Released: Jan. 15, 2007
MSRP: $39.99 Low Price: $85.00 See all prices

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  • Release date Jan. 15, 2007
  • Compatibility Game console
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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.