Product Type: Logitech keyboards
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A brilliant little wireless keyboard that is truly portable, stylish and a joy to use
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
Member Name: Kodoku
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
Advantages: Wireless, small, and solar battery recharges quickly in either natural or artificial light
Disadvantages: Will need some small consideration if used in dimly-lit areas. No indicators for caps lock etc.
I have owned one of these since virtually the day it came out towards the end of 2010. It has become far and away the best keyboard I have ever purchased for my desktop PC, being both comfortable on the typing fingers and great to look at as well as for its headline feature; a solar battery.
It comes in pretty minimal packaging, and includes just the keyboard, a cleaning cloth and the USB receiver. Really, that should be all you need to get the most out of this, but you can download a .pdf manual and some additional software from Logitech's website, as the inside of the box happily tells you.
Installation was simply a case of plugging in the USB unifying receiver into an available port (assuming you didn't already have one from another Logitech product) and allowing a few moments for Windows to install the drivers. After that I was good to go, and was able to use the keyboard just as I could any wired one. The keyboard itself keeps a very low profile, being no more than 1/3 an inch thick and containing only the typical range of keys which are only slightly raised from the surface of the board, much like a laptop or an Apple computer keyboard. A space above for the two solar strips completes the look. It has a surprising amount of heft for its size, although it's far from uncomfortable to pick up and move around if you need to.
Using the keyboard has been very comfortable for me. The keys sit well on my fingers and make a satisfying soft click when pressed. Although there is not a great deal of additional functionality on this keyboard, there is a row of secondary functions for common applications and media controls (email, calculator, volume control etc) that can be accessed via an Fn key, much like a laptop keyboard offers. I imagine for most people this is more than enough.
There are a few minor niggles though, despite my love for this keyboard. One thing I didn't really consider for the most part was something I took for granted on other keyboards; the LEDs indicating whether your caps lock, scroll lock or num lock is switched on. This has been a standard for keyboards since as long as I can remember, so its absence here isn't immediately noticeable until you're suddenly typing in upper case one time and wondering how that happened. Another regularly cited issue is with the flick out support legs that you can use to raise the keyboard. Most seem to think them flimsy and prone to breaking with a hard push or two. They seem sturdy enough to me, although I quickly settled with laying the keyboard flat on the desk and using it without the supports. It seems to be designed for use that way, its low profile blending in with the desk as opposed to jutting out in any way.
Finally there is that headline feature to talk about. Now, the room I use this keyboard in does not get a great deal of natural light and the ceiling light isn't particularly strong either so I was a little curious as to how the battery would hold up. I was happy to find that it did in fact hold up very well for the most part, and I could leave the keyboard switched on day and night without giving it any consideration during the summer months. It was only during winter that it started to eventually suffer from low charge, to the point where I sometimes needed to put the keyboard up on the windowsill in order to catch more light during the daytime when not in use. A minor inconvenience then, but considering how gloomy my room is I am still impressed.
Although maybe a bit out of the price range of some, I will maintain that this is the best keyboard I have ever used and I don't regret for a moment that I treated myself to it. Having the convenience of a wireless keyboard without having to consider changing the batteries or using a bulky charger is a great thing to have, and I expect to be using this for many years to come.
Summary: An excellently made keyboard. A bit pricey, but the quality and solar-powered wireless is worth it
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