The fine folks over at Logitech sent us a one of their Solar K750 keyboards to review, and I’ve been loving it ever since. As you can guess from its name, the keyboard charges off any light source – indoor or outdoor. There are no batteries, no charging station, and no power cables. And just to top it off, a full charge can last up to 3 months without another source of light. Let’s take a look at what else this keyboard has to offer.
The first thing I noticed about the keyboard was the two solar panels in the top left and right corners. They measure 5 1/2 inches wide and contain 7 solar cells each. They are a little big, but somehow the keyboard still seems light and petite. Holding the keyboard at eye level, you’ll notice it’s extremely thin – only 1/3 of an inch. Logitech offers two types of the K750: one for Windows machines and one for Mac OS X machines. The Mac version comes in 5 different colors while the Windows version just comes in black.
The Look and Feel
The keyboard has a black glossy finish on its body and a rough, plastic finish on its keys. While the glossy body looks really nice, I noticed an unusual amount of dust collecting on its surface (or maybe my apartment is just too dusty?). It could be the black body that makes the dust more apparent, and it seems Logitech took note of this because a nice cleaning cloth is included with the keyboard. Another plus, is the keyboard is really thin – measuring at a 1/3 of an inch.
Two Delete Keys
Maybe I’m crazy, but my definition of “delete” (when it comes to keyboards) is removing text to the right of the cursor. Backspacing is removing text from the left of the cursor (hence, backspace). Got it? Now Apple seems to have this idea that the delete key alone should only be used to backspace text. If you want to delete text, you have to press a combination of the function key and delete key. It’s a real pain and I’m surprised Apple designed their keyboard this way.
Anyways, this is what’s so great about the K750 keyboard – it has two delete keys for backspacing and deleting! No more hitting function+delete on the MacBook to delete text. It may not mean much to the average user, but to me it makes all the difference. So bravo, Logitech.
The Keys and Layout
A lot of people are very picky about key placement and design on keyboards. I don’t blame them because I’m the same way. Personally, I like a keyboard with a numpad that is dedicated to number keys, media controls at the top, slight separation of key sections, and a nice feeling while typing on the keys.
The K750′s keys lay low to the keyboard’s base – meaning you don’t have to push down very hard to enter a character. My other Logitech keyboard (LX 710) that I use with my PC has significantly more room between the keys and its base, and I find it less appealing to type on. I’m convinced that I type faster with a keyboard with lower keys like the K750.
At the top of the keyboard you’ll see some keys that Mac notebooks already have: brightness, dashboard, exposé, and volume. Logitech also added media controls (rewind, pause/play, forward) which can’t be found on Mac notebooks.
Charges Inside and Outside
One of the huge selling points this little keyboard has is that it charges on both indoor and outdoor lighting. When people hear “solar” they typically think that sunlight is the only source of energy used to charge the appliance, but Logitech took that misconception and turned it into a great feature. I mean, who uses their computer only outside? No one that I know. Of course, that’s not to say your keyboard won’t charge faster in sunlight.
The Logitech Solar App
Part of Logitech’s mission of being environmentally friendly, the keyboard doesn’t come packed with any CDs or paper manuals. Instead, they’re pushing customers to download their Solar App from the Mac App Store. The app shows you the lux, or measure of luminance, that the solar panels are taking in and also the percentage of battery life left.
I wouldn’t say this app is a necessity because your keyboard still works without it. I don’t think anyone should be worried about the keyboard dying on them mid-use because it lasts three months after a solid 100% charge. Although, it is pretty neat seeing the lux meter fluctuate depending on the amount of light it’s receiving.
You can find Logitech’s Solar App in the Mac App Store.
As you’ll see in the video below, when I first opened the K750 keyboard I had to do some research to find out what Logitech meant by “unifying” keyboard receiver. As it turns out, the technology is really intriguing and very convenient. Some keyboards from a Logitech – such as the K750 – aren’t packaged with any companions such as mice. So you run out to the store and buy a separate mouse, but that’s when you realize that the keyboard and mouse will require a separate USB port.
Logitech has considered this scenario and have built a unifying receiver, a USB receiver that can input signal from two separately packaged devices. It seems you can never have enough USB ports, so Logitech spares you one with its unifying receiver. I should also note that not all Logitech mice and keyboards are compatible with the unifying receiver. You can see which products are compatible on their What is Unifying? website.
The Logitech K750 Video Review
The Logitech K750 Gallery
Cons: The glossy case makes fingerprints and dust quite apparent
Our Rating: 9/10
If you’re considering buying a K750, you can find them on Logitech’s website for $71.99 or on Amazon for $59.99. That wraps up our review on the Logitech Solar K750 Keyboard for Mac. Let us know what your favorite features of the keyboard are, and if you’ll be buying one soon! We definitely recommend it and think you’ll love it.
Official Product Page: Logitech Solar K750 Keyboard