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Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard Review
|Product:||Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard|
|Date:||Sun, Dec 05, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Brian Giacoletti -|
Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard ThoughtsOne of the first things I noticed when I took the Logitech K750 out of its box was how thin the K750 actually is; it is 1/3 of an inch thick. Or, should I say thin? Don't be fooled by its thickness though. You will find out as I did that the Logitech K750 is a very sturdy keyboard despite its thickness. I was actually surprised at just how sturdy it was. Another thing that you will notice right away once you start using the K750 is that it is very much like typing on some of the newer laptops that have come out recently. Don't get me wrong; I am not saying that in a bad way. The K750 is actually a very comfortable and easy to get used to keyboard.
Looking a little closer at the keyboard you will notice the two solar arrays that are positioned right above the keys. This is where the K750 draws its power from. You can also see that the keys themselves are the "Chicklet" type keys that are starting to show up on a lot of the newer laptops as I mentioned before. If you look right above the number keys you will see a button that looks like it has a picture of the sun on it. That key activates the solar app that lets you know if the solar arrays are getting enough light, and the app also lets you know how much battery power you have in your reserves. Logitech claims that the keyboard can be powered for up to three months in total darkness with a full charge. I found this claim to be kind of hard to believe. Now, I am not calling them liars but I did use the keyboard for 4 days in the dark without it getting any charge at all and in that four days it drained the batteries down to 66%. At that rate in about 10 days the batteries would be dead. I was using the keyboard quite a bit by typing this review as well as playing video games for up to 4 hours at a time, so my testing was a bit on the extreme side as opposed to just the normal everyday business use this keyboard was made for.
I am sure some of you have already had this experience. It is that the tiny little unifying receiver is killer. Please bear with me as I talk about this because this is my first device that utilizes this little guy. Not only is it small, it makes installation a breeze. When I first took the keyboard out of the box and turned it on, I then plugged the unifying receiver into one of my available USB ports and it connected the keyboard and installed the drivers it needed right away. On top of that you can leave it plugged in and it won't get in the way of anything. As a matter of fact, I have forgotten that I even had it plugged in on the top of my computer. I really wanted to install it in the back. But if you think that's all, you are wrong. You can also connect up to six different devices to just one receiver. Please visit the Logitech website to see the instructions on how to do so.
Another feature of the keyboard that I really like was the fact that the connection between it and the unifying receiver is encrypted with a 128 bit AES cipher so that the information you are typing remains private like it should be. In the past a crafty nerd with the right tools could actually intercept the keystrokes that you were typing on a keyboard that was not encrypted. I think we can all feel a lot better about typing now since even if they do get a hold of the keystrokes, it's going to take them about two million years to decrypt them. Just as kind of a disclaimer... I don't actually know how long it would take to decrypt your keystrokes and the example I gave is just in jest and should not be taken as fact.
The layout of the keyboard is exactly like a full sized keyboard. The keys are separated nicely and make it very easy to type on. As I said before, it is very similar to typing on a laptop keyboard, except it isn't all cramped and the keys aren't all squished together making it so that whenever you type you hit two of the keys surrounding the actual key you want to hit. As a matter of fact, I have been using the K750 to write this entire review and I have run into very little trouble. Other than trying to type way faster than I actually can, which is something this particular keyboard made me want to do, it felt great just typing away. For some reason it makes me feel like I can type faster; it's a very funny feeling because I know I am not typing faster. As you can see the function keys are located on the same keys as the "F" keys and they are pre-programmed to do things like control your audio software as well as a quick open key for e-mail and other applications as well. I was surprised to see that when I hit the key for my audio program it defaulted right to ITunes. If we move to the bottom of the keyboard we can see that there are two flip up stands that let the keyboard sit at an angle so we are not left typing on a keyboard that is sitting flat on the desk -- that would just be awkward.
I really enjoyed working with the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard. While it isn't going to be your go-to keyboard for gaming, it will make an excellent keyboard for those that hate to type on their laptop keyboard or, better yet, as a keyboard to control a home theater system. It takes away the need to buy batteries; better yet, it takes away the need to throw batteries in the garbage. Typing was a breeze and I didn't really get any kind of fatigue or cramping while typing for very long periods on the keyboard. About the only annoying aspect I can see coming from this keyboard is that because of its really high gloss finish it is a finger print magnet. But hey, that's why they included the dust cloth. The Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard currently retails for $79.99 and has a limited 3 year warranty. Because we are currently in the midst of the holiday season this would make a great gift for loved ones who travel and are forced to type on a cramped laptop keyboard or as a nice keyboard on anyone's desk.
The Legit Bottom Line: All in all this keyboard is another great innovation from Logitech, from the solar panels right down to the recyclable packaging. I just wish it would stay charged as long as Logitech says it does.
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