At the beginning of November, Logitech announced that they would be releasing their very first solar-powered keyboard, the Wireless Solar Keyboard K750. For those of you who love wireless peripherals, it probably sounded too good to be true. No more cords, no more having to charge through USB, no more looking for batteries. It very well might have sounded like the future of keyboards. And while the K750 might not catch on with the masses, Logitech is certainly onto something here. So, let’s dig into it shall we?
The first thing you notice when pulling the K750 out of the box is how thin it is. It’s a 1/3rd of an inch thick, even thinner than Logitech’s Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800, if you’re familiar. The design is extremely sexy and it won’t take up a lot of space on your desk or on the table at the cafe.
As for the actual keyboard itself, it’s a keyboard and that’s about it. No thrills, nothing innovative, nothing new. It’s hard to get excited about it, but if you just need a basic keyboard, this will do the trick. A little more imagination here would have been nice but you could be stuck with worse. However, the keyboard design isn’t the allure of the K750.
It’s the solar panels that sit above the function keys in the left and right corners. The great thing about the K750 is that it will not only operate/charge with sunlight but artificial light as well. If you happen to live in the depths of the earth or in a place that doesn’t get much sunlight, the K750 can stay charged for up to three months in complete darkness. You’ll just have to take Logitech’s word on that one.
We can confirm that the keyboard works flawlessly in both types of light and, to be perfectly honest, it has truly been a liberating experience. Being able to use a wireless device without having to worry about it running out of juice is pretty darn awesome.
It just would have been nice if Logitech would have put in a little more thought into the actual keyboard. Some ergonomic elements would have been nice. However, because this is their very first model, it’s safe to assume that they will continue to perfect the design down the road.
It’s a good start though and for $50, it’s a keyboard worth considering.
Published November 12, 2010 — 20:08 UTC