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Review: Logitech K750 solar powered keyboard

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Manufacturers in the technology industry have been working hard to create products that are better for the environment in an effort to go green. Logitech has given us a chance to play with their latest entry in the green space, the K750, a wireless solar powered keyboard. The keyboard works just like one of those solar powered calculators that have been around forever. 

The specs:
The K750 charges itself whenever there is adequate light around, an app is included to show the level of solar power available and the amount of charge left. Once fully charged, Logitech says that the keyboard could maintain its charge in total darkness for up to 3 months. The keyboard operations on a 2.4GHz frequency to allow for a good operating distance, this is especially good for a home theater PC. The keyboard includes a universal usb adapter, Logitech calls it Unifying Technology, which allows you to pair your wireless mouse using the same adapter to help free up USB ports. One feature that stood out other than the fact that it is solar powered is how thin the keyboard is, it sits just 1/3 of an inch high; I set my iPod Touch next to the keyboard to show just how thin it is. 

ipod touch and k750

The conclusion:
The keyboard feels a lot like a laptop keyboard which is something that turned me off a bit. I prefer to type on a full desktop keyboard as I can type a lot faster and with fewer errors. I love that the keyboard is solar powered though because I hate changing batteries in my keyboard. Even if the batteries last for several months, it is still annoying when it does come time to change them as I have to stop what I am doing to change the batteries. 

If this keyboard had a touch pad to allow mouse control, it would be a great addition to a home theater PC in the living room or home theater room. Its slim, sleek design, gives it a nice look that allows it to hide away easily or even be left out without taking away from the room decor. In the end it's just a keyboard, the solar power is the only thing that sets it apart. The keyboard is currently only available for pre-order and will cost you $79.99. 

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Nice article, I have been a Logitech customer for so long I cannot remember my first Logitech keyboard...? I would estimate about 15 years. I'm a great believer in maintaining balance when it comes to the environment, but a solar powered keyboard is not the answer. It's a great sleek design but does this mean you have to have your keyboard next to a 5000KW Tungsten light to mimicked natural daylight.

I'm sorry but, I cannot see this keyboard selling well at all, it's a great idea and again, I'm one for changing the environment, but this keyboard would be useless for gaming, WI-FI and so forth. Maybe it's me being negative.

Jonessie said,
Nice article, I have been a Logitech customer for so long I cannot remember my first Logitech keyboard...? I would estimate about 15 years. I'm a great believer in maintaining balance when it comes to the environment, but a solar powered keyboard is not the answer. It's a great sleek design but does this mean you have to have your keyboard next to a 5000KW Tungsten light to mimicked natural daylight.

I'm sorry but, I cannot see this keyboard selling well at all, it's a great idea and again, I'm one for changing the environment, but this keyboard would be useless for gaming, WI-FI and so forth. Maybe it's me being negative.

So you missed the bit about it charging off solar power and having an inbuilt battery with 3/mo battery life.

Given the battery it's probably not that environmentally friendly to make, however it's a nice idea, and as long as you get some light in the room you'll probably have not worry about it going flat.

You know....this may be better than your average gaming keyboard on wireless, least it won't run out of battery on you and in worst case, just shine the desk lamp or something.

And for the people who wants more effort, where is your effort? Besides, what more can you say? Oh it was a standard sized laptop keyboard, wireless, thin, solar powered. What more do you want.

Eddo89 said,
You know....this may be better than your average gaming keyboard on wireless, least it won't run out of battery on you and in worst case, just shine the desk lamp or something.

And for the people who wants more effort, where is your effort? Besides, what more can you say? Oh it was a standard sized laptop keyboard, wireless, thin, solar powered. What more do you want.


I agree, you can't write about a keyboard that much...

Such a short review and yet so many "special" people who could not even read it:

Once fully charged, Logitech says that the keyboard could maintain its charge in total darkness for up to 3 months.

so playing in the dark: Check
Flashlight that works for 3mo: Check.

jesus people LTR.

XChrome said,
Such a short review and yet so many "special" people who could not even read it:

Once fully charged, Logitech says that the keyboard could maintain its charge in total darkness for up to 3 months.

so playing in the dark: Check
Flashlight that works for 3mo: Check.

jesus people LTR.

But I don't wanna! Reading's haaaaaaarrd

/Sarcasm

XChrome said,
Once fully charged, Logitech says that the keyboard could maintain its charge in total darkness for up to 3 months.

so playing in the dark: Check
jesus people LTR.

That is PR speak for not used for 3 months in my book. I want to know how long it stays charged in the dark, with 4-6 hrs of regular typing or gaming....My phone has a 21 day battery life, that is, assuming Bluetooth is off, there are no calls, the screen is not lit, etc.

this is a great looking keyboard. I would love to see a mouse to go along with it.
And I would have to agree that you really can't call this a review as it barely said anything about the product. Maybe you should put a bit more effort into your posts.

How did you ever become a poster here

bhast2 said,
this is a great looking keyboard. I would love to see a mouse to go along with it.
And I would have to agree that you really can't call this a review as it barely said anything about the product. Maybe you should put a bit more effort into your posts.

How did you ever become a poster here

Be friendly - help keep Neowin's community great!

There's just so much one can say about a keyboard before the topic gets boring.
I don't know how well a solar powered keyboard would work well in my room (since it's always dark in here)
I think it's one of those stupid products Logitech launches every few months to make a bit more money off of the stupid consumers..

bhast2 said,
this is a great looking keyboard. I would love to see a mouse to go along with it.
And I would have to agree that you really can't call this a review as it barely said anything about the product. Maybe you should put a bit more effort into your posts.

How did you ever become a poster here

What else would you like to see? This happened to be a fairly plain keyboard with solar panels on it, there's not much to say about it.

Brandon B. said,

What else would you like to see? This happened to be a fairly plain keyboard with solar panels on it, there's not much to say about it.

Boy you do repeat yourself even when given some suggestions. Screenshot of the application? More photo of the keyboard, did you try the feature "universal adapter"?

This is a review? Lol

Bit short, can't even see the whole keyboard apart from the original PR shot.. Come on try a little harder.

Vice said,
This is a review? Lol

Bit short, can't even see the whole keyboard apart from the original PR shot.. Come on try a little harder.

What else would you like to see? This happened to be a fairly plain keyboard with solar panels on it, there's not much to say about it.

Brandon B. said,

What else would you like to see? This happened to be a fairly plain keyboard with solar panels on it, there's not much to say about it.


What about some actual first-hand experiences about how the solar panels function in real life, rather than just repeating what Logitech's website already says? No screen shots of the said application that is provided, no photo's of the universal hub thing etc.

Try to be a bit more imaginative...

zkid2010 said,
Seems gimmicky, and I am typing this from a G19. Besides, I game in the dark so this wouldn't work for me at all.

Is your gaming room always in the dark? Off a full charge this thing will last three months in the dark.

texasghost said,
Since when does someone doing gaming do a lot of typing during the game?

He's on about the backlit keyboard.