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Logitech Solar Keyboard K750
K750 gets the juice it needs from a lamp or the sun

There hasn't been a real change in how peripherals are powered since wireless gear first showed up that used batteries for power. The catch with batteries or rechargeable keyboards or mice is that when they are out of power the user can't use the device until they recharge or plug in.

Logitech is one of the largest peripheral companies around and the company has announced a new keyboard called the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750. The new peripherals biggest feature is that it gets all the power it needs to operate from the light in your room. Like most solar calculators, the K750 isn't limited to using the sun alone for power. It can get juice to operate from any light source including your desk lamp or the glow from your monitor. 

“The keyboard is still the best input device for typing emails and IMs, updating your Facebook™ page or posting responses to your favorite blogs — and the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is the next big innovation in keyboard technology,” said Denis Pavillard, vice president of product marketing for Logitech’s keyboards and desktops. “The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard is powered by light but can work in total darkness for up to three months. Plus, with its PVC-free construction and fully recyclable packaging, it’s designed to minimize its footprint.”

Exactly how much juice you get from your light source and if it's enough to keep your keyboard powered indefinitely will be easy to figure out with an app Logitech will offer later this month. The app installs on the computer and tells the user with an easy to understand digital gauge if the light source hitting the keyboard is enough to charge it adequately. The internal batteries will stay charged for three months once full so you can type in darkness.

The keyboard is very thin at about one-third of an inch making it low profile and comfortable to type on. The keys of the keyboard use the Incurve design for comfortable typing feel. The wireless tech is 2.4GHz and uses the Unifying Receiver of all Logitech gear. That receiver allows you to connect the keyboard and other Logitech peripherals without needing additional USB ports on the host computer.

The keyboard will ship this month in the U.S. and Europe for $79.99.

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Yeah, about that...
By Warwulf on 11/1/2010 10:11:57 AM , Rating: -1
I forsee a slight problem.

Basement dwellers, as many of us here are, aren't known to have the best relationship with light. I predict the keyboard will last it's three months on its internal batteries before telling us go "Go Outside."

Also, 2.4 GHz wireless is fail, spectrum too crowded as it is. They should have gone 900 MHz or 5.8 GHz.

RE: Yeah, about that...
By nomagic on 11/1/2010 10:16:36 AM , Rating: 5
I predict the keyboard will last it's three months on its internal batteries before telling us go "Go Outside."

And that is a good thing, isn't it?

Also, 2.4 GHz wireless is fail, spectrum too crowded as it is. They should have gone 900 MHz or 5.8 GHz.

But you do live in a basement, don't you? There shouldn't be any interference.

RE: Yeah, about that...
By xti on 11/3/2010 10:28:15 AM , Rating: 2
the robot girlfriend is going to be shaking funny from the interference...

RE: Yeah, about that...
By solarrocker on 11/1/2010 10:19:32 AM , Rating: 2
Granted it is crowded, how far is your keyboard from its receiver? Mean unless your keyboard on top of a microwave, and your computer inside a tv I do not forsee it giving that many issues.

Do agree somewhat with the basement theory. Some people keep their computers in dark places, for those a charging station might be an option (Like with regular wireless devices). But for most this is a rather elegant solution to a problem (problem being "warning low battery please charge device").

RE: Yeah, about that...
By Warwulf on 11/1/2010 4:16:56 PM , Rating: 2
You know, I never took monitors into account...

But still, it's an awful lot to pay for a keyboard that doesn't even offer fancy features for gamers.

As far the wireless issue, I stand by my assertion. It shouldn't have problems with reception from a few feet away... But what about interfering with wireless networks? Sometimes, all it takes to cause a disconnection is a 2.4 GHz wireless headset and it obliterates your wifi. And if you live in a residential area where all the channels are already occupied, it makes for a pretty difficult situation.

And for those that don't believe it can cause an issue, I have Chanalyzer logs to prove it.

RE: Yeah, about that...
By lowsidex2 on 11/1/2010 11:26:27 AM , Rating: 2
I see your point but poor argument in my opinion. This has a pretty wide possible demographic.
But even for us basement dwellers (which I resemble that remark), lots of us run big, bright (often multiple) monitors. My 3 x 24" eyefinity will have no problem keeping this keyboard alive.

RE: Yeah, about that...
By Proxes on 11/1/2010 11:49:33 AM , Rating: 2
It's more than just location. In IT I work with a lot of users and let me tell you, they are nasty and the keyboard pays the price for it. Those cells are going to get covered with dust and funk.

RE: Yeah, about that...
By Noliving on 11/1/2010 1:11:40 PM , Rating: 2
Well considering it can be powered by the light of a monitor or a TV for that matter, I don't see a problem with basement dwellers.

RE: Yeah, about that...
By Ammohunt on 11/1/2010 3:08:42 PM , Rating: 3
Dude; just keep a picture of the sun as your desktop wallpaper problem solved!

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