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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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Ambiguity
By SunAngel on 11/1/2010 10:26:20 AM , Rating: -1
From Article above:

quote:
“The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard is powered by light but can work in total darkness for up to three months.”


From Logitech Website:

quote:
This keyboard charges itself whenever there’s light—and stays charged for at least three months in total darkness—so you can say good-bye to battery hassles.


The DailyTech article made me believe this is an illuminated keyboard and I got really excited. But, the Logitech description rights the ambiguity in the DailyTech article.

This not an illuminated keyboard, thus you can not work in total darkness. The keyboard stays charged in total darkness, but which one of us can type in total darkness on an un-illuminated keyboard? Anyone?




RE: Ambiguity
By 2uantuM on 11/1/2010 10:28:47 AM , Rating: 3
Probably most of us are touch-typers...


RE: Ambiguity
By Flunk on 11/1/2010 10:40:01 AM , Rating: 3
Seriously, I would bet there is a reasonable proportion of people who have keyboards without any letters at all.


RE: Ambiguity
By wushuktl on 11/1/2010 11:55:33 AM , Rating: 2
because the letters have rubbed off? yeah i bet so too


RE: Ambiguity
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/1/10, Rating: 0
RE: Ambiguity
By banthracis on 11/1/2010 10:36:24 AM , Rating: 3
I'm not sure where you're getting this ambiguity from, the sentence is pretty clear. It's stating that a solar powered device can work without light for up to 3 months, how do you get "it's an illuminated keyboard" from that?

Also, as mentioned, a large number of people who visit this site probably touch type. For us illuminated or not, doesn't matter since we don't look at the keyboard anyway.


RE: Ambiguity
By Murloc on 11/1/2010 10:41:56 AM , Rating: 2
working means that if you push a key the input gets to the computer.
I'm sorry but it's you who look stupid, there's no ambiguity.
I stay in front of my computer in the dark and don't have retroillumination.
Seeing the keys is not a requirement for a keyboard to be working.
I could use a blank keyboard with no problems.


RE: Ambiguity
By tdawg on 11/1/2010 1:08:11 PM , Rating: 1
Umm, the light given off by your monitor will likely be sufficient for you to hunt-and-peck your way around.


RE: Ambiguity
By Techmandoo on 11/1/2010 1:28:14 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking the same but in a different vein.

The light given off by the monitor would probably be enough to trickle charge the solar panels, along with other light sources that would be around.


RE: Ambiguity
By tdawg on 11/1/2010 9:32:45 PM , Rating: 2
Definitely. I really like this idea and will probably get one if I can find one at a discount. The prospects of never dealing with batteries is great.


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