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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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RE: Great Idea
By wolrah on 11/1/2010 11:33:13 AM , Rating: 5
It's not the effort of changing batteries, it's that inevitably the batteries die at the wrong time and it's never fun to go find them. I'm very interested in this for my HTPC, as wires are impractical with it on the other side of the room from the couch, but the keyboard gets used so rarely that it's nearly always dead. This keyboard should do just fine charging off the ambient light in the room throughout the day to handle the small amount of typing I might do every now and then when searching videos or browsing the web on the couch.

RE: Great Idea
By AssBall on 11/1/2010 12:37:46 PM , Rating: 1
Logitec keyboards feel awkward, flimsy and "plasticky". I've never used one I liked and suspect this one will feel the same. Give me a beefy usb clicky keyboard any day over this expensive solar powered gimmick.

RE: Great Idea
By rudy on 11/1/2010 3:11:07 PM , Rating: 3
Me too but some things need to be cleared up. Usually when I watch TV the lights are off does this charge during the day or off times to a rechargable battery?

Second most wireless keyboards have garbage range and TVs seem to be right at the edge of the range. Is this device going to work well at slightly longer ranges.

Also would be nice to know if it has good nkey override/ anti ghosting since this HTPC games.

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