Friday, November 12, 2010

Solar Powered Keyboard Without Solar!

Solar Powered Keyboard Without Solar!

The New Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is a tad sneaky to be honest - but in a good way! The term solar being the word in question for this product. For starters, one would think that a 2.4Ghz wireless full size 'solar powered' keyboard would be great for laptops, and not for the PC, - well think again!

Logitech has developed an extremely sensitive solar powering method to allow the K750 to be powered with normal everyday ambient light (normal office lighting, home lighting) No need to bring the lamp and awkwardly position it near the solar cells for power.

Getting the 'non technical' details out of the way, the Logitech K750 MSRP is $79.99 USD, and it is available now, for the 2010 holiday season at every major retailer, and yes they packaging is even Green conscious! Not to be forgotten, is the fact that is comes with 3 year warranty.

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is a solid keyboard, with a very quiet and comfortable design which is sort of similar to Apple designs - all smooth edges and clean colouring.

The keys are very nice to the touch and the keyboard boasts a sleek and thin design. It has keyboard riser tabs, and even a FN key for laptop functions!

The K750 does a great job of operating in regular ambient lighting. Logitech says it can even remain charged for 3 months in complete darkness!

Installation was a snap with the 'Unifying Receiver' dongle (more on Unifying below) The driver automatically downloaded and installed (it prompts you to download or not) onto my test system which was a Thinkpad T500, with Windows 7. Windows XP did not automatically download the driver, however the keyboard worked without it. The proper driver required a visit to Logitech's website (the link is printed on the inside of the box as well) You can't miss it. The driver includes a desktop widget 'solar application'

Once the driver download was completed and installed, a new 'Logitech Solar App' application is available. It tells you everything you need to know to keep the keyboard charged and ready; from low-power warnings, tips on how to boost your power reserves, to informing you of how much power your lights are actually providing.

The Solar App shows you your current status and whether your power reserve is increasing or decreasing—so you’ll know when your keyboard isn’t getting enough light. The K750 also saves power using a solar charger to always ensure you have reserve power. The built in LUX meter lets you know how much power your light source is providing at any time. Combine this with the lux suggestions for your current status and you’ll have all the info you need to keep typing to your heart’s content.

Especially gratifying and simply is the Logitech Unifying Receiver which makes installation a one-step process.Gone are the days of juggling multiple wireless receivers for every wireless device you need to use. Now you can leave one Unifying receiver plugged in to handle up to 6 wireless devices. Your compatible wireless mice and keyboards are ready for use
The Unifying Receiver is better because:
  • It can stay plugged into your notebook or PC
  • Powerful, reliable Logitech® Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connection
  • Connect up to six compatible mice and keyboards to one unifying receiver
  • Logitech Unifying software makes connecting additional a compatible mouse or keyboard simple
Included in the package are:
  • K750 Keyboard
  • Logitech Unifying receiver
  • Wireless extender
  • Cleaning cloth