By Mike Wheeler
My old keyboard was filled with crumbs, dust and other flotsam and jetsam that seemed to have accumulated into the cracks and crevices over the past three years, so it was time to test drive a new one.
Out of the box the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 is like any similar device, with the noted exception that there is no connection cable that plugs into your PC. Instead there is a tiny USB receiver that you plug into your laptop, or you can use a USB extender, which you plug the tiny version into, which then plugs into your desktop. The whole thing synced immediately, and I was up and running.
The buttons are nice and big, even for my clunky hands, but they didn’t assist in trying to reduce my error rate when typing, which is more down to my brain telling my fingers to type faster than it can.
The good thing about this unit is that although it is called a ‘solar’ powered unit – and therefore it uses the sun to power up – it also uses ambient light. And how can you tell if the unit is charging or charged? Logitech have a little piece of software that you download that once on your desktop you click and it will tell you if you have enough light in the room to power the unit.
According to the blurb a full charge can last up to three months, but you will excuse me if I decide not to see if that is the reality. Being in a room that lit most of the time, we are sure it will not run out of power.
I also tested how it worked over a distance. I left my desk and went into the boardroom. There was a wall between us and it still worked. I then went into the foyer of the building – about 10 metres as the crow flies with two walls in between - and it still worked. Why anybody would type while they can’t see their screen God only knows, but it was an interesting exercise.
Overall this a nice piece of gear, even if it is only a keyboard. Is it worth almost $150? To some it might be expensive, but to others who want at top-end keyboard it might be worth the spend.
Pros: solar powered so should save money; easy to set up; great functionality
Cons: Quite a bit of tech to run a journeyman device; pricey
4.5 Shacks Out Of 5