Logitech announces Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac
By Dan Frakes, MacworldAUG 16, 2011 10:00 pm PDT
Accessory vendor Logitech on Wednesday announced the environmentally conscious
Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac, the company’s first Mac-specific keyboard since the
diNovo Edge Mac Edition and the
diNovo Keyboard Mac Edition.
A true full-size Mac keyboard, the K750 includes a numeric keypad, all the standard Mac modifier keys in their proper positions, as well as special-function F-keys for controlling media playback; adjusting screen brightness; and accessing Exposé, Mission Control, and Dashboard. The silver version even resembles Apple’s current
Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, thanks to an aluminum-colored body, thin design, and low-profile, white keys. (The K750 for Mac is available in five different colors.)
But though it looks similar to Apple’s keyboards, the K750 for Mac is quite a bit deeper, front to back, thanks to a row of solar cells above the F-key row—like Logitech’s Windows-focused
Wireless Solar Keyboard K750, the Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac is powered entirely by ambient light. According to the company, even standard indoor lighting is enough to charge the keyboard, and with a full charge, the K750 can operate for three months in total darkness. Which means that in real-world use, you should never have to worry about running out of juice. Logitech also touts the K750 for Mac’s other green credentials, including PVC-free construction and packaging that’s completely recyclable.
While the K750’s low-profile, square keys look much like those on Apple’s current keyboards, Logitech’s keys feature concave key tops for improved typing feel. The company has also announced a “solar power app” that tells you the keyboard’s battery level and alerts you when the K750 needs more light. Finally, the included 2.4GHz wireless receiver uses Logitech’s Unifying technology, which lets you use a single, tiny USB dongle for multiple Logitech input devices—for example, the K750 keyboard and a
Performance Mouse MX.
The Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac will be available later this month for $60.