Product: Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760
Rating: Strong Recommend*
If I have any complaint at all about the Apple Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard, it's that they are absolute battery hogs. The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 is hopefully the first in a long line of Mac friendly products that run on solar power (either from direct sunlight or lamplight) and emulate the sleek, simple designs that are so loved by Mac users.
The standout feature here isn't really the solar power, though. While it's a nice highlight of the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760, the true wow factor is the easy Bluetooth toggling capabilities, which allow you to switch between three Apple products with your F1, F2 and F3 keys.
Set up is easy. Turn the keyboard on, push the Bluetooth button on the back and then press F1 to sync your first device, F2 for the second and then F3 for the third.
Once you've assigned your devices, you can easily switch between each. Logitech's video shows nearly instant Bluetooth device recognition, which I was eager to try out. I can report that it's pretty quick to switch between Bluetooth connections; typically, 2 to 3 seconds from pressing the button to typing.
From a design perspective, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 is not necessarily a knock-off of the standard Apple keyboard, but it's definitely trying to be its cousin. The key designs are spot on, the key profile is very similar and the sleek angle is nearly identical. It's apparent, though, while using this keyboard, that it is clearly made of more plastic parts than the Apple version. And even though it's more plastic, it's slightly heavier than an Apple keyboard.
The solar area of the keyboard seems large, but it doesn't detract from the overall look. After placing it in a window for two to three hours, it reported 8 hours of use remaining. After several hours of use under a lamp, that number didn't go down at all.
Arguably, if you wanted a keyboard that was nearly identical to an Apple Wireless Keyboard, you could buy the Apple version for $10 less. However, the Logitech keyboard will pay for itself in batteries alone.
Pros: No battery vampires here.
Cons: The apple wireless keyboard is $10 cheaper than this model and is bound to be battery-free eventually.
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(Images: Elizabeth Giorgi)