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Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard [UPDATE ONE]
Jun 20, 2011 (Updated Jun 23, 2011)
by Gary Drury
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:easy setup, easy use, very thin, highly stylish, functions great.
Cons:Not a real con but some may want to take notice: No backlit keys.
The Bottom Line: Easest install and setup ever, portable, good for daily use, zero real estate in luggage. Solar.
THIN IS IN
Recommend this product?
Like all of my reviews I give a little information as to why I purchased a particular item. To some this may be useless information, to others it may be of some value because he or she may consider a purchase or replacement when what they have may suit your needs or they don't believe anything better is out there.
Me for instance - I was just going to use a previous wireless keyboard that is by far several years old. It is a Logitech wireless keyboard and it has served its penitence through several computer builds. It has a receiver that is slightly larger than a deck of playing cards and physically connects to a PS2 keyboard and mouse ports. The keyboard by today's standards is a dinosaur by any stretch of the imagination. Yet it is fully functional and been a reliable input device.
I'm in the process of building a new media server from an older computer, case etc. a keyboard is not a solid must have or even a monitor once setup, though I want a media server that is unobtrusive modern that goes primarily unnoticed. Therefore I intend to build-in a small monitor and the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard can rest on top the finished server basically unnoticed; yet, available to use with my slate and notebook because the Logitech's new USB receiver can handle up to six wireless devices and pairs on the go. This enables me to receive double duty from my purchases by using the keyboard or trackball with other computers sporting the USB receiver.
The Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard is so amazingly thin it can go almost unnoticed. Yet it has a solid feel and weight to it. Since it is a solar device the battery capacity is infinite and provided you have sufficient lighting in a room the keyboard charges automatically as needed. Charges even when the keyboard has been switched off. The keyboard is basically maintenance free and there are no charging bases or AC adapters to work with either.
IN THE BOX
1 -- Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard
1 - USB Wireless Receiver
1 - USB Wireless Receiver Extender
1 - Cleaning Cloth
1 - Warranty card
1 - Quick setup and manual
1 - CD driver disk
INSTALL, SET UP
Out of the box the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard was ready to use, battery was fully charged all that was left for me to do was install the drivers, plug the USB wireless receiver into a free USB port and wait for Windows to detect everything [of course I had to switch on the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard]. Well under a five minute period I was up and running with my new Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard.
That was so exhausting I need a break now just writing about it - laugh out loud. This is by far the simplest and easiest installation I have encountered over the years with the exception of my new Logitech M750 Trackball [you can see my review on this trackball here: http://www.epinions.com/content_554016804484. Did I forget to mention that I never touched the included CD Rom as it was not required for me during the install? I had literally died and gone to Heaven everything worked so perfectly flawlessly out of the box.
EASE OF OPERATION
Once the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard was switched it was ready for use. To date I have seen no delay and every keystroke appears on monitor in real time. The typing is on par with the Logitech diNovo Edge [http://www.epinions.com/content_432049720964] . The Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard sports excellent key travel with sufficient feedback for touch typist like me to be confident of true contact without the persistent monitoring of keys while typing. One would expect this excellence from a far more expense level of keyboard instead of one under the hundred dollar range.
Although the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard is super thin it feels like a solid build, light enough to travel with and weighty enough to know it is in your hands. It seems reasonably durable in situations of normal use and care. For those that like to tilt their keyboard the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard sports two rear pull down feet. They appear sturdy for typing but I will likely not use them - how well they will hold up over time may depend solely on the individual operating the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard. When the feet are extended the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard is rather sturdy but if you should apply light pressure near the top of the keyboard [the area in which houses the solar cells] you may feel a little give. However, there is no reason anyone should be pressing the keyboard in the upper region as no keys are present there.
Only one drawback to the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard, keys is not backlit even though you can type in total darkness. It does have a number pad to the right just like a standard keyboard.
The included USB Wireless Receiver will support up to six Logitech supporting devices. The receiver is roughly the size of a US nickel coin which can be inserted into any free USB port and forgotten. Once installed adding device is a simple as turning their switch to ON. The Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard includes a USB extender should you need it to prevent interference etc... Logitech provides one USB Wireless Receiver with each item you purchase making it easy to use the same keyboards , mice, trackballs on your other compatible slates, tablets, and notebooks, when they are not occupied by your main computer. Thus far the wireless of these devices has not interfered with my wireless network in any way.
I have used Logitech keyboards, trackballs, wired and wireless over the past 25 years and have never experienced any problems with them. The only reason I had to have Logitech replaced my diNovo Edge was because the battery is not user replaceable and after two and half years was starting not to hold charge. Their new line of input hardware appears to be as durable and even easier to setup then the legacy products. There are not many companies one can say this about - Logitech is a premium company and they stand behind their products. Customer service was prompt courteous and highly professional.
Logitech products have not failed me in the past and the latest products should easily stand the same test of time. I am very pleased with my acquisition of the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard. If you want the experience of a high end keyboard like the diNovo Edge, its quality and durability but not the high end price tag - the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard will more than satisfy your expectations. Whether you need your first, second or as a replacement keyboard the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard will be a fine choice. Business persons that love their notebooks but want a full size keyboard will find this one travels easily and due to its thinness takes basically zero real estate in your luggage.
I want to address concerns regarding high gloss keyboards and other electronics attracting dust. This can be greatly reduced by performing one or two things.
1] First, provided the protective plastic is intact not displaying any signs of air bubbles or coming loose -- just leave the protective covering on the electronic equipment. It generally gives a matte finish appearance and it does not attract much dust this way. This keeps your purchase looking brand new longer also.
2] Secondly, if you just can't help yourself and you need that high gloss finish showing off be sure to remove the plastic protective layer as slowly and gently as you can. The slower you remove the plastic the less static electricity will build up. you'll read around the internet how people complain about their high gloss products attracting much dust and they are frustrated. This is why--removing the plastic quickly is like magnetizing the plastic casing it is protecting, much like marring a screwdriver to a magnet. Depending on the plastics used it can take an extended period for this charge to dissipate.
I like to close my reviews with a THANK YOU because I do appreciate you investing your precious time in reading my material. We live in a complex complicated world where time is at a premium. I do pray you found this review like my others informative and helpful in aiding your next purchasing decision. Your comments are always welcome and I make every attempt to reply to comments as time permits. Again THANK YOU for the opportunity to aid you in spending your hard earned money wisely.
I am not employed or receive any compensation by the manufacture or any organization promoting this product or additional hardware. I purchased or received as a gift my product like anyone else and just sharing my myriad thoughts and experience with you.
2011 Copyrighted by Gary Drury
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