Logitech’s New Wireless Keyboard Is Powered By the Sun & Will Save You A Fortune on Batteries

Logitech’s New Wireless Keyboard Is Powered By the Sun & Will Save You A Fortune on Batteries

Love Apple’s wireless Bluetooth keyboard but fed up of buying new batteries? Logitech’s new K75o keyboard could be the answer: a wireless keyboard — complete with a numeric keypad — powered entirely by the sun, which is sure to save you a small fortune and help the environment.

The K750 looks fantastic, in fact, if it didn’t have that Logitech logo on it, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was made by Apple themselves. It looks identical to Apple’s wireless aluminum keyboard, and features all the same function keys, but also boasts a whole lot more.

Just like Apple’s own keyboard, you have function keys for easy access to brightness and volume controls, Dashboard, Expose, and Mission Control. Unlike Apple’s offering, however, this device also packs a numeric keypad, and doesn’t need new batteries every couple of weeks.

Powered entirely by ambient light, the K750 will run for up to three months in complete darkness from a full charge, and Logitech says even regular indoor light is enough to keep it ticking over. So unless you plan to work in complete darkness for more than 3 months, you should never have to worry about the K750 giving up on you mid-report.

But solar power isn’t its only environmentally friendly gloat, the K750 also has a PVC-free construction and packaging that’s completely recyclable.

To accompany the device, Logitech promises to launch a free application for your Mac that will allow you to monitor its energy levels, and will alert you when it needs more light. What’s more, the included 2.4GHz wireless receiver uses Logitech’s Unifying technology, which lets you use a single USB dongle for multiple Logitech input devices.

The K750 will be available later this month for $60.

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  • @thebilly

    they are gonna get their ass sued lol ;)

  • rockinrors

    I was about to rush over and comment about how stupid this is because I’m always inside when on the computer.
    But it can run on indoor light?
    I’m impressed.

  • Jdsonice

    Yeah buy is when it comes out before apple shuts them down :) 

  • Vorsos

    The dongle is optional, right? Macs have all had internal Bluetooth for ages.

  • Byron Taylor

    I’ll only get it if the dongle is optional – don’t want to take up USB ports

  • David Butt

    Apparently the dongle is necessary, as outlined on the linked webpage :( 

  • berendsrob

    Nope.. it’s not. It uses Logitech’s Unifying receiver which doesn’t use BT but some sort of WiFi channel..

  • Romeyn Prescott

    Ack!  You had me until “dongle.”  We were pretty damn excited.

    Now?  Not so much…

  • brownlee

    Why would they be sued?

  • Harold Cho

    Why doesn’t any company make keyboard with trackpad!???? 

  • lsla40
  • DavidWMartin

    Killian awesome post and the product sounded great until I saw the word – dongle. Like everyone else is saying Macs have Bluetooth and I’d rather use my USB ports for other things. Sorry Logitech, but like we say on Twitter #fail. Maybe Apple will steal this idea and just make it work.

  • Wirehedd

    I have one of these for my PC and the dongle is miniscule. I also have an Anywhere MX mouse on my MBP using one of these dongles and they’re no problem at all. This KB is going to be a must have for my Mac Mini.

  • Wirehedd

    there are a lot of cheapo companies  that do.

  • Jordan Clay

    NUMBER PAD!! SOLAR!!! SIGN ME UP!!!  oh wait…plastic? and wireless?  almost had me.

  • Mike Retondo

    You mean it’s not Bluetooth? You’ve got to be kidding me, I’ll still have to use up one of my USB ports. I was ready to buy until I saw “2.4GHz wireless receiver”, now it’s dead to me:(

  • Jordan Clay

    How are they going to get sued?  they put out a silver keyboard that doesn’t resemble any apple keyboard.  I would like to sue them for being dumb and making it wireless…but yeah..they are safe

  • @thebilly

    Doesn’t look like any Apple keyboard? It looks exactly like the Apple keyboard right in front of me plus the solar panel on top… Besides, I was kinda joking in lieu of all the injunctions and lawsuits Apple has been tossing around lately…

  • TechTeich

    *reading article* “This is great!”
    *came across dongle part* “This sucks!”

  • macgizmo

    A USB Dongle? Seriously? Like others, I was ready to order two of these immediately until I saw that I would lose a USB port.

  • jasoturner

    Wireless with a numeric keypad?  Hit.  Dongle?  Miss.  Though since I run a hub, why the heck not?

  • Tallest_Skil

    EXACT same keys. EXACT same key font (sans the numbers).

    Are you people even TRYING?!

  • scott ronan

    Definitely needs to be Bluetooth. I moved over to an Apple Bluetooth Mouse so I could get rid of the Logitech dongle taking up one of my USB ports.  Surely a Bluetooth license can’t cost that much?

  • Jay Floyd

    You can’t patent a ‘silver keyboard’. 

  • SarahMorgan13556

    I just paíd $21.87 for an íPad 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will
    never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also
    sold a 40 inch L E D T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aXoC

  • Shaunathan Sprocket

    I expected to see happy posts down here and instead I see “DONGLE?!?!?!?! *clutches pearls*”

    With all due respect, Get over yourselves.

    why are you conserving usb ports?  They are located behind my mac, where I’ll never even see the offensive dongle.  Everything of import uses either a thunderbolt, bluetooth, or good old wireless network connections.   I don’t exactly see a need to save the USB ports for a rainy day.

    swallow your pride, and buy one of these.  This is the best keyboard I’ve seen for mac in a long time. About time I have a choice to ditch the cord and keep the 10-key.

  • SarahMorgan13556

    I just paíd $21.87 for an íPad 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasoníc Lumíx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will
    never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also
    sold a 40 inch L E D T V to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aXoC

  • Mike Rathjen

    Is the keyboard aluminum or plastic painted to look like aluminum?

    Dongle is fine with me. I have a Logitech mouse so the unifying dongle will work with both.

  • detayls

    No Bluetooth!!!  Are these people nuts?  No sale…

  • GrimWit

    Please remove this BS spam… These douche bags just piss me off.  This same crap gets posted in just about every thing I read.  Can’t this garbage be filtered?

  • GrimWit

    While Bluetooth would be great and not sure why they didn’t include it since pretty much every Mac is equipped, I have to agree.  I have more USB ports sitting doing nothing and out of my way hidden so I really don’t see the big deal. 

  • Alan Christensen

    I stuck with my “old” hard wired keyboard because it has a numeric pad and forward delete key. It isn’t the newest, coolest thing, but it works. Now, if someone would put a gap between the A key and Caps Lock so I don’t ACCIDENTALLY END UP SHOUTING. Oops, sorry. Come on, designers, the caps lock key doesn’t need to be that wide.

  • @thebilly

    Hmm patent… Maybe not, but you can trademark a design…

  • TechTeich

    Its not the USB that gets me, its the fact that its a 2.4 Ghz dongle, that means that phone/internet router will have problems since they both broadcast at the 2.4 frequency. Otherwise, this product is *amazing*

  • Graham Briggs

    Why should I use a USB dongle to attach this to a Mac that is already suffering a lack of USB ports when the Mac comes with Bluetooth?

    A lovely idea killed by brain dead implementation.

  • wardlawc

    I could live with the dongle, maybe event he plastic, but I’d want one that wasn’t also an ad for Logitec. I’m sitting in front of the Apple aluminum keyboard and there’s not a logo to be found. When these will people learn?

  • GDal

    Hmmmm. 

    Dongle? WTF? What’s wrong with BlueTooth?
    Keypad? Haven’t missed on in the last 10 years.
    Rechargeable batteries are cheap enough, and can be used for other devices later on…
    Small keyboards look better on the desk, and feel better on my lap.

    I don’t see this solving any real problems.

  • Shaunathan Sprocket

    If it interferes with your phone, why not change the channel? That would solve that easily.  

    Is your phone currently conflicting with your router?   I have a time capsule and a unitech phone and both seem to be working with no problem.

  • Christopher Venghaus

    I’d buy it, but then it would require me to install windows. ;)

  • TechTeich

    Your phone is probably Dect 6.0. Mine runs off a 2.4 frequency (as it is older). As well, your time capsule is a dual band router. I have a time capsule too, I’m just too lazy to set it up right now! :P

  • diesel-benz

    Solar powered? Who has their desktop computer near the sun?

  • lslaa
  • imajoebob

    10 bucks less than Apple’s and the same price as Logitech’s ugly black PC version?  This isn’t just a no-brainer, it’s a no-sh**!

  • kyle motonaga

    if i had a pc, this would totally get this keyboard!

  • AnupR

    But really, how long does a battery last on a keyboard for a normal user who does not do heavy typing? really ? a fortune ?

  • DannyGGG

    Check out the color options on their site. Black looks awesome. The dongle isn’t ideal but it’s not a deal-Breaker; I’d pay extra for Bluetooth. If it came with backlighting for the black option I’d pick it up, no question.

  • freerange

    Or just buy apple’s rechargeable batteries!

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a freelance writer based in the UK. He has an interest in all things tech, but most enjoys covering Apple, anything mobile, and gaming. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell, or through his website.

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