I love my Apple Wireless Keyboard, but I don’t love changing its darn batteries every couple of weeks. But the Logitech K760 Wireless Solar Keyboard could soon be taking its place on my desk. Powered entirely by ambient light (it doesn’t even need batteries as a backup), the K760 will run for three months on a full charge with eight hours of use a day.
It’s ideal for those with Mac and iOS devices, because it allows you to connect to three devices simultaneously and quickly switch between them using the function keys.
The K760 is a follow-up to Logitech’s K750 for Mac, but it has two distinct differences: First, the K760 connects via Bluetooth, so it does not need a USB receiver like its larger sibling. Second, the K760 does away with the numeric keypad and full-size arrow keys to become lighter and more compact, making it suitable to lug around with your iPad.
Without that numeric keypad, the K760 looks almost identical to Apple’s own Wireless Keyboard, except for those large solar panels across the top. They’re not the prettiest of things, but it’s thanks to those that you’ll never need to buy keyboard batteries again. The K760 doesn’t require a whole lot of light, either, and it’ll recharge from standard indoor lighting.
The best thing about this keyboard is that it will pair with three devices simultaneously, meaning you can hook it up to your Mac, your iPad, and your iPhone without having to mess around with the settings each and every time you want to switch. Simply hit the F1, F2, or F3 keys to change between devices as and when you want to use them.
As you’d expect, the function keys also provide access to Apple’s own keyboard shortcuts, like access to Mission Control, brightness, music controls, and more.
The K760 will arrive in Europe and the United States next month, retailing at around $80.