The Logitech K760: Like Apple’s Wireless Keyboard, Only Better

The Logitech K760: Like Apple’s Wireless Keyboard, Only Better

Isn't she pretty?

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.

  • Dean Thompson

    Potentially a very nice solution when at home/in the office. Using the iPad screen can be rather slow. I am not so sure about it’s practicality when travelling on the train though. Perhaps a little brother posing as an iPad case could suit that purpose :-).

  • pawpower

    What do you “expect” the solar panels to do? Spell check, grammatically changed your word. Lol

  • Scot Mcphee

    it will come in US layout, right? I’ve got no use for the ¬£ key on the shift-3

  • mr_bee

    If you have to change your Apple bluetooth keyboards batteries “every couple of weeks” then you have a malfunctioning one.  In my experience about one out of every hundred or so has this problem.  

    Typically, it should be about a month of heavy use or longer before you need to change the batteries. 
  • Wirehedd

    …but can it play Crisis? :)

    Actually, I prefer the look of the K750 with the number pad and the solar collectors look less blatant but who knows. If this came in black it would be a good option as some of us still have black components in our myriad assortment of accessories and tools.
  • Ed_Kel

    Solar panels are the dumbest looking thing, especially on a keyboard. Another Logitech fail.

  • mmnw

    I do own a Logitech K750, I bought it as a replacement for the Apple supplied keyboard. I actually needed the numeric keypad. The K760 looks quite similar.

    One complaint I always had with the K750 is, it uses a proprietary Logitech wireless technology. You need a USB dongle, which can be quite a nuisance with USB scarce Macs. Seems the K760 uses Bluetooth now. So they fixed that. Also, being able to pair with three devices is a nice feature.
    The other complaint about the K750 I have is that it is quite flimsy. It’s pretty thin and bends easily. It’s light though, so good for traveling. But the fake metal look implies a sturdier impression. For a product this price (and from Logitech) I would have expected something more robust. From the pictures, it looks like the K760 suffers from the same problems.
    An afterword, I now use my old Apple bluetooth keyboard with my iPad. Since used with the iPad it had to suffer a great lot. It’s often lying on the couch, falling down, sat upon, etc. Not a scratch. I doubt the K760 would survive that. And, I can’t remember when it’s the last time I changed the batteries. So this questions the need for solar cells.
    My verdict? If you absolutely need the solar cells, otherwise, stay with Apple.
  • muratos

    I believe the idea of having peripherals with free solar energy is very promising. Logitech has made a great job to continue the success of previous K750 model. I will certainly buy this one. If you wonder how the previous model looks like, here is the link : 
    http://solarkeyboard.org

  • Ed_Kel

    If you have to change your Apple bluetooth keyboards batteries “every couple of weeks” then you have a malfunctioning one.  In my experience about one out of every hundred or so has this problem.  

    Typically, it should be about a month of heavy use or longer before you need to change the batteries. 

    I just recently changed my iMac’s batteries for the first time. I bought the iMac in late 2010 and even after moderate (daily, though not my work computer) use, the keyboard lasted well over a year without a change of batteries.

  • zilluss

    I had the K750. Now I use the Apple Wireless Keyboard (it was on discount). 

    While the solar feature is incredibly neat and the look-and-feel of the K750 is beyond that of standard keyboards, the build quality is no match for the Apple keyboard. The Apple keyboard is just so much more elaborate. Still, the K750 is one of the best computer accessoires I’ve ever used and I expect the K760 to be equally awesome.

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