As someone who writes for a living, a keyboard is something I absolutely can’t live without. The way I currently have my office set up, I have my MacBook Pro hooked up to an external monitor, which means I need to use an external keyboard. Wired keyboards ruin my whole setup, since I like to use as few wires as possible, but wireless keyboards require me to keep rechargeable batteries around. If only there were a desktop keyboard that not only could fit in with my wireless Apple motif but also could harness the power of the sun so I wouldn’t have to worry about batteries ever again.
There’s finally a use for that blasted sun
You can’t stare at the sun, you’ll get sunburned if you stay in its rays for too long, and it’s hard to take a good nap with it around — so what is it good for? Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 has a solar panel right at the top that is used to capture light from the sun as well as all light sources, both indoors and out. If you prefer to work in a completely dark room, this keyboard can provide at least three months of use from a full charge, so hermits and vampires can get some serious use out of it too. The solar panel is prominently featured at the top of the keyboard, but it doesn’t occupy too much space and actually looks pretty slick with the rest of the design.
Not only will the K760 save you from using rechargeable batteries, but it’ll also fit right in on your desktop if you surround yourself with Apple products. It has a brushed aluminum frame and white keys that look similar to Apple’s Wireless Keyboard. The keyboard’s underside is pure white with a slightly raised top that offers a barely noticeable downward slope to provide a more ergonomic typing experience.
Plays well with others
Buying a solar-powered bluetooth keyboard would probably be high on anyone’s list, but how attractive would this keyboard be if it could also switch between your computer, smartphone, and tablet with a single key press? That’s another killer feature of the K760, as you can sync it with up to three separate bluetooth-compatible devices and switch between them by pressing F1, F2, or F3. In my time testing the K760, I was able to write on my computer, switch to my iPad to send out a tweet, and then access my iPhone to respond to a text, all with very little effort. Changing between bluetooth devices takes about one to two seconds, which should be fast enough for most users.
Just because the K760 can connect to your tablet and smartphone doesn’t mean you should slip it into your backpack to use on the go. We can really only recommend doing so if you have a separate stand that can support your smartphone or tablet, since it has no way of doing so. If you’re considering a keyboard to use with your iPad, you might find better alternatives.
Take a step into the light
After playing around with with Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 for the past week and a half, I have yet to find any faults with the device. It’s comfortable, allows me to interact with my iPad and iPhone with little effort, and uses solar energy. The K760 is certainly a step in the right direction for keyboards that help us to not only be more efficient but also live a more green lifestyle.