I love wireless. If you saw my office and home desk, you better hoped that I did. It's a tangled mess of wires, more wires and, as I believe so, cobwebs. But there is a reason why I still prefer to use it the good old way – dead batteries. In my line of business where the hardwork and daily toil in...well, playing games is of utmost importance, loosing juice all in a middle of a fire fight is a dread of the nightmares of every gamer. Also, it's rather embarrassing when you have to plug-in your 500 Dhs wireless mouse and keyboard all the time because it can't sustain 2 hours of awesome, expert use in Call of Duty.
The story is a bit different for the Logitech K750 Wireless Keyboard, though. Instead of having you lug around magazines of batteries, it does what your old Casio calculator did back in the days when phones were not a suitable replacement to calculate things – get recharged by sucking out on the Sun. Take that you big heat thingy
. Yes, it is solar powered, if you didn't get my drift. And not only that. The K750 also recharges itself from any light source, be it tube-lights, blubs, and if you can arrange it in such a way, candles.
The best part about the K750, of course, as you can see, is its looks. It's a sleek, slender beauty to behold. The Mac-white finish and the glossy black cover gives it a gorgeous contrast. It's truly stunning. Hands off to Logitech for also making the two large solar panels that dons the top portion of the keyboard to actually
make it look good. I haven't seen a better implementation with those around.
The keyboard is extremely slim, too; in fact, it is only slightly bigger than the Roccat Sense mousepad which comes at just 1.35mm high. The keys and the thin profile is very much like that of a laptop and behaves in a similar fashion as well. The generously spaced out keys are silent and punchy, and almost forms a rhythmic beat if you gather a flow. During longer periods of use, the keyboard remained comfortable and the wireless performance never lagged behind.
Again, much like a laptop keyboard, and to accommodate the two solar panels, the multimedia keys are bunched together with the F1 keys. They are accessible by holding the FN key and pressing the desired function. You get access to the default Internet browser, email client, search, calculator, media player, play/pause, rewind/forward, mute and volume controls, sleep mode, and right click.
The best bit about the solar recharge implementation is the on/off switch and the level of light indicator; since it has no official name, I will just call it Sunshine. By pressing the little Sunshine button, either of two little faces will blink up. If the keyboard is receiving sufficient light, a green LED will blink next to the happy smiley. If the keyboard is in a dark environment with less than optimal lighting conditions, like say...you know, the Tbreak office, a red LED will blink next to the sad face. Logitech also offers a Solar app download from the official website that will load up whenever you hit Sunshine. The app will display the battery life, the amount of 'lux' the keyboard is receiving (don't ask, we are not scientist!), and a thumbs up or thumbs down indicating the charge reserve.
According to Logitech, a full charge will last approx. three months, even under completely dark conditions. That should negate the necessity to keep it outside for a sun bath every day; once a month should more than suffice.
While there is nothing to dislike about the keyboard, two minor issues has kept me from giving it a perfect score. Of the two, more prominently is the lack of Num Lock and Capslock LED indicators. The Num Lock is the go-to key to see if the computer is still alive when Windows seemingly hangs. It's quite unnerving to know that it's not there anymore. How do I know if my PC is still kicking?
The other problem is the short Shift key on the left side. As a writer, it is extremely important for me to have the Shift key at an easy to reach place so I can CAP letters and words easily without having to resort to Capslock. On the K750, I found it hard to reach some letters from the Shift key, forcing me to either use my other hand for even the nearby keys, or, embarrassingly, to look down
to find the key I want to press. There is no excuse for a short Shift key here, it's a desktop keyboard, and not a laptop one, there is ample of space.
Otherwise, the K750 is truly a great keyboard. It's comfortable, it's punchy yet silent, you will never have to worry about batteries anymore and to top it off, it looks beautiful. It's slightly pricey at $72, but it makes the Sun work
. That's worth it alone, right?