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Logitech adds Bluetooth to its K760 solar keyboard for Mac, iPad and iPhone

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May 30, 2012

A solar panel above the keys soaks up light from indoor and outdoor light sources to power...

A solar panel above the keys soaks up light from indoor and outdoor light sources to power the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760

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Wireless keyboards are great, that is until you have to replace or charge the battery. Logitech is looking to keep those batteries charged with its Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 solar keyboard for Mac, iPad and iPhone. The wireless keyboard holds up to a three-month charge from just a few hours under the sun - or desk lamp - and can connect to up to three devices at once.

The Logitech K760 isn't the first solar keyboard from the peripherals manufacturer. It follows the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750, which comes in PC and Mac versions, and the Solar Keyboard Folio keyboard + case combo for the iPad. What the K760 adds is Bluetooth connectivity, and the ability to connect with up to three devices simultaneously.

A user might be using a Mac, but then decide to do a search on the iPhone, and send a quick message via the iPad. This is done seamlessly by hitting the relevant keys on the keyboard without having to disconnect and reconnect to each device.

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 can switch between three connected devices witho...

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 can switch between three connected devices without disconnecting

Onboard solar cells charge the keyboard in sunlight and artificial light including low light or lamp light, indoors or out. A full charge supplies the keyboard for roughly three months of power, based on an average use per day of eight hours.

The K760 follows the look and key layout of Apple's own wireless keyboard with the exception of the top row, which shuffles a few buttons around to make room for three buttons to switch between three connected devices without disconnecting. There's also the addition of a dedicated power button on the far right to turn the unit on and off, along with a little headroom above the keys to provide room for the solar panels.

While the keyboard retains Mac-specific keys such as Command, Brightness, and Eject, Logitech adds to the design with concave key design that the company says was found through testing to be more comfortable and quieter for typing.

The solar cells aren't the only place Logitech has trimmed its environmental footprint. The Key760 is PVC-free, and comes in a fully recyclable box.

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 will be available in the U.S. and Europe in June for US$79.99.

Source: Logitech

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5 Comments

I'd call $80 for a wireless keyboard that pretty much never needs plugged in or recharged an absolute steal.

Joel Detrow
30th May, 2012 @ 08:17 am PDT

Non-glossy white keyboard. Finally, Logitech got it right with the K760. Too bad it's only for Mac.

I don't like the high gloss plastic on the K750. It's just a magnet for dust and finger-prints.

robo
30th May, 2012 @ 09:55 am PDT

It's about time! Logitech has been making the stupidest wireless keyboards on the planet for several years. Imagine: 2 AAA battery cells, no clue as to when they're gonna expire, yielding a keyboard that "goes dead" without warning every couple of months... right when you need it most. Add in an un-openable battery "access door" and other inconveniences, and you've got a leading candidate for Dumbest Technology Product Ever (right along-side the Uniquely Inconveniently-Sized Power Dongle).

Perhaps they're getting a right idea now? Long time coming...

Lorin Ricker
1st June, 2012 @ 12:07 pm PDT

@robo - its bt keyboard so it can be used in any device that support HID bluetooth keyboard

Arec Kurzawa
7th June, 2012 @ 02:30 am PDT

I'd rather buy the Apple Wireless Keyboard and have the real thing instead of a shameless knock off like this with a pointless gimmick.

Nancy Steopher
25th July, 2012 @ 11:15 pm PDT
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