Review of Logitech K750 for Mac solar keyboard

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  1. peteullo macrumors regular

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    http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboard/devices/wireless-solar-keyboard-k750-mac



    Just grabbed a Logitech K750 Solar Keyoard for Mac and I thought I'd write a quick review.

    This is hands down the best wireless keyboard I've come across. The build quality is fantastic and the keys work just as smooth as an Apple wireless keyboard. The solar powered charging is great! Literally charges from any light source; computer screen, lamps etc.

    It takes some fidgeting to get the Function keys to work but this wasn't a big deal.

    I purchased this keyboard in Metallic silver with white keys to keep the Apple look. The silver has a clear coat over it so it won't have that nice metal feel that comes from most apple products but it is nice nonetheless.

    Also the best part... The Keyoard is only $60.00! I think for the quality of this keyboard and the money it will save you in batteries it will be totally worth the investment.

    Overall I would Highly recommend this keyboard to anyone! You won't be disappointed! :apple:
     
  2. Eddyquan macrumors newbie

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    I saw it a little while ago, and it does look pretty nice.

    Do you have to use the USB plug though? I'd probably prefer if if it was just bluetooth, but hey, its a keyboard, and I might as well get a nice dock too. :haha:

    I'm considering this keyboard... Now just to find a bluetooth/rechargable mouse. If only they had solar powered mice. :p
     
  3. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a

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    That's a brillant idea. I hate changing batteries...
     
  4. jeremyshaw macrumors 6502

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    Maybe BT (whatever version they are using) drew too much power? I dunno, but it seems possible.
     
  5. itsjustmeee macrumors 6502a

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    I was looking at this keyboard as well but I'm curious .... why did it take some fidgeting to get the function keys to work? According to their website, this keyboard has a "mac key layout and everything is exactly where you expect it to be- and it all works right out of the box".
     
  6. peteullo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, you have to use the usb dongle but it's a small sacrifice for a pretty stellar keyboard.

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    I thought it had something to do with a couple of keyboard settings I had switched in the System Preferences but turns out you have to disconnect the Apple Keyboard in the Bluetooth settings. Not a big deal at all.. I realized it when I set up one of these on my secretaries computer.

    If you leave the Apple Keyboard connected in Bluetooth Settings the F1-F4 keys will not work as expected. Soon as you turn the keyboard off they instantly start working.
     
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  9. Eddyquan macrumors newbie

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    ^Ah fair enough.
    How long does the battery last, and how longs it take to charge up? How does it feel different to the normal Mac keyboard?
     
  10. SR45 macrumors 65832

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    I have the PC version of this keyboard before I got a MacMini and the only real downside, we have to be careful with the small plastic legs that could be problematic if one pushes down too hard that they might break over time. Other than that, when I used the Solar keyboard I made sure I had a light source overhead or nearby that powered/charge the keyboard.

    A few owners had a small light source a short distance from the keyboard and the keyboard battery did not charge as fast. The charge should last a few months if not longer depending on how much you use it. Some have said they got close to 6 months or so.
     
  11. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    I got one for my Mini, and I love it. I am lucky because I have a window near the desk in my office, so the keyboard stays recharged. The legs do seem a bit flimsy, but I pound the keyboard pretty hard when I type, and they haven't been a problem yet.
     
  12. nydennis macrumors regular

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    I had mine for a day and the Enter key on the number pad popped off. I know someone else on the forums had some similar problems.

    I loved the keyboard but I know for awhile the PC version was on clearance in staples and a few stores and made me nervous that it might be discontinued.

    The time I had the solar keyboard it NEVER went below 100% and only charged off the TV and the monitor in the room.
     
  13. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Contact Logitech....they eventually sent that guy another keyboard.
     
  14. paulisme macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, that was me. You should definitely contact support about it.
     
  15. haravikk macrumors 65816

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    I'm curious to know if the rather large "top" created by the solar cells is much of an impediment at all, does it make it much larger than other keyboards in practise? It seems like they could refine the idea by making solar elements that fit the space over the arrow keys, and where the battery indicator and on/off switch currently go, maybe a thinner strip at the top if it's still not enough. The battery indicator overall seems like a waste of space since the switch could just as easily go on a side, with the indicator somewhere discreet; after all there are only so many things a light on the keyboard could mean!

    Common complaints seem to be in the quality of the feet on the keyboard, and the lack of a light on the caps lock button. Also, am I right in thinking that it lacks volume-control and eject keys, or are these rolled into the function keys?

    Still, it seems like a good contender as a replacement wireless keyboard for me, as I love the newer Apple Wireless keyboard, but hate the laptop form-factor; I'm currently still using the original Apple Wireless keyboard (full-size white with clear plastic surround).
     
  16. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    The Logitech is 6 1/4" wide - my Apple keyboard is in a box, so I can't compare.

    The feet are kinda cheap feeling, but I don't use them.

    I don't care that there's no caps-lock light.

    F10, F11, F12 are "mute", "volume down", "volume up" (and have those symbols printed on the keys). There is an "eject" key between the F12 and F13 keys.
     
  17. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

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    I would consider buying this but all of my Logitech stuff breaks in one way or another (besides my mouse, which is only a month old)
     
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    I was thinking about getting this keyboard as well but I've had some serious issues lately with the unifying receiver. I got a Logitech G700 gaming mouse about 2 months ago and it worked fine for about 4 weeks and then it died on me. Logitech then sent me another and that one lasted for only 2 weeks. So I kept trying to figure out if it's the actual mouse or the receiver that was bad so I took both the older and the newer reciever, tired them in a different mac and ran the unifying software. The software couldn't see either of them which leads me to believe that the problem wasn't with the mouse itself. They are now sending me a Performance Mouse. We'll see how that one goes. It it dies too, I'm sticking with bluetooth mice from here on in!
     
  20. Bruinie macrumors newbie

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    Can the macbook pro be turned on using the K750 when in "clamshell" mode?
     
  21. nydennis macrumors regular

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    I have had a couple of the unifying receivers go bad on me in my PC machines in the past, but I have always had some around the house that I just grabbed another one.
     
  22. CtotheP macrumors regular

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    I wish the Unifying mice would come down in price. They just introduced a Keyboard/Mouse combo of the K750 with a mouse, but it's priced at $110. In my opinion, you should be able to get a keyboard/mouse for $50
     

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