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Logitech unveils wireless solar keyboard, the K750

By Jos
Nov 1, 2010
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  1. Logitech has unveiled an innovative new keyboard peripheral that does away with batteries by relying on solar power instead, charging itself whenever there is light, and can reportedly live up to 3 months in complete darkness without going dry. The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 features two solar panels along the top, which can be charged from either sunlight or an indoor lamp, and has a lifetime of around 15 years before any degradation in performance occurs.

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  2. brianmsu

    brianmsu TS Rookie Posts: 27

    I have a logitech keyboard that I splurged for with giftcards a few years back. It needs upgrading but with the price of keyboards, it looks like it will never happen!, but maybe I should tone down my expectations from my keyboard.

    Anyway, this solar keyboard reminded me of my keyboard and now the batteries are dying.... for the first time in 2 years. Power isn't something I'm worried about.
     
  3. ryan29121

    ryan29121 TS Enthusiast Posts: 182

    Seems like a cool new style of keyboards. I never like wireless anything, because of replacing batteries. This one has the feature of being wireless and never having to add batteries. Seems like a win win.
     
  4. Elitassj4

    Elitassj4 TS Rookie Posts: 24

    Yeah...is a cool keyboard...now you can steal it much faster, and no wires to get tangled in.
     
  5. fritz123

    fritz123 TS Rookie Posts: 56

    looks like a very good device. but i think 15 years is more than enough for a keyboard. i doubt anyone will use it for that long without replacing it. i like the unifying system cos i have a lot of usb devices plugged into my computer at one time. now they just have to make a solar mouse. HAHA
     
  6. buttus

    buttus TS Enthusiast Posts: 187

    This is pretty cool actually. A solar powered wireless keyboard which will (supposedly) last for 15 years before a replacement is needed. This is what I call green tech. Think of how many keyboards purchasing this device would save from the garbage heaps of the world?
     
  7. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 197

    Damn brilliant idea... Logitech is kinda expensive though. I wonder what are they going to come up with in the future. What wouldn't be such a great idea, is to buy one of these when my niece and nephew are around all the time... imagine the look of the keyboard all spilled with nesquick. xD
     
  8. peterbezemer

    peterbezemer TS Rookie Posts: 16

    that's brilliant! the only reason i don't have a wireless keyboard is because i hate changing the batteries.
     
  9. co1rpal1

    co1rpal1 TS Rookie

    finally, brilliant and simple idea. Actually useful and something I would consider buying.
     
  10. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    This sounds like a great idea. It's competitively priced for a wireless keyboard, you never have to worry about batteries which can be a pain, and the keyboard is pretty stylish. I really like the look of it and how thin it is. I haven't needed a keyboard in a long time, but this keyboard is actually making me think I should plop down the $80 for one. While 15 years seems optimistic, I've had nothing but good luck with Logitech products, so if it can make it 15+ years kudos. I'd be happy if the keyboard made it 5-10 years.
     
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    Considering how much energy is wasted in office buildings, trying to channel some of that into charging electrical items is a good concept.
     
     
  12. jenifleo

    jenifleo TS Rookie

    This sounds awesome. I would definitely pay the extra money for this. Next update for this keyboard should be bluetooth compatible. Maybe share some of this technology with apple so I can have one for home use.
     
  13. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 239

    What´s up with this.? are you going to take out your Keyboard for recharge... they should be working on a SOLAR LAPTOP instead of stand alone keyboard. my thinking
     
  14. zogo

    zogo TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Finaly, no more batteries :) It's cheap too. I'll get one for myself as soon as it gets in my country. And solar laptop is nice solution. They can put the solar panels on the lid. It will be practical and nice looking at the same time :)
     
  15. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    Conceptually it seems to be a brilliant idea; however, as this thing would be used 'indoors' (mostly); I'd rather like to see how much 'light' it required to be operative; and do the cost-to-benefit ratio results in net energy saving or is it just another fad for the eco-mentalist camp.
     
  16. Storagebox

    Storagebox TS Rookie Posts: 17

    does an lcd screen put out enough light to charge it?? lol cause i tend to play in a dark room XD
     
  17. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,387   +425

    Forget it - as I saw the "has chicklet keys," I stopped reading. I haven't seen one of those since the Commodore 64 days. BTW - exactly how much power does a wireless keyboard draw? Enough to really bother (plus shell out $80) for a novelty keyboard like this?
     
  18. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,062   +77

    Exactly the point I raised about its power usage Tom, personally I've liked Razor Lycosa more, so if I ever decided to buy an expensive keyboard it will be something like that.
     
  19. spyx

    spyx TS Rookie Posts: 57

    YES this can go perfectly with my new all-in-one i bought.....(it doesnt come with a keyboard) so this is awesome....
     
  20. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Maniac Posts: 388   +53

    Well, its interesting enough I'd buy it if I had money to blow. I'm just not too sure solar powered is a good idea. Who doesn't move their desktops away from windows to avoid glare? But its not like keyboards require much power so its probably fine.
     
  21. spyx

    spyx TS Rookie Posts: 57

    As you said it does reequire very little power....and probably even that lighting from the computer or desk light or anything can give it alteast some power
     
  22. vastelectron

    vastelectron TS Rookie

    I think the $80 price tag big high perhaps lower it to $60 for the current economy. I would love to have this same solar technology for my cell phone. This is a great idea.
     
  23. thaddio

    thaddio TS Rookie

    what happens if you`re in a room that barely light?? or a basement?
     
  24. thedrelle

    thedrelle TS Rookie Posts: 34

    put it outside when your not using it? it did say it can hold a charge for over 3 months...

    I really like this idea, Batteries drive me nuts. Let me know when they make a mouse with a kinetic-charging system.
     
  25. treeski

    treeski TS Guru Posts: 895   +134

    Haha that was a very cheesy video. This is a really fantastic idea and it looks like they've put everything together without any downsides. $80 is a little pricey, but when you take into account the fact that you never need replaceable batteries or any kind of charging station... I'm sure it pays off nicely.

    Kudos to Logitech for this one.
     


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