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I used my old battery keyboard for about 10 hours a day and it used to eat its way through batteries so I then purchased a USB keyboard. I then discovered that Logitech made a wireless solar keyboard for Mac products. The thought of not having any ugly wires dangling across my computer desk or buying copious amounts of batteries seemed extremely attractive indeed, and also it's environmentally friendly. So I soon snapped one up from Amazon.
Not only does it work with my Mac OS but it works really well with my iPad. It also works with the iPod and iPhone too. You'll need to hook it up to the Internet first to download the required software plua any updates that may be available for the keyboard.
So it's a solar keyboard and I was a bit worried how much light would be required in order to get the thing working. And knowing my luck I'd be half way working through a piece of music and then the keyboard would run out of steam. So I put it to the test. The keyboard is powered by low light and lamp and it claims that you can use it for three months. Setup was more than easy as it easily paired with my Mac via the Bluetooth connection with no problems. I was also able to pair it upto my iPad at the same time which was so handy. To switch between the Mac Pro and my iPad was easy to - just press the dedicated key to switch device. I give it 10 out of 10 for looks as it has a minimalistic look about it with its aluminium caste and concave key cap design. Although it's slightly bigger than an Apple keyboard due to the solar panel being at the top.
On the keyboard you'll find a clear status indicator that will let you know how much power is left in the keyboard. The keyboard does not have to be kept in direct sunlight. It will absorb any ambient light that is in the room in which it is placed.
The only thing that I would critise about the keyboard was the fact that it has no numberpad, on the one that I ordered, which is usually to the right of a keyboard. However, this was no real big deal and I learn to live without it.
I'd certainly recommend this product to anyone that wants to reduce the environmental footprint and needs a portable little lightweight device that is highly reliable.
Purchased from Amazon for £59 including delivery.
I have owned one of these since virtually the day it came out towards the end of 2010. It has become far and away the best keyboard I have ever purchased for my desktop PC, being both comfortable on the typing fingers and great to look at as well as for its headline feature; a solar battery.
It comes in pretty minimal packaging, and includes just the keyboard, a cleaning cloth and the USB receiver. Really, that should be all you need to get the most out of this, but you can download a .pdf manual and some additional software from Logitech's website, as the inside of the box happily tells you.
Installation was simply a case of plugging in the USB unifying receiver into an available port (assuming you didn't already have one from another Logitech product) and allowing a few moments for Windows to install the drivers. After that I was good to go, and was able to use the keyboard just as I could any wired one. The keyboard itself keeps a very low profile, being no more than 1/3 an inch thick and containing only the typical range of keys which are only slightly raised from the surface of the board, much like a laptop or an Apple computer keyboard. A space above for the two solar strips completes the look. It has a surprising amount of heft for its size, although it's far from uncomfortable to pick up and move around if you need to.
Using the keyboard has been very comfortable for me. The keys sit well on my fingers and make a satisfying soft click when pressed. Although there is not a great deal of additional functionality on this keyboard, there is a row of secondary functions for common applications and media controls (email, calculator, volume control etc) that can be accessed via an Fn key, much like a laptop keyboard offers. I imagine for most people this is more than enough.
There are a few minor niggles though, despite my love for this keyboard. One thing I didn't really consider for the most part was something I took for granted on other keyboards; the LEDs indicating whether your caps lock, scroll lock or num lock is switched on. This has been a standard for keyboards since as long as I can remember, so its absence here isn't immediately noticeable until you're suddenly typing in upper case one time and wondering how that happened. Another regularly cited issue is with the flick out support legs that you can use to raise the keyboard. Most seem to think them flimsy and prone to breaking with a hard push or two. They seem sturdy enough to me, although I quickly settled with laying the keyboard flat on the desk and using it without the supports. It seems to be designed for use that way, its low profile blending in with the desk as opposed to jutting out in any way.
Finally there is that headline feature to talk about. Now, the room I use this keyboard in does not get a great deal of natural light and the ceiling light isn't particularly strong either so I was a little curious as to how the battery would hold up. I was happy to find that it did in fact hold up very well for the most part, and I could leave the keyboard switched on day and night without giving it any consideration during the summer months. It was only during winter that it started to eventually suffer from low charge, to the point where I sometimes needed to put the keyboard up on the windowsill in order to catch more light during the daytime when not in use. A minor inconvenience then, but considering how gloomy my room is I am still impressed.
Although maybe a bit out of the price range of some, I will maintain that this is the best keyboard I have ever used and I don't regret for a moment that I treated myself to it. Having the convenience of a wireless keyboard without having to consider changing the batteries or using a bulky charger is a great thing to have, and I expect to be using this for many years to come.
First off this is surprisingly good keyboard! The keys are very responsive and you get a very satisfying click when they are depressed. Logitech have made sure the user experience gives maximum comfort and minimal noise and I like the dual function keys which are very handy. This keyboard is a pleasure to type on.
From a cosmetic point of view, this keyboard really looks the business and is very sleek and modern. It really adds a nice touch to your office space. When I was typing quite lengthy documents there was no noticeable delay in response on the screen.
The user doesn't have to worry about light sources either as the keyboard seems to be able to charge even under minimal light conditions. I was very impressed with the range of wireless capability which for me was the entire length of my living room.
On the downside, it could have been slightly smaller, which I think would have given more portability and for some strange reason there are no numeric lock or caps lock which I found to be a bit annoying when typing longer documents.
In summary, I believe for equipment of this quality I was expecting it to be more expensive. However I feel this keyboard is reasonably priced and the user will not be disappointed.
After purchasing this keyboard on ebay here some review i can make to this product.
On this keyboard you can find an aplication with name Solar App, where the application is usefull for displaying information on remaining battery level and the level of light obtained by the solar panels for charging.
In terms of the design, this keyboard has many similarities with the output of Apple products, both in terms of buttons and thickness. Unfortunately, the material is made of plastic makes it look somewhat fragile and the upper surface with full glossy color, although it have an interesting views but makes it susceptible to stains so it must be frequently cleaned.
And the main idea of this review is this keyboard as the name implies, the main attraction is the original source of energy. In terms of ergonomics, its smaller than the size of a standard keyboard in general may be a constraint and fell less comfortable for some people but makes it more portable for people who are mobile.