Logitech’s k760 Wireless Solar Keyboard: Typing Freedom

Here at AppStorm, we consider our keyboards to be one of the most vital tools a writer can and should have at his or her disposal. While, yes, we often take our keyboards for granted, sometimes we remember why the keyboard is such a paramount instrument to our day-to-day operations – heck, this article was written thanks to one great keyboard.

What keyboard is that, you ask? Well, It is Logitech’s k760 Wireless Solar Keyboard. This baby is Logitech’s answer for having one keyboard for all your devices, be it your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. But. Should this keyboard be your next? After receiving a review unit from Logitech, we had to find out for ourselves.

Editor’s Note: We don’t usually cover hardware and accessories, but some (like the Doxie) seem like they’re worth checking out further in an AppStorm review. Hope you enjoy this review!

k760′s Main Features

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Looks familiar?

Powered by light: The most prominent feature of the k760 Wireless Solar Keyboard is of course the solar aspect of it. Without it, you would just have a normal wireless keyboard. While that is perfectly fine, it would defeat the purpose of this keyboard.

The advantages of this ability are plenty: You don’t have to worry about looking for batteries, you don’t have to worry about buying batteries, you don’t have to worry about the keyboard dying on you (because more often than not it will be completely charged and ready to go), you don’t have to worry about charging it every once in a while, and you don’t have to think about any of the things above: just type.

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The Bluetooth keys.

Easy Switching: Another of k760′s awesome features is the power to switch between devices flawlessly with the push of a button, and as advertised, this feature works like a charm.

To switch from a paired Mac or iPad, all you have to do is press one of the three Bluetooth buttons. The blinking blue light will indicate that the keyboard is attempting to connect to your Apple device. Once the key is solid blue (for a few seconds), you’re ready to use the keyboard with the selected device.

This process takes about three seconds and it is painless. Also, the keys are extremely accessible, but you won’t be pressing them by mistake, so worry not. At the end of the day, if you want a keyboard that works on all your Apple devices with the ability to effortlessly switch between three different Bluetooth machines, this keyboard has your back.

k760′s Aesthetics

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Slim profile: check.

Because Logitech built this keyboard to be used with Apple products, they decided to stylize k760 to match other Apple peripherals. This decision is both a hit and a miss.

This keyboard has a plastic surface that looks like aluminum, with white keys, and a white back. It all matches how other Apple keyboards are styled, but if you take a closer look, you will notice where Logitech missed.

You see, on top of the plastic surface that gives you the illusion of aluminum, other parts of the keyboard are not as well designed as Apple’s own keyboards. Don’t get me wrong, it is a sturdy keyboard with good looks, but it could be much better.

For example, the white back surrounds the surface leaving an ugly border around the keyboard. Also, the back has a detachable side that basically breaks the previously mentioned border in half; it looks as though the keyboard is broken or cracked.

k760′s Perks and Ergonomics

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Perhaps the white iPad would go better with this keyboard…

This review can’t go on without mentioning how cool it is to have this keyboard, and if you are a lazy person, this keyboard is a laziness enabler. Just think about it: you have one keyboard to control all your machines while you’re comfortably sitting in one place instantaneously switching from one device to the next.

That is not all though. This keyboard is geared towards Apple machines, but if you want, you can also pair it with a PS3 (and most likely other Bluetooth gadgets). Currently, the keyboard used to write this review is paired with a Macbook Pro, an iPhone 4, and a PS3. This means that laziness is in an all time high. One could sit on their desk magically type on their computer, and in the next second, they could browse Netflix on a PS3 without having to move or switch to the PS3′s DualShock 3 controller. Magic.

This keyboard also contains Mac-centric keys that let you control volume, Mission Control, and other OS X features. Sadly, not all keys are perfect. For example, the F6 and F7 keys (brightness controls) don’t work out of the box on this machine (a 2007 Macbook Pro). This has to do with OS X settings, though.

In another note, the feel of the keys themselves are less springy than your standard Apple Keyboard. They also feature a concave finish that while it may work for some, it may throw others off. Someone with an older Macbook Pro with concave keys will most likely enjoy this keyboard.

Verdict

The k760 Wireless Solar Keyboard is perhaps one of the most hassle-free, “it just works” keyboards for all of your Apple devices. Although this keyboard isn’t perfect, it’s hard to think that bad of it, considering it’s so handy with no batteries and instant connectivity to multiple devices. If you’ve ever tried to pair your Apple wireless keyboard with another device other than the one you use it with primarily, you’ll know how handy that feature can be. The good more than outbalances the bad, and if you’re looking for a new wireless keyboard, it’d be wise to give this one a consideration.


Summary

Wireless solar keyboard for Mac, iPhone, iPad.

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  • Jonathan Garro

    I own this keyboard, and have been generally pleased with it. I would say the one frustrating thing is the lack of playback controls. There is a play button, along with audio level and mute, but no forward or back. When you listen to itunes all day, that gets annoying.

    Other than that, pretty great little keyboard.

    • Alex

      Thought you could use the cursor keys as back/forward controls? That’s what I currently do with my Apple keyboard, as well as with my wired keyboard at work with no problem. I can see you annoyance with the missing keys, as it would have been a simple thing to accomplish for Logitech.

  • iyyy69

    I bought a K750 for Mac for my father, and he likes that one a lot. It’s very similar to the K760, except it uses a USB dongle (it’s not Bluetooth), but it does has a full keyboard with numeric keypad. Worth checking out if you need a little more keyboard than the K760.

  • https://twitter.com/MacUserDO Mac User DO

    Thank you for this hardware review (please keep them coming!) which made me order a K760 through Amazon right away. I must say I am highly impressed. The whole Bluetooth stuff is very well implemented, switching between Mac and iPad works like a charm, the keyboard is well built, nice and small and enjoyable to type on. I am happy you pointed me to it, and I will in turn recommend it to others.

  • Erik

    Just wanted to leave a comment to thank you for mentioning you got it to work on the PS3. Some boso on the Logitech blog actually stated it does not work with the PS3. That seemed impossible, as it is a bluetooth keyboard. Anyway glad someone finally cleared that up! Will be pairing this with my Vita as well. Should make for better typing experiences on my Sony devices, as well as my iPhone.

  • james braselton

    hi there i have ordered this keyboard they say ipads iphones imacs macbooks and smart tvs and game consoles i will see if it works with my sony 32 inch 3d tv

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