Thursday, May 24, 2012

What I Use: Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 & Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400

Ok, let's admit it, keyboards are boring but they are an essential part of a computer. Keyboards are designed for the input of text and other characters into a computer as well as control the operation of a computer. When it comes to keyboards, I prefer function over coolness but that does not mean you can't have both.

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
I recently purchased a Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 to replace my aging Logitech diNovo Edge keyboard that was the first keyboard I ever considered cool.  It is one of the most stylish keyboards on the market. I loved the diNovo Edge. That is until the K750 caught my eye. A solar-powered, wireless keyboard. No batteries required.  No need to connect it to a base to recharge. All it needs is a light source.  Don't get me wrong, the diNovo Edge is an excellent keyboard, but I hated the delay while Bluetooth connected before I could use it when I turned on my computer. The K750 uses Logitech's 2.4Ghz wireless Unifying receiver. Not only is there no delay, but it also works with my Logitech Wireless TouchPad so there is no need for a separate wireless receiver to be connected to my computer. Plus, the K750 is small, sleek and does not take up much space on my desk (especially when you include the charging base).

Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400
I also ran across the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400. Basically, this is a compact keyboard with a 3.5-inch laptop-like touchpad. The keys are a little closer together than Apple's Wireless Keyboard, but not by much. It is still comfortable to type on.  This is the perfect keyboard for those who are using a home theater PC. I am using it as the keyboard for my Dell Inspiron Duo when I have it docked in the Duo Audio Station. I'm also considering getting another one to use on my Windows Home Server. The two things that I don't like about this particular keyboard are that it requires 2 AA batteries and that it doesn't feel as sturdy as some other keyboards. Neither of which are deal breakers.

It is extremely rare to find a keyboard that is functional AND cool but I found two that not only have a decent coolness factor but are functional for day-to-day tasks. If you are in the market for a new keyboard, I highly recommend both the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard and Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard if they meet your needs.