Tom's Hardware's 2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 2, Last-Minute Luxury

Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750

www.logitech.com
$79.99
By: Sam Finch

What were you expecting, a gaming keyboard with more macros than actual keys? A glorified $200 QWERTY remote? Nah. This year, go with the keyboard that will satisfy the idealists and pragmatists alike—one that will save the planet and save you a little spare change. What is this miracle peripheral? Why, it’s none other than a sleek, thin, unassuming, solar-powered wireless keyboard from Logitech.

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750’s name itself betrays its marquee feature, an array of photovoltaic cells that draw power from the sun or, realistically, whatever bulb is currently lighting the room. This renewable source of energy is sure to please the Prius demographic; we’re just jazzed that the K750 will save us from pouring countless Duracells down the black hole that was our old wireless keyboard. Fully charged, the keyboard should last for three months before needing to go sunbathing again. We received one of the very first units off the line, though, so we weren't able to validate this claim by publishing time.

Included with the K750 is Logitech’s Solar App. The novel little program measures the current charge of your K750, as well as the intensity of any light source that’s charging the keyboard. It’s valuable, we suppose, if you’re stuck in a basement during an Alaska winter with nothing more than a lantern to recharge the batteries. Otherwise, it’s good for a rough idea of how long you can use the K750 in an unlit environment…

…like an HTPC-driven home theater, where we think this keyboard makes great sense. At 1/3-inch thin, the K750 is actually more slender than Logitech’s diNovo Edge, yet the keys don’t at all feel crowded together or uncomfortable. Of course, the K750 lacks the diNovo’s aesthetic and navigational prowess, and, truthfully, we’d be willing to cough up another $10 for backlit keys. Still, the media keys are there, and maintenance begins and ends with plugging in the wireless mini USB receiver. No wires, no batteries, no charging base—just pick it up and use it. A media keyboard shouldn’t feel like a 104-key anchor on your desktop, and the low-profile K750 doesn’t.

In today’s age of Chevrolet Volts and enormous wind farms, it almost feels dishonest calling the Logitech K750 a forward-thinking peripheral, but that’s exactly what it is. The keyboard will hopefully be the first of many generations of future solar-powered keyboards.

You’ll want to stow the K750 in favor of last year’s pick, Logitech’s G19, for any type of serious gaming. But for all other uses, pick up the K750 and never look back.

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  • bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.

    Agree. Those clothes weight too much.
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  • bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    are you kidding me?
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  • bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    Spoken like someone whose knowledge of female anatomy comes entirely from internet porn. That your chances of ever encountering the real thing are close to zero comes as a relief to women everywhere.
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  • All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.
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  • bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    are you kidding me?
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  • 2nd pic is best hahaha
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  • I take it evaluating women isn't your strong suit, Bunga
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  • bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    What? I'm not even sure you know what you're talking about..
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  • bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    Spoken like someone whose knowledge of female anatomy comes entirely from internet porn. That your chances of ever encountering the real thing are close to zero comes as a relief to women everywhere.
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  • Picture 2 is an optical illusion, if you look at it long enough you will see a Kingston Hyper-X drive.
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  • What happened to the $500 SBM build?
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  • bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    In a world where models have to live the most unnatural, unhealthy life just to be what the companies decide is pretty for the rest of us, this comment to these otherwise very thin women is the most out of place I've ever seen. Do you have any idea what words like these can do to some women? I'm shocked and really afraid to see an actual woman which answers your definition of "thin".
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  • @bunga28:

    What? You don't want those girls? Perfect, I'll take them. :)
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  • sandypantsWhat happened to the $500 SBM build?


    It's coming tomorrow!
    Chris
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  • bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.

    Agree. Those clothes weight too much.
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  • i always get a laugh out of hearing virgins talk about something they have never experienced.

    i have modeled on television. and these girls are solid.

    ironically the digital storm pc is almost identical to the one i just built for myself.

    if they ship girls that look like that with thier pc's ill never build my own again.
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  • Not sure about the streak, if it finally gets an update to 2.2 and they sort out the data transfer (I tested it in shop with my laptop and to transfer a 1gb video was estimated at 3hours). It is a good device tho. I would of put the Archos Table (or tablet since they sorted their spelling with the latest batch) 101 or 70. The 50 and smaller are all resistive so that puts me off them and if you want a phone too then nothing beats the Desire HD. It works...well, and is big enough for everything I would use it for.

    Overall great Article and loved all the selections even tho I didn't agree with the streak!
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  • bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.

    if anything they need to gain weight, i prefer my women healthy, not hefty mind you, but if i see bone it sets off red flags for me.
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  • The brunette in red is still the hottest of the 3.

    I think Toms realized that the blond in green isn't that good a looker so instead of putting a bag over her head they cropped the pic to not include it, lol. Funny stuff Toms.

    Hope the models don't check the comments area cuz some of the comments on here are pretty blunt, 2 of them might get their feelings hurt.
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  • Grado headphones, SR-60 MADE IN BROOKLYN not in across the pond. Best sounding headphone, ever.
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  • Hey, I like the one in green!

    Back to the article- why does the Assassin have 2 CPU coolers? Did they ship you a different model for photography?
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  • bunga28All right. Your models need to lose weight. Sorry to be direct.


    Been a long time since I've actually commented on an article. I had to struggle to remember by username/password for this site...I'm glad I did. Now I can call you an idiot.... Idiot.
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  • No problem with the models weight. They are all thin and cute. The jerk needs thicker glasses so he can see a hot chick. Or maybe he has a CRT with 800*640, then I can see that comment being scarcely valid. My only gripe and it's minor, is the hottie in green needs to lay off the tanning bed. That bird is slightly overcooked. Oh yeah, nice gear too....hahaha
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