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I like wireless. I get tired of fighting the spaghetti clutter around my iMac. Slowly but surely I’m eliminating wires. My computers connect to my router wirelessly. My latest printer, an HP Laserjet is only plugged into the wall. That’s it. It found my router and connected like magic. My Magic Trackpad? Yep, wireless. Keyboard? Well, I do have an Apple Bluetooth keyboard, but I’m a number cruncher and I need my numeric keypad, so I’ve been using my wired full-size Apple keyboard. No more.

In August, Logitech announced a new version of their wireless solar-powered keyboard strictly for Mac. Last week I bought one. It’s a winner. in my book. It’s not Bluetooth, but uses a 2.4 GHz USB dongle. The dongle is what they call a Unifying receiver and will also handle a Logitech wireless mouse or trackball in addition to the keyboard. It is a full size keyboard, similar in style to the current Apple keyboards, with good tactile feedback, and it’s silent. And no batteries. Across the top are two 1″ x 5.5″ solar panels. And don’t worry, you really don’t need the sun. Room light works nicely. A full charge is supposed to give you 3 months of life — in the dark. Okay, I’m not about to try that one. There is an app that can be launched from the keyboard that tells you how much light your keyboard is receiving and percentage of charge left. I’ve been using mine for 5 days now, and even with the low light in my office, it’s still registering 100% charge.

What don’t I like? The spindly little fold-out feet to tilt the keyboard. Honestly, I don’t trust them. Just looking at them, I feel like they’ll snap off if I drop anything on the keyboard. I could be wrong, but I don’t want to test it. Also, the only documentation on set up is printed in the box lid. If you want more than that, you can download a PDF from the web (address supplied). Of course, at this moment I’m sitting with one edge of the keyboard on my desk and the other on my leg. I love not being tethered to the computer, More than that, I love not having to worry about batteries. A green keyboard! Love it. List price is $60. I picked mine up from Amazon, but I’m sure you can find it locally. It’s listed as being carried by the Apple online store, so you should be able to find one at your local Apple Store. If you like wireless and hate batteries, check it out. It’s not for those who prefer ergonomic keyboards, but it’s great for the rest of us.

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  • Chita

    Phyl,
    How do the keys look and feel?
    The flat keys of the now typiclal keyboards allow your fingers to slide to other keys very easily.

    • Phyllis Evans

      Keys look and feel much like the latest Apple keyboards, but smoother with more rounded edges. You have the standard raised thing on the home keys. Letter & number keys are slightly concave, while control, option, command & space bar are slightly convex. Caps lock key is unique in that it has sort of a reverse frame on the right and lower edges. No hitting it accidentally without realizing it. This is probably the nicest keyboard I’ve ever used. I don’t make nearly as many typos. The only negative I’ve found is that there is no visible indicator that caps are on. I can live with that. I can bring it along to the next meeting if you like.

  • Chita

    Please do.
    That would be very kind of you.
    I find myself hanging on to my old Apple extended keyboards for serious typing.

    Keyboard designers have to be guys. Not realizing that women have longer fingernails. 🙂