I’ve been in search of the perfect keyboard for a while now, while I’m not sure the K750 is it, it’s my current favorite desktop keyboard. After an unfortunate coffee incident at the office, I found myself needing to replace my keyboard and picked up the Logitech K750 for Mac a few months ago. This keyboard has been on my radar for a while and there were a few key features that drew me to it.
First, the K750 is a wireless keyboard, using 2.4 GHz wireless technology and Logitech’s proprietary unifying receiver to communicate with your computer. I might have preferred if Logitech used bluetooth rather than 2.4 GHz wireless as it would eliminate the need for the receiver. While the unifying receiver is small, and will connect with up to six compatible Logitech devices (such as my mouse), it still takes up a USB port. Nevertheless, in practice I’ve found the K750 to be extremely fast and responsive with no noticeable latency or dropped keys. The keyboard is attractive and the lack of wires eliminates mess.
The distinguishing feature on this keyboard is that it is solar powered. Keyboard batteries tend to die at inopportune times and with little warning. I would find myself having to stop work to find and replace batteries too frequently on my previous wireless keyboards. The K750 will charge from either sunlight or indoor lighting, and its internal battery will allow it to operate for up to three months in total darkness. I keep my keyboard on top of my desk so it regularly has access to a light source and thus a full charge, but for those who use keyboard trays or may keep their keyboards partially or fully obstructed under their desks, keeping a constant charge could be a problem. You’ll have to remember to let the keyboard come out every so often to recharge. Logitech does have a companion utility Appt o give you an updated status on the keyboard’s charge, but the App Store reviews are fairly negative and call the App out as an unnecessary system resource hog. I personally have never seen a reason to install it.
Finally, the K750 is a great all-around keyboard. It has a full numeric pad and Mac-friendly keyboard layout with a full row of customized function keys that mirror the function keys on standard Apple keyboards. Out of the box you can adjust volume, control media, and more. While it took some getting use to, the keyboard has a great feel, very similar to an Apple keyboard or notebook keyboard. This was very different from my traditional external keyboard which was one of the “clicky-clacky” variety. After an adjustment period, I’m finding the K750 is overall much more comfortable requiring less force and travel. I can fly on the keys and overall experience less hand fatigue. My office mates also appreciate the K750 is much quieter than my previous keyboards.
After using the K750 at work for a few months I’ve also purchased another K750 for use at home. The Logitech K750 retails for $59.99 U.S though can usually be found for less on Amazon. If you like the Apple wireless keyboard but are looking for a keyboard with a numeric pad, this is probably the closest fit.
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