Solid keyboard gets better with addition of simple Bluetooth switching (Rating: 4 out of 5).
A keyboard may not be the most exciting of tablet peripherals, but Logitech's new K760 has some fantastic features that may make it your iPad's new companion.
The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 is finished in grey metallic and white plastic, obviously meant to compliment the design cues of the iPad and the rest of Apple's product line. While it may look similar to Apple's own Wireless Keyboard, there are a few important differences. Along the top, there is a wide swath of solar cells capable of capturing energy from sunlight or even artificial indoor lighting. Logitech claims that the keyboard's internal battery will work for three months, even in complete darkness. Essentially, unless you work in the dark, you'll never need to worry about changing the K760's batteries.
But permanent power only tells half the story. The K760 can be paired with up to three separate Bluetooth-enabled devices, and switch between them at the touch of one of the dedicated buttons. So you can use the K760 with a desktop computer, and then switch over to using it with an iPad or Android tablet with a single keystroke. If you regularly use a keyboard with more than one device, the benefits of not having to pair your keyboard each time are obvious.
Switching between devices is nearly instantaneous, so the K760 allows you to work on a desktop, and then quickly switch over to text input mode on an iOS device. There are even a few Apple-specific keys on the K760 to speed things up. In particular, iPad users will love the Home key, which replicates the Home button on your device, and the Virtual Keyboard button, which can show and hide the iPad's onscreen keyboard.
Mac users will also benefit from the Launchpad and Mission Control buttons, as well as the Mac-native layout of modifier keys.
The initial pairing with each device is simple, and worked without a hitch.
The K760 is comfortable to type on, and the chiclet-style keys are slightly concave, which makes for a comfortable typing experience. Key spacing is almost identical to Apple's keyboards, although the key travel is deeper, and the plastic keys make significantly more noise as you type.
For users of tablets and other devices, the K760 makes a lot of sense. There are a few weaknesses, however. The price feels a bit high for a keyboard, and the wide solar panel makes it a bit large to tote around. But even if the K760 never leaves your desk, the ability to switch between typing on your tablet and a desktop computer is so useful that you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.