I’ve long been a fan of Logitech products. This goes back to some of my earliest mice and keyboards along with more recent purchases like the Ultrathin Keyboard for the iPad. The start of 2013, however, has me getting excited about them all over again with the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard for Mac.
Now, to start with, I spent the better part of 2012 continually seeing this product but never purchasing it. That was the result of two things: thinking the “solar” element was a bit of a gimmick but more importantly, that it would be ugly. I really wanted to reduce the wires on my desk this year though. Up to this point, I had been using Apple’s wired keyboard because they continue to not make a wireless keyboard with a numeric keypad. There are almost no options on the market that meet this specific set of criteria: being Mac-specific, wireless and with a numeric keypad. The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard does and to my knowledge, may be the only one that includes all three.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised with this keyboard. First, it looks great. That’s not important from a functional standpoint but it was one of my concerns. In fact, most people who come into my office never even notice the solar panels on it. Secondly, it feels like an Apple keyboard. Logitech keyboards have always been fantastic, so this shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise. But at this point, I do actually prefer typing on this keyboard over my wired Apple keyboard. And finally, since this is solar powered and my office has a good amount of light, I won’t have to worry about swapping batteries any time soon. Logitech claims it runs three months in total darkness and there’s an indicator button to check the remaining power.
The bottom line: if you’re looking for a Mac-specific keyboard that looks like it was made by Apple, is great for typing, and is wireless, give the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard for Mac a chance.