Logitech first started producing solar wireless keyboards for PCs earlier this year but didn’t make a Mac version until a few months ago.
First, I’ll say that the solar panels make the footprint about 25% bigger than a standard full Apple keyboard. I got the piano black version because it matches my monitor and my Logitech Mouse (which also works with this USB dongle) but there are 5 colors to choose from.
As far as the solar is concerned, I never had a single problem with charging or connection. That being said, I am overall extremely happy with the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac. I don’t really understand your comments Roger… what is the problem with the battery that hold the charge just for a few days? I’m quite happy personnally except with the small plastics under the keyboard that break easily. 1) First type of keyboard has every key marked, so that we can see which finger should press which key.
The keys on the keyboard are often a little shallow in the middle, so that it is easier to press them.
Note also that everyone has his own preferences, which might depend on many factors like finger and hand size etc. Whether you like it or not, you are one of their dedicated fans or, on the contrary, one of their passionate opponents, you have to accept the reality and admit that ultrabooks have hit the computer market with a bang and are here to stay.
With cool designs, solid performances and long-lasting battery life, ultrabooks are clearly not just a passing whim.
Now, I’m not really a big fan of backlit, or also called illuminated keyboards, mainly because I never type in the dark. With ultrabooks, a backlit keyboard is not a given, but there are several devices that feature one, as you’ll find out from the rows below.
Update: As of early-mid 2013, pretty much all the new ultrabooks offer backlit keyboards as standard, with the exception of some of the more affordable versions. If you ever tried to play a video game in the dark, with just the display lighting the keys, or if you have tried to write that oh-so-important essay (or blog post) with someone sleeping near you and with no possibility of turning on a light, you must already know how frustrating something like that might be. As far as weak points go, I wouldn’t necessarily say that a backlit keyboard has disadvantages, per se, but rather that some illuminated keyboards have a couple of glitches. First of all, some of the backlit keyboards found on today’s market (including on ultrabooks) are just not bright enough. As I already mentioned, there are a couple of ultrabooks featuring a backlit keyboard nowadays, with more to come in the near future for sure (in fact, I expect nearly all the ultrabooks launched post the Summer of 2012 to feature an illuminated keyboard). Update: With very few exceptions, all the ultrabooks launched after Mid 2013 offer backlit keyboards. On the Toshiba Portege Z835, a laptop that we reviewed a while back, things are looking quite good.
The HP Folio 13 packs an overall better keyboard, less shallow than what we get on most other ultrabooks.
The Dell XPS 13 also packs a very good keyboard, with slightly concave keys, but once again they fell a bit shallow. Devices like the Asus Zenbook UX31, Lenovo IdeaPad U300S or the Acer Aspire S3, also popular first generation ultrabook, are all missing a backlit keyboard.
Customers want backlit keyboards on their ultrabooks, based on their feedback, thus producers had to comply.
Basically though, most of the top ultrabooks you’ll find in stores these days already feature a backlit keyboard, while most, not all, of the cheaper units that go for $800 or less left it on the side. Anyway, my favorite keyboards out of all of these are the ones on the HPs and the Dell’s, with good feedback, nice travel and adjustable illumination.
With the Zenbook UX31A, Asus really stepped up their game, greatly improving the keyboard on their first gen Zenbook. With the Samsung Series 9 Ultra, there’s very little travel on those keys and rather noisy clicks when pressing them, which leads to poor typing feedback. In the end, while not all the available ultrabooks feature a backlit keyboard these days, you do have plenty of options to choose from if you really need such a feature. Those being said, I for one would rather pick a keyboard based on how comfortable and accurate it feels, based on the feedback I get while typing on it. Also, it has to be said that there’s more to a laptop than just a keyboard, or just a light, and before deciding to buy or pass on an ultrabook today, you should consider all the details and features that make a notebook good, great, the greatest. The cheaper additions, like he Dell Xps 13, the LG Z330 or the Samsung Series 5 ultra do not offer this feature.


I personally never owned a laptop with illuminated keys, so i can’t really say how important they are.
Just bought the Transformer TF300 and it’s only been a week and I am regretting having bought for the lack of a backlit keyboard. In addition to preventing the light bleed, they should also make sure every control button is lighted and the touch pad is at least framed in light. The purpose of the light is to assist detection of these things in low or no light conditions, not pretty up on a magazine. Form must follow and obey Function the demands of function and that function must be more than a pretty picture in a magazine. I’m looking for a new ultra book after Windows 8 comes out this Fall, in the 13-14 inch range. On the other hand, I’ve trid the Acutype layout on the Lenovo x230 and the other new lenovo machines and after a day or two, I was able to type a bit faster and more accurate on those keyboards than I do on my Lenovo X220. I think Laptops or Ultrabooks with illuminated keyboards are a must have specially if you are typing during the nigh.
Another feature needed, especially in ultrabooks, is for the computer to reside in the display portion of the fold.
My question and I would really be glad for you to answer, is if the Asus A551LB-XX134H has a backlit keyboard or not. I was just trying to find some info on back lit keyboards, and I noticed you left out a growing consumer population that often needs back lit keyboards… actually 2 groups. Keep in mind: I manually approve each comment that goes on the site, this way I can attend to all your questions and requests.
On a first look, Chromebooks are a breed of laptops designed to be easy and safe to use, compact and affordable.
I have purchased numerous keyboards, mice, trackballs and even one of their bug-ridden MP3 players. If I buy the Logitech K750 is it a given I will not be able to have wireless on it without a dongle? But be careful, when learning to touch type you shouldn’t be looking at the keyboard anyway!
You don’t want to find yourself forgetting how to get certain symbols and on the other hand it would probably be impossible to remember every symbol on the keyboard anyway.
It is very popular these days and usually used on laptops, but can be also found as separate keyboard. We personally prefer to use keyboards with slim keys, as they seem less cumbersome to type with them. Also remember that it is harder to type on laptop computers, since you have to rise your wrists higher. However, while most ultrabooks are more or less the same when it comes to basic features, there are some aspects that set them apart, with the backlit keyboard being one of them. But I do agree that they can come in handy when having to use the laptop in dim light and perhaps once you get used to this feature, you’ll want it on all your laptops. I’ll also add some rows on how good the keyboard actually is, as I do find this more important than anything else. That’s why you should choose your device based on other criteria, so I advise you to check out my lists of the best ultrabooks on the market, best gaming ultra-portables, best budget options or best convertibles. I myself played on a friend’s laptop a while back, which featured a so-called illuminated keyboard, but this was anything but bright and could only be considered functional in dim-light, not in complete darkness. That’s why this feature is no longer a differentiating factor when choosing such an ultraportable computer. The keyboard is decently good, although better key travel would have been nice, and the back-lightning system does its job.
The back-lightning works fine as well and there’s not that much bleeding from beneath the keys. But the back-lightning system works flawlessly and there’s an illumination sensor to take care of all the needed adjustments.
So, with the new 2nd gen machines hitting the stores, most of them will have this feature, except for some of the budget versions, like the Lenovo IdeaPad U310, Sony Vaio T13 or the Samsung Series 5 Ultra. While not perfect, as the keys are still a bit spongy, the overall impression is good, the backlighning works and you can easily adjust the brightness with the according Fn combinations, or you can let the light-sensor take care of it. The illumination however works fine, but that alone isn’t enough to make this keyboard more appealing in my eyes. Since 2007, I've only owned smaller than 12.5" laptops and I've been testing tens, if not hundreds of mini laptops.


Now, using a laptop that doesn’t have a lighted keyboard is like going into the dungeon.
It’s 2 years old (launched in 2010) and in my opinion still beats everything on the market!
Black lines are silk screened on the light guide itself to absorb the light, thus preventing the light from framing the key. I mean yeah, the keys look good when looked from straight on top, with their light frame, as you call it.
So I’m pretty sure getting used to a GOOD chiclet keyboard is not really that difficult. If you want it white, you should look at the Acer Aspire S7 392 (the 2013 model,not the older 2012 version) or the Asus Zenbook UX301LA (however, that one might not be available in white where you live). That's why the comments don't appear immediately once you've posted them, but usually after a few hours or even longer. This individual keyboard product is interesting because it has each single key marked to be pressed according to each finger. These are only some types of keyboards, but the typing experience and key feedback will depend on individual keyboard model. Thus, I advise you to pick your device based on other criteria and have a look at my lists of the best ultrabooks on the market, best gaming ultra-portables, best budget options or best convertibles.
The laptop comes with a light-sensor as well, automatically adjusting the keyboard’s brightness based on the surrounding conditions and even turning the illumination OFF when needed. On the other hand, you can only turn it ON and OF, as there’s no light-sensor or a way to manually adjust the intensity.
But of course, it’s difficult to make a general rule here, as the keyboards differ from model to model. As a downside, the light bleeding around these keys is quite annoying, especially when using the computer in a completely dark room.
But for me, a heavy typist for whom a proper keyboard is one of my main selection criteria when choosing a laptop, that option is not really that important. I care for my eyes and want to keep them in proper shape, thus I always have this night-lamp on my desk and keep it on.
When you don’t have to hunt for keys or pause to verify the right key, you quickly get use to it. I used laptops in dark rooms and mostly, the screen lighting is enough for me to see the keys.
Illuminated keyboard, 3G, 128 GB SSD, 6 hours battery life, nVidia graphics and so on, and all this in 2010!
Most OEMS have adopted this method due to the fact they like their keys framed for asthetical purposes, and gives a warm glow to the keyboard.
However, one never actually looks at them that way, but from a 30 degrees angle or something like this, when having the laptop in front of them, on their lap or on a desk. The display would then function better as a touch screen when the keyboard is detached or folded away. Both are nice options, with illuminated keyboard, touchscreens, slim and light metallic bodies, etc. Keystrokes are very similar feel to Apple’s standard keyboards and spacing and layout are all but identical.
As I said, the Chronos with the screen and keyboard swapped then the keyboard made detachable and the screen made touchable.
You will be locked in back-and-forth emails with EVERY response taking 3 days and then they will tell you that your receipt is not good enough because you received it as a gift and they do not honor Amazon gift receipts.
The current Chronos would be a bit heavy as a handheld, but the screen size would make it worthwhile. If you prefer a regular case for you Galaxy S4, that doesn’t bring a keyboard along, you can always take a look at our review of the Cygnett case.Are you a fan of physical keyboards? Black or white grumpy How can we purchase this and what other colors does it come in Mark Ray Innovative, I also liked the Qi Wireless charge for Galaxy S4, I would love to get it.



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