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A very usable alternative to Apple's wireless product
on 25 January 2013
I am amazed that many Mac users consider that the current Apple aluminium bodied wireless keyboard is simply the best ever. I do not have a broad experience with the Apple keyboard, but it seems less than smooth to use and lacks the positive feedback that I prefer. It does not employ a numeric keyboard section and requires a dual-key operation to forward delete!
I have been a long-term PC user and an almost as long-term aficionado of Logitech's keyboards, preferring those from its higher-priced rather than less expensive ranges although also having a varied experience with older model Macs of 10-15 years vintage and the far better keyboards then used. Although of a very different nature than some of the Cherry Red, Blue or Brown ranges of contact switch-equipped keyboards offered by some manufacturers (mostly for gamers), Logitech's are simpler, more compact but no less enjoyable to use. They offer a positive feedback that many prefer.
This is a modified version of one of Logitech's newer models and Mac specific. It provides a full numeric keyboard and a clearly separate navigation block plus the otherwise absent Delete key. All the Apple-specific keys are included, but so is the Logitech user experience. You have the best of both worlds without the foibles of one. For those who may use both Macs and PCs, this keyboard could offer a higher degree of layout familiarity than the more disparate arrangements of Apple's keyboard and a standard PC alternative. It is available in two forms, silver to match the current Mac line-up and the more typical black.
Although the Apple keyboard uses standard AA-sized batteries that are fairly easy and inexpensive to buy, this Logitech keyboard uses none but has two large solar panels on board. They will charge its internal battery(ies) sufficiently well to last for several weeks and using either reasonably good natural light or normal room or desk lighting as an alternative. A few hours exposure is more than sufficient, but once fully charged, they will be trickle charged whenever the keyboard is exposed to light. An indicator can provide power level data.
Although slightly more expensive in the black variant than Apple's product, which is not an option unless replaced with a wired or alternate language version, this solar keyboard is a very usable and worthwhile substitute.