Miscellaneous

Logitech K750 Review – Best Wireless Keyboard Review

I was using the Logitech K340 keyboard for around a year. Back then, the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 was not released yet.

While the K340 keyboard was great at the start, after some time the keys would get stuck. E.g. I would be pressing down on the backspace key, and it would remain stuck, deleting not just a couple of characters, but the entire line of text. Needless to say, this was infuriating. So I went around, looking for another keyboard.

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I found my answer in the Logitech K750. It seemed like the right one to get, but my biggest concern before buying this keyboard was that it doesn’t use batteries at all. On one hand, that’s great because it’s green, good for the environment, and saves me the hassle of changing batteries every few months.

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On the other hand, I was afraid that it might just die too often because something that doesn’t use batteries just doesn’t seem to have the same sense of reliabilty to me.

It turns out though, that my worries were for naught. My room has a single window that’s usually covered by the curtain and my keyboard can last through several hours of use daily and I have never turned the keyboard off. Using the Logitech Solar App shows that the power level of the keyboard never dropped below 100%.

The keys on the Logitech K750 are perfect to me. They are comfortable to type on, and spaced out nicely. Pressing down on the keys give you a small amount of feedback, akin to typing on a laptop, but with much sturdier keys.

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The reason why I chose this particular keyboard was because of Logitech’s unifying receiver technology. I use both a unifying mouse (read my review on the the Logitech MX Anywhere mouse) and keyboard, so I only have to use one Logitech USB receiver. That’s the thing that really sold me on to Logitech mice and keyboards using the unifying technology.

Even after a couple of weeks of usage, I’m amazed at how well the Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 types and performs. I’m very impressed with it, and have no qualms recommending it highly.

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Miscellaneous

How To Remap Keyboard Keys In Windows (Such as the with Apple Keyboard)

I use the Apple bluetooth wireless keyboard, but I use it with my Windows computer, not a Mac. I love it though, and I think it’s the best bluetooth keyboard around – the problem is, while most keys generally work fine, certain keys are missing.

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For instance, on the Apple keyboard, the command key is the Windows key by default, so that’s convenient. However, I don’t have the Home and End keys, which make text-editing cumbersome. Furthermore, I have no Delete key. That sucks, because you can’t even delete a file in Explorer with the keyboard this way. In addition, the keyboard has the left Alt key and the left Windows key completely opposite from my notebook (a Lenovo Thinkpad T410s).

So I went about looking for a solution, and found it in the form of AutoHotKey. It’s a free, open-source utility for Windows that enables you to create scripts for automating keystrokes and mouse clicks. What’s important though, is that it allows you to remap keys as well.

I chose this solution over SharpKeys (another key re-mapping utility) primarily because AutoHotKey allows for “profiles”, which is useful because sometimes I use my notebook alone without my external keyboard, and I want the default key mappings to be restored. With AutoHotKey, I just run a script that remaps the keys that I want, and whenever I’m outside with just my notebook, I disable the script and I’m back to my default key settings.

I had to use a script that was generously given to the community, and modify it to suit my needs. If you’re interested, here it is: AutoHotKey script for Apple Keyboard.

Instructions:

  1. You’ll first need to install AutoHotKey.
  2. Then, download my zip archive (AutoHotKey script for Apple Keyboard), and extract it to wherever you want.
  3. Now, just run the file “Keyboard Media Keys.ahk”.
  4. All set!

Explanation:

What this script does is to remap the eject key on the keyboard to be a Delete key. I’ve also modified some of the Apple keyboard keys to suit me though, and you can change it in the file “Keyboard Media Keys.ahk”. Look for them from line 46-49, and they’ll look like this:

LAlt::LWin
LWin::LAlt
RAlt::End
RWin::Home

So what that means is that I’ve swapped the positions of the left Alt key and the left Windows key. I’ve also set the right Alt key to be End and the right Windows key to be Home.

Hope you find this useful and let me know if you need further help with it!

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