Many keyboards are simply keyboards, units meant to solely serve your typing wants. Whereas just a few others are particularly designed for gaming, the place pinpoint accuracy and shorter journey are important.
But few are particularly designed for inventive customers, which is weird contemplating the quantity of units, software program and apps on the market that cater to designers, videographers, photographers and even writers.
Actually, you’d be hard-pressed to discover a keyboard that’s as centered on creativity and design as Logitech’s MX Craft, which astonishingly is available in a minimalist, no-frills bundle.
It doesn’t precisely scream “complete creative control” as Logitech advertises and there’s some room for enchancment. Nonetheless, there’s no denying that it’s a nifty device with a great deal of options for creative expressions and productiveness. And it’s undoubtedly a intelligent early try at a creative-focused keyboard.
For all its many makes use of, the Logitech MX Craft wi-fi keyboard’s design is surprisingly easy and understated, with a skinny, smooth and rounded look that lets it mix in with any desktop setup and cut back litter. Black with a silver bar on the high, it boasts a matte end that provides it a refined texture beneath your fingertips and helps maintain oily fingerprints at bay.
The Craft is somewhat on the heavy aspect at 960g, however that solely signifies that it’s fabricated from stable stuff and it’s laden, which – coupled with the rubber pads within the again – retains it from transferring round.
It options twin connectivity – 2.4GHz wi-fi by Logitech’s Unifying USB receiver and Bluetooth – an on/off swap to avoid wasting battery, a USB Sort-C port for charging, and a whopping 10-meter wi-fi vary. However that’s solely the start.
On the very core of the Craft’s final perform is the medium-sized, silver button/dial on its high left nook. This modest-looking addition, dubbed the Crown, is answerable for lots of this keyboard’s inventive purposes. We’ll focus on that in depth within the options part, however we do need to give its accessibility, responsiveness and smoothness a fast point out right here.
A number of different issues we love concerning the design are the spherical dishing on many of the keys that properly cup our fingers to maintain them in place. There’s additionally a satisfying tactile response and simply sufficient journey on every key, even though each keystroke offers off a muted sound. The tactile expertise of this keyboard is neither an excessive amount of fatiguing nor too small that it hardly seems like a correct keyboard.
However again to the Crown, which deserves a correct run-through… it’s primarily the Craft’s touch-sensitive medial button-cum-dial and the key to the keyboard’s functionality to carry out inventive capabilities with out burdening customers with added frills or too many additional buttons.
The Crown primarily permits you to spin its wheel in addition to press and faucet its touch-sensitive button to alter settings. On the Home windows 10 or macOS desktop alone, turning the wheel will, by default, increase and decrease your quantity degree and from there you possibly can hit the button to determine to alter different settings.
Inside software program/apps the Crown provides a sure diploma of management, permitting you to entry a few of its fundamental instruments and choices in addition to adjusting their settings with only a faucet, click on and switch. In Photoshop, for instance, you possibly can faucet and switch the dial to regulate a number of the settings for every modifying device. In Lightroom, you possibly can faucet and switch it to regulate issues like temperature, publicity and distinction. In an online browser, you want solely give the dial a twist to change tabs.
The Craft comes pre-programmed to be suitable with a number of of the commonest software program and apps for creativity and productiveness together with Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Professional, Microsoft Phrase, Microsoft Excel and several other internet browsers.
As quickly as you plug within the Craft, the keyboard mechanically detects which software program/apps you might have put in and allows you to select those you need it optimized for. When you’ve made your picks, it mechanically installs a profile for every of software program/app.
For much more controls, customers can customise Fn keys to work along side the Logitech MX Grasp 2S mouse for extra productiveness shortcuts. Moreover, the Simple-Change characteristic permits you to join to 3 units and swap between them with a single key press.
One different nifty characteristic on the MX Craft value mentioning is its hand-proximity sensors, which mechanically activates its white backlight on earlier than your fingers even contact the keys.
We now have zero complaints on the Craft’s efficiency. It boasts good actuation, a pleasant bounce again, and nice accuracy with no discernable lags. It additionally has a very good battery life of 1 entire week at full cost.
What’s extra, the Crown button is totally customizable. The corporate’s free Logitech Choices software program permits you to assign your mostly used capabilities to every faucet, flip, press and press+flip for every software program/app. This manner, you possibly can actually personalize the keyboard, and optimize it to reinforce your workflow and improve your productiveness.
These, alongside all the opposite additional options, make this keyboard’s steep $200 price ticket a simple factor to swallow.
It’s value noting, nonetheless, that the Crown doesn’t have entry to all capabilities, which implies it could possibly’t truly provide you with full management. Not less than, not but. Future updates, fingers crossed, will treatment that and provides customers much more inventive entry to their favourite apps and software program.
One factor we did have a little bit of bother with is pairing a tool by Bluetooth. Although it’s best to be capable of pair as much as three units, our assessment pattern simply wouldn’t allow us to connect with a 3rd one. Nonetheless, this small, albeit annoying, subject would possibly simply be particular to the pattern we’re testing.
The Logitech MX Craft is an superior first try at a inventive keyboard, with an enormous potential for development and many room for extra purposes. At its most simple, it’s already a helpful productiveness device that in a approach lessens a number of the tedious clicking and dragging, in an effort to focus in your inventive move. It additionally helps redistribute a number of the workload, which supplies your mouse hand a little bit of a break.
Is it definitely worth the $200 worth? We expect sure. It won’t be for people who solely make the most of their keyboards for typing, however for customers who do most of their inventive work on the pc, undoubtedly.