The keyboard is the single most important part of your work setup. Whether you’re drafting up a thesis or writing the next Oscar-winning screenplay, the design and feel of a keyboard is paramount to getting things done. Logitech thinks its newest offering features the perfect balance of style and comfort.
The Logitech Craft aims to be the keyboard of all keyboards, offering premium materials, smart illumination, intuitive two-hand navigation, and multi-device and multi-OS support, the latter feature of which is a staple of Logitech products. But, wait—I haven’t even mentioned the headlining feature.
Equipped with an ingenious touch-sensitive dial called the Crown, Logitech is hoping to evolve the keyboard to be more than a device used for typing essays. The Craft’s Crown is reminiscent of Microsoft’s Surface Dial in that it complements your experience, providing useful shortcuts to helpful tools.
It works with several major apps out of the gate, including Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Microsoft PowerPoint, and more. Logitech said there will be an SDK, too, so deeper integration from some of your favorite apps should be on the way.
Having used the Craft’s Crown over the past few days, it’s one of those things that makes you wonder why nobody thought of it sooner. Even using the Crown to adjust volume and cycle through browser tabs is so effortless and convenient. In an app like Photoshop, it makes accessing tools incredibly easy, speeding up your workflow in a tangible way.
And the great thing is the Crown doesn’t have a learning curve. Just tap the dial, turn it, and you’ve pretty much figured it out. It’s as simple to use as it is elegant.
The keys are built on top of scissor switches with improved key stability for an optimal typing experience. This choice was optimized through preferences gained through Logitech’s research. They found that creative and photo editors like the tactile feedback of the keystroke with the silence of the scissor mechanisms.
The keyboard is also a joy to type on. The concave keys are spread out perfectly, making all-day typing very comfortable.
The Craft supports Logitech’s smart illumination feature, so the backlight will turn off when the keyboard isn’t in use. Once you approach the keys they’ll light up. And the backlight will also adjust depending on how much ambient light there is. If you’re in a well-lit room, there’s no point of having backlit keys; if you’re in the dark, however, the Craft’s sensor will recognize the conditions and light up.
It’s this attention to detail that makes the Craft more than a keyboard. The aluminum bar at the top gives it a pleasing heft, while the keys retain their stealthy black presentation in the face of finger grease. It also works seamlessly with the MX Master 2S’ Flow feature, so as soon as you switch over to a new computer, the Craft is ready to type.
Logitech claims the battery is rated to last a week, but your mileage will vary depending on how much you use the backlit keys. If you hardly use the backlighting at all, the keyboard will get excellent battery. If you use the backlit keys on conjunction with the Craft’s dial, however, you may need to charge more frequently. In our testing, we got about four days of battery before needing to charge. Turn backlighting off entirely, and Logitech claims battery should last around three months.
If you need more than a keyboard, the Craft is worth consideration. It features a beautiful design, integration with Logitech’s excellent Options software, and a handy dial designed to speed up your workflow.
The Logitech Craft will be available from Logitech’s website in October for $199.