THE HOT NEW GAD­GET IS A CRAFT KEY­BOARD FROM LOGITECH

For­get About The Lat­est Smart­phone Or TV

SmartHouse - - REVIEW // LOGITECH - Writ­ten by DAVID RICHARDS

As we swim in a world of smart­phones, ar­ti­fi­cial intelligence, ro­bot­ics and the lat­est smart­phones or 4K TV’s there’s one tech­nol­ogy that is used by more peo­ple than most… the sim­ple key­board.

Re­cently I was given a new Craft key­board from Logi, Logitech is now called, and I in­stantly fell in love.

Not be­cause of the stand­out new but­ton fea­ture but be­cause of the sim­ple but ef­fec­tive functionality that this de­vice delivers.

And if you are a key­board pounder like me and you live on a key­board all day long you can quickly iden­tify whether a key­board re­ally stacks up.

The key­board has a nice weight to it with very sticky rub­ber feet, so it won’t move around your desk.

Then there’s that but­ton, this is a tac­tile ad­di­tion to a key­board and it’s unique.

Firstly, it’s over­sized and lo­cated in the top left-hand cor­ner which for me is ideal as I am left handed and I can sim­ply reach the but­ton to turn up the vol­ume or scroll through a spread­sheet.

Logitech calls it the “cre­ative in­put dial,”.

The dial is like an ar­tic­u­lated wheel with each stop for­ward a dis­tinct, sep­a­rate move­ment for ex­am­ple vol­ume goes up or down in per­cent­ages. You can scroll through Chrome tabs or in­dex tabs eas­ily.

On the soft­ware side, Logitech has in­te­gra­tions for InDe­sign; Mi­crosoft Word, Pow­er­Point, and Ex­cel; as well as Quick­time, Sa­fari, Google Chrome, and Spo­tify. There is also soft­ware to man­age, Adobe Pho­to­shop, Il­lus­tra­tor, and video edit­ing soft­ware Pre­miere.

Cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als can cre­ate a phys­i­cal in­ter­face to ad­just things like fonts or scroll through an im­age li­brary eas­ily — as for ca­sual users you can flip be­tween apps or change the vol­ume in Spo­tify.

IF YOU ARE A HEAVY KEY­BOARD USER OR A CRE­ATIVE PRO­FES­SIONAL THIS IS YOUR TREAT, AND WELL WORTH EV­ERY CENT OF THE $299 YOU WILL HAVE TO FORK OUT.

An­other big stand­out for me is the three easy switch but­tons that en­able me to iso­late one of the but­tons and con­nect it via Blue­tooth to my smart­phone al­low­ing me to tog­gle be­tween PC and smart­phone in sec­onds.

The keys are also back­lit, and the light will turn on au­to­mat­i­cally when your hands ap­proach the key­board and off again when you re­move them. Given that the Craft is wire­less Logitech are sug­gest­ing that you will get a week’s bat­tery life out of the Craft.

The key­board also con­nects over Blue­tooth Low En­ergy or via Logitech’s Uni­fy­ing re­ceiver. There are no bat­ter­ies to re­place; in­stead, sim­ply plug the key­board in via USB Type C (a ca­ble is in­cluded) and you can con­tinue to work while it charges.

If you are a heavy key­board user or a cre­ative pro­fes­sional this is your treat, and well worth ev­ery cent of the $299 you will have to fork out.

Logitech who are the key­board and mouse masters have stream­lined this de­vice the sim­ple de­sign delivers a sim­ple ap­proach to heavy duty ev­ery­day func­tions. You get added con­trol and flex­i­bil­ity and for me this means a lot as I work on a key­board sev­eral hours a day across mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions from Fire­works and In De­sign to Pho­to­shop and Pow­er­Point.

Apart from be­ing a great key­board all around it’s that bloody smart but­ton that makes all the dif­fer­ence espe­cially when us­ing Mi­crosoft Of­fice 365 tools all day long.

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