Log­itechg Craft Wire­less Key­board

Maximum PC - - IN THE LAB - –IE

A KEY­BOARD for cre­ative peo­ple is the pitch, de­spite the fact peo­ple have been cre­ative with PCs for decades us­ing a stan­dard 104-key model. What it means in prac­tice is a re­ally nice wire­less key­board with a dial in the top-left.

It’s good and heavy, not ex­actly por­ta­ble, but not de­signed as that, and uses Logi’s Uni­fy­ing Re­ceiver. The keys are on scis­sor switches, but have a de­cent amount of travel and sense your hands, so they light up when you need them to. They’re con­cave, so your fin­ger­tip fits into a de­pres­sion in their sur­face. It’s re­ally good to type on.

The ma­jor gim­mick is the dial, or Crown, which can be pro­gramed for dif­fer­ent apps. For Pho­to­shop’s Brush tool, it changes the size of the tip, a tap on its edge bump­ing across an on-screen over­lay to change Hard­ness, Opac­ity, and Flow. With other tools se­lected, it zooms, ad­justs bright­ness, and more. Se­lect a cell in Ex­cel, and the Crown zooms and scrolls, but se­lect sev­eral, and it cre­ates charts and ta­bles, then changes their col­ors and styles. Se­lect text in Word, and it changes the font size or align­ment; choose an im­age, and you can scale and ro­tate it. In web browsers, it flips be­tween tabs.

That last one might get lots of use, be­cause us­ing the Craft is, at first, a mem­ory test. You’ll get used to it, will miss it when it’s gone, and it cer­tainly beats hold­ing down a func­tion key and rolling the mouse wheel. $200, www.log­itech.com/craft

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