Creative types will want to check-out the new Logitech CRAFT, an advanced keyboard with a creative input dial that already works with almost a dozen key applications. The new keyboard offers a whole new way to immediately access context-specific computing tools with a smart aluminum dial. At first glance the Dial is a lot like the Surface Dial, but this one is built right into the already functional keyboard and offers a ton of customization features. With just a touch, tap or turn you can adjust image brightness, contrast and saturation in Adobe Photoshop, or create and adjust charts in Microsoft Excel. As we mentioned before, the dial is already set to work with popular applications, and more are on the way.
“Our new flagship Logitech CRAFT keyboard is for all creators who spend a lot of time designing and creating – who want to work with greater precision and feel connected to their work,” said Art O’Gnimh, global head of keyboards at Logitech. “The creative input dial gives you instant access to the functions you need, the moment you need them, allowing you to increase your productivity by simply touching the dial. CRAFT puts you in your creative element – every time you sit at the desk.”
The touch-sensitive aluminum creative input dial, called the Crown, recognizes the apps you are using and gives instant access to the tools you need. With a slight touch of the Crown you can instantly access context-specific functions — like brush size, brightness, chart type, font size — tap to change the function and turn to change the selected function’s value. You can even install your own custom profiles, using Logitech Options Software , so you can maximize your time when using apps like Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe InDesign CC and Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word. We should mention that as of the announcement only PCs can run the Microsoft functionalities, but Mac users should keep the keyboard on their radar as that could change at any moment. Mac users can still use the Adobe functionality, so if a program that you use is on the list, now’s the time to jump onto a new keyboard.
The Crown gives you access to global controls – giving you the ability to change desktops, navigate between apps, or adjust volume – and you cab assign one additional Crown function in each of your favorite apps. CRAFT also features smart illumination with backlighting that detects your hands and adjusts lighting automatically depending on the room conditions. The keys are crafted for comfort, in a full-size familiar layout. Additionally with the touch of an Easy-Switch button, you can easily switch between – and type on – any three connected devices, whether you are using a Windows PC or Mac. Select from either a Logitech Unifying USB or Bluetooth Low Energy technology to connect to your computer. Logitech made a feature video, shown below, offering a sampling of what the dial can do in Photoshop.
The Logitech CRAFT Advanced Keyboard is expected to be available in October 2017 at Logitech.com and select retail stores for a suggested retail price of $199.99.