Logitech - Craft Wireless Keyboard - Dark gray and aluminum
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- Lighting TypeNone
- Product NameCraft Wireless Keyboard
- Model Number920-008484
- ColorDark gray and aluminum
- Color CategoryGray
- Lighting TypeNone
- Numeric KeypadYes
- Keyboard TypeKeypad
- Palm RestNo
- Ergonomic DesignNo
- Keyboard FeaturesOn/Off power switch, 3 connection indicator lights, Caps lock indicator light, Battery indicator light, Rechargeable with USB type C, Compatible with Logitech Flow enabled mice
- Number Of Keys108
- Adjustable Tilt FunctionYes
- Internet KeysNo
- Maximum Wireless Range32.8 feet
- Operating System CompatibilityMac, Windows
- System RequirementsWindows 7 and above, macOS 10.11 and above. Internet connection for software download, available USB port, Bluetooth low energy technology ready device.
- On/Off SwitchYes
- Product Height5.83 inches
- Product Width1.26 inches
- Product Weight33.9 ounces
- Additional Accessories IncludedUnifying receiver, Charging cable, User documentation
- Mouse IncludedNo
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 Year
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 Year
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 280 reviews(280 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A Great Keyboard and Promise of Something MorePosted .
The Logitech Craft keyboard is a unique keyboard. It brings multiple connection options, a premium scissor switch, high quality backlighting, and a productivity knob in a thin and substantial feeling package. First of all, how does it function as a keyboard? Well, since most of us type on our keyboards, I decided to give it a typing test. I generally type around 75 WPM give or take 5%. The iPad Pro typepad I was able to score around 67 WPM, my Thinkpad’s keyboard I generally get around 80 WPM, and about the same for my Cherry MX Brown keyboard. The Craft keyboard I was able to clock in at my all time high of 88 WPM. I think this is partly attributable to the shape, texture and height of the keyboard and ease of key depress. Logitech does have something special here if you’re a touch typer that has grown up on mobile keyboards. I’m a mechanical switch keyboard fan, so this is high praise for a scissor switch. The actuation force for each key seems just about perfect. There is adequate key travel as well, but once you hit the actuation point the key bottoms out. If you someone who types lightly or with exceptional force this keyboard is comfortable either way. Best of all, in a professional environment this keyboard is extremely quiet. The loudest noise I ran into was the squeak of the space bar, which was annoying when compared to the rest of the keyboard. This is probably an anomaly with my unit. The backlighting is pretty impressive as well. There are 15 levels, and you can step through and they can go quite dim all the way to blindingly bright. The backlight is adjustable using F6/F7 in the function key row. Unfortunately there is no auto brightness here, but the keyboard makes up for that via proximity sensor that only enables the backlight when your hands are present. This is a pretty unique feature and improves battery life significantly. You can disable the backlight by turning the brightness all the way down (effectively turning it off). The layout of the keyboard is nearly identical to Apple’s full size keyboard. The function row is not grouped, but instead spaced just like every other key. The escape key is extra wide which accounts for some of the extra space (just like more recent vintage Apple keyboards). Where Apple’s layout kept the F13-15 keys (right above the insert/home/pg up where more traditional keyboards stuff scroll lock, print screen and pause) is the device selection keys. The keyboard can support up to 3 connections - each being either bluetooth or the Logitech unifying receiver. Simply holding down the connection button for more than 3 seconds will enter pairing mode. This is both intuitive and easy to use. I was able to pair my Retina Macbook, iPad, iPhone and Samsung Android tablet via bluetooth. The unifying receiver in the box is prep-paired on channel 1, which appreciated, as not everyone’s workstations may have bluetooth. Above the number pad you can find a calculator quick launch, print screen, scroll lock and a ‘lock’ lock, which worked well on iOS, OSX and Windows 10. Number lock can be found where clear is accessible through the FN key (although I never really use this). Logitech’s Options software allows you to reassign these keys and control the “Crown” (more on that later). The build quality of the keyboard is top notch - as you would expect at this price point. While the keyboard area itself is matte plastic with shallow divots on each key. These really do seem to guide me to be more accurate on each key and provide some tactile feedback to guide you to the center of the key. The function row and bottom row are devoid of these divots, but that really isn’t much of a concern. The keyboard section doesn’t flex, but definitely has a distinct plastic sound if you twist it. In either case the keyboard section connects to the top section, which I would assume is the location of the radios, battery, and of course the crown dial. This section is definitely anodized aluminum - and matches the “Space Gray” that Apple uses in it’s products. Logitech’s choice to use anodized aluminum for this section adds a nice amount of heft to the keyboard. I’m surprised Logitech didn’t bring the aluminum down to the keyboard frame, as that would have added a bit more premium look and feel. As it stands the two materials make it look like a keyboard ‘attached’ to a top section. In fact the keyboard and crown area both have a curved radius on each of their 4 corners emphasizing the separate sections. What you get is a stacked look that isn’t jarring, but definitely doesn’t seem as seamless as you’d expect from a premium product. While the keys themselves are comfortable, smooth matte plastic (I prefer their feel to what Apple offers) I’m disappointed not to see something more exotic at this price point. I know I keep mentioning Apple, but Logitech is truly going after the professionals that Apple is leaving behind as they keep moving towards reducing thickness and drive their butterfly switch. After all if you have to spend $130 on a magic keyboard, why not explore a more flexible option from Logitech? Even the modifier keys list Apple’s function before the PC equivalent (like the ‘start’ button show’s ‘alt/opt’). This keyboard should appease those who are fans of the older scissor switch style apple keyboards. Best of all if you swap between OS’s you can keep the appropriate keyboard layout for the active OS. This happens natively, even without the software install, so kudos to Logitech on a flawless implementation here. The “Crown” is Logitech’s hallmark feature for this keyboard. It’s Logitech’s answer to the surface dial - integrating it into the keyboard. It is definitely aluminum just like the rest of the top section, which feels excellent in hand. It’s about 1” in diameter, and has a ‘clicky’ feel to it (think mouse wheel) by default. You can depress it as an additional button. The dial itself is touch sensitive allowing different ‘mode’ selections in supported apps. Out of the box, the crown controls volume (on all 4 OS’s I tried). On OSX I found holding the crown down would change the ‘intent’ to screen brightness (on my Retina MacBook). On windows specifically the volume control would change to analogue spin, instead of a clicky mouse wheel spin (Windows allows volume adjust from 0-100, whereas OS X is 15 levels by default). When it does this it sounds somewhat like a camera shutter noise. It’s a bit jarring at first, but I assume there is machinery in play that is similar to how the MX series mice switch to free spin vs clicky wheel. Disappointingly OS X only has Crown profiles for the Adobe creative suite, Chrome and Firefox. Both Chrome and Firefox allow fast tab switching using the knob. This is a nice use of this knob in the browser, but certainly not a reason to spend the $200 MSRP of this keyboard. The Adobe create suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premiere Pro) on the other hand, have different options based on the tool you are using at the time. This is a differentiating feature, allowing you to use the knob to control things like color, brightness, etc. The PC has a few more options, specifically Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Edge. Word allowed theme changing, font changing and color changing. Excel allows you to move around cells quickly and create charts. Powerpoint allows you to change the theme, alignment, and text size. All in all these are kinda ‘geez whiz’ more than productive. The office integrations use VSTO, and apparently mine didn’t install properly. You can google the error message and find a solution rather quickly that involves renaming the default VSTO config file (unrelated to Logitech - more of a Microsoft issue). On both desktop operating systems the Logitech Options software gives you the ability to customize its function. The software really is excellent and lets you reassign all the function keys as well. In the end this software feature has the opportunity to expand much further. Windows does seem to have more bindings out of the box for this feature, but if you’re a Adobe creative suite user, this keyboard brings some compelling features to the list. All in all the Crown is a neat capability that feels slightly underbaked at the time of writing. One interesting point is, for charging the keyboard uses USB Type-C. There is a cable included in the box, and it’s nice to see this connector as it’s both easier to use and more durable than micro or mini USB. There is an on/off switch next to the port, and on the other side of the port is a line of plastic which I surmise is the location of the antenna (as it’s packed in aluminum) - but you’d be hard pressed to even notice it (it reminds me of the IR sensor on older macs, only a bit longer). The proximity sensor for the keyboard is magic, and I have no clue how it works, but it works extremely well. It’s a great feature to save battery when using the backlight and so far as offered a great compromise in keeping the keyboard wireless and offering backlighting. So is it worth a purchase? If you are looking for a premium keyboard and want to eschew mechanical keyboards for their noise and longer key travel this is a consideration. Are you looking for meatier alternative to Apple’s keyboards with some creative tools (Apple’s offerings have only 1 connection, proprietary connector, no backlighting, and no additional control surfaces)? This keyboard is for you. Do you have multiple devices running multiple OS’s - this is another big feature. The price gives me pause in the PC ecosystem (as there are so many competitors and decent offerings, even in logitech’s portfolio), but the build quality and ability to cross the OS borders without need to remap keys make this a compelling product.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Premium Features, Clunky Typing ExperiencePosted .
The Logitech Craft is by far the most ambitious keyboard I've ever used. Featuring a unique input dial, the Craft aims to give you immediate access to tools within productivity apps such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In addition, the Craft is constructed with heavy and durable materials that give a premium look and feel. The functionality and build quality of the keyboard are incredible, but these things have come with a cost. Here's my take. PROS: - Easy setup and management. The Logitech Options app walks you through the setup procedure and shows you tutorials on how to use the dial with Microsoft Office programs, Adobe Creative Suite programs, and web browsers. If you already have a Logitech wireless device, you can simply add the keyboard to your existing Logitech receiver. - Solid, premium build quality. The keyboard must weigh over 2 pounds. Keys are very sturdy and quiet with no wobble. The aluminum finish of the keyboard with easily blend in with many high-end computers and monitors. - Tons of dedicated shortcut buttons, including those for window management, screen brightness, calculator, and screenshot. - The keyboard's backlighting is beautiful and very functional. It's paired to proximity and ambient light sensors. In dark rooms, the backlighting turns on as soon as your fingers approach the keys. In brighter rooms, the keyboard knows to reduce the backlight intensity. - The dial takes some getting used to, but once you master it, it's a huge productivity booster. I use it mainly in Word and Excel. In Word, you can easily change font size or alignment by simply selecting text and turning the dial. In Excel, you can instantly create a chart or navigate through multiple workbook sheets. It's not immediately obvious that the top of the dial is touch-sensitive: to change the function of the dial within apps, you need to swipe left and right on the dial until the desired function is selected. CONS: - There are no feet to adjust the angle of the keyboard, so it will stay mostly flat on your desk. This gives a sleek look, but for me, causes some discomfort after a couple of hours of typing. - Battery life is not great. According to Logitech, the battery will last about 1 week with typical usage. If you turn off the backlight, you'll probably be able to get a few more days. - The keys are sturdy, but they don't have much travel. My fingers seem to bottom-out a little too quickly for my taste. The keys are concaved inward rather deeply which can also be distracting. - No wrist rest. The keyboard ends at the spacebar, and because it's stuck at a flat angle, your wrists will likely have to wrest on the desk in front of you. - The functionality of the dial is limited right now. Hopefully Logitech will add more supported applications and functions going forward. OVERALL: Can the Craft keyboard increase productivity? Absolutely -- the dial is a great concept that creative professionals will adore. Even business users of Word and Excel, like me, will find it very useful. But the sub-par typing comfort is the real hindrance of this keyboard. To be sure, this is not the keyboard I would use to write an entire novel. Such users will find better value in a cheaper mechanical keyboard. But those who spend a lot of time in the programs supported by the Craft's dial will find a lot to love about this keyboard. Recommended!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Craft is the Platinum Standard Wireless KeyboardPosted .
INTRODUCTION: Logitech Craft Wireless Keyboard sets your desk apart, exuding quality & precision workmanship. My existing keyboard is an Apple Magic Keyboard. I did not think I could ever find a better keyboard, until Logitech engineered Craft. This is truly an amazing piece of engineering! LIKES: 1- Appearance is expensive / premium quality / high end product. See 2) attached photos. 2- Build Quality is top notch. I was shocked at the extreme attention to detail & workmanship built into Craft! Example: The knob, described in Point #4, is made of machined aluminum, not plastic! 3- The keys are honed to a deep cup shape & are a delight to the touch. 4- The prominent, aluminum knob on the back left is programmable through software & is app dependent. By default on my Mac Pro, it adjusts system volume & can control parameters in Word, Excel & many creative applications. 5- Mac & PC friendly. 6- Numeric Pad built-in. 7- Silent, positive action keys. 8- Backlit keys illuminate as your hands approach the keyboard before you actually touch any keys. This helps locate the keys & the effect is beautiful. The backlight also reacts to the light in your space & increases or decreases illumination as ambient lighting changes. 9- 3) Mac, PC, or tablet Device control from this one keyboard by touching 1, 2, or 3 special keys, each with connection indicator lights. 10- The dark gray & aluminum color blends in with any office environment. 11- Extra keys such as monitor brightness, volume up / down, Dashboard, etc. function exactly as OEM keyboard. No lost functionality. 12- Perfect compliment to MX Master 2S Mouse in color, feel, functionality & 3 device control. 13- Logitech App allows many specific tweaks. 14- Long range wireless transmission (over 32 feet). 15- Easily recharge by the included USB type C cable. 16- Caps Lock light. 17- I am using Craft with PowerPlay Gaming Mouse Pad, G903 mouse & G703 mouse & MX Master 2S Mouse. They all work together beautifully & make a killer setup! See 2) attached photos. 18- Heavy, sturdy construction. Weighs 960 grams (2.12 #). Craft sits where placed & does not slide or move around. DISLIKES: 1- Space between "alt opt" and "C" or "V" keys is twice the distance apart compared with an Apple keyboard; thumb & index finger can barely reach these frequently used keys for Copy / Paste. This results in hitting "Command alt" by mistake (then having to repeat the process). 2- Latest Mac Pro required the included Unifying Received USB to connect. Connecting via Bluetooth to Mac Pro failed immediately upon each attempt. Yet, iPad Pro connected via Bluetooth without a hitch. CONCLUSION: This is the heaviest, best built keyboard I have ever seen, much less owned! Craft is the Platinum Standard Wireless Keyboard & earns my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
All i can say is "Wow."Posted .
This keyboard is the Bentley of all keyboards. Everything from the packaging to the design of the keyboard. You can tell the engineers and designers took their time to produce a great keyboard. The first thing i notice is that this keyboard is heavier then your usual keyboard at the office or at school. It's 90 grams and it's has an aluminium spine. It feels very sturdy. Another thing i notice is the key shapes are inner oval design and do not pop out like usual desktop keyboard so it makes for easier and faster typing. Usually at work or at school they have the stock keyboards (the ones that come with the computers) and after a while my fingers get tired because i have to press the keys down, its a drag for those long reports or research projects, i don't have that problem with this keyboard because of its low profile keys. The keys also illuminate which is an added surprise! If i put my hand over the key board the keys light up, how cool is that? Logitech calls it "smart illumination." On the top left is the "creative input dial" which is a great feature especially if you download the "Logitech Options software" directly from the logitech website. This input dial has the power to control a lot of applications and as well volume(i use spotify and i can control volume and play/pause). I have microsoft word, excel, and powerpoint and with the input dial you can enlage text, minimize text, with excel you can switch between rows or enlarge/minimize graphs. One thing i was not please with or couldn't figure out is the Multi-device and Multi-OS option. This keyboard only comes with one bluetooth usb and one charging cable(no batteries required it has a built in battery). I have my Imac and PC side by side on my table and it would be cool if i could use this key board to control both operating systems, not at the same time, but "switch" to make more space on my desk, unfortunately i had trouble using this function. The keyboard has 3 keys right next to the num 10 key, these keys are used to switch between these multi devices/multi OS. May be somebody from Logitech can help me with this feature, although i'm not too disappointed because i will mostly use this keyboard with my PC Windows 10. I have an extended mac keyboard that still works great so it's no big deal, i just felt for the price of this keyboard may be they can throw in some extra bluetooth usb's? I don't know just and idea. Overall this is a great keyboard, it's stylish, sleek, modern, and with all the new advancements in technology this is the next stage of keyboards. I am very happy with this keyboard. I will be using this keyboard for those long nights typing up research reports or chatting with friends through Facebook. I would recommend this keyboard!! I'm a college student and i also work in an office setting if that helps.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Logitech Craft - Standard For All Future KeyboardsPosted .
As I removed this keyboard out of its box, I immediately knew this was something 'special'. The streamlined build of its futuristic and sleek aluminum body contrasted with a muted-black keyboard is eye-catching and impressive. This Logitech Craft Keyboard is designed as a high-end, premium, quality unit, and truly representative of its price point. As keyboards go this Logitech Craft weighs approximately three and a third pounds, heavier then most. Nonetheless, this is a nice stable weight, which enables the keyboard to remain in place for heavy and prolonged use. Additionally, it is anchored by two rubber feet at the front and bottom of the keyboard to further insure it does not move or wobble as you use it. Logitech Craft is a full-sized keyboard, and, has all the keys required by both Windows and MAC IOS to function properly. The heavy-plastic keyboard section is a muted, non-slip, black with indented keys, which offer the option of backlighting. You can increase or lower the level of brightness and, completely disable backlighting in the Logitech Options menu. The 'Quick Start Guide' provides the URL for the Logitech Options software. The main keyboard body is tilted towards the front at an ever so slight, fixed angle, approximately, ten to fifteen degrees. I was pleasantly surprised. For me this is an adequate angle to make typing so much more comfortable as opposed to a flat, compact keyboard as those offered in laptops, tablets, and two-in-ones. However, be aware there is no adjustment to increase or lessen the keyboard's fixed angle of tilt. After five days of typing field reports at construction sites using my tablet, with its flat keyboard – transferring and combining all my field notes into a presentable, summary, document using the Logitech Craft keyboard is a pleasure to my 'pinkies'. YooHoo! Setting up this Craft Keyboard is quick and easy. It only took several minutes to download and install the Logitech Options software on my desktop unit from the Logitech website. You can also register your keyboard while you are there. During the download process the software scans your computer and provides an overlay of the apps already installed on that particular device. Keep in mind if you plan to use this keyboard for several devices, the 'Options' software has to be downloaded to each separate device. I am using this Craft Keyboard for one IOS and two Windows devices. I designated each separate device through the number keys at the top of the keyboard to the left of the numerical pad. Number 1 key (desktop), 2 (laptop), and 3 (Mac), accordingly. When I want to use the keyboard for my laptop, I simply turn it on and press the Number Two key. It is impressive to note that this keyboard operates over two different OS, Windows and Apple. How cool is that? At the top, and to the left, of the Logitech Creative Keyboard is the Creative Input Dial, or Crown. This is an appropriate name for this 'tool'. However, I would rename it as the 'Productivity-Dial'. This little device actually defines the purpose of this Logitech Creative Keyboard. It's all about the Crown, which provides you the ability to navigate through the various features of the particular app you are using. You can touch, tap, or turn the Crown, which changes the various selected functions of the app you are using. I found that the Crown is very 'touch-sensitive'. Depressing slightly to the right on the top of the Crown will highlight a feature to your right, and vice a versa to the left as you scroll through your on-screen selections. Over the last week I used MS Word for several hours each day, and have become very comfortable using the Crown. It 'grows' on you since it is an 'easy-learning-curve'. Also, I discovered I hardly ever have to use my mouse. WooHoo! Tapping the Crown will display the various options in the app's overlay. Turning the Crown will increase or decrease, or, effectively change the value of your selection. As you turn the Crown it will be in either friction mode, and, or, ratchet mode depending on the active function. In ratchet mode you can feel the actual graduations in your fingers as you turn it. Another great advantage of this Craft Keyboard is that it allows you to customize keys to your particular needs and liking through the Logitech Options software. The Craft Keyboard Is charged through a furnished, USB 'A' to USB 'C' cable, approximately four and a half feet long. There is an LED light on the far right hand corner of the keyboard, which blinks green when being charged, solid green when fully charged, and blinks red for five seconds when below twenty percent, and solid red when under ten percent, thereby shutting down the backlighting, also. It takes approximately three hours to fully charge the keyboard, which will run with the backlighting on for up to a week based on several hours of use each day. I have disabled the backlighting and am expecting the charge to last approximately two to three months. We'll see. I already utilize the Bluetooth connections on all three of my devices with strategic equipment, and, am unwilling to disconnect them. So, I purchased two inexpensive, additional dongles, Logitech Unifying Receivers, and connected the Craft Keyboard to each one. No connection problems, whatsoever. The more I use this Craft Keyboard the more I am convinced that this is now the future for all keyboards. I am discovering more ways to use this technology everyday. It becomes addictive with use, and definitely has increased my productivity. I love it! My guess is that the Logitech folks will be adding even more app profiles in the future to further expand the productivity features of this Craft Keyboard. I highly recommend the purchase of this Logitech Craft Keyboard to increase your productivity if you use the following software on a daily basis, or for work: MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, or, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and PremierePro. If you have a family member, friend, or loved one, who falls in the above category – buy this keyboard as an early Christmas gift. You won't regret it. The gain in personal 'productivity' far outweighs the price point of this keyboard.I would recommend this to a friend
FeaturesQuality5 out of 5Value3 out of 5Ease of Use4 out of 5
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
An amazing experience|Posted .Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
FeaturesQuality5 out of 5Value3 out of 5Ease of Use4 out of 5
I was ready to shell out $200 for the surface wireless keyboard and dial, but then I started reading about the craft. For my workflow, the craft dial is everybit as functional, and better located, than the surface dial would be. Also, the craft has a beautiful backlight, is rechargable, and just gives a great crisp and tactile feel. I personally loved the keyboard on my Lenovo Y500, but it's long gone. I hated typing on expensive gaming keyboards, so I looked into getting a premium keyboard that would give me a similar experience. Did not disappoint. This keyboard feels better, marginally, than the Y500's did, and it is appreciably better than the already good keyboard by Surface Book 2 has. Ultimately I would type on the SB2 even with external monitors because my gaming keyboard was just a horrific typing experience. I would like to see better backlight control, it's ridiculous that the keyboard itself cannot switch on and off the backlight; but that's such a small issue for me.
FeaturesQuality5 out of 5Value3 out of 5Ease of Use4 out of 5I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
the best wireless backlit keyboardPosted .
Disclosure. I am a BestBuy Tech Insider Network member and received the logitech craft keyboard for free in exchange for writing an honest, ubiased review. This review is my personal opinion of the keyboard. What's in the box. Logi craft keyboard (aka logitech), Logitech unifying remote, USB C cable (for charging the keyboard but doesn't seem to work as wired only keyboard). It's only fair that I write this review while using the logitech craft keyboard The first thing that strikes you when about the keyboard (even while it's still in the packaging) is the weight. Open the box and then you are struck with WOW. This is a seriously nice looking keyboard. What distinguishes the logitech craft: 1. the large dial (creative input dial) on the top left 2. that it's bluetooth and logitech unifying compatible 3. it has a backlit keyboard (unique for wireless keyboard) 4. has built in rechareable batteries 5. is compatible with Windows, MacOS and iOS and can works with multiple computers and devices at a time. I'm actually going to start with something that is super important to me. I have wanted a wireless backlit keyboard for a while. So from the start I was already excited. I have taken some photos so you can see how the backlighting looks in the dark. The lights automatically time out when the keyboard is not being used, but light up again even when my hands moved over the keyboard. So it must have some sort of ambient light sensor. You can adjust the brightness of the backlight to suit. Basic setup was straight forward. I used the unifying remote to connect the keyboard to my (Windows) laptop. There is a power switch on the back of the keyboard and it was charged and ready to go out of the box. I also happen to already own a logitech MX mouse (not included, I paid for this a few years ago) and it was simply a case of repairing my mouse with the keyboard receiver. To use the craft dial you need to download logitech options software. Due to some internet issues at my house, this took a little longer than expected. The file is 143mb in size. While the file downloaded, I tested connecting the craft keyboard to my iPaid mini. While not officially supported according to the box, it worked. The keyboard has fast switch keys for this numbered 1, 2 and 3 above the standard insert/home keys in the middle of most keyboards. In my case, I tapped 2 and the in-use light/active light on the 2 button flickers and the entire keyboard backlights pulse. Connecting was simply a matter of going to my iPad, selecting bluetooth and connecting the keyboard. Although there was a security prompt for me to enter a numeric code on the keyboard to verify the connection. Switching back to my laptop was just a case of pressing 1. Then, switching between devices is super fast. Seamlessly fast. Now onto the craft dial. After the logitech options software is all installed, you get to setup and configure the dial. I don't use Adobe Illustrator, etc. I primarily use this with Office Apps and some in-house design software. There's no doubt this keyboard is aimed at the power user designer, illustrator who works across multiple devices. I have a laptop, iPad and access to a mac in the office. A note on the function keys. By default they work as logitech hot keys. That is, mute, lock, adjust backlight brightness, etc. To use them as function keys first and feature keys second, you configure that in the options software. First thing I noticed about the craft dial is that there is an speaker in the keyboard. When you turn the dial on a supported app there is a mechanical click sound. Sort of like a camera shutter sound your phone makes. The screen also shows an On Screen Display (OSD) of what function/feature the dial operates as in the supported app. For example, in a browser - the dial is to quickly change tabs. Which reminds me, the dial also has tactile feedback as you step through. But this is software driven, so you can turn off the step through ratchets in the options software. So if you want a more lloose spin, it can be done. The Logitech Options software comes with some default configurations for various apps. There is some ability to customize the defaults with the app but it's fairly limited. The dial is context aware within an app, but does default to certain behavior. For example, in PowerPpint, for a reason that's not clear to me, the default configuration is to change themes which is the least likely thing you would do on a regular basis by default. But once you start clicking around and using PowerPoint, the dial becomes much more useful. For example, if you click on an object (with your mouse) - the craft dial makes it a smoother and more accurate to reszie the object, rotate, etc. Font sizing, aligning text are other functions that are faster and easier with the dial - but you do need to work in combination with the mouse (i.e. select with the mouse). What would make the dial more useful is if you could cycle through the OSD app aware options by pressing the dial (as it works as a button too). So for example, if you selected an object - resize with the dial, click to switch to rotate, then rotate with the dial. Right now, you need to switch between options by selecting the correct button or anchor point with your mouse first. In a browser, the dial is great, as you can switch between tabs. I am not sure if it's a bug or a feature (there are no real instructions in the box or online). But if you have the OSD up and slightly tap the craft dial, it lets you select the next OSD menu. It's a little bit haphazard and your mileage may vary, but does mean you can do a few things without touching the mouse. The ability to tweak dial settings is available. This seems to have mixed results and has limited sophistication. For the supported apps from the options software, you can change the some parts of default settings but the options are basic i.e. a keyboard shortcut, or standard windows volume controls and you can't tweak app context aware settings. The sophisticated contextual options don't seem to be supported for editing. In my preferred editing software (an in-house tool) I was able to set the craft dial for zoom in and zoom out by mapping left and right dial turns to keyboard shortcuts. But there was no abiliy to build sophistcated custom integrations for various menus. Hopefully this ability comes in time. Or Logitech releases a community driven app profiles setting. In general use, that is, where you are not using the dial in a supported app. It can be programmed to perform a more operating generic function. The default setting is volume. Although I disabled this, as I kept bumping the dial when I used the escape key. So I changed it so a press on the button is mute and unmute, and a pressed turn is volume. The fact that you can elect to only use the dial in specific apps means you can be as flexible as you want on where and when the dial is active. Outside of the dial. The keyboard is pleasing to type on. It has a laptop style chiclet keyboard, which has the right amount of key depth/movement to be comfotable. I can't comment on battery life as haven't got to that point yet. It is worth noting the height/tilt of the keyboard cannot be adjusted, it's fixed by what I assume is the battery bank and the keyboard is veryh low profile. I do wish the keyboard came bundled with a nice equivalent build quality scale mouse. My old logitech MX mouse looks particular dated next the craft. I would absolutely buy this keyboard and recommend it to a friend. It is also going to be my daily device. addendum The craft keyboard doesn't claim iOS support out of the box, this was me just trying the keyboard. the CMD-H key brings you to home on an iOS device and you can use your keyboard to enter an unlock password. I need to play with it more on my iPad to see what I can do aside from just type long emails. Also - all typos, spelling mistakes, etc. in the above are my fault and not the keyboards!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Solid keyboard for creative typePosted .
Pros Backlit keyboard with proximity sensor Backlight is adjustable Sturdy build, has a plastic shell but metal spine Indentations on keys help make keys distinct Has Windows and MacOS keyboard markers Compatible with multiple OSes Stores 3 different and switchable connection profiles Offers Bluetooth as well as unifying receiver Scissor keys have better feedback than chicklet keys Built in, rechargeable battery USB-C cable Profiles available for popular software and switch automatically Additional profiles application profiles can be created Cons Backlight cannot be set to auto off when room is lit Shorter key travel makes for an abrupt bottom stop No included profiles for lesser applications Profiles created manually have limited options Function keys beside space bar have dual Window/Mac text making them confusing Lately it seems many new devices that have come out have a focus on the creative types. Of course, most of the devices are expensive and more geared towards people with a large amount of funds towards a single purpose device. Although not necessarily cheap, the Logitech Craft keyboard seems intended to bring the functionality to more of the everyday person by adding functionality. The Logitech Craft in no way feels cheap, beginning with the box. It is still distinctly Logitech but more premium than the regular offerings. When you first see it, you will notice the satin gray metal finish at the top of the keyboard holding the crown. You might be forgiven for thinking it is just metal colored plastic but rest assured, it is really metal. This begins very apparent when you feel its weight. The main part of the keyboard is plastic but according to the specifications it is strengthened by the metal spine. The keyboard is thin but feels very sturdy. There is no battery tray because it includes an integrated, rechargeable battery that connects via USB-C. The keys include a backlight with a proximity sensor so they don’t turn on until you place your hand over the keyboard. Hopefully this helps improve battery life because, although you can manually turn off and adjust brightness of the backlight, it currently isn’t smart enough to know to not turn on in a brightly lit room. The website says the backlight adjusts to changing light conditions so hopefully this is just a software issue to be corrected in a future update and the keyboard will recognize it doesn’t need to turn the backlight on in a bright room. The keys are not much higher than chicklet style keys but with more travel due to Logitech’s scissor design. The travel and feel is unique to Logitech, quiet and smooth with a bit of spring but a good amount of travel that ends with a dull thump at the bottom of travel. If you like the feel of mechanical keyboards but don’t appreciate the loud clatter they produce, this might be just your type. Oddly, after a short time of using this unit the space bar has a distinct squeak when depressed. None of the other keys made this sound so hopefully this is just an oddity of this unit. Overall, be prepared for the more limited travel. An interesting design feature is the tops of the keys are cupped. It might at first seem odd but with use it helps you feel exactly where you have hit the key. As with all keyboards, there is an adjustment period as one gets used to the specific spacing and overall placement of the keys but the cupped tops almost seem to help correct and shorten that adjustment period. The main differentiating feature of this keyboard over other offerings is the what logic refers to as the crown. It is a rotating knob not unlike a volume not on a stereo. In fact, depending on where you are in the OS it can serve as a volume knob. Calling it a volume control would be oversimplifying things. It is clickable, rotates, and is touch sensitive. By default, pressing down and turning adjusts the computer volume. In programs where multiple functions are available you touch the dial to change modes and then turn it to change settings. There are default profiles available for more popular software packages such as Office, Photoshop CC, Edge, and Chrome. You can create custom profiles for other applications but options are more limited than the ones from Logitech. Profiles from Logitech include a tutorial which make using them easier. An example use is in Microsoft Word. A light tap on the crown brings up a menu with Theme Style, Theme Color, and Theme Font. To select a mode just tap again to highlight the mode you want and then turn the dial to make the adjustment. Changes will be made immediately allowing you to quickly compare changes without clicking through menus. Just spin the dial and you can easily see the effect and choose the one you like. The greatest number of options are included if you use Adobe creative products such as Adobe Photoshop where you can adjust things such as brush size or brightness. It would be great if profiles for more affordable software, such as Photoshop Elements or even video editing apps such as Sony Vegas, were available. The crown could make an excellent video scrubber without needing to purchase any special accessory. Hopefully Logitech sees this opportunity and has plans to continue or at the very least expands the options for custom profiles. Until then, it is still a great keyboard that adds extra functionality without taking up any more space and requiring something else to charge or change batteries. If you are in the market for a new premium keyboard and would like a more creative focused option you might give the Logitech Craft Wireless keyboard a look.I would recommend this to a friend
Q: QuestionCan this be used in "wired" mode? We are looking into buying about 20 of these but the wireless setup will not work for our company. I just need to make sure this keyboard works in wired mode.
Asked by bv6.
- A:Answer just to be clear, the Logitech "Unifying" RF is USB so keys are operational under BIOS, a typical downside of bluetooth only keyboards
Answered by Beej
Asked by Jaime.
- A:Answer Doubtedly. The tv needs the drivers for the keyboard in order to receive the input but even then- you can’t download the Corsair engine that allows you to change the colors onto your tv so you wouldn’t be able to use half of the features regardless. Look up your TV model # online with this keyboard to see if it at least supports regular typing use. But don’t expect full features.
Answered by Mickell
Q: QuestionHave this model in spanish version? Thanks
Asked by poli.
- A:Answer No, much of the Spanish alphabet is the same, but there are 4 additional characters in the Spanish alphabet. Also, the ability to assign correct diacritical marks is important to meaning
Answered by Anonymous
Asked by sillyfreak.
- A:Answer now. Picked mine up last week. Love it so far
Answered by JoeSchmoe
Q: QuestionIs available in qwerty Spanish?
Asked by Sergio.
- A:Answer Sergio, you can download language packs and keyboard layouts directly on most any version of Windows 10. I am Hungarian and my husband is Spaniard and we have the ability [through Windows 10] to have the existing U.S. keyboard follow the selected country's keyboard layout. There are tons of articles online on how to do this. As for the keyboard itself, it made default for the U.S. and I did not see a Spanish version available through Best Buy. I hope this has helped a bit and good luck to you!
Answered by Coraraven