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Logitech Craft review: A sharp keyboard combo that takes on the Surface Dial

The Surface Dial, a hockey-puck-sized controller designed for use with Microsoft’s Surface Studio desktop computer, is the palette to the Surface’s pen. It clicks, double clicks and rotates, adding contextual menus and well-spoken navigation to apps such as Maps and Adobe Photoshop but the need to strech for a mouse. Unfortunately—despite some third-party alternatives—there’s zero as sharp as a Surface Dial accessible to artistic forms at home on a Mac.

That’s where the Logitech Craft comes in. Priced at a estimable £179, the Logitech Craft is a reward keyboard armed with a “crown,” that allows for the same clicks, double clicks, and twists that make the Surface Dial so compelling, but the need to dash out on a Surface Desktop to go with it. While there are some peculiar stipulations to the crown’s functionality, at slightest at launch, it’s a constrained messenger to the keyboard and mouse.

It helps that the Craft is beautifully made. The categorical physique is assembled from a stout matte grey plastic, while a complicated aluminium bar at the top adds weight, a gentle lean (although it’s sadly not adjustable), and the climax itself, which sits just above the shun pivotal to the left of the keyboard. The Craft is a complicated thing with plain rubber feet that, once placed down on a desk, reassuringly stays put.

The chiclet keys, while not charity the same spin of pleasing feedback as entirely automatic keys, are a fun to form on. They have a firmer movement than, say, Apple’s customary desktop keyboard (similar in feel to a Lenovo Thinkpad), while the concave indents in any pivotal give your fingers a healthy resting place while typing. The blueprint is matched to both Mac and Windows, with the common array of liughtness and volume controls that Mac users expect.

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The Logitech Craft works with both PC and Mac.
The Logitech Options program is easy to use.

The keys are backlit, too, and are activated by a vicinity sensor, which is a good touch. Like other Logitech keyboards, the Craft facilities easy switch functionality, permitting you to span it with up to 3 inclination at once and switch between them using a dedicated set of keys positioned next to the series pad. Both Bluetooth and a bundled USB wireless receiver are supported, with the Craft operative just as good with an iPad as it does with an iMac. It’s charged around USB Type-C, with the battery durability a week or so under complicated use.

That Logitech nailed the basis is critical given the £179 cost tag, but the climax turns out to be generally useful. Using the concomitant Logitech Options program opens up a resources of functions. Inside general apps like Text Edit or Finder windows, rambling the climax functions as a volume control by default, but this can be customised to all demeanour of functions like switching between desktops or determining screen brightness.

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