|Wireless Type||Bluetooth, 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency|
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Logitech Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard with Creative Input Dial and Backlit Keys, Dark grey and aluminum
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|Keyboard Description||Backlit Keyboard|
|Recommended Uses For Product||Office|
|Special Feature||Backlit, Rechargeable|
|Operating System||Windows 10, 11 or later|
|Number of Keys||108|
|Keyboard backlighting color support||Single Color|
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- THE CROWN – A UNIQUE CREATIVE INPUT DIAL. The Crown is a tactile aluminium dial that adapts to the app you’re using – giving you instant control of the tool you need. Touch the Crown to access context-specific functions, tap to change function and turn to change the selected function’s value.* *Requires Logitech Options on Mac OS X and Windows.
- OPTIMISED WORKFLOW. Install profiles in Logitech Options to enhance the Crown for use with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, InDesign, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word. Adjust brightness in Photoshop, instantly create a chart in Excel and enlarge text in InDesign with a turn of the crown.* *Requires Logitech Options on Mac OS X and Windows.
- PREMIUM TYPING. Type with confidence on a keyboard crafted for efficiency, stability and precision. Your fingers glide effortlessly between the matt surface of the keys. The large strike area and spherical dishing mean you can touch type with precision. Increased key stability reduces noise while optimising responsiveness.
- SMART ILLUMINATION. The backlit keys light up the moment your hands approach and automatically adjust to suit changing lighting conditions.
- INTUITIVE USER EXPERIENCE. Enjoy a balanced and natural creative experience. Use the Crown to adjust your work, the mouse to navigate and the keyboard to type with precision. Be more efficient by using intuitive controls that fit seamlessly into the way you work – instead of relying on complicated shortcuts and unnatural movements.
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Combine Craft Keyboard with a Logitech high-performance mouse and speakers for an advanced desktop system designed to help you create in your element.
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Type with confidence on a keyboard crafted for efficiency, stability and precision. Backlit keys light up the moment your hands approach, and automatically adjust to suit changing lighting conditions. The creative input dial revolutionizes the way you work by giving you instant access to the tool you need, the moment you need it. Touch the dial to instantly access a menu of functions, tap to change function, and turn to change the selected function’s value. The intuitive dial adapts to the app you’re using – keeping you in your flow and completely focused on your work Connectivity Technology: Logitech Unifying 2.4GHz wireless technology|Bluetooth Low Energy technology; Software Support: Logitech Options on Mac OS 10.11 and above and Windows 7 and above; System Requirements: Internet connection for software download|USB connection:|available USB port required|Bluetooth connection:|Bluetooth low energy technology ready device with keyboard support required (Bluetooth HID)|Logitech Options on Windows 7 and above macOS 10.11 and above. 10m wireless range,Wireless encryption 2,On/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.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2019
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- No way to adjust the angle - no adjustable feet or levelers (could add your own extended rubber feet if needed)
- Back-lighting level is forgotten
- Battery dies within a few days of heavy use with back-lighting maxed out (default setting)
- Can not customize hotkeys or macros for all keys (only function keys and a few others)
- Hotkey/macro setup on available keys is simple/limited/dumbed-down - advanced hotkeyers will feel handcuffed (get AutoHotKey!)
+ High Quality
+ Heavy (2LBs - may be a con for some)
+ Extra Knob for app-specific use or volume control (decently customizable)
+ Intuitive key layout
+ Can double as a club or crowbar in critical situations, such as a zombie apocalypse
The first thing I noticed about this keyboard is that its really sturdy. It weighs 2 pounds, and feels like you can pry your door open with it. When you're typing, it feels like its part of the surface, and won't budge in any direction. The keys are like laptop keys, with short travel distance between up and down - not like a standard keyboard, where your fingers have to travel more distance. I personally prefer the shorter travel, because I started with a laptop. So it may depend on what you've grown accustomed to. There is no way to adjust the angle of the keyboard base. So if you don't like the angle, you may have to get creative and add something like rubber feet to get it there.
One possibly overlooked advantage of this keyboard is that it feels "right". I had zero learning curve with it, because it seemed to have everything exactly where I expected. Some keyboards, especially the smaller ones, have things missing or some keys placed in very strange locations, or have them combined with other keys. In that respect, I feel like they really nailed the key layout. I would use this as a starting point if I were to design my perfect keyboard.
One irritating problem I ran into is that the back-light doesn't remember your adjustments. The keyboard has function keys to turn the brightness up or down. But whatever setting you change it to will quickly be forgotten. I'm not sure what events trigger this memory loss, but it happens to me at least 3 times per day. My PC never sleeps, and is never turned off, so I know it can happen at "runtime". This is a known issue, and from what little research I've done, Logitech suggests that you have to install and use the Logitech Options software, then permanently adjust the back-light from within that software. This is not something I've tried yet (maybe out of spite), so I can't comment on how useful or functional it is. In any case, I am annoyed that this thing comes with a maxed out back-light by default (drains battery), and has back-light adjustment keys that don't permanently adjust the back-light (as one would expect).
Getting over that (or pretending to), the proximity feature is pretty neat. When you put your hands near the keyboard, the back-light turns on, then turns back off shortly after moving your hands away. The sensor is not visible, as far as I can tell. It may be some type of static detection (it doesn't react to plastic - only to skin, and it reacts without actually touching it). This feature would be fantastic if the battery could handle it. Charging it every few days becomes tedious, and I sometimes wonder if the lighting is useful enough to warrant it. With it turned off, it seems to last around 3 times longer. Difficult to be sure, due to the back-light forgetfulness issue. One option is to keep the keyboard plugged in indefinitely, but I've been worried that feeding it energy continuously may cause the battery to fail sooner than it should.
As for the battery itself, it is good but not great. I would honestly expect a 2 pound (minus other materials) battery to last for a couple months, not a few days. Especially from a company that gave us the MX Master series mouse, which typically lasts me months without charging. I honestly can't follow this logic, because a mouse generates and transmits a lot more data, on average, than a keyboard. Apart from the lighting, there should not be much energy use unless you're pressing keys.
The crown (rotating knob) is pretty useful - especially for volume control, brush sizing/intensity/etc. It spins either way, without any stopping points, and mechanically switches between smooth mode and ratchet mode (similar to some of their mouse wheels). I have not found the crown to be extremely useful in development apps, but I can't give a good reason. It may just be that I haven't become accustomed to using it for app-specific tools. One problem I have is that you can't really dedicate it to anything that is common between apps. If you find a common, useful feature to use it on (such as volume), you can't use it for anything app-specific without losing your ability to control that common feature (volume). One way around this would be to program (mouse) modifier keys/buttons to change the function of the crown. But I don't believe this is currently possible with the Logitech Options software. However, you may want to do a search on this at the time you're reading if this is a concern. It is a software/driver only adjustment that Logitech could easily add on (and should have already done so). In the meantime, try AutoHotKey (filter the knob axis based on what other buttons are being held down).
In all, this is a very expensive keyboard, and there are a lot of options out there for $200 (as of 2020). So is this one worth this much cash? It feels like they built it out of diamonds and fictional metals, so there is no lack of quality. And you absorb that high-end feeling every time you type on it, which is more satisfying and inspiring than you might think. The only price-related concern would be the features - how many features can $200 buy? Probably a lot. So if you need tons of features and controls (every key being customizable, additional knobs, analog stick on the side, snack bar tray, whatever), then you can easily find something that offers more for this price. But if you just want a very high quality, basic keyboard, with an extra knob, this is perfect. Even though I'm a hotkey addict, I am honestly not disappointed in my $200 purchase, because I know this thing will always be around, even after I use it as a self defense weapon.
The biggest issue is battery life, which Logitech could have improved if they thought about a thing I’ll point out later. Battery life can be a subjective matter but I would say a good wireless keyboard should give you, as a good wireless mouse should also give you, at least a week of regular use and 4 to 5 days of heavy use. That’s what my Logitech mouse gives me but this keyboard gives me 3 days at most. It is not a big deal as you can just plug the USB cable and keep working but it means having to carry with yet another cable and being the use of USB-C is not that widespread yet, chances are you have to carry a mini-USB cable also for other uses. If you take illumination out for good –it has an option on the app settings- it will improve, but what puzzles me is that a better management of the illuminated feature should have been able to improve battery life without having to get rid of the feature altogether. The problem is that illumination defaults to its highest settings every single time the keyboard connects to your computer, meaning if you stop using the keyboard for a while or shut down the computer, once the keyboard comes back to life the illumination is at maximum, no matter before you decided to dim it using the keyboard keys provided. This forces you to dim the keyboard again, and if you forget then battery life will take a hit. This is the first time I have this issue with an illuminated keyboard, although the others were wired ones. I looked at the app and there is no way to set a dimming setting is either illuminated or not. This is silly and I still hope there is something I don’t know (still researching)
The above is the major issue I have with the keyboard and as you may see it is not a big deal, but at this price point and with all the craftsmanship put in this keyboard is a regrettable oversight. The others minor issues are the setup process and the range of the unified receiver. On the setup, it should be plug and play and that’s it, but if you already have a Unified Receiver and you want to replace it with the one the keyboard brings it is not that simple, at least on W10. Once you turn on the computer, it will say it has identified two unified receivers, even if you already removed the old one and plugged in the new one. To select which receiver to use, you should be able to click a menu button using yes, a keyboard and a mouse that it is not connected yet. I had to plug and old wired keyboard and click the correct button. This can be avoided if you keep the old receiver but why do that if you get a new one? If something goes wrong can you isolate the problem to the keyboard, the receiver or what? My take is that I should have removed the old receiver from the Windows settings and then plug the new one, but it doesn’t say that anywhere in the instructions and it can get to you in the middle of the installation
On the range of the receiver, I had the old unified receiver plugged in at the back of my desktop PC (in my gaming configuration) using older models of a wireless keyboard and a mouse without any issues. I used the same configuration for this keyboard (and I also got a new mouse) and I was experiencing intermittent disconnections and lag, which can be really annoying in gaming. At first I thought it was a video issue as I was playing an FPS and it jumped when looking around or suddenly the character stopped moving. I lowered the resolution to no avail, until once I saw the number 1 button on the keyboard blinking for a few seconds and then going back to solid, meaning the connection was lost. I moved the receiver to one of the USB ports at the front of the PC and the issue was fixed. Why a newer model, which by rule should be an improvement has less connecting range is definitely an issue
Overall a great piece of technology, agree with some reviewers that it is a bit overpriced but you will get a high quality, very nice looking keyboard. Oh, forgot “The Crown”: I mostly use it to mute the volume and control it, which is a very pleasant feeling and much better than having to reach for the speakers volume or the keyboard buttons (particularly if you choose to keep them as Functions buttons) and way more precise, but not a must have. I have also used it for moving around tabs on Excel or while browsing but again it is not a must have although it feels great. I use my PC mostly for gaming and my laptop mostly for MS Office and I don’t see a tremendous need for the Crown yet but that may change as I use it more. If you work on designing applications or complex mouse keyboard combinations it might be a great tool tough, reading from some comments. And I see a lot of potential but for the apps I use it is still very limited
Also I will advice on installing the Logitech App, it allows you ti get the full potential of the keyboard as well as configuring the Crown which can be important
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Negatives: The practicality of the dial is really user-dependent. I for one didn't find it that great. I use it for volume control mostly. As for its application to Excel or PowerPoint which I use a lot, I find it to be more of a hindrance. You want to turn down the music, and all of a sudden, you're creating nonsense charts because the creative input dial is in Excel mode. The dial is a good feature, but I don' find it truly adds value and definitely not worth the price.
Big Negative: Faulty Bluetooth chip. The connection keeps dropping at random times and it's making this keyboard super frustrating to use. I tried to software option to fix this, but it's unfortunately a hardware issue. For a keyboard of this price, there shouldn't be an issue like this.
(Edit V2) Having used this for a couple of months now, I gotta say the battery life is attrocious. I don't know if its like this for everyone or maybe I got a refurbished unit, but the battery is dead in 3 days from full charge. I disabled the backlighting and that gave me and extra day of battery. 4 days before dead... far from the 10 days of use advertised. After a week of use without backlight, the battery is back to being drained in under 3 days... It discharges so fast now that I don't even get the low battery notification by logi options... minus 3 stars!
First the good which makes me stay with it. The looks are gorgeous. The build quality is superb. Logitech flow is fffking genius. I have always preferred typing on membrane keyboards with scissor mechs. This is very well done on this keyboard. Keys are solid, actuations are smooth, typing is fast and efficient. I even don’t mind the dimpled keys. The reason I’m sticking to these instead of my gaming keyboard with cherry switches is for Logitech flow. The way it works and how quickly it reacts from one system to another is amazing. I use a laptop for print, my desktop for gaming, and a Mac Pro for design, and am able to use all three with just one set of mouse and keyboard. Best of all I can move files/folders from one system to another as quick as the copy paste shortcut. It has enhanced my workflow more than I thought it would. The dial also switches from smooth rotary to ratcheting knob on the fly depending on options and/or apps running which is kinda dope.
Now the bad. This keyboard is really let down by the software. It lacks any real options to make the dial (or crown as they call it) useful. It only works with specific apps and a few system wide options. They need to open up the program and make the dial and every key customizable and programmable specially at the price that it is. The lighting is also pretty annoying. The proximity sensor is great most of the time. The back lighting has an issue of resetting the brightness to 50% even though I keep putting it to 100%. It just annoys me considering this is a $200 keyboard and it can’t even get the lighting right and that can be fixed with better software. So to reiterate, hardware great, software bad except for flow.
The Craft wheel: I use it infrequently so I cannot really comment on whether it will improve your productivity or workflow. I use it to switch between tabs on my browser but that's about it.
So let's step through the board.
1. The build: It is solid and sturdy. Very much a close cousin to mechanical boards. It is aluminum and heavy and has no flex. I didn't like that it didn't have a height adjustment so I bought a third party attachment for the board that increased the angle and that has worked well.
2. Battery life. I get about a week before I have to plug it into the computer. Not great. So I would recommend that you just plug it in on a given day of the week and leave it for the day until it is charged. I think the lighting might be the reason for the fair battery life. Wave your hand over the keyboard and it lights up. There is probably a way to control the lighting to extend the battery life but I am not that bothered by it.
3. The Typing Experience: As I said I come from a mechanical keyboard background. When I type I tend to hit the keys hard so me and mechanicals got along fine. The keypress depth is a little too shallow for my liking but it is something you get used to. Also the shape of the keys differs from mechanicals. The letter keys have indentations which shortens still an already short actuation distance. And I don't find them that comfortable but that is a personal observation. If your fingers are light on the keys you will probably love this board.
4. Connectivity: People have complained about the Bluetooth connection dropping out. I have not had that experience. My connection has been rock solid (touch wood).
5. Sharing the keyboard from computer to computer. I sometimes migrate this board to my laptop. It has no problem going from one platform to another.
Overall. For a membrane keyboard, I think this board is very good to excellent. But if you are looking for a mechanical feel in a membrane board I still have not found the solution. Some say that you can now get silent switches on mechanical boards. Yeah, they are not really silent which is why I haven't switched back. Would I buy this keyboard again after two years with it? That would be a solid maybe.
There's always a but though. The paint on some of the key caps started to bubble I thought maybe it was some dirt to clean but then after wiping the paint came off a couple of keys. Something that I guess is normal but I should mention is, after a year of use the battery life used to last longer. Doesn't affect me much as I have it close to a usb c cord to charge it but might be an issue for someone who doesn't want to charge often.
I'll also add that Logitech is a company with a mixed record. Some of its products are simply brilliant (check out the Logitech Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse or almost legendary MX mouse), while others such as this keyboard and its sub standard "Flow" software for allowing cross use of peripherals across PCs - are sub standard.