While Logitech always sat in the middle-ground, their products often seem to be very good for the price, offering some really cool features all around. I’ve been using Logitech headphones, wireless mouse, and keyboard for a couple of years and they showed no strain, which is quite impressive. However, we are going to talk about Logitech Craft, a new, beautifully crafted keyboard. From my experience, I can tell you that Logitech products are great and usually cheap enough to make me buy them, as I’m not a fan of high-expensive PC peripherals. I don’t want to waste your time on long introduction, so I’ll review Logitech Craft keyboard in no time!
Logitech Craft Design
If you aren’t a gamer, and you want that sleek, elegant design of your keyboard, Logitech Craft will fulfill your needs. When I first saw the keyboard that was sent to me for review I was like ‘Wow!’ it looks fantastic. The first thing that you’ll notice here is the color, and it’s a greyish color, that’s somehow darker on the keyboard itself, with a light grey color of the matte-aluminum bar at the top. The great thing here is that it’s a wireless keyboard (we’ll talk about this feature later), so there aren’t various ports protruding from the back edge. Being a wireless keyboard, I wanted Logitech Craft to be comfortable in my lap, while I’m in the bed, trying to do my work, and it surely is.
However, the size of this keyboard comes at 17″ in width and 5.9″ from front to back, which is a size of a full-sized keyboard. So if you ask yourself how this keyboard could be comfortable sitting in a lap, that’s because of its thickness, which comes at around 1.3″ and this is what impressed me the most design-wise. This elegant and slim design has its own flaws, and yes, you’ve probably guessed it- shallow keys! I really don’t have anything against shallow keys; my laptop also has shallow keys, but they somehow feel more responsive than here.
Logitech Craft keys are not that satisfying to press, although they work stellar. Not impressive, but stellar. While we are talking about design, I can’t resist but to praise its build quality, which is top-notch! I haven’t seen this great build quality in years for a wireless keyboard. Believe it or not, Logitech Craft weighs around 960g which isn’t that light for a wireless keyboard, and that weight comes from the aforementioned aluminum bar on the top of the keyboard, which adds a great finishing touch to the overall design. There is also a micro-USB port on the back, along with power switch.
In this section, we’ll also talk about keys on this keyboard. There are some keys added and some of them are stripped off. For example, the classic lineup consisting of Scroll Lock, Print Screen, and Pause/Break are removed from their place above the cursors and replaced by three Unifying or Bluetooth pairing keys with 1, 2 and 3 labels. Hitting the ‘F’ keys like F1, F2… now require you to press a key called Fn, which is located in the bottom row, and then press the desired ‘F’ key. As we said, the Scroll Lock, Print Screen, and Pause/Break keys aren’t located in the same place as before, being moved to 7/Home key (Scroll Lock), number pad’s forward slash (Print Screen) while the Pause/Break key is excluded from the keyboard.
Overall, it took me a little bit time to get used to the keys, especially to the lack of some keys. But, as I am mostly using my keyboards either for writing and chatting or gaming, these keys aren’t that important for me. Another great disadvantage is that there are no feet, meaning that the possibilities for tilting the keyboard aren’t that great.
Logitech Craft Features
As a keyboard, the Craft is a well-crafted product. It has some nice features which worth mentioning. If you are interested in knowing more about the Logitech Craft, here it is.
One of the main highlights of Logitech Craft is Embedded Dial, located in the upper left corner of the keyboard’s aluminum part. This component serves as a tool for precise control of some features like volume, so you can have a smooth increase or decrease, that’s way better than using keys on your keyboard. Also, this Dial will let you turn it, tap it or turn it while it’s tapped, so it’s optimized for a wide variety of apps.
Logitech Options Utility
Logitech Options Utility lets you quickly remap the keys, BUT there is an interesting twist here. You can only remap the ‘F’ keys and keys above the Num-pad. So it’s 17 keys in total, and 17 from 100 keys isn’t something impressive. Nevertheless, Logitech Options Utility offers tons of options for customizing, so you can bind your key to do copying, paste, advanced click or even double click. Again, the only downside here is this strange 17-key limitation.
As I mentioned earlier, Logitech Craft distinguishes itself with its great overall design and build quality. It’s built of plastic, but the upper matte-aluminum at the top adds a nice elegant touch to it. The design is ten out of ten for me!
A little Expensive price
Coming at around $199.99, Logitec Craft will stride to the very bottom of your pocket or wallet. Yes, it’s a great keyboard but the price is a little too expensive, and it’s not just for me! Although it offers tons of features, the price could still be at least 30% lower, if not more, because of some downsides that really hurt the reputation of this keyboard.
When we wrap this up, Logitech Craft is a beautifully-crafted keyboard, with great, sleek design, nice keys, and beautiful color. However, this keyboard is let down by some major limitations in terms of key mapping, lack of feet, heaviness, and lack of some keys. Other than that, Logitech Craft is surely a nice piece of a keyboard that I would very gladly use in my work or even gaming needs, but I sure as hell wouldn’t pay such a high price for it, but that’s my two cents.
Logitech Craft Review
Logitech Craft Summary
Logitech Craft is one of the best wireless keyboards you can get (if you can afford it.) Nice design, comfortable keys, and good wireless coverage.