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Logitech made a smarter keyboard that has a brilliant customizable dial

Integrates with Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, InDesign; and Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel

Logitech’s MX Master mouse has long been considered one of the best options out there for creative and professional users. And now the company is finally making a keyboard that meets the standard set by the MX series of mice — the Craft keyboard.

The standout feature of the Craft is the “creative input dial,” a large silver knob in the top left corner of the keyboard. It’s sort of like a smaller Surface Dial, minus the part where you have to own a Surface device. Logitech has built integrations for seven apps — Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and InDesign; and Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel (although the Office integrations are only available on Windows for now). There are also some generic functions, like volume control or forward / back on pages that can be manually applied to any application (assuming it supports that input).

The way it works is particularly clever: the top of the dial is touch sensitive, so simply tapping it brings up whatever contextual options are available. For example, if the brush tool is selected, tapping the top of the dial will pop up multiple options for brush size, softness, and more. Once you’ve selected your option, just rotate to adjust.

I was able to try it out for a few days, and Logitech’s integrations is seamless. While I’m not quite a professional user, the physical, tactile sensation of turning the dial just feels really nice, whether you’re scrolling through tabs or adjusting font size.

Options in other apps are more generalized. I could use the dial to adjust volume on my computer, or skip tracks in iTunes, but it lacked the same utility as the curated Logitech integrations. That said, the ability to use the dial to scroll between tabs in Chrome almost justifies the entire keyboard’s existence.

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