Review: Blender 3D - PC Nero Slim Line Keyboard by Logickeyboard
I recently received the Logickeyboard for Blender and used it for about four weeks, both for Blender and regular office work.
It is produced by the Danish company Logickeyboard, which creates keyboards for a plethora of other creative apps like Maya, Cinema4D, After Effects, Photoshop, and many more.
I thought that it was interesting to hear that the Logickeyboard for Blender is their first product made for open-source software—a sure sign of Blender's adoption in the creative ecosystem.
The Logickeyboard for Blender sells for Eur 129 excluding VAT (roughly USD 150). Worldwide shipping is available but it can be costly outside the EU/US. In this case it’s better to find a local reseller and request the product there.
The keyboard is designed for Blender 2.83 but as far as I know, no major shortcuts have changed since 2.90. If they have, please let a comment and I'll pass that on. Replacement keycap sets will be made available on major changes.
Note: the product links in this review are affiliate links and I will receive a percentage of any sale. However, I was not aware of their affiliate program while writing this review - Logickeyboard only offered me when it was finished so you this is my unbiased review.
Let's start with an overview of the specifications. The keyboard itself is simple and decent: with 105 keys (for the ISO version), a wired USB connection, 2 built-in USB hubs and adjustable height, it has everything you expect from a keyboard.
The keys use 'enhanced' scissor switches, and have been tested for 10 million keystrokes per key.
It is fully Compatible with Windows 7-10. It WILL work on a Mac (I used it with my Macbook), but you may want to remap the CTRL and CMD keys if that’s how you end up using it.
Many artists like to work in a darker environment, so being able to see your keyboard is important, especially for this model. Since the keyboard is not back-lit, it instead comes with the LogicLight™ v2 USB LED light. My order did not include this light, so I cannot comment on it.
The keys have a rather short travel and are not very loud. I found it very comfortable for 'fast' work like Blender, and not tiring to use for a longer period of time, and it will work fine for light office work.
Of course, this is where the real meat of this review is. And I have a confession to make: I only recently started learning Blender 2.8 by working through tutorials at lunch. This turned out to be a perfect way to test this keyboard as most hotkeys were not part of my muscle-memory yet.
The icons match the icons in Blender and color coding helps understand which modifier keys you need. It took me a little while to figure out the color coding but, once I did, having the functions visible on the keyboard was a real help and it boosted my renewed learning process. You’d need to learn the meaning of some icons too, so using the keyboard goes hand in hand with learning Blender.
And by now I can hear you think, 'but what happens if Blender's hotkeys change?'. Fortunately it's rare for more than a handful of keys to change, so Logickeyboard offers keycap update sets for software updates. These haven't been necessary for their Blender keyboard yet.
I did miss a few specific hotkeys that I tend to use often. While the keyboard has volume up/down and mute keys, there are no other media keys to control your media player (play/pause/next), or to adjust the brightness of your screen. As I still had my Macbook close at hand that was ok, but if this is your main keyboard, it's something to think about.
- The color coding is a great help when learning Blender.
- I enjoyed the short key travel for creative work.
- You'll have to order replacement key caps when Blender changes hotkeys.
- I personally prefer wireless keyboards to keep my desk clean.
The Logickeyboard for Blender is a great investment when you're learning Blender. The color-coded hotkeys really helped speed up my learning process and the keyboard is comfortable to work with.
If you're already a Blender pro, you won't be needing the reminders for the basic shortcuts anymore, but this may still be useful for the more exotic or less frequently used Blender features.