I reviewed the first iteration of the Loupedeck photo-editing console last year – and I rather liked it. Now, there’s a second version called the Loupedeck+ on its way, and here’s what it looks like. You can click on any of the images above to see them full screen.
Physically, it doesn’t look remarkably different from the original Loupedeck, which you can see pictured below:
However, there are a number of promised improvements with this latest model. “Improved build quality” is top of the list of new features and I hope that’s true, because if there’s one thing that let the original model down, it was sticky buttons – a solid disappointment on what is ostensibly a high-end piece of kit. The Loupedeck+ instead uses mechanical keys with a “more precise and sturdy feel” which definitely sounds like a step in the right direction.
The new Loupedeck+ also offers greater customisaton of the various dials and revamped software. It has also extended support beyond Adobe’s Lightroom, although not to Photoshop but to a package called Skylum Aurora HDR, which I confess I’ve never even heard of before, but will hunt down.
We should be getting a review unit of the Loupedeck+ in the not too distant future, so keep your eyes open for a full review.