When Loupedeck smashed its Indiegogo target in 2016, the media controller gave both aspiring photographers and professionals a chance to edit pictures on Adobe Lightroom more quickly and intuitively. That formula will be further refined in Loupedeck+, a freshly announced follow-up that introduces mechanical keys, a reworked design, and a custom dial control mode missing in its predecessor. It's also compatible with both Lightroom and the award-winning photo editor Skylum Aurora HDR, and additional software is in the works.
While the Loupedeck+'s design remains mostly unchanged, the lower left hand corner has swapped the star system with text-based keys and a Mac function key. Another adjustment is the introduction of custom mode, which will allow users to customize the function of dials -- buttons and scroll customization isn't mentioned -- to their liking.
You could say Loupedeck found a niche as the only real custom-built hardware for use with Lightroom; its minimalist design has the familiar shape of a keyboard and simplifies the editing process with multiple dials and specific buttons. However, thanks to a partnership with Skylum and planned future integration with professional image editor Capture One, the Loupedeck+ will appeal to an even bigger user base.
Anyone tempted by the Loupedeck+ can purchase it through Amazon, B&H Photo and Loupedeck Online store for $239 -- with a $50 discount for anyone with original Loupedeck hardware.