- More programmable functions
- Cross program compatibility
- Fluid consistency between LR and PS integration
- More efficient USB power (does not require battery power)
- “Next” and “Last” keys centered in button array
- Small, portable form factor
- Sleeker design
- Less expensive
- Distinctly shaped “option” keys easy to locate by feel
- Intuitive, drag-and-drop software interface
- More user-friendly out-of-the-box
RPG Keys and Kubota SpeedKeys both supply efficiency tools for photographers, composed of hardware and software to speed up editing and processing functions. The current target market for both of these products is wedding and event photographers; shooters that capture a high volume of images and see a declining profit margin in their processing time.
Both keyboards prove out their claim to enhance efficiencies in Lightroom. The “quicker” product is difficult to say definitively, depending a lot on the particular individual’s habits and usage.
In terms of sheer aesthetics, value, and plug-and-play functionality, Kubota’s SpeedKeys supplies a less expensive, more intuitive option for photographers working exclusively in Lightroom. RPG Keys, on the other hand, is more costly, and takes a bit more time to initially gain comfort with the setup.
The potential for hands-on users to translate their preset-oriented workflow to other programs, such as Illustrator, Adobe Premiere (or hopefully Dreamweaver), is vastly more functional for user equally dependant on another program other than Lightroom.
In short, if you’re looking for the quickest up-start to get up and running with the least investment and time, and are partial to Kubota’s preset pack, the Kubota SpeedKeys are definitely for you. However, if you want a more robust, versatile solution, particularly for less than an extra $150, the full RPG Keys is a wiser long-term investment.