As with other systems in the G1000 family, the avionics in the TBM 850 can be operated using knobs and buttons on the edges of the displays. But the 850 also has a remote keyboard control unit that, by pressing buttons and turning knobs on the unit, can be used to operate most functions of the system. I like having both data entry methods. For some chores, such as entering the alphanumeric characters that define a waypoint, the keyboard is fast and handy. For other chores, such as selecting display modes or map range, I find the knobs work better. And in bumpy air, a knob is almost always easier to grasp and use accurately than a keyboard.