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Logitech scaling back peripheral business after $180m loss
Posted: 24.01.2013 15:44 by Simon Priest Comments: 20
The last quarter for Logitech had a stinging loss of $180m for the peripheral company, which means they'll be shedding a number of items that are an ill fit for their "current strategic direction".

Those getting the chop? Remote controls and console peripherals. Instead they'll be focusing more on mobile platforms, and continuing their line of PC products where they enjoy "advantages".

“As we articulated when we started the third quarter, continued weakness in the global PC market was the primary factor in our disappointing Q3 results,” they said.

“These results are unacceptable and we are taking decisive action as an outcome of my strategic review. I was pleased with the continued strong demand for our Ultrathin Keyboard Cover in Q3. We plan to expand our presence in the growing tablet accessories category with the launch of a number of exciting new products later this quarter."

“We are developing more mobility-related products, leveraging the powerful growth of tablets and smartphones. We intend to sustain our leadership in PC platform-related products where we have engineering, distribution and scale advantages. Our goal with PC-platform products is to maximize profitability, while investing selectively in growing categories."

"We have also identified a number of product categories that no longer fit with our current strategic direction," continued the Logitech president and CEO in his statement. Q3 results for fiscal 2013 saw a 14% year-on-year drop, with sales down 11% in the Americas, 11% in Asia and 20% in EMEA. "As a result, we have initiated the process to divest our remote controls and digital video security categories, and we plan to discontinue other non-strategic products, such as speaker docks and console gaming peripherals, by the end of Calendar Year 2013,” said Darrell.
Source: Polygon

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Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 24, 2013
herodotus
Have a Logitech MX-518 mouse and 3D Pro joystick. I enjoy Logitech PC peripherals over all other brands including Razor, Thrustmaster and Saitek (the latter I find being too prone to breakage and spring malfunction). Razor mice I just find too expensive for what they offer. The 518 still stands head and shoulders above it's rivals, even the venerable Logitech G7 which supposedly was to replace it. The Logitech PC Wheel is supposedly good too. Certainly beat down the Microsoft peripherals, except the Sidewinder 2 which has sadly been discontinued.
To me Logitech PC peripherals off the best value for money, however not so much for the heavily dedicated PC simulator gamer. For the hardcore, the Saitek X52 Pro Flight System Controller is the go for Flight Sims, at US!150. At US$30, the Logitech 3D Pro suits me just fine for "Rise of Flight", "DCS A-10C Warthog" and "MS Flight Simulator".

Ideal PC setup for PC enthusiasts:
http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/5369/therigz.jpg

Console peripherals though, I'd always go with the original. Had a 3rd party XB controller and it was shonky at best.

Ideal console peripheral setup:
http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/3641/consolebn.jpg
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 24, 2013
nocutius
love that controller :)
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 24, 2013
SirRoderick
Logitech is good stuff, not too silly in design and price, whilst solid and good on performance. Who DOESN'T have a logitech mouse or keyboard? They'd be a minority almost.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 24, 2013
herodotus
Used to have a Logitech keyboard but as my eyesight grew dimmer a few years back, and my home "office" isn't well-lit, I needed a back-lit keyboard. I didn't like the orange of the first back-lit Logitech keyboard, nor the LCD display so went for the Razor Lycosa which I now don't like because of it's shallow key depression (typing long articles leads to multiple bruised fingertips) and the decrease in sensitivity of keys strokes over time.
I'd go for a Logitech G110 now,
http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/gaming-keyboard-g110?crid=26
or if I had the spare cash floating around the G510:
http://www.logitech.com/en-au/product/7246?crid=26

Excellent back-lighting, sturdy construction and excellent key depth. Can't go past either of them, particularly comparing the prices with their rivals.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 24, 2013
SirRoderick
The 510 seems a bit too pricey for me, but the 110 is exactly what I have on my PC build list!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 24, 2013
herodotus
It's on mine too, when my Lycosa finally and inevitably dies.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 24, 2013
nocutius
The g510 doesn't really have that much over the g110 anyways, same as last generation with the g15 vs g11.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 24, 2013
herodotus
Didn't like the G15 at all, so went with the Lycosa instead. G110 doesn't have the LCD display the 520 has, which for me is no great thing at all.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 24, 2013
nocutius
Exactly, that display is the biggest difference between the two, not really worth it.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 24, 2013
herodotus
Only useful for those seriously into MP and like to keep tabs on their place in server queues.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 24, 2013
SirRoderick
In other words, a complete waste of money! YAY!

Getting my PC setup the way I like it is more than expensive enough without silly costs like that :/
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 24, 2013
herodotus
Roderick's future PC setup, Day 2:
http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/4949/mess2.jpg
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Jan 24, 2013
nocutius
hehe :)

It would surely take at least a week to mess the place up so badly :)
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 24, 2013
SirRoderick
Heheh....let's be honest, that has happened before. :P
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Jan 24, 2013
Xyfer117
I like Logitech I have Logitech speakers and a mouse, but I never buy 3rd party for consoles.
By stuntkid (SI Elite) on Jan 25, 2013
stuntkid
Logitech make some solid hardware!
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Jan 27, 2013
HenoKutus
Logitech has excellent keyboards and steering wheels,but for pc the best contoller who supported most of the latest games is an Xbox 360 contoller!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 27, 2013
herodotus
*Grabs hook around Heno's neck and hauls him offstage*
XBox controller isn't a brand mate, it's a peripheral (and a sorry one at that). Logitech is a brand, and as such could also easily make XB controllers themselves for the PC, and it'd be the only one I'd consider buying ("consider", that is).
If it weren't for the prevalence of poor console ports we wouldn't need the bloody things in the first place. *mutter, mutter*

PC gaming on a couch....the nerve of it all.
*anger rising at 11.30pm, turning green, must slow pulse*
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jan 27, 2013
SirRoderick
I have no problem with using a gamepad on PC if the game works better with it inherently. An example being an arcade flight sim or a racing game. That's just the PC showing off it's adaptability, you can use any controller you like.

We shouldn't HAVE to though...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jan 27, 2013
herodotus
Seconded! *pounds green over-sized fist on PC-dedicated desk*

Joysticks are necessary for true flight sims, as Wheels are for Racing sims. But for Flight/Racing 'games', a Microsoft or Logitech general gamepad is all you should need, not an XB controller. Yet more often than not these are not supported for greed/marketing reasons.

These gamepads are also pretty much necessary for sports games as well. I shudder to think what "FIFA 12" (which unfortunately does not support M$ gamepads) or "NBA 2K13" would be like going back to the keyboard - nightmare.