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Logitech puts the brakes on its high-end keyboard

Logitech's most advanced gaming keyboard, featuring a color LCD screen, has been delayed by two months to early May. Logitech was unable to provide a reason for the delay.

Besides the color LCD screen, Logitech has responded to consumer demand for more programmable "G-Keys" and color-customizable keys. The first generation G15 keyboard is especially popular amongst World of Warcraft players due to its eighteen "G-keys", which allow programming of up to fifty-four macros.

Most keyboards that have extra USB ports function as a bus-powered hub. All electrical power for the keyboard and additional USB devices is drawn through a single USB connection, with a maximum power draw of 500 mA.

This can sometimes cause problems with devices that require more power, such as laser gaming mice or 7.1 surround headsets with multiple speakers. Lack of sufficient power can also cause USB 2.0 devices to switch from High-Speed mode (480Mb/s) to Full-Speed mode (12Mb/s). Since the 320x240 pixel display requires more power anyway, Logitech is making the most of a bad thing by making sure both additional USB 2.0 ports are fully powered through the use of an AC adaptor.

Although the MSRP of $199.99 is very high, market demand will ultimately set the price. If consumers choose not to purchase it due to its high price, Logitech will either have to work with retailers to lower the street price, redesign the keyboard to lower costs, or cancel it altogether.

LCD monitors were once extremely expensive, but consumer demand and mass production has made even 30-inch monitors affordable. The same one percent of Intel customers who purchase Core i7 systems are the same ones who may consider this keyboard.

As with all technologies, it is the early adopters and enthusiasts who pay the inflated introductory prices that allow a company to recoup its research and development costs. The fact that Logitech has introduced this product means that someday, its technology may be affordable to all of us.

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By iregulate on 2/16/2009 8:54:50 AM , Rating: 4
I don't understand why this blog post had to be so negative towards Logitech. It seemed like the author went out of his way to critize Logitech and Core i7.

RE: Angry?
By Fnoob on 2/16/2009 9:19:41 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. A bit of wealth envy going on here methinks.

RE: Angry?
By mattclary on 2/16/2009 10:06:05 AM , Rating: 2
I re-read the article after your comment and see no negativism towards Logitech. Can you elucidate?

RE: Angry?
By Jansen on 2/16/2009 12:22:50 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, I'm quite excited about the G19 and look forward to trying it out. Due to DailyTech policy, this means I'll be paying for it out of my own pocket.

My point about pricing was meant for those who think it's too expensive, as expressed in the comments of an earlier blog about the G19.

RE: Angry?
By lagitup on 2/17/2009 9:23:02 PM , Rating: 2
Why do so many people here flame bloggers for expressing their opinions? Isn't that the point of a blog vs a news article?

unable to provide a reason for the delay
By Fnoob on 2/16/2009 9:18:12 AM , Rating: 4
production partners unable to supply a sufficient number of 'ANY' keys?

RE: unable to provide a reason for the delay
By Etsp on 2/16/2009 10:24:06 AM , Rating: 2
No, it's not a supply issue, it's a design issue. They are going to put more programmable keys on each individual keyboard. Which is definitely a plus.

By DarkElfa on 2/16/2009 5:19:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'll be buying one at launch.

By mattclary on 2/17/2009 11:47:57 AM , Rating: 2
He was making a joke.

By 2bdetermine on 2/16/2009 10:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
Keyboard with a power cord! Like most people don't have enough clustered of cables under their desk already and not to mention the need for an extra outlet.

RE: G19
By KingOfOldSkool on 2/17/2009 2:49:39 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with that sentiment.. I almost considered picking up the G19 initially, but that changed when I began reading about it needing power cord's among other things. No big deal.. I'm perfectly happy with not only sticking with my G15, but also with not spending a couple hundred bucks on a fricken keyboard.

RE: G19
By Alpha4 on 2/17/2009 9:57:10 AM , Rating: 2
This would be an ideal USB 3.0 device. It would be nice if the LCD had touch-screen functionality too. Does anyone know if there is a community development kit for the LCD already?

Better yet...
By waffle911 on 2/17/2009 11:56:37 PM , Rating: 2
Change the 3 clusters of 4 keys to 3 clusters of 8 keys. That'd be a TRUE upgrade from the ORIGINAL G15 with 3 clusters of 6 keys... not this crappy, neutered G15 mkII they're pushing nowadays with 3 clusters of 2 keys. TWO. THAT'S SIX, INSTEAD OF 18. BRING BACK THE G15 mkI!
Also... they might be able to cope with increased power draw if they figured out how to make it use two USB ports instead of one, at least as an option. Like, have the screen be its own USB device. Then again... they could just make a keyboard with no LCD at all and gamers could just get one of these to use instead:

By SilthDraeth on 2/19/2009 3:23:25 AM , Rating: 2
that is all.

Art. Lebedev
By Alpha4 on 2/17/2009 10:01:12 AM , Rating: 1
has been delayed by two months to early May. Logitech was unable to provide a reason for the delay.
I suspect litigative foul-play on the part of Art-Lebedev.

gaming keyboard
By Bloody Ogre on 2/16/09, Rating: -1
RE: gaming keyboard
By FaceMaster on 2/19/2009 9:51:43 AM , Rating: 1
Your Mum makes all the music I need when I play with her, I don't need another keyboard.

Oh and I think you got the wrong link, it's got NOTHING to do with keyboards.

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