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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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Angry?
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 (blog) 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.

http://www.dailytech.com/Logitech+G19+Gaming+Keybo...


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?


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