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That's about 140 employees

Logitech's new CEO has clearly been busy, as a new company-wide reorganization plan has been laid out -- and it includes a number of layoffs.

Logitech plans to lay off 5 percent of its worldwide workforce, which is about 140 employees. This decision will give the company a charge of $12 million to $14 million in the fourth quarter of the 2013 fiscal year.

By doing this, Logitech hopes to place more focus on its key businesses, including PC accessories and mobile products. Logitech, like most tech companies, is realizing that the PC market is slowing substantially in favor of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Hence, moving along with this trend will help it during its troubling times.

“As we align the organization with our strategy to become a faster, more profitable company, we have also created opportunities to become more focused, improve operational effectiveness and even deliver additional cost savings that will contribute to improved profitability,” said Bracken P. Darrell, Logitech president and chief executive officer. “These actions support our goals to develop outstanding mobility- and PC-related products, streamline our cost structure and achieve faster times to market.”

Logitech is undoubtedly in a bit of a slump after posting an operating loss of $180 million on sales of $615 million during the fiscal third quarter.

Source: Logitech

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By raphd on 3/2/2013 6:50:45 PM , Rating: 2
that could explains why the keyboard I just bought was $80. Pass the cost of the failing company onto the consumer

RE: really
By TakinYourPoints on 3/4/2013 9:45:53 AM , Rating: 2
Its all low grade membrane keyboards too.

You're better off spending $80 on a good mechanical keyboard that feels good to type on, is built like a tank, and will last you decades rather than a mushboard with flashing lights and useless LCD screens.

RE: really
By FaaR on 3/4/2013 11:12:54 AM , Rating: 2
"Low grade" membrane keyboards are much more durable than mechanical switches. A silicone bubble switch pretty much never wears out, and if you get mad playing competitive computer games (as some people are prone *ahem*) and give your keyboard a whack it won't spell disaster for it, other than possibly those flimsy little legs at the back if they're raised. Bang on a keyboard with mechanical switches however and it's gonna be nothing but junk after one good swing.

So durability = membrane; longevity = longevity. Also, mechanical keyboards tend to be noisy bastards, which can be annoying for people you voice chat with for example even if you're not bothered yourself. I have a Corsair K60 (complete with fading key tops and randomly stuck keys...bah!), and even though the switch itself is silent when pushed, the keys have hard stops that make a shedload of noise while typing/gaming.

Mechanical switches are nothing but a fad. They're not inherently better in any way overall, it's just personal taste which variety people prefer. I'm pretty split myself overall, all I know is next time I won't buy anything with cherry red switches, they're just way too sensitive. Merely resting my hands on the keyboard makes it start typing, which just sucks.

RE: really
By TakinYourPoints on 3/5/2013 2:25:49 AM , Rating: 2
Membrane keys are rated to only 1-5 million keypresses. Mechanical switches are rated to over 50 million keypresses. There are IBM model M keyboards from the early 90s still in use.

There is no comparison when we're talking about longevity. My own Steelseries and Leopolds are also heavy tanks, you could smash my old G15 with either.

You getting a keyboard with Cherry MX red switches seems to have been a mistake, those are SUPER sensitive. Black or clears may suit you better, or even a Unicomp with the old school buckling springs. The second mistake was getting a Corsair when Leopolds, Rosewills, and Filcos are also available for around the same price.

Either way, blame the switch selection, not the technology. There are mechanical switches that suit anyone.

You are correct that it does come down to personal preference, but I know that I couldn't go back after only a month with a mechanical keyboard. I can't stand using membrane keyboards.

Back on topic, Logitech charging as much as they do for a membrane keyboard when you can get a much more durable, longer lasting, and better feeling mechanical for around the same price seems silly.

Sorry to Hear Logitech is Losing Money
By Cypherdude1 on 3/3/2013 3:08:23 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sorry to hear Logitech is losing money. They make a lot of decent products. However, they could make products with a better set of features. For example, none of their desktop wireless mice have a 5 button layout similar to the Microsoft Intellimouse Optical:

Most of the products Logitech makes are also made by other companies. In many cases, the other companies do a better job at it. I'm not talking about price either. I'm talking about quality and features. For $10 or $15 more, I'm willing to pay for a better feature set or higher quality so the product lasts for years.

RE: Sorry to Hear Logitech is Losing Money
By hughlle on 3/3/2013 4:42:18 PM , Rating: 2
While I can't comment on competitors, I can comment on logitechs quality issues. While my pair of dinovo edge keyboards are truly fantastic as is the dinovo mini, as is known, they suffer from chronic connectivity issues, but I bought myself and then a friend a G5, both were use less within a year due to their cable issues, I then bought a g7 as a replacement and within a year it too was useless with double clicking. A year after purchase I should not have to resolve to opening up my mouse and taking a Stanley knife to the components so that they function correctly.

That said, I will continue to buy Logitech, I like them as a company and love what they make, but they really have to spend more time looking into the longevity of their products.

RE: Sorry to Hear Logitech is Losing Money
By Jedi2155 on 3/4/2013 8:14:40 AM , Rating: 2
I am still using all my Logitech products to replace various other ones over the years and none have yet broken down:

Logitech MX518 - 2005 to Present (8 hours usage daily)
Logitech G9 - 2009 to Present (Home then Laptop mouse)
Logitech G500 - 2010 to Present (Primary Home Mouse)
Logitech G15 - 2005 to Present
Logitech G19 - 2010 to Present

No reliability issues in any of the keyboards or mice which includes various cheaper ones I've had since before 2005.

By hughlle on 3/4/2013 9:13:09 AM , Rating: 2
Some products may be fine, but my point was that there are products that are known to be inherently poor in terms of quality.

Ebay used to list replacement cables for the G5 as it was widely known that the braided cable was prone to breaking where it connects to the mouse, and again, the G7 that i mentioned, there are not tutorials online detailing how to repair the double click issues because it was a one off fault. Nor is the connectivity issues of the Edge a one off issue, it is widely experienced.

Logitech make some great products, and they make some great products with major design faults. I have a handful of logitech mice and keyboards that have worked flawlessly since i bought them in maybe 2002/3. But i bought a second dinovo edge 2 months ago, new, and for the price paid i should not have to sit with the word "design" *written above( half finnished while i wait 5 seconds for my keyboard to reconnect to the bluetooth dongle. This is a widely accepted issue, and should not be present in a £120 keyboard.

By gfxBill on 3/4/2013 3:48:58 AM , Rating: 2
What a shame, let's hope they can turn things around. You can pry my Harmony remotes from my cold, dead hands!

RE: Harmony's
By theapparition on 3/4/2013 10:21:58 AM , Rating: 2
That's a sad statement, considering there are many better remote options on the market.

By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 3/2/2013 8:23:25 PM , Rating: 2
Layoffs in the Harmony remote group? Cuz AFAIK there still isn't one that can control a bluetooth remote device like PS3 without some pricey addon repeater..

Logitech is lost, IMO
By Beenthere on 3/3/2013 5:40:40 PM , Rating: 2
At one time Logitech sold arguably the best keyboards and mice. They were quality products that lasted a long time and they were affordable. In the past 5 years or so the quality has gone down the toilet IME and that of many other consumers. Product warranty service is a painful experience with Logitech taking several weeks to obtain a replacement product that often fails within 30-60 days. I simply stopped buying and using their products as I am not interested in the hassles associated with crapware.

They won't enjoy long term success in portables or any other market segment if they don't acknowledge their product and service issues and resolve them.

A pro-Logitech comment
By Sivar on 3/4/2013 12:51:18 PM , Rating: 2
Logitech's $30 wireless keyboard is the only I've used (out of 9 wireless keyboards I've tried, 4 Microsoft) that actually works. No noticeable lag, works from 30 feet away, no random disconnection, battery lasts for over a year.

Service: A friend and I have G930 wireless headsets. His had a problem after 14 mo.; Logitech had a replacement sent the day after his return arrived. No trouble, no 3 layers of tech support.
I stepped on my headset's USB dongle. Logitech supports their products like any good company -- I was able to buy a replacement part, rather than a replacement headset, for $10 (or $15 or whatever).

In contrast, Microsoft's peripherals have been horrible. I've thrown away a dozen MS mice because of a well-known problem where they stutter horribly after sleep mode until power cycled.

Microsoft's keyboards -- god damn don't even get me started on what horrible pieces of crap they are, with keys randomly switching and other problems.

Love the trackballs
By Chernobyl68 on 3/4/2013 3:34:36 PM , Rating: 2
I love the Logitech Trackman Trackballs...its been in several forms over the years, PS/2, USB, various wireless forms, but still the best form trackball out there.

By Nfarce on 3/4/2013 5:48:51 PM , Rating: 2
Logitech, like most tech companies, is realizing that the PC market is slowing substantially in favor of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

I have thoroughly enjoyed years of playing on two Logitech wheels, the latest being the G27. Never a problem with many hundreds of hours of racing with it. Same with their joysticks for flight sims. Will be a shame to see fewer wheel and joystick choices out there on the market.

"Game reviewers fought each other to write the most glowing coverage possible for the powerhouse Sony, MS systems. Reviewers flipped coins to see who would review the Nintendo Wii. The losers got stuck with the job." -- Andy Marken
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