Logitech Laying Off 5 Percent of Global Workforce, Focusing on Mobile
March 1, 2013 6:46 PM
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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
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.
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3/4/2013 9:45:53 AM
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.
3/4/2013 11:12:54 AM
"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.
3/5/2013 2:25:49 AM
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.
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