back to article Logitech reports broad declines as pre-pandemic buying cycles return

Logitech has reported shrinking sales across much of its portfolio but the rate of decline is slowing, causing interim CEO Guy Gecht to up sales and profit forecasts for the first half of fiscal 2024. Revenue for the Swiss and US peripheral maker's Q1 ending June 30 plunged 16 percent year-on-year to $974 million, and profit …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Make decent kit, Logitech

    Not headsets with thin snappable headbands and earpads which start falling apart in two years (cf. Zone Wireless).

    1. Sampler

      Re: Make decent kit, Logitech

      I'm fairly certain Logitech make most of the microsoft branded gear, so I'm going to say like I do every time this topic comes up, re-release the natural desktop 7000 kit - for my RSI there's no mouse come close to the one bundled with that, I'm stuck using a trackball after my last two died (one due to the duracells leaking which was quite galling as I'd bought "premium" batteries in hopes they wouldn't) and my two remaining 4000 keyboards and going (the home one's not too shabby, but the office one has no key markings on half and the leatherette padding is more duct tape than leatherette).

      You can see the insane prices the second hand versions of these are going for funded by those of us who have found nothing that comes close to prevent the agony of "non-specific lower limb pain" (which is a stupid name to swtich RSI to, given, let me tell you dear reader, it's pretty fucking specific where the lower limb pain is..) - logitech would make bank releasing these again, I'd straight up happily buy a stack to horde for the rest of my days..

      (especially if they had more modern conveniences like be rechargeable than having batteries, but keep the form factor..)

  2. Stuart Castle Silver badge

    Logitech kit used to be reliable.. I'm still using a USB Trackman Trackball that while I don't remember when I ordered it, I'm certain it's older than some of the younger adult users I deal with day to day.

  3. Stuart Castle Silver badge

    I'm not surprised. While (as I stated elsewhere on this thread) I generally like Logitech stuff, they don't generally make stuff you upgrade. They make stuff you use until it fails and you need to replace it. Very few people outside of gamers will always want the latest Headset, Mouse, Trackball or Keyboard. If what they have works, they are generally happy. They've also had a massive increase in sales in the past two years because of WFH and Covid. That was never going to last. Either people stop WFH (and a lot seem to be, certainly in London), or they have their kit and aren't going to need to replace it for a while.

    I think that last bit is actually a massive problem for the PC industry as a whole, not just Logitech.

    1. ChoHag Silver badge

      The post-pandemic market cooldown is only a small taste of what the IT industry is going to go through when everyone realises the upgrade treadmill ran out 5-10 years ago.

  4. AndrueC Silver badge

    I'm going to cry the day my Harmony remote finally fails. There seems nothing else on the market to replace it.

    1. Wade Burchette

      You and me both. I found one remote on Amazon from a company called Sofabaton. But I think it is inferior. There are other really good ones, but they only sell them through Best Buy or a professional installer, never to the general public direct.

  5. Zippy´s Sausage Factory

    I've just bought a vintage keyboard from ebay - works perfectly. I'd be using it right now if it didn't desperately need a clean (job for later - no, it's not going in the dishwasher).

    So how they are managing to make so much out of peripherals, I wonder? Maybe because everyone nowadays makes them to break irreparably almost the day after the warranty ends. Or worse, puts a one-way "recycle" setting on them and makes it way too easy to click...

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    Logitech's going to have to use even shorter lived switches than they do now, get punters buying more often than they're forced to already - I replaced three of my Logitech Marble Trackman's Omimoron switches with Cherry DG13-B1AA, which are rated for over a million clicks. Should last till lunchtime then. Can't buy those meeces new anymore, a great pity. Next up, the bloody awful Omimoron switches in two M570 meeces, my second and third favourites. They're my pets you know.

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