Microsoft’s re-imagined OS is only half the equation
As has been reported exhaustively by now, Windows 8 can be a very unsettling experience for longtime Windows users. It’s like going to visit your parents and finding dad decked out in drag. The person you’ve known for so long is still there, but a new, unexpected element to his persona has you flummoxed and fumbling for how to behave.
Note: This feature originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of the magazine.
Logitech's new lineup represents a renewed commitment to PC gaming.
While some game developers are gushing over the recently announced PlayStation 4 console and its 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory, there are companies like Logitech that want you to know they haven't forgotten about the PC crowd. Just the opposite, Logitech today announced a new G line of gaming peripherals that the company says is representative of its renewed commitment to PC gaming.
Carl Zeiss optics and a 90-degree field of view are both traits of Logitech's new C930e webcam.
Logitech today announced what it claims is its most advanced webcam for businesses, the "Logitech Webcam C930e" (just C930e from here on out). The C930e touts some industry first features, including an extra wide 90-degree field of view, support for the H.264 SVC and UVC 1.5 video encoding standards, and high-definition digital pan, tilt, and zoom, Logitech says.
Gaming peripheral maker Logitech will cease manufacturing console products by the end of 2013.
Logitech has seen better quarters than its most recent one, in which sales were $615 million, down 14 percent from $715 million one year prior. The company posted an operating loss of $180 million, in part based on a non-cash goodwill impairment charge estimated to be $211 million, but also because it's just not selling as many peripherals. In an attempt to turn things around, Logitech said it's discontinuing "non-strategic products," including speaker docks and console gaming peripherals.
With video camera in tow, we went deep into the trenches at GDGT.
One of the things we look forward to every year is San Francisco's annual consumer electronics event called GDGT (pronounced "gadget"). This year's show was utterly packed with vendors and attendees, but that didn't stop us from lugging around a camera (check out our photo gallery of the event) and video camera. We spoke with several vendors about their products, and thankfully none of them were particularly camera shy. On the contrary, they were more than willing to show off their wares.
Showfloor snapshots of San Francisco's annual gadget event
Maximum PC had the opportunity to attend this year's GDGT, San Francisco's annual gadget event for consumers. As usual, the event took place at the city's famous Metreon Mall and was full of companies eager to raffle off prizes and show off their latest doodads. If you weren't able to attend and were curious as to what the event was like, check out our show floor images and impressions in the gallery section below.
Get ready to grope your hardware, provided you're a fan of Logitech products and didn't read that statement out of context. We're not talking about doing anything inappropriate at your workplace, we're referring to Logitech's three new touch-friendly peripherals for Windows 8, including the Logitech Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad T650, Logitech Touch Mouse T620, and Logitech Zone Touch Mouse T400.
Membrane keyboards don't hold a candle to their mechanical-based brethren, they just don't. Mechanical key switches offer far superior click action, and thanks to the variety of switches out there, fans of mechanical planks have their choice of loud and obnoxious keyboards, quiet performers, or something in between. Logitech's newly announced G710+ is of the low-noise variety, with a twist.
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Logitech has come out with a $40 keyboard that doesn't mind a good bath every now and then. The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 is, as the name suggests, a washable keyboard that you can submerge in up to 11 inches of water (don't dunk the USB cord though) to clean away those coffee spills, donut crumbs, and any other cruft that may have built up on the keys.