Logitech announced plans in January to sell its Harmony universal remote-control products division, as part of a strategic review that will see it focus more on PC, tablet and smartphone-related products.
But the Swiss company, which reported a disappointing $180m loss in its last quarter as PC-related sales slumped, is still coming out with new products, with two Harmony universal remotes announced today for the US and Europe.
The advent of a touch-optimised Windows 8 operating system might sound like bad news for a company like Logitech, best known for its keyboards and mice.
But the Swiss peripherals maker has come up with some much needed accessories for those times when touchscreens are clumsy to use or missing, and built-in controls are just not adequate for the new ways of navigating.
I am typing this review on the Logitech Solar Keyboard Folio, a new iPad case and keyboard from the Swiss peripherals maker.
As the name suggests, it is powered by the sun’s rays, or any kind of light will charge its battery really, as long as you remember to place the cover with the embedded solar panel face up. Logitech says a full charge allows typing for up to two years.
Logitech, the computer peripherals maker that has seen keyboards and mice sales hit by the advent of the smartphone and tablet, is expanding its premium Ultimate Ears (UE) brand to become a mass-market name for products that meet the musical needs of the Apple-led mobile crowd.
This necessary shift – Logitech admitted last year it had missed opportunities in this newer market – begins with the launch today of Logitech UE headphones, speakers and even an internet radio.
An iPad app that can do away with all your living-room remotes and replace the on-screen TV grid with a more colourful programme guide sounds the perfect solution for uncluttering the viewing experience. Logitech’s Harmony Link, which went on sale in the US on Thursday, sets out to do that, but I found the app and its associated hardware fell frustratingly short of this aim.
Logitech has cut the price of its Logitech Revue set-top box by 60 per cent to $99.99 from $249.99 in another sign that Google TV has failed to catch on with consumers. There are no indications that, as is often the case, the price cut presages a new Google TV unit from Logitech, which is the only company currently offering a standalone Google TV box. The Revue was launched last October at $300.
The last television I bought combined the richness and clarity of a 21st century high-definition picture with the kind of tinny sound I remember from 1960s transistor radios.
My 50-year mismatch of audio and visual experience may have been extreme, but sound that is as thin as the new, wonderfully slim flat-panel TVs has become a common complaint, now that they are reduced to LED-lit slivers and the speakers inside have been shrunk smaller and flatter.
Creating and starring in your own reality TV show has never been so easy, thanks to the latest batch of security cameras for the home.
For the past week, I have been watching a matrix of screens on my office computer showing live action in my house, from vacuuming in the living room to conversations in the kitchen, workmen laying a floor in the hall, squirrels shooting across the driveway and deliveries at the door.
Getting to know Google TV involves familiarisation with 80 buttons on Sony’s remote control, compared to just three on the recently launched Apple TV.
The extra 77 buttons, plus function-key combinations, sum up how, in trying to combine a full web experience with regular television, Google and its partners have added a complexity that may intimidate many consumers.
I reviewed Sony and Logitech’s Google TV units in the Personal Technology column in Friday’s FT Business Life section and compared them with rival systems. An extended breakdown of how Google TV shapes up against the competition is after the jump.
Logitech has set a benchmark price of $300 for the new Google TV service, with the official launch of its Revue set-top box and controller.
That’s three times the price of Apple TV, but the two services are very different in features and approach, with Google TV offering much tighter integration with existing TV channels.