Good afternoon all. This piece went live while I was away for the holiday break, and didn't see the comments until today. I see that it rubbed some people the wrong way, and for that, I apologize profusely. It was never my intention to hurt anyone's feelings, or to come off as insensitive. Perhaps it would help if I clarified a few points:
This is a poorly disguised paid endorsement for Logitech ad that is unworthy of being published on a respectable site like Tom's Hardware. Everything save the gaming rig is all LOGITECH? No legit article here - just a paid ad. Sad day, sad advertisement for Logitech.
I got this comment, or a variation thereof, a few times. I know this probably wasn't your intention, but suggesting that a manufacturer paid off a reviewer is one of the most insulting — and inaccurate — things you can say to a tech journalist. Tom's Guide does allow sponsored posts, but they are always clearly marked. Furthermore, I have never written one, and I don't intend to in the future.
The truth of the matter is that if a reviewer ever accepted a payoff for a piece, it would be a catastrophic scandal, not just for the writer, but for the entire site. I would lose my job instantly — and that would just be the beginning. Any participating party from Tom's Guide or Logitech would lose their jobs as well, and probably never work in the industry again. You would hear about the scandal for years to come.
There were a few along similar lines:
What is this? How much did Logitech pay you for this article? Not even offering a comparison to other brands? All the products listed here have valid flaws especially the G915. Better read a more neutral reviews of the products somewhere else than this Logitech advertisement.
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When did Tom's hardware become so bad? This isn't even thinly veiled shilling. Pathetic. Shame on you the author and shame on this publication.
Once again, the only thing Logitech did in this scenario was provide the gear to Tom's Guide for review. Incorporating the gear into my home setup was my choice. Writing about it was my choice. The only payment I received for this assignment was my regular salary. I don't feel ashamed of this, but if there is a reason why I should, please elaborate, and I will give the matter some more consideration.
I should also point out, just for accuracy's sake, that this site isn't Tom's Hardware; it's Tom's Guide. Tom's Hardware is our sister site, and it has a completely different editorial team.
I covered this in the piece itself, but the reasons why I use Logitech gear are twofold: I believe the gear is built to last, and I like using just one software program to manage all my peripherals. There's no special reason beyond that. Before I had my current setup, I used Razer gear, then Corsair gear. At work, I use a mix of Logitech, Corsair, and Roccat gear.
If you think that this is all some kind of huge cover-up for a massive payola conspiracy, then frankly, I don't know what I could do to change your mind. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them to the best of my ability, but that's all I can offer. Otherwise, as I said, I really like the gear I discussed in this piece. It's not perfect. It's not right for every setup. It's not significantly better than many competing products. But what I use at home, and I hope someone finds that useful and/or interesting.