Trying to keep up with the ebb and flow of technology products is quite a challenge. Cutting through the hype and the marketing fluff adds complexity. Finding quality product information online from real people (not magazines or journals or manufacturers) can help simplify the process of separating out the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Paid publications many times won’t print negative reviews – even if the product is deserving. Sites that permit user comments allow visitor input across the entire range – from real positive to real negative. Three sites that consistently provide some of the most useful “real world” product information are:
Real World Product Reviews from Real People
- Amazon.com – our favorite, covers a huge spectrum of technology products. Popular products will often have dozens of comments with some essentially being very well written product reviews. Products that have been out longer may have hundreds of comments and reviews. The web site is very easy to navigate and find the information you want on a huge number of products.
- Newegg.com – focused strictly on tech products, this site provides great product selection with input from real techies. Geared a bit more towards technical users it’s a great site if you are looking for detailed info on items like graphics cards, hard disk drive, monitors and other hardware. Oh, and they have excellent prices also.
- CNET Reviews – this site brings a different twist as CNET provides news and downloads in addition to product reviews. They have an editorial staff, but their product listings also include a substantial amount of user comment and input. Each product will generally include both an Editor’s rating as well as an Average User rating.
So if the urge to research strikes you prior to buying that next monitor, MP3 player, wireless router or hard disk drive these three sites can provide some excellent insights prior to your purchasing decision. Do you have another site you would like to add to our list? Let us know with a Comment.