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PC Advisor posts 3,000th product review

Three years of expert product reviews

PC Advisor today posted online its 3,000th expert product review.

It takes expert reviews of exactly 3,000 products to go from the Aopen XC Cube MZ855-II to the Chillblast Fusion Titanium, and PC Advisor has managed that feat in a little over three years.

The UK's most popular technology magazine website, PC Advisor first started publishing online product reviews in September 2005. Following a comprehensive redesign, the PC Advisor Reviews section was relaunched in Autumn 2007.

In the past year alone PC Advisor has published more than 1,400 product reviews, giving us the most comprehensive technology product coverage of any UK publication. Each expert review is independent, and conducted under lab conditions using the latest benchmarking technology.

And the 3,000 figure takes no account of our video reviews, or the more than 300 user reviews posted in the past year alone.

PC Advisor's first online review, the pre-netbook XC Cube MZ855-II, was described as 'a miniature PC for cost cutters', but that product pales into significance alongside today's myriad netbook options.

PC Advisor's most popular ever review is, perhaps surprisingly, Windows 7, which in its short life has already been viewed a whopping 260,000 times.

Other top 10 most viewed product reviews include Windows Vista and Windows XP SP3, both the Apple iPhone and Apple iPhone 3G, the Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite, BlackBerry Curve 8320 and Acer Aspire 5920, as well as the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1.

Weirdest review? Well that would have to be Marks and Spencer's iPod Suit. We think nothing of benchmarking desktop and laptop PCs, hard- and optical-drives, screens, printers and software suites, but nothing could prepare our Test Centre experts for the task of benchmarking a grey, two-piece suit (they simply couldn't get it to run Crysis).

The most expensive product we've reviewed is the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II: a digital SLR camera that will set back pro snappers a mighty six grand. But fear not, in an illustration of the changing face of technology, the 2005's 16Mp Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II has been superceded by January 2009's Canon EOS 50D. Alright, this latest Canon DSLR has only a 15Mp resolution, but it also costs more than £5,000 less!

And what product became PC Advisor's 3,000th expert review? Fittingly, it is a desktop PC. And not just any desktop, but our current no-holds-barred Power PCs champion: the Chillblast Fusion Titanium. It includes Intel's quad-core Core i7 920 'Nehalem' processor, plus 6GB DDR3 RAM, and an unbelievably capacious 1.3TB of storage. In other words, it's a PC we wouldn't have dared imagine when we started our online Reviews centre three years ago.

Other PC (Advisor) benchmarks

At the end of 2008, PC Advisor's forums passed the 300,000 thread mark, and are close to passing 2 million posts. Another looming landmark is the number of PC Advisor registered online users - fast approaching 300,000.

Nielsen Online recently ranked PC Advisor the world's most popular Technology Magazine website for UK audience.


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