How to Read a Software or Hardware Review

When it comes time to buy new software or upgrade your computer, you know the drill. Before you lay your money down, you perform your due diligence: gather options, read reviews, look at prices, and read some more reviews.

In many cases, the reviews are the deciding factor. The nuggets of information from people who have laid their hands on a product can help cut through the dry specs and puffed-up marketing materials offered by product manufacturers.

But are you evaluating the reviews you read with the same scrutiny you would have for the product itself? Not all opinions should be considered equal, nor given the same weight in helping you make a decision. Can you trust what you’re being told? To be sure of the advice you’re getting, take into account the following tips and considerations.

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