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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I've been watching this magazine slide downhill for some time, but they've finally hit bottom. The bulk of the April 25 2006 magazine was devoted to cars. Yes, todays automobiles are becoming highly computerized, but the magazine is supposed to highlight the software and hardware that we use on our desktops.

PC Mag has been drifting far afield, doing articles on Apple computers, gaming systems, and extensive reviews on cameras. Instead of PCs, the subject seems to be anything that has a computer chip in it, or is in some way remotely related to computers. The obvious inference is that there's nothing interesting going on in the PC world, so they have to keep stretching just to fill the pages. I find that hard to believe; I think it's more likely that the staff has lost their focus, or they've hired people who are not interested in or qualified to write about PCs. The lack of pertinent content makes the dwindling size of the magazine even more apparent. What used to rival a small phone book is now about the size of Time magazine.

They now have a "new look", and it's awful. Their readership used to consist of well educated, technically sophisticated professionals. These people don't need a dozen arrows pointing into every photograph, with cutesy "handwritten" notes belaboring the obvious. That's more appropriate for the folks who had a hard time getting through high school and have short attention spans. Compare this issue to the issues from a couple years ago, and it's obvious that they've "dumbed down" the entire magazine.

I've subscribed to PC Magazine for years, and considered it a "must read" to keep up with the rapidly evolving hardware and software of the PC world. But no more -- it's time to find one that has something useful to write on the subject of Personal Computers.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of stuff, but lots of junk as well September 18, 2003
I'm old enough to remember the first issues of PC Magazine. Those were the days when PC was still a novelty and I religiously read every word printed in PC Mag in order to "hack" my PCs (which cost over $2000 with *no* hard drive!). Over the years it became a thick magazine packed with reviews and tips on how to get the last bit of performance out of DOS.
Then a few years ago the founding editor retired and PC Mag's parent company was taken over by a Korean company called Softbank. The magazine (and its sister publications including PC Week) became rather stale and conservative. Every issue became totally predictable, and the number of reviews dropped, probably a victim of its cost-conscious Korean bosses. To this day, PC Mag is an overall solid magazine that you can't get excited about. The editorials all sound the same (conservatively futuristic with no clear viewpoints), the reviews shallow and unreliable, and the Internet sections neither serious nor fun-to-read. The back pages, devoted to "after hours," are close to being useless.
PC Mag does have a decent website; just don't try to use its useless search function. This is a magazine you can read in the library, not something worth paying for. For something that can probably arouse your passion in PC computing, try "Maximum PC" magazine.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shell of former self June 30, 2006
By beaker
Please see tj-mccarthy's review elsewhere here; he is, to borrow a phrase from across the pond, spot-on in his comments. Just this week I cancelled my 10-year subscription to PC Magazine. One thing not mentioned elsewhere is that the new editor, Jim Louderback, has dropped the old tagline on the front cover, "An Independent Guide to Technology". I conjecture that the reason for doing so is that this magazine is no longer independent and is, in fact, just a marketing vehicle for various products. If you are like me and you do not like stealth marketing, stay away from this publication.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This magazine took a radical change in direction earlier this year, meaning most reviews prior to April 2006 are essentially reviewing a different magazine.

I was a subscriber since the early 90's and have recently cancelled. This magazine had a mid (end of life?) crisis and now wants to cover just about anything that uses electricity. And cars! Why would I pick up PC Magazine to read a car review? Their "improved" layout uses cartoonish hand drawn arrows and "cool" sayings to replace actual review content. What is their market here? 12 year old geeks with an extra $80k laying around to drop on an SUV? Get real. Until this magazine makes another radical change in direction to get back on topic, it is best avoided.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source November 3, 2001
This magazine has to be at the top of the heap for computer enthusiasts. It gives up to date reviews and upcoming new items for all aspects of the computer world. I have read articles in this magazine from Operating systems to the latest driver upgrades to the newest hardware equipment coming out on the market. The reveiws are very indepth and very well written and tested. All in all, this magazine is good for all aspects of users, from the novice to the expert. It is a must for all users.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When I grow up, I want to be John C. Dvorak November 28, 2001
Actually, growing up might hinder the process... oh, never mind, on with the review.
Since the birth of the original IBM personal computer, PC Magazine has been the premiere publication for computer enthusiasts from all walks of life. The magazine has kept pace with technology, so readers with interests in consumer electronics, networking, and web programming will find valuable information alongside the traditional product reviews. Unlike some similar periodicals, PC Magazine artfully manages to provide technical detail for IT professionals and "bottom line" advice for consumers without diminishing its user-friendliness and readability. It also strikes a proper balance between fact and opinion, and between content and advertising.
Because PC Magazine is published bi-weekly, it provides more up-to-the-minute coverage of the ever-changing world of technology than any of its monthly competitors, and the predictions of its well-informed staff often turn out to be correct (yes, I keep some of my back issues). Additionally, each issue contains detailed product reviews, excellent feature stories on new technologies, and a joke page that's actually funny.
Perhaps the most compelling reason to read PC Magazine is due to the quality of its columnists. Every issue begins with a variety of insightful and thought-provoking editorials, from the visionary ramblings of John Dvorak (my hero) to the infuriating nonsense espoused by "Extreme Tech" Bill Machrone (whom I would personally like to strangle with a Cat 5 patch cord). In short, PC Magazine provides actual journalism in a genre filled with overglorified catalogs, and I can not praise it highly enough.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have magazine
If you need to be up-to-date in whatever happens regarding PC's, try a subscription to PC Magazine. You'll become addicted. Remember I warned you!!!
Published on January 4, 2007 by Juan Alonso
1.0 out of 5 stars Changes
Change can be good; however, sometimes change can be very bad. Earlier this year PC Mag decided to become a magazine for the masses instead of providing technical information for... Read more
Published on September 30, 2006 by Tony B...
1.0 out of 5 stars Substantially deteriorated
I remember, not quite four years ago, when this magazine actually had PC substance and catered to a sophisticated PC-oriented market. Read more
Published on May 5, 2006 by C. A. Lemley
4.0 out of 5 stars good but thin
I find it to be the least biased among PC computer magazines. Unlike most of its competitors, computer reviews are typically supported by objective benchmarks. Read more
Published on December 30, 2005 by esseyo
1.0 out of 5 stars Now runs sex ads
I just cancelled my subscription and recommended that my daughter cancel the one I bought for my 14 year-old grandson. Read more
Published on December 13, 2005 by GaryD
4.0 out of 5 stars A good magazine
This magazine will aid you in your quest to become a PC guru, however it tends to be ad swayed in its reviews of products, software and hardware. Read more
Published on November 15, 2005 by BaPuters
5.0 out of 5 stars PC Magazine
Have enjoyed PC Magazine since the early 80' invaluable source of information and insight...a must read!
Published on August 28, 2005 by J. Bartlett
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but still among the best PC magazines
PC Magazine is the largest, most expensive magazine of its kind, but it is well worth the price. I used to have a subscription and found its detailed product reviews helpful in... Read more
Published on December 18, 2004 by John Kwok
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but...
PC Magazine has a lot of good reviews, offers many helpful tips, and covers breaking technology. It's targeted a little more towards the "what will be" area of computing... Read more
Published on April 8, 2004 by J. Giles
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