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Popular Mechanics (1-year)

4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (471 customer reviews)

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Popular Mechanics is for people who have a passion to know how things work. It's about how the latest advances in science and technology will impact your home, your car, consumer electronics, computers, even your health. Popular Mechanics - answers for curious minds.

Who Reads Popular Mechanics?
The Popular Mechanics reader is curious. The reader is driven to explore, become knowledgeable and actively participate in a wide variety of interests, making him today's Go-to Guy that Main Street America goes to for advice.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:
The Popular Mechanics reader has a curious mind - a hunger to know, an inquisitive interest, and a desire to investigate and learn. Every month, Popular Mechanics inspires, instructs and influences millions of curious minds - engaging them with breakthroughs in science and technology, how-to stories on digital technology, automotive advances and home upgrades.

  • Tech Watch: Reporters dig deep to find new and exciting technological advances that will keep readers up-to-date with cutting-edge innovations – in aviation, computers, energy, environment, health, military, robotics, space and transportation.
  • Upgrade: Reporters collect the best gear from the biggest trade shows – from new tools for the home and worksite to the most advanced digital gadgets – and provide no-nonsense comparison tests and monthly reviews.
  • New Cars: Auto editors at Popular Mechanics give readers a comprehensive sneak-peak of the most exciting vehicles coming out of Detroit, Asia and Europe.
  • DIY Auto: This section gives readers a place to go for all their automotive repair and maintenance questions and answers – allowing them to skip the trip to the local mechanic by providing them instructions on exactly how to diagnose and repair any number of auto problems.
  • DIY Home: This section offers readers a column with a variety of step-by-step home improvement projects, including useful tips, advice and product reviews.
  • DIY Tech: This gives readers hands on advice on all things tech – from cameras and computers to HDTV and surround sound – keeping them one step ahead of the curve.
  • Feature Articles: Popular Mechanics tells you how the latest advances in science and technology will impact your home, your car, consumer electronics, computers, even your health. Features include: Tech Watch, Upgrade, New Cars, Saturday Mechanic, Car Clinic, Homeowners Clinic, and Jay Leno's Garage.

Magazine Layout:
Popular Mechanics is clean, crisp, fresh and cool. The magazine continuously delivers to curious minds every month - and even at 102 years young, continues to be a voice of authority on all things science, automotive, technology, home and outdoors.

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Comparisons to Other Magazines:
Popular Mechanics is the essential source for the modern man. From installing windows in their home or on their computer, Popular Mechanics gives readers the information and tools they need to be confident and competent in today’s high-tech world.

Advertising:
Popular Mechanics has a wide variety of advertisers, from automobiles to retailers and tools to home and garden, and everything in between.

Awards:
Over the past 9 years, Popular Mechanics has won over 60 Art and Design Awards - ranging from Distinction in Editorial Design to Best Cover of the Year, to Best Table of Contents to Distinction in Photography. In 2008, Popular Mechanics won the American Society of Magazine Editors award for excellence in service journalism, for its 3 part series on the fast growing national anxiety - the degradation of the environment.



With plenty of features on the latest high-tech cars, tools, sports gear, and military developments, Popular Mechanics is the source for discriminating gadget heads. Full-page ads for spark plugs, extrastrong glues, and manly cigarettes fuel the magazine's testosterone engine, and many of the how-to articles are designed to help today's male achieve maximum speed, efficiency, and style in his leisure activities. In-depth articles on the history of the baseball glove, comparison tests of mulching mowers, and a list of the cables you'll need to build a home network join brief news bites covering science, outdoors, and home improvement. With a copy of Popular Mechanics and a fat wallet, you could be the alpha male you've always wanted to be! --Therese Littleton

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Popular Mechanics is for people who have a passion to know how things work. It's about how the latest advances in science and technology will impact your home, your car, consumer electronics, computers, even your health. Popular Mechanics - answers for curious minds.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Hearst Magazines
  • ASIN: B00005N7SA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (471 customer reviews)
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289 of 308 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine, HORRIBLE subscription service! January 12, 2010
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
My rating is for the overall package of magazine and subscription service.

The subscriptions are handled by BuySub and they appear to be totally incompetent. I ordered Popular Mechanics and several other magazine subscriptions. I have an Amazon account, my address is totally correct, I was charged for the subscriptions, and all were fine except the one handled by BuySub ... somehow the goons at BuySub screwed up my address so badly that the USPS refused to deliver the magazine. BuySub/Hearst offers no phone call and their "Contact Us" page doesn't always work, so I had to resort to sending queries via email. I corrected my address and explaind that I was missing 2 issues according to their record of when my subscription started. They responded telling me that they would send only 1 of the 2 issues. They never sent that issue, nor did my subscription resume after I corrected the address. I contacted them again and told them I was now missing 3 issues and told them they needed to send the issues or extend my subscription. They responded with "Your request to cancel your subscription has been received".

TOTAL INCOMPETENCE! I did not request to cancel my subscription, I requested the missing issues or an extension. If they're going to be idiots and cancel my subscription, could they tell me if I'm being reimbursed? I had to respond again, and now I'm going to contact my credit card company and see if they can do anything for me.

NEVER AGAIN will I subscribe to any magazine handled by BuySub. I have wasted a huge amount of time trying to correct the mistakes that THEY made. They took my money right away and didn't deliver. Totally shabby.
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104 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jack-of-All-Trades Magazine January 2, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Popular Mechanics is a Jack-of-All-Trades Magazine. I have been an avid reader since high school picking up every other issue or so at local newsstands. I only recently finally got smart and picked up a subscription. For the price you can't go wrong. PM is filled with informative articles on everything ranging from new technology, world events, woodworking tips, car care, automotive design, and computers. PM does not delve to deep into any particular subject, rather it gives you a broad view of all of them.
In each issue your likely to find tips on how to change and fix a flat tire on your car, plans on how to build wood furniture, reviews on new cars, and reports on upcoming technology. The articles are always interesting and provide enough information to let you do a little more digging if the subject matter sparks your interest. Jay Leno even writes an automotive section that is always enjoyable to read.
The product reviews are informative and have helped me with numerous purchases ranging from new cars, snow blowers, power tools, dirt bikes and the like. I would recommend this magazine to anyone interested in any of the mentioned subjects but can't afford 40 different subscriptions to cover them all.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too long of a wait November 2, 2009
By Rich
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
11 weeks have gone by and I have yet to recieve an issue. What burns me up is that I have recieved a RE-SUBSCRIBE letter in the mail from the publisher promising to make sure I dont miss an issue if I pay up for ANOTHER year.

WELL... I havn't gotten my FIRST issue yet.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 2 months- still waiting for my order January 16, 2010
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
There's nothing wrong with Popular Mechanics, but the company that handles the subscriptions is apparently completely incompetent. The original estimate for shipping was within one month of ordering, i.e. middle of December. After placing the order that estimate got pushed back to early January. It's now the middle of January and I have sent 2 emails to that company and still have not received a single issue. Buyer beware.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't order from here if you want it in a hurry... October 28, 2009
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
Subscription fulfillment on this is very poor. I ordered in July and still haven't received the 1st issue as of the end of October. I called Hearst in September and they told me I should receive the 1st issue in October. In October, they tell me the 1st issue is coming in Decmber and blame Amazon for submitting with a December start date (back in July? and with evidence to the contrary). Either way, can't recommend ordering through Amazon or from this publisher.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers all the bases January 16, 2002
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
For me, this magazine has it all: technology, automotive, aviation, boats, home repair, and much more. It gives a great overview of what is happening in many industries and hobbies. I have generally read the entire issue two days after I have received it, and I don't have a lot of free time for reading.
One of the best aspects of this magazine is that is does not take itself too seriously. It does a great job creating articles that are informative and detailed, but leaves room for fun and offbeat topics too.
Last year Popular Mechanics readers got to follow a PM sponsored NASCAR car. This year they have switched to a top fuel dragster. These articles give you a good behind the sense look at what it takes to race these impressive vehicles.
If racing is not your style, checkout the woodworking section where a myriad of woodworking projects are presented. Don't forget their annual woodworkers special with a whole host of plans in a single issue.
Got a leaky water heater? Check the home repair section. Car on the fritz? Check the auto repair section. Wondering what is new in the military? Watch for the frequent special articles on the Special Forces and their hardware. This magazine has a great deal to offer!
For an all around look at technology and all things mechanical, you can't beat Popular Mechanics!
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