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Great value for money... Except for one small thing!
on March 21, 2012
Let me start off by saying that 5 stars doesn't even do this book (or any of Scott's publications) justice. I just chose the 3 star rating because I wanted this review to stand out. This book and its previous versions, has become the bible of the pc enthusiast many moons ago, and I can't possibly praise it highly enough. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND BUY IT... NOW!
So why not 5 stars? Well it's a really small matter of opinion, but since this is the 5th edition of the book that I have owned, my opinion may be something to consider for others who have the previous versions, and also for the author.
When I compare the 19th edition to this one, I get the feeling that there is still a ton of "legacy" or "historic" information inherited by the 20th edition that you will never really get any significant benefit from knowing in 2011-12; simply because of how rapidly technology has advanced over the past 7 or 8 years. The Information is priceless if that is what you're after, but if you take the title of this book at face value, then you will be skipping over quite a bit of information before you get to the parts that will be relevant to any upgrade or repair on a pc that a reader (you) would be undertaking. I don't mean any of this offensively, but I just felt as if more information could have been exposed regarding newer technology and standards and maybe in greater depth too if the book didn't have to address so many historical details. As I continued to read, that feeling became so strong that I actually wonder if maybe the time has come for Scott to publish a new title "THE HISTORY OF PCs 1st edition" with all of the information pertinent to legacy devices in it so that the "UPGRADING AND REPAIRING PCs" title series can continue to focus more on technology still existing in pcs within recent years.