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3.7 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews


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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it says, "Technology Advice You Can Trust"... February 19, 2002
PC World has a Top 100 section which rates and highlights the best home computers, scanners, digicams, power pcs, monitors and laptops and the like for those who make a mental wish list and who love window shopping. It does stories and features like who has the best CD-RW drives and what's included on them, and like which computer store or electronics company has the best customer
services...all so the consumer can get the best deals for the best price. The design and graphics are attractive. It also has a nice How To Section, tips on working software and games, internet downloads which make life easier and fuller, and other upgrade info. PC World is a magazine which definitely holds my interest with it's easy to follow reports and down to earth writing style: it also has enough of the technical lingo for those who are 'really' into the technical lingo stuff. However, when the lingo gets a little dense and specific, a thumbnail glossary pops up now and then to help the reader out. It is a good mag if you love your computer, you love anything to do with computers or you want to learn more about computers....
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always relevant; always entertaining and informative December 3, 2005
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Great magazine for those who are not tech professionals, or who have just started in a tech field, who want to stay on top of the latest products, ideas, and technology news. Good troubleshooting tips for your computer, software programs, and other electronics as well. Loved it so much I decided to order a year's subscription. ***DO NOT ORDER THIS FROM AMAZON. I ORDERED THE MAG SEPT 7TH AND AS OF DEC 3RD I AM STILL WAITING FOR IT. Amazon is a reliable party, however the subscriptions are outsourced to others. If you have a problem with a subscription order, it is not handled through Amazon.*** UPDATE: Finally received 1st issue in late December and the subscription was backdated to continue through Nov 2006. However, if you want quicker delivery, order a subscription elsewhere.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the casual computer user November 28, 2001
PC World is one of the most widely read computer magazines in existence, and for good reason: it provides a monthly dose of technology news and reviews in an accessible and easy-to-read format. Though they bill themselves as a resource for IT managers and business people, the magazine is very consumer-oriented, and every issue contains helpful tips for novice users (such as how to get rid of temp files or install the latest Outlook patch).
Alas, being a jack of all trades condemns you to be a master of none. On average, I only find one or two articles per issue actually useful, and most features lack the depth and technical detail that IT professionals crave (in their defense, and in defense of my high ranking, that one piece of advice I get each month is usually a lifesaver). Additionally, the signal-to-noise ratio seems a little too low - one often finds "special advertising supplements" where content should be.
Perhaps my largest issue (no pun intended) with PC World is with its monthly Top 100 list. The magazine regularly gives its highest honors to computer systems unavailable through normal distribution channels, and peripherals (such as printers and CD burners) that I know from experience to have significant reliability problems are often labeled "best buy" because they perform marginally better on benchmark tests. Never the less, PC World remains a great tool for the casual user seeking a better understanding of the computer industry (or anyone just looking for some advice on buying a new PC)... and to those people, I highly recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
When I bought PC World at a store, the cover looked appealing. It had an advice on how to surf the Internet trouble free. So I brought it home and started reading it. I was amazed! I have never read a magazine cover to cover before, but I read this one word for word. This mag is filled with tons of reviews of best software and new gadgets. It also has unbiased articles written in a balanced simple English and technical language on computing in general. Perhaps the best part about the magazine is the CD they include with it. iT is filled with PC World recommended software that will make your life much easier.

IF you never heard of PC World, you don't know what you're missing. Go to the nearest store and ask for the copy. You'll be glad you did
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So, so techie for newbies May 18, 2006
I had been subscribed to PC World directly for quite a few years. Upon renewing for the next two years, suddenly their subscription department decided to send me two issues monthly and then quitting altogether. There was no way to get a personalized answer out of them, so I quit.

So much for the `straightforward' way to subscribe to the magazine.

The magazine is worth the couple of bucks - if you choose any of the special rates offered - if you obediently read it front to back, because most of the good stuff is hidden deep inside the articles.

The front pagers ("100 ways to...") are usually rehashed stuff, and it seems that sometimes the reviewers are heavily brand-biased (Dell / IBM Pentiums / Norton / etc.).

I fully agree with the various comments that "building your own" is the best way to go. After a nightmarish experience with a Compaq, directly from the local distributor, I will never buy an off-the-shelf computer again.

PC World should cater more to those tech-minded newbies who put in different brands into their machines.

... and then I'll probably subscribe again to a paper product.
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1.0 out of 5 stars They went digital
I wanted a print version of this magazine. They sent two copies before going exclusively digital. I was not able to get a refund for the remainder of the subscription because I... Read more
Published on July 26, 2013 by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mag sorry they went all electonic with such short notice to...
I just bought an Android tablet to read articles online but still enjoyed the monthly hard copy. Very disappointed they cut it with such SHORT notice and with little concern for... Read more
Published on July 13, 2013 by Frank
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Warning! Will Robinson
Warning!!! PCWorld, without warning, has gone to a digital format. No more printed edition! Unless you are permanently nconnected to your smartphone or Kindle, you are now forced... Read more
Published on July 11, 2013 by Steve Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars Magazine discontinued but they still accept your money
Very unhappy with PCW over their decision to discontinue their magazine publication as I had just renewed my subscription for 2 years. Read more
Published on July 11, 2013 by HenryM
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting magazine, however.....
Very interesting magazine, however, it's a printed magazine, and the information may be rather stale by the time it gets to your mailbox. Read more
Published on June 19, 2013 by M. hoover
4.0 out of 5 stars Working on my inner nerd
I have built a computer, but am by no means understanding of the programming part of computers. This is a great magazine with helpful articles on electronics and software.
Published on June 14, 2013 by Austin Duerfeldt
5.0 out of 5 stars PCWorld
I love this product and the delivery time was great. I would recommend this to anyone interested in computers and interested in solving computer issues.
Published on May 22, 2013 by Sherry Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars He likes it
He is an IT person and likes this kind of stuff and better yet understands it and enjoys reading it
Published on April 29, 2013 by Alisa J Orange
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers the PC Universe
Have been a subscriber for many years. This magazine keeps you updated on all the latest news in the PC World. I guess that is why they named their magazine as such.
Published on January 21, 2013 by RDKMCK
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Magazine
Bought this for my stepdad. He is a big PC magazine guy & said this was a really good one.
Published on December 17, 2012 by Lori_Mac
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