Reader input required: review our reviews
Tell us what you like - and what you don't
Site News The Register has been running hardware and software reviews for some years now, mainly though not exclusively through its sister-site, the written-for-consumers Reg Hardware.
We're planning to make some improvements, but before we put them in place, we'd like to hear what you, the reader, would like to find when you click to read a Register review.
We have a good idea of the kind of products you like us to cover and what you don't. From the comments, we have a shrewd notion of what irks some of you about specific reviews. But we want to learn what you hope to get from a review, and here's your chance to tell us.
For instance, do you prefer longer, in-depth reviews - or are focused, waffle-free appraisals what you're after? Are you looking for science paper-style evaluations - or do you favour short, consumer-oriented 'should I buy this?' surveys? Are benchmarks important to you - or are they now largely irrelevant in this era of fast-enough CPUs and long-run batteries?
Is a percentage rating a useful quick-look measure of a product's worth? Or would you prefer a star rating, visually different but essentially just a mark out of ten? Or perhaps you prefer to make your own mind up after reading the review.
Do spec sheets or tables help? Or are you happy to visit a vendor's website for that?
Do you like to see lots of product picture, or would you rather see only the salient features snapped?
Games reviews - good or bad, more or fewer?
Let us know your thoughts.
Please bear in mind some realities. Reviews of Apple products are hugely popular and are not going to go away, no matter how politely (or not) you ask. Reg reviews - or those of any other publication, for that matter - rarely have kit on hand for long-term testing.
We review products as users, not as procurers or engineers - though perhaps we should. And so, over to you. The comments section awaits.