Review of "Computeractive"
I, like most others, had very little knowledge of PCs or the Internet when i first got my PC. I mean, i knew how to rig up the computer and modem, and how the principal of it all worked, but as for the programs contained on it - forget it!!When it came to installing games, and using even basic programs such as word to their full potential, forget it!
I cannot remeber when Computeractive first came out, but i remember buying it as soon as i saw it.The cover of the magazine instantly attracts the PC beginner, as each cover header usually refers to easy-tips, program know-how, and occasionally has a useful free gift attached.
The free gifts that come with the magazine are usually helpful and are things which you will utilise, such as programs, shortcut key cards and project and troubleshooting booklets; not any old junk just to make you buy the mag.The cover price has always been reasonable as well, i have never thought 'god i paid that for that!!'
The content of Computeractive has been well thought out by its design and production teams. Its layout has been designed in a really basic format - this reflects the basic easy to follow content of the magazine. I suspect its basic style is there so as not to frighten the novice reader away, compared to magazines such as PC Power, which appear dark, full of multimedia device adverts and loads and loads of techie babble!!The contents page lists all items by subject which is good, and is handy when you need to refer to the magazine in times of PC crisis and neeed to find info in a hurry!!
Computeractive contains both regular and one off features within each issue, and i shall briefly refer to those which i found most invaluable:Every edition contains projects for you to complete on your PC using the commonest programs, which are laid out in simple picture guided step by step tutorials. Although some of these projects may not seem particularly relevant to your needs, using them makes you much more confident in using your PC and programs and also helps you to discover program tools you never knew existed!
There is an excellent help page, where readers can write in with their PC problems, and recieve simple but concise help and remedies from anything from choosing an ISP (internet service provider) to how to install a new sound card!The magazine also runs a phone up help line, which despite being costed at premium rate, has saved my bacon and is well worth it if your warranty from your PC supplier has expired (many companies wont supply phone help if your guarantee has expired).
Every issue also contains a product evaluation, each week several different makes of a product are tested and reviewed, this is particularly handy for people wanting to buy their first PC.There is also all the latest news regarding technology advances, new products being invented and designed, and a realistic opinion on them.
Best of all, for people who are new to it all, every issue contains a techie dictionary - or should i say a glossary!All those technical abbreviations, all that internet chat speak which seems alien at first is explained - i know when i first used chat i felt a right wally asking people in chat rooms what for example 'LOL' meant, so i was really greatful for Computeractives lingo guides!!
As i said earlier, i have kept every single issue i bought! I still have the free guides and short cut key guides next to my PC; my kids now refer to them when they need guidance, ideas or need to get out of a rut!Buy Computeractive if you're a novice or experienced - its well worth the read no matter what your ability!
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