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  • Review units vs. buying it yourself

    Posted on October 29th, 2003 Jeff Keller No comments

    This article on Designtechica talks about how Samsung was sending out review units of an LCD monitor that were better than what the consumer would get if they bought it.
    In the digital camera world, I’ve seen people bring up this topic: are reviewers getting cameras specially tuned so they’ll get a better review? I can’t say for sure, but I don’t think so. There have certainly been cameras that needed to be tuned, that’s for sure!
    Camera reviews would certainly be more fair if i went out and bought a retail version. Two small problems, though:
    1) Unless every other big site did it, I’d always be way behind everyone else. As a reviewer, we get stuff first.
    2) I can’t afford to do it
    Now if I was charging a subscription fee, I could probably get away with buying everything. But for now, loans from the manufacturer are the best we’ve got.

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