Monday, October 19th, 2009

FAQ: Review & Rating System

This post is designed to help readers understand more about how I review products, what characteristics I’m looking for in products, what criterion I use for different aspects of a product, and the like. My goal is to qualify my review process in such a way that helps readers understand why a product receives a certain score. Ultimately, I hope that this FAQ reduces any confusion and gives everyone a better understanding of the rating system and how best to use it.

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Saturday, August 15th, 2009

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Last Updated:  January 22nd, 2013