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ComputerActive deserves to be the most popular PC mag in the UK
Member Name: HeIsSean
Advantages: Interesting, no pretentious jargon, plenty of sections, caters to multiple audiences, free downloads
Disadvantages: More expensive than it used to be
I've been a subscriber to ComputerActive for a while now. I've always bought it since I first had my computer and it has seen my from novice level to advanced. Even now, I do not find the magazine too basic. It is filled with different interesting sections: I love reading the News and the Letters, for example. And the reviews are trustworthy.
The guides cater to diverse audiences of different levels and there is a focus on the readers, who input quite a bit into the magazine. It costs more than it used to, but they have been giving out useful software free with every issue and it is still cheaper than rival magazines. This is not on a disc, but by download, which I think is a good idea. The magazine is more compact as a result, you don't need space for loads of jewel cases and it must have a lesser impact on the environment.
Summary: This will always be the top computer magazine for me.