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This one's not bad for a business orientated computer magazine. For your £2.99 you get a cover CD with at least one free program on it & a 280-page magazine which is mainly advertising. As I said, this one's main target is the business user, but homeusers can find some fairly useful features in it at times. In a typical month's issue you'll find the likes of: E-Shopper, which covers new stuff from the Internet world, interviews with relevant people & reviews of new Internet, related products. News hotline covers the breaking news that's happening in the computing world. The news is breaking when the magazine goes to press but may not be so new by the time that you get your issue. Business is the feature for ... business users.(Did you really need me to explain this one or did you guess by the section title?!) Feedback is your chance to let PC Direct know what you think of the magazine & anything else that you care to tell them about! No! Don't tell them about your bad case of piles or your addiction to picking your nose! Questions & Answers is where you read about other peoples' PC & Internet woes ... & then have a good laugh at someone else's expense! Workshops is the section devoted to explaining about how to do different things with some of the cover CD software from the magazine. These can be very detailed & helpful at times & a total miss at other times. Buying Advice is there to help you though the maddening maze of buying PC stuff. This can be quite a helpful feature at times. Lab Tests puts new products through its paces for you. See who stands the tests & who falls at the first hurdle. You'll find software, hardware & consumables all on test here. Reviews is the section where you find out about some of the new products that are coming on the PC market. Again, these can be software, hardware & consumables. The cove
r CD normally has at least 1 full program on it for you to keep but most of the time you get more than 1. You can get some very handy stuff on the CDs that can save you a bit of money. In all, (like I've already stated on several occasions above & in true BBC style!) this is a magazine aimed at the business user market. Homeusers may find the odd feature or program handy, but it's a magazine that wouldn't be worth subscribing to. I now mainly buy PC Direct when there's a good program on the cover CD. Any issue that I do buy, I read from cover to cover (minus the advertising) & then store with the rest of my magazines (much to the wife's horror!). PC Direct is more of an advertisement with the odd article than anything else. All the same, if you fancy buying a copy, have a bit of a flick through an issue at your local newsagents/bookstore & see if it's for you. Marks out of 5 would have to be about 2.
Pc Direct is an old established magazine. It is a very worthwhile read, and strikes a good balance between adverts and editorial. It has a good price, and the CDs are of acceptable quality. What, then, is wrong with it? The fact is it simply does not match its competitors. It is average-good in almost all areas, but is beaten in almost every one by Pc Pro. If you are looking for news and articles on future developments, Pc Direct is not the place to go - it focuses almost entirely on current machines and group reviews. That said, you can almost guarantee a large group review every month, so if you like your hardware reviews, this is the magazine for you. PC Direct is a good magazine, but there is no point in buying it when magazines like PC Pro are available
PC direct is a very good magazine for those people who are very interested in the latest technologies in computing and those who have a sound knowledge of computers. PC direct is a very popular magazine and I fell that it is made extra popular because of the free software the magazine offers each to time you buy the magazine. The standard software offered will usually be a game or two of a good standard which is perhaps a demo package, a free office tool such as publishers and one or two other utilities such as something similar to the commonly used Microsoft Auto Route Express or some other helpful software. Most of these will be shareware but they will still be useful for the time you have them available to you for. Within the magazine which is quite long and thick is the usual amount of adverts from leading PC manufactures of hardware, software and complete systems such as Dell and Tiny. Each of them will be offering the fastest systems possible today at respectable prices which is why it is always good to look in this magazine if you are considering upgrading your P.C. Also the software available is very advanced and is offered by most companies at very good prices. The final main part to this magazine is the help pages and written sections by people working for the magazine. These pages are very helpful and I often use them when I buy the magazine. They will often be about recent software that is out now and that you might have or might consider getting. Also they may be on complete operating systems such as Microsoft ME or 98. I enjoy all sections of the magazine as I find it very helpful. All of the magazine fits together very well and it is definitely a sound investment if you buy it.
PC Direct is like the other magazine I've written an opinion about, PC Advisor. They both offer pretty much the same things; loads of adverts (and I do mean LOADS), a cover disc (seemingly getting less interesting and useful with each new issue) and the odd interesting article. I currently subscribe to PC Direct, but won't be renewing my subscription. This months copy came through my door without a cover disc, but I can't be bothered to do anything about it because there is nothing on the disc that is of any interest/use to me at all. The magazine offers little to distinguish itself from the other PC mags around, but then neither does it do anything that would make you look at the others in preference. If you are interested in PC's then it's probably worth a look (read it in WHSmiths first or borrow someone elses copy). If you like adverts, then definitely buy it. The best thing to do would be to not subscribe, but buy it if the current issue has something that you really really want in it. Otherwise, you'll just be disappointed. I subscribed because they offered me it really cheaply, but it's just not worth renewing my subscription. Not a great magazine, but not a bad on either. Worth a look, but you won't miss much if you don't
I recently bought PC direct for the first time and I've been impressed, in the first place, by the numbers of pages it was containing. In fact, i bought to test it, and make up my mind about a PC magazine I should always buy in the future. Well... I must say that I am very disappointed. First because the articles are too short, it seems they've been written with no special attention and no true knowledge about the main subject. Second, and this is the most important, I realized a little experience of my own recipe. Let me explain: i cut from the magazine ALL of the ADVERTISEMENTS contained in it (but not those which verso or recto were containing articles or intersesting tests). After 10 minutes, the size of PC Direct was the third of what it was in the beginning! So now, if you are not interested in the tests they are providing (new hardware), this should be logical if you already possess a machine you are happy with, then... maybe 15 PERCENTS of the magazine worths some kind of reading. Does it worth 2.5 pounds? maybe. Does it worth to waste your time and being overcharged by the weight of ads? well... i made my choice: no more PC Direct... EVER.
I subscribed to the magazine knowing virtually nothing about it. The offer that came through the post was just to good to turn down. I now have eight issues (May-Dec) and they are my computer dictionary, reference guide and general computer facts store. Anything you are confused about anything you will find the answers in there somewhere from how to install a firewall to the statistics on all the latest software and hardware devices (i.e. scanners monitors laptops graphics cards) I could pick the best one before I ever see the in the shop. You can also buy anything featured in the mag. If you don't get it. Start Now.
Thanks to pc direct I have a better understanding of computers and the internet. Before reading such magazines my knowledge was something like this........... Meg was the name of a friend A Gig was a job for the night There are different meanings Something like mega bytes Application was for employment A program was a tv show A cursor used profanity A keyboard was a piano Log on was to add wood to a fire Hard drive was a long trip on the road A mouse pad where a mouse lived And back up happened to your commode Cut you did with a knife Paste you did with glue Web was a spiders home And a virus was the flu Compress was what you did to the garbage Not something you did to a file And if you unzipped something in public You'd be in jail for a while Memory you hope not to lose with age A CD a bank account And if you had a 3inch floppy You hope no one would find out But dont stick to pen and paper or the memory in your head Dont worry about a computer crash Just buy this magazine instead!!!
I was very impressed with the way PC Direct write their magazine, it is very informative, packed with reviews of systems, hardware and software and also has a lot to inform the beginer and the expert user. Their revoews are comprehensive and are nearly always of many different buying scenarios and budgets. They are written fairly and thoroughly, not missing anyting really, as each buyer has different opinions and needs. The magazine also has a lot of balanced content (once you have waded through the overwhelming number of ads) from internet sites and technology reviews and tutorials of installing and upgrading your hardware. There is always a section devoted to the lates computer games and new computer software. Apart from being a computer buyers magazine it is also an interesting read for the computer world today. Harry
I do know that computer mags tend to be subsidised by their marketing and advertising, but when over half the thickness is ads well I tend to think it has gone a little far. My poor postman was getting terrible backache once a month due to my subscription. They have started to get better over the past three or four months, but their editorials have also started to get quuite a bit thinner, is this the slippery slope to non-publication? With such a vast competition field is there really room for everyone. I do like the magazine (it was my first PC subscription)but I do not feel they have kept up well with all the others. Quite often I have been left floudering due to the language they have used, and I have been around computers for the past seven years. Maybe they will buck up and do well, then again maybe not.