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Before I say anymore, …. Yes, I do buy a lot of computer and Internet magazines! Anyway, on with the review………. PC Explorer is published by Live Publishing (www.livepublishing.co.uk) and has been on the market for about 14 months. Other magazines from the Live Publishing stable are PC Utilities and PC How To, which seem to be selling well in such a competitive market. In my opinion PC Explorer is really geared towards people who have had their PCs for a while but aren’t very experienced or confident using them. I could be wrong, but this is only my opinion of the magazine. You will learn quite a bit from reading PC Explorer and by trying out the various tutorials and workshops. In all, PC Explorer can be useful to anyone who has a PC, but is really for the newer members of the PC family. You pay £4.99 for the magazine and the cover CD, but get loads of features for your money. Here’s a short run through the better features of the magazine, but don’t forget that there’s loads more to the magazine besides what I highlight! ~~~News~~~ The usual round up of computer & IT news from around the globe. Some of the news may interest you & some may leave you wondering ……’Why did I read that?’ With all news that’s printed, it was fresh when the magazine went to the printers, but may or may not be current by the time that you buy the magazine. ~~~Mailbox~~~ This makes a nice change from the usual title of ‘Readers’ Letters’, but is exactly that. All the same, this is where your letters are published for everyone to read and admire (or laugh at!). PC Explorer doesn’t devote much space to the letters section, so you have to write something good or be a brilliant ‘Brown Nose’! ~~~How To~~~ This is another section that I always enjoy reading. The ‘How To’ sect
ion is normally packed with really useful tutorials which will hopefully aid you to get better use out of your PC. Normally they range from software to hardware upgrades. This section depends on what’s new on the market and what people have asked for. ~~~Tips~~~ Here’s a section that’s also quite useful. It’s normally devoted to software though. Some of the tips are excellent and real-time savers. Others you already know and use. ~~~Internet Problems Solved~~~ What can I say about this section? The only thing that I can say is that if you have a Net problem, you may just get the answer here. Always worth a read for future reference though! ~~~Reviews~~~ This is the section that’s devoted to looking at the latest hardware and software on the market. Some of the stuff that’s reviewed is wildly priced, but always good for a read and increase your knowledge. ~~~Help~~~ The usual section where you turn to for help with your various PC problems. You can find some really good stuff in here! You can be callous and laugh at other people’s misfortunes and hope that it doesn’t happen to you! ~~~On the Explorer CD~~~ You guessed it! Here’s where you get all the info about the stuff that’s on the CD. You normally get a CD packed with useful software and a fully featured free program. Other times you get a CD that will make a great coffee cup coaster! There’s more than what I’ve just written about, but this is just to give you a taster of what you can expect from PC Explorer. I still think that PC Explorer is really aimed at the newer PC user, but the more experienced user can still learn from the mag. You could always have butchers at the magazine’s website and see what it has to offer. www.pcexplorer.co.uk For you £4.99 you get an average of 100 pages and only a small percentage o
f them is for advertising. Check out a copy of PC Explorer in your local newsagents (if they stock it) and see if the mag’s for you or not. This saves throwing your money away on a product that’s no use!