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I like Stuff - I love gadgets and as a 21-year old I'm still dreaming about owning all the expensive, luxury gadgets and tech that the magazine reviews and presents to the reader. As someone still young enough to see a picture of a 3D TV and say 'whoa, cool' it's a good magazine to have about. Reviews are mostly in-depth and broad and cover most points of interest or importance - once you've read a Stuff review of a product, you definitely have a good idea about what the product is really like to use. I guess I'm saying that I trust their reviews as accurate & relevant.
I do like the Top 10 of Everything section in the back of every issue - updated with new product releases - though it does take a significant chunk of paper to produce when I wouldn't mind having a quick poke online for what I'm actually looking to buy. There are a couple of Opinion articles as well, often about the future of some software or tech company or line of tech.
However, Stuff does play on the 'that's cool' line a bit too much for my liking - I struggle to find anything in any category that is actually affordable for the masses. Personally I do value quality and am unfortunately a bit of a brand snob, however most featured products are at least slightly priced out of reasonableness - and I do hesitate to wonder whether the people who can afford the prices of many of the gadgets would purchase a magazine like Stuff with a bikini-clad blonde on the front to find out about them.
Basically, it is a good, quality magazine and worth a flick through to see some cool stuff, but I won't be using it to make many buying decisions any time soon while most of the reviewed products are a little too aspirational in terms of price.
Stuff magazine on the outside, appears to be another generic "Lads Mag", however, delve in and you sill see it is far from that.
The content of Stuff magazine very much resembles the title. Its full of stuff.. Gadget type stuff. Most men (and some women) love gadgets, and if you do, this is the place to see them first, read about them and sometimes even win them.
The magazine usualy has several big main articles and then loads of smaller bites of information. There are loads of product reveiws on certain subjects. In the latest copy for instance, there is a mountain bike review section, a headphone review section camera reviews and freeview box reviews plus many more
All these reviews are well written and conatin all the information you need to know to make an informed choice. The magazine is rarely biased. If there is an issue with something, it will raise it. The magazine often awards items with a medal corresponding to the type of item they are reviewing. . I.e best value, best sound, best appearence. This helps the reader pick out quickly, which is best for them.
The magazine is usally around 122 pages of actual content, and then another 20 or so of adverts and thier every issue top ten lists. These lists conayin the top 10 current gadgets in certain catagories. Mainly things like phones, cameras, TV's, sat navs Etc. This is a good quick guide to see the current cream of the crop.
One of my main issues with the magazine is sometimes the contents of the reviews. For instance the Mountain bike section in this months mag. I am after a new bike, so when I saw that on the from cover, I thought "great just what I need". However when I actually read the acticle, not one of the bikes was under £2500 with all but one over £5000. Even the cheaper alternitives listed in a small box next to each bike were still over £1000. Now I know there are people who hapilly spend this on a bike, but lets be honest, most people dont. As such, this whole section of the mag is useless to me. It would have been much better to review a selection of bikes, from budget range, all the way to top end. Everyone would have been happy. This theme is often repeated in different sections of the mag. There is often either one or the other, and rarely a good overall view snapshot of the markets.
If the magazine could provide a more world realistic range of reveiws, it would be an excelent and informative buy. As its stands, its often just full of stuff mere mortals could never afford, and as such just becomes a big flashy advert for really expensive stuff and is of little use.
OK, I bought this magazine for a change, normally I go for more games tech mags as that's what I'm more so into, But i thought I'd give myself a change so picked up stuff for the plane journey I had ahead.
I don't want to run this mag down too much, I've only ever bought one issue so will be speaking in terms of 1st impressions, but I am myself into gadgets and tech so thought it'd be pretty approriate to give it a go.
1st of all, to pick out the good bits, stuff is a magazine all about gadgets. From cameras to bikes to sound systems, games consoles, phones, you name it and they would be sure to have reviewed it. There are over 250 pages packed full of reviews, ratings and products sure to burn a hole in your wallet. It certainly is packed with technology, and I think the mag does offer good value for money at £3.99.
However, after reading through a few pages, I realised it wasn't the magazine to perhaps suit me. Like I said before I love technology, but found myself looking at much the same thing over and over. By this i mean the magazine will compare perhaps several different of the same products, all very similar and all very expensive. That's another thing about the mag I didn't really like, it mostly has items that the average person would never be able to afford or want. And you start thinking to yourself, "what's the point in reading about it?" Also the mag reviewed alot of things I wasn't really interested in ie overpriced cameras, overpriced TVs and overpriced watches. Again, I do like looking at new cameras, tvs etc but the only ones that seem to be featured in this mag are the ones more suited to a celebrity's mansion than the average Joe. It also has alot of repeating items, you could find some cameras on pg 30 then again on pg 90 and then again later on which is a bit confusing.
Stuff is still a good mag packed full of new shiney gadgets, but with most of them being massively out of price range, alot of them are no interest to me and I won't be buying another issue. It's very much a personal view but if you feel similar to me, perhaps best leaving this one.
I love gadgets. It's plain and simple. I can't imagine ever growing up significantly enough to not yearn for 'toys' in the way a child often does and with similar bouts of sulking when I am denied my love. Luckily my craving can be sated with exposure to 'gadget porn'. These are magazines which showcase and review gadgets of all types covering everything from Apple to Zune and everything in between. One such publication is Stuff.
Stuff is a lovely, glossy and comprehensive magazine which looks at everything tech, be it chic or geek. The varied format makes this a fun read and the presentation is excellent.
Hmm. Typically, and also rather predictably, there is a cover girl who is scantily clad and no doubt enhanced in photoshop. Of course this is justified as she holds a gadget... It seems this is to target a traditional male audience although we all know girls love their gadgets too. We can overlook this stereotype though I do wish shops didn't put it next to the typical 'lads mags' that are overtly sexual in content.
Weighing in at around the 270 page mark it is quite a hefty weight but there is also a mini version available which seems popular these days. I guess it would be A5 size (ish) but it still retains the same content and the £3.99 price tag.
The magazine is broken five basic sections namely Hot Stuff, Features, Tested, Win Things! and Top Ten.
This section starts with the 'Hot 5' which are basically bleeding edge tech objects that are considered highly desirable. Expect to see references to video games, iconic design and celebrity interviews.
Erm... these are features. Letters from readers appear here along with articles telling exactly why you need the featured tech. Lots of quality content in this section with discussion, how to's, style and the all important 'next big thing'. This is the quick view section as most items are small reads to scan and go back to, the more in depth stuff coming in the test section. Speaking of which...
It's all here. Phones, potable media, PVRs, camera, computers and many, many forms of desirable tech. And don't think this is a generic glance at gadgetry either. Phones for example can be split into sub groups, for example: Mobile phones, smartphones, camera phones, DECT and VOIP handsets. Stuff tells you how and why and uses a five star rating system. Expect to see also regular group testing with comparative results but also the killer features of each item clearly marked.
The old favourite competition section. Appears every issue and gives away some fantastic and obviously expensive kit. There is more than one competition and some have multiple prizes.
Here Stuff provide what they feel are the best ten items in each category. There is a short description for each item plus the price and rating it received when reviewed. It is a handy quick reference guide for those with an imminent desire to spend.
Stuff is the biggest selling gadget and technology magazine and as you would expect from such a successful product quality shines through. Everything is well written with both intelligence and humour and the photography is faultless.
As with all things tech the products featured have a tendency to be expensive, very expensive or ridiculously expensive. This is often reflected in the upmarket advertisements for such notable cash swallowers like BMW and Bell & Ross. Don't despair however if £1000 seems a lot for some headphones as there are lots of low cost inclusions such as sub £300 netbooks and mp3 players.
Usually awesome and gorgeous in equal measure, the equipment featured is well showcased and although sometimes aspirational or out of reach there is plenty for the average tech lover.
Priced at £3.99 it is available in high street newsagents and supermarkets. Sometimes independent sellers may locate it near the top shelf magazines which is a bit embarrassing when you really want to ogle the latest laptop and not a 'readers wife'.
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Stuff magazine is another one of the many mens magazines to be on offer amongst your supermarket shelves but is this just another of the same?
The magazine is a monthly publication and is priced at £3.99 normally and published by Haymarket Media Group. The magazine has shifted in what it offers to the market with its aim now simply to put forwards to people the brand new gadgets, technology information and gamers updates which makes this a very relevant publication in our modern days of technology playing a more and more important part in our day to day lives.
The normal issues you will find to have a huge amount to offer with the regular products to be getting reviewed including any new cameras, mobile phones, computers, laptops, gaming developments and more. All of the products that are reviewed are done in a very well thought out and informative way with the magazine a very professional and respected publication amongst gadget lovers.
What about the women on the front cover??? Is this not just a lads mag in disguise??? The cover is actually mis-leading as the company realise that sex sells and so many of the gadgets are presented with a gorgeous woman on offer too but don't get this mixed up with a glorified lads mag.
- An informative magazine offer technology and gadgets information
- Simple to read
- Excellent articles, pictures and photos
- Quality feel to the magazine
- Good value for money as does offer a large amount of reading with extra value available through subscriptions
- Helps with potential purchases
- You will want to buy all of the stuff you see
This is an excellent magazine offering technology and gadgets in a simple to read, informative and enjoyable publication.
The mens magazine industry is a fierce business, there is competition everywhere. Cars, gadgets, women, sport, many different categories. Stuff magazine is mainly focused on gadgets, but also includes a bit of every other available category. But does it work?
Stuff covers every major gadget released to the market today, and every aspect of them. Whether it be a CD player, ipod, mobile phone, TV, or one other of their many gadgets reviewed, Stuff will always offer a thorough review of the product, and if it is good enough it will make the top 10 gadget list for its category. I personally have found these reviews to be very helpful when choosing a product.
While Stuff used to be a magazine resemblant to Nuts, it has not moved on from that. The main article of every magazine will still have pictures of a hot model holding the gadget or subject of the article. This low amount of women provides a good mix with the other aspects of the magazine.
I have always been pleased with the car side of Stuff. They tend to have one large car article featured within the magazine each month. These articles could have any car in them, but it is 90 percent of the time about a car that is yet to be released, looking very futuristic. I have always loved the car articles in this magazine, they never get too detailed and are always very cool.
Unfortunately sport has become less of a frequent topic in the more recent magazines. Where before proper articles with news of sport and some other sporting discussions were featured, none now exist really. The only reference to sport is in the form of interviews with sporting stars and of reviews of different kit that can be used for different physical activity. And it's not always mainstream either, it could be about cycling or ultimate frisbee, very annoying.
So in summary, Stuff magazine is a good mens alrounder, but just quite doesn't match up to what it used to be. If you're not put off at all and like your gadgets, then its £3.99 an issue per month, although a subscription will set you back less and will also come with a free gadget item, normally worth a price in the region of £30-40, a nice incentive, but for me not worth the money, an alternative like GQ is in my opinion a better choice.
I don't usually have time to read magazines unless i go on holiday and this is the only magazine i buy on a monthly basis.
I'm a real techonolgy enthusiast and always like to keep up to date with the lastest gadgets and gizmos as well as buying the best products on the market. This magazine covers everything from cars, futuristic gadgets, cameras, phone, camcorders, laptops, computers, games systems, radios - basically anything you can think of - this magazine covers. It has great reviews and articles on the hottest new products and i always consult this magazine before making a purchase - in fact i usually see something in this magazine before deciding it's a necessity!
There are quite a few adverts in the magazine but they are all relevant to the techonology theme and you don't find yourself bombarded with pictures of muscular men flaunting their six packs and telling you how to get one or bikini clad women telling you how to get them!
At £3.99 it might seem a bit pricey but that's in keeping with most glossy magazines aimed at men nowadays and this is a definite must for the modern man who wants to keep up to date with technology - they give you the facts without all the sales jargon.
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First of all, don't judge a book by a cover, and by that this means the hot girl on the cover does not mean that this is another one of those adult magazines. This is for us boys and girls who loves technology and gadgets, while enjoying beautiful women alongside the pretty and hot gadgets. Stuff magazine is in fact giving us the best of both worlds. The paper quality of the magazine itself is excellent with bright and lively colors.
While the girls are of quality, the reviews, pictures and information inside the magazine are of even better quality. Every month of so, they have new features like the best gadgets of the decade for example, which are very enjoyable to read and tells you something which you've never thought of before. The reviews (around 5 a month) are also quite interesting and helpful as they do tell you a lot about the gadget, and gives honest opinions to the matter. Ratings are then given in several categories such as value, features and usability. I have once bought an mp3 player off a review from Stuff Magazine and have never regretted the purchase.
After the reviews, they then sum up their magazine with the Top 10 of gadget categories such as MP3 Players, Laptops, Smartphones, Mobile Phones etc. and within these categories, they have a short review of the top products. These chart tables are quite useful to know which gadgets are popular, and can easily help with gift purchasing for your loved ones.
However, I never had enough of the magazine once I've finished it, and I am not sure if it's just too good or too short to justify the £3.99 cover price (nearest Tesco/bookstores). I feel like I deserve more that what is being offered after reading the whole thing. It takes me only half an hour to finish it, and because of that, I prefer reading online blogs such as Engadget as they have more content than a monthly magazine.
Firstly, dont be fooled by the bikini-clad model on the front of the magazine cover as you walked past it in the Supermarket. This isnt a 'boobs' mag. It isnt a Mens 'top-shelf' mag. This is a magazine dedicated to the world of Technology.
Although the female on the cover of the magazine will appear in a spread halfway through the magazine with an advertised product resting on her buxom or something, that will be all you will see of the females in the mag.
Now, what is actually in the mag of interest? Well, when I said technology, I meant it. Mobile Phones, Watches, TVs, CD Players, Cameras, the works. The latest issue was 113+ of Tecnological Goodness for the fellas, mainly. The magazine does have a few adverts thrown in, usually catering to the technological genre.
The reviews, previews and news is all factual truth. Nothing is rumor, nothing is not described as best it can be. Its all professional.
A gripe is that the prices usually appear as being 'TBA - To Be Announced' which can be quite annoying. However, given Stuff is the Worlds Best Selling Gadget Mag, as they proclaim on ever magazine, its clear that they are getting information on products before a Pricing structure has been made available.
Personal favourite of mine is the Top 10 of Everything near the back of the Magazine. Top 10 Cameras, Top 10 TVs, Top 10 Gaming... theres loads of stuff there, which gives a brief description and a price along with it.
All in all, this magazine has been a great read to me for years, now, and is full of handy information for you fellow Tech-geeks out there.
Stuff magazine is a gadget lovers wet dream!! take no notice of the semi-clad lovely on the front cover this really does not do this magazine justice and i wish that the people at stuff magazine would drop the girly pictures,most of us gadget-heads will drool at a shiny piece of kit be it a computer,camera,mp3 player etc!! on the cover anyway.
This is a refreshing magazine with excellent unbiased reviews with a great top ten of the most popular gadgets in the back of the magazine so you have an at glance guide to what the experts think of course you are also free to develop your own opinion as the articles give you all the necessary info.
Head to head features really do show the guts of gadgets this month (feb 09)is smartphones and even though i am not in the market for one i found out so much about these gadgets that i feel i now will at least have a valid opinion in a discussion.
Don't rate the above subscription offer much as this month in the mag there is a three months for £3 offer(direct debit needed and cancel before end of three moths or carry on for £19.99 for six issues) reallly good value offer.
Not sure i would pay £3.99 but with a good offer it knocks the crappy lads mags into shape and really shows what a modern mag can be.
Originally, Stuff magazine was a completely mens magazine, more about sport and women, but now Nuts magazine tops that department. Instead, the writers have moved onto gadget and electronics reviews, many of which are very useful. I myself have been subscribed to the mag for about 6-12 months now, and I love it. In this review I will open up and give my opinion on the magazine.
There is a main article in each magazine, normally consisting of some sort of interesting gadget section. Like for instance sporty gadgets or a top 100 list of the best ones. I always find this article very interesting and it provides a good read.
There are also many different mini articles for new products that have just been released onto the market. These are always great and there are quite a few different products that I would not have heard of otherwise. They have some great advice on what to buy and it has often given me some great tips with my latest gadgets.
There is always a last article in each magazine, this is called the future article. It has information about a prototype or concept for some great idea that some scientist has thought of. Some of these are fascinating, like rentable bikes.
All in all there is not much else really, other than a top 10 gadget section, but this is really just a page filler. I absolutely adore Stuff in short and it's currently my favourite magazine. They have many interesting articles and also some great advice. You should at least try one, and if you subscribe, you will recieve a free gift worth around £40, give it a try.
People who've read my reviews have probably figured out that I'm into gadgets. I tend to buy the best gadgets that are available within my price bracket and am often one of the first people to do so.
An important source of info for me is Stuff Magazine.
This magazine showcases the latest gadgets that have been released or are about to be released and covers anything that would traditionally be regarded as a boys toy.
In fact apart from my review of the microwave oven and the Micheal Crichton book, everything I've purchased (and subquently reviewed) first came to my attention via Stuff Magazine.
Because the magazine also gives you an idea of the trends in gadgets it also allows you to think ahead and plan for the future. Certainly in my case, one of the themes in my house is the introduction of Hard Drives and WiFi and general wirelessness to allow my different gadgets to communicate with each other. This planning was the direct result of articles, reviews and trend analysis from Stuff Magazine over the last 3 years.
The magazine itself is colourful and glossy. Each month it presents the results of 4 or 5 tests where they take a range of similar products and compare them with each other and rate them in terms of functionality, value for money etc. The rating is done objectively in my opinion. e.g. they do not automatically rate expensive gadgets as the best.
Articles that are about particular gadgets where a full comparison test has not been carried out are written by informed authors who tend to specialise in a given area. Each item that is reviewed is written about in detail often with full specifications and sometimes with comparisons with other rival devices. Often the item being reviewed is kept by the reviewer for several days so that they can get a good feel for its capabilities and flaws.
A great section at the end of the magazine 'the buyers guide' summarises the best of the gadgets talked about over recent months with a league table showing in order of preference their choice gadgets in any given field along with a rough price guide. e.g best mobiles, best DVD Players, best sports cars etc.
Every autumn around October Stuff hosts an exhibition London (Earls Court or Olympia) where the manufacturers of the gadgets showcased in their magazine over the last 12 months get a chance to show their 'stuff' directly to the public and in some cases give them an opportunity to buy their products at a discount or with freebees. I puchased a FUJI camera a few years ago like this and saved almost £100.
The only problem in my opinion is that they sometimes go over the top and review items that are simply too expensive for the average reader. e.g a £16000 TV!!. Whilst its great to read about these products it does make one somewhat depressed :)
Anyone serious about what gadgets they buy should take a look at this magazine. At the very least it will arm you with all sorts of facts about products so that when you go shopping in Dixons/Currys/PC World you know at least as much as the salespeople and most often you will know considerably more.
A magazine that reviews gadgets and technology from the resonably priced to the plain ridiculous. Stuff magazine is the ideal magazine for those people who: a) have a lot of money to spend on really cool gadgets, cars, technology etc or b) those of us that can only dream of owning the best of the best. Either way the magazine gives an honest view of what is the best value for money product on the market, when it will be available, how much it costs and where to get it from. The products in the magazine vary from the latest high tech orange squeezer to the new Z9 BMW concept car very nice. Fancy a pair of designer speakers with flawless sound quality a mere snip at £35,000. On the other side of the coin the magazine does rate and review items for everyday use that joe or jane bloggs can afford and would probably buy, for example they will review a group of laptop computers and give you the reader a a rating for each based on value for money and performance. All in all this magazine is a great reference tool or a cool magazine to dream and drool over well worth the read and to too expensive either!
I love Stuff magazine it is a great read, but can depressing when you see all of the tasty gadgets you cant afford. Stuff is a cross between T3 and FHM. Every month it has latest gadgets and goodies that you can buy or at least dream of buying. It not just for looking at fancy gadgets and big boys toys it is also a practical magazine for any one thinking of buying a new piece of technology. Also every month there is always half naked young lady for when you get board of looking at the shiney toys.
MP3 players, cameras, skis, TVs, computers, bikes, power boats, tanks, thermo nuclear warheads ... the list goes on. Stuff tries to cover all the gadgets/trendy objects/cool equipment you might feel like buying if you had the cash - and you were a bloke. It's a magazine for the techno lad, who has to have the latest outrageously expensive piece of technological wizardry because a) it will impress his mates and b) no one else has it. It covers everything superficially, nothing in depth, if you are interested in cameras buy a camera magazine, TV and Video? - buy a TV and Video magazine - don't both with Stuff (unless you don't really care how good it is as long as it looks cool and you have more money than you know what to do with).