Would PCA ever allow one of there readers to write a review of a product?
Hardware, for example "A printer" and tell of there experiences, How easy was it to install, likes and dislikes, etc, etc?
Software, for example "Microsoft Works suite 2003" and again, how easy was it to install. Maybe tell a little story after a few months how are they finding it...
I know you have reviewers already that "work" for the PCA team but coming from a person who uses the piece of software or hardware in there home - to me gives a little more insight (i think thats the word) into a product.
You allowed (i forgot his name) to review a computer game so would you allow anymore reviews from "someone at home"?
with varying degrees of success. Don't forget that our reviewers are real people, with real computers, and all of them use computers at home, just like you.
We certainly can't afford to provide readers with hardware to test, and it's not easy to get manufacturers to do it either - we don't keep the review hardware, it has to be handed back; often so that it can go to another magazine.
Reviewers tend to have had experience of many different types of printer/computer/hard drives. The public rarely has the experience....I have only owned two makes of printer so giving a review of my latest is a bit pointless as there is little to compare it with.
Reviewers are also detached as theya re supplied with the items. If you buy an item then there is a deep feeling that it must be good as you have had to shell out hard cash; this will influence any review.
OTOH there are plenty of reviews within consumerwatch when anyone asks the forums' opinions on scanners, printers, cameras etc.