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Computeractive magazine 3 issues for 3p

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Computeractive is the UK's best-selling home PC magazine, designed to help you enjoy your computing and home technology hassle free. Each issue is packed with step-by-step guides, technology news, reviews and plenty of free downloads. You'll get straightforward, expert, plain-English advice on everything from preventing your PC from crashing to buying computer accessories and installing software.
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#1
15% Quidco (0.5p ?)
#2
lkl265
15% Quidco (0.5p ?)


Quidco 0.5p classic great deal, heat added.
#3
dont give them your phone number like i stupidly did, the swines never stop calling. pushy arrogant muppets.
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shanecr
dont give them your phone number like i stupidly did, the swines never stop calling. pushy arrogant muppets.


No idea how, but a couple of years ago they managed to get my number (probably from a competition I entered). Same problem. Thankfully I started a new contract, and got a new number.

TBH, I very much doubt they're the "UK's best-selling home PC magazine". Their articles have degraded a hell of a lot in the last few years. What ****** me off more than anything though, is the tone in which their articles are written. Almost... belittling anyone who reads it like it's for children, or people who have no idea what a hard drive is, or what a printer can do. They're constantly spelling things out for people - and while I'm sure it's helpful to some, having to read how to bookmark a page or even set up a printer should be knowledgeable for at least 99% of computer users.I feel it lacks in substance every issue, and as such I refuse to buy it unless I've noticed something I wouldn't mind reading, or has an article which would take longer than 2 mins to read in the supermarket.

Personally, I prefer Web User. Their articles are more down to earth, informative and while you might not get as many pages as CA, I've found that I generally read Web User cover to cover unlike CA.

Even their forums are littered with complaints about supposed reviews they've done, with many missing the important aspects of a good article.

In fact, I'm almost positive they have contracts in place to list their "Top 5 PC" which inevitably, always include a Mesh, Sony, Apple, Dell & normally another of the same brand.

Sorry... cold from me. I felt I had to give a reason why, and I have. I used to buy this magazine all the time, and I probably SHOULD have subscribed then, but I really feel like it's gone downhill.
#5
SamuraiHQ
No idea how, but a couple of years ago they managed to get my number (probably from a competition I entered). Same problem. Thankfully I started a new contract, and got a new number.

TBH, I very much doubt they're the "UK's best-selling home PC magazine". Their articles have degraded a hell of a lot in the last few years. What ****** me off more than anything though, is the tone in which their articles are written. Almost... belittling anyone who reads it like it's for children, or people who have no idea what a hard drive is, or what a printer can do. They're constantly spelling things out for people - and while I'm sure it's helpful to some, having to read how to bookmark a page or even set up a printer should be knowledgeable for at least 99% of computer users.I feel it lacks in substance every issue, and as such I refuse to buy it unless I've noticed something I wouldn't mind reading, or has an article which would take longer than 2 mins to read in the supermarket.

Personally, I prefer Web User. Their articles are more down to earth, informative and while you might not get as many pages as CA, I've found that I generally read Web User cover to cover unlike CA.

Even their forums are littered with complaints about supposed reviews they've done, with many missing the important aspects of a good article.

In fact, I'm almost positive they have contracts in place to list their "Top 5 PC" which inevitably, always include a Mesh, Sony, Apple, Dell & normally another of the same brand.

Sorry... cold from me. I felt I had to give a reason why, and I have. I used to buy this magazine all the time, and I probably SHOULD have subscribed then, but I really feel like it's gone downhill.


Sorry to disagree but the magazine probably helped you outgrow the publication itself. You progressed beyond the target market. Probably better to buy the year end cd and you'll find all of the articles you require, for the 'novice' that is. Hot, as it is a lot of reading/info for most at 1p per issue.:thumbsup:
#6
To be honest, the magazine hasn't helped me outgrow anything. Most of what I've learnt has come from first hand knowledge of manual research and "trial and error" in the last 20 years. I didn't purchase the magazine to learn how to bookmark a website, I was hoping for something a little more in-depth. Another couple of magazines which does seem to do better reviews / guides is CustomPC, and MicroMart although these may not be to everyone's tastes. The MM mag could do with a overhaul of it's "looks" though.

You're welcome to disagree, by all means - it's what sites like these are about. But I did wonder what you meant by "target market", as this would imply the magazine is geared more towards teenagers. I mean, I'm an adult, and I don't by all means believe I know everything there is to know about PC's, but I really do feel like they're constantly condescending the reader at times.
#7
SamuraiHQ
No idea how, but a couple of years ago they managed to get my number (probably from a competition I entered). Same problem. Thankfully I started a new contract, and got a new number.

TBH, I very much doubt they're the "UK's best-selling home PC magazine". Their articles have degraded a hell of a lot in the last few years. What ****** me off more than anything though, is the tone in which their articles are written. Almost... belittling anyone who reads it like it's for children, or people who have no idea what a hard drive is, or what a printer can do. They're constantly spelling things out for people - and while I'm sure it's helpful to some, having to read how to bookmark a page or even set up a printer should be knowledgeable for at least 99% of computer users.I feel it lacks in substance every issue, and as such I refuse to buy it unless I've noticed something I wouldn't mind reading, or has an article which would take longer than 2 mins to read in the supermarket.

Personally, I prefer Web User. Their articles are more down to earth, informative and while you might not get as many pages as CA, I've found that I generally read Web User cover to cover unlike CA.

Even their forums are littered with complaints about supposed reviews they've done, with many missing the important aspects of a good article.

In fact, I'm almost positive they have contracts in place to list their "Top 5 PC" which inevitably, always include a Mesh, Sony, Apple, Dell & normally another of the same brand.

Sorry... cold from me. I felt I had to give a reason why, and I have. I used to buy this magazine all the time, and I probably SHOULD have subscribed then, but I really feel like it's gone downhill.


Comparing Computeractive to Webuser is like comparing East Enders to 24!
I have had computeractive since issue one and have no complaints.
#8
Another satisfied long time subscriber here too. This is not one for the technocrats but for ordinary folk who find that they are becoming more and more dependent on a technology that often seems alien and counter intuitive. If showing such folk how to bookmark, for example, lots and lots of web pages in an orderly and systematic fashion helps them to overcome a sense of helplessness then 1p is money well spent I'd say.
#9
shanecr
dont give them your phone number like i stupidly did, the swines never stop calling. pushy arrogant muppets.


damn! i foolishly gave them my mobile number oredering pc pro just now...:oops:

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