TechSpot's Product Finder: Our Latest Project

By on September 26, 2011, 12:52 AM

For about a year we've been working behind the scenes on our latest project, the TechSpot Product Finder, a comprehensive up-to-date catalog of tech products. We hope this becomes your next destination to make well-informed decisions when you go out shopping for your next laptop, SSD, monitor, digital camera, HTPC, tablet, or even your next media player.

Think of it as a Metacritic for computer enthusiasts, the Product Finder is divided in five main sections: Computer Hardware, Systems (PCs, Laptops, Tablets), Smartphones, Electronics, and PC Games.


Cameras

Desktop PCs

Keyboards

Laptops

Motherboards

PC Games

Monitors

Printers

Smartphones

Storage

Tablets

Cases

Speakers

Power Supplies

Home Audio & Video

Processors

Routers

TVs

Mice

And More!

We are opening the new section in beta form today, so you can take advantage of it right away. We have yet to write a FAQ explaining some of the internal processing and criteria we use, but for now two things to keep in mind:

1) We give products an average score based on all the reviews we can find for them across the web.

2) We apply a special algorithm to show you the hottest and freshest possible products in each category, so whenever you are looking for "the best camera" to buy, we can come up with answers right away by browsing the first page or two for that product category (*hint: also check out the data filters to narrow down your searches).

As with all beta launches, you may find some stuff is broken. We'll appreciate your help sending us feedback. Our intent is to keep improving the section in the coming weeks and integrate Product Finder data to all the things we do on TechSpot. Thanks again for your support and we hope you enjoy the new section --- see feature highlight screenshots after the jump.



Product Finder available from our main menu on top.

 


Featured products in each category showing color-coded metascores.

 


Metascores with our 4-tier breakdown: Excellent, Good, Average and Bad.

 


Popular products carry handwritten descriptions and all have multiple angle shots.

 


Pros and cons give you a quick glimpse of what editors liked and disliked about each product.

 


Comparison shopping is available on the side for your convenience.

 




User Comments: 53

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g4mer said:

This is awesome!

SalaSSin said:

Nice! A bit like testfreaks.com I guess, but I like it!

Already checking out my future motherboard

Keep the good work up, guys!

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Very cool. Are you guys planning on adding a section where TechSpot members who are owners of a given product can give their feedback too? I think that would be very useful.

Staff
Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

@gwailo247, that's certainly on the plans but we'll take it one step at a time

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Great idea. I could use a product rating aggregate service. Hope it gets to be fairly extensive and fairly fair.

spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

gwailo247 said:

Very cool. Are you guys planning on adding a section where TechSpot members who are owners of a given product can give their feedback too? I think that would be very useful.

Would be nice to have proof of purchase, but that would be a lot of man power.

Guest said:

this is sweet.. just took a look... cant believe how good it is, and why has no one done this before?

haroonferoz84 said:

i love the new feature of the website your website is more organize than others and simple keep up the good works and best wishes

Arris Arris said:

Great addition to the Techspot!

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

spydercanopus said:

gwailo247 said:

Very cool. Are you guys planning on adding a section where TechSpot members who are owners of a given product can give their feedback too? I think that would be very useful.

Would be nice to have proof of purchase, but that would be a lot of man power.

I guess what techspot could do it review the user review of the product and make sure that they go into enouh detail that proves they have had at least hands on contact with it?

I think Proof of purchase would be going a bit far and to be fair, I don't have proof of purchase on a few of my products because i've either won them or been given them!

Guest said:

It is a (very) good start.

I believe your filters should have more characteristics. For example. I looked at storage, then at SSD's, but you didn't have a filter for size. As I am looking for around 120 GB, I had to go through a number of pages to find all of them, and some of the titles didn't have the size, so I had to open them to find out what the size was.

Being able to select a number of products for side to side comparisons would be helpful as well.

All of this takes time, so as I say, it is a good start.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Great idea - and well needed for Techspot.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

burty117 said:

spydercanopus said:

gwailo247 said:

Very cool. Are you guys planning on adding a section where TechSpot members who are owners of a given product can give their feedback too? I think that would be very useful.

Would be nice to have proof of purchase, but that would be a lot of man power.

I guess what techspot could do it review the user review of the product and make sure that they go into enouh detail that proves they have had at least hands on contact with it?

I think Proof of purchase would be going a bit far and to be fair, I don't have proof of purchase on a few of my products because i've either won them or been given them!

Or at the very least, make sure that only registered users of TechSpot can leave reviews.

But in regards to the article, I think that this is awesome! Good work, guys, and keep it up!

MilwaukeeMike said:

Great idea, i've used your buying guides in a a couple builds for people, and a good source for other products is a resource I'll use a lot. You guys rock!

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I took a quick look at it, very nice work. However the first thing I want to do is sort by price from low to high, that way I can find the medium for quality product to low price. There is no sort by price from low to high Just from price X to Y.

treeski treeski said:

I hope you implement some kind of score degradation system. Scores should gradually decrease over time as they compare to current technology (or, a secondary, relavancy score could be added). Many (for example) phones are still available on the market that got good reviews a year ago, but realistically they don't deserve the same score today.

Otherwise, everything looks great and I will definitely make use of this new feature. Thanks =D

treeski treeski said:

Also, you have the ThermalTake Chaser MK-I listed, but the product links within go to some keyboard.

Cota Cota said:

Awesome, now we only need to keep away fake reviews

yRaz yRaz said:

wagan8r said:

Or at the very least, make sure that only registered users of TechSpot can leave reviews.

But in regards to the article, I think that this is awesome! Good work, guys, and keep it up!

Perhaps a minimum post count should be required before someone can post a review?

mosu said:

I hope I'm not crashing your party, but popularity ranking is stupid and drives the crowd toward Intel products in a pure Apple style.There should be an option for processor type both in motherboards and laptops section.There should be categories of laptops such as netbooks, ultrabooks, student type, gaming laptops and so on, options valid through other categories.One can not buy hardware just for the bragging rights, SO NOT SO GOOD IN IMPLEMENTATION AS IT WAS IN INTENTION.

T77 T77 said:

congratulations! A very good initiative.I particularly like the features regarding the pros & cons,and also the reviews which are categorised by 'good', 'excellent', 'bad' , that way one will know about the positives as well as negatives which people encountered during their extensive usage.I haven't seen such concept anywhere else. :p

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Excellent! Great work guys. This will definitely come in handy.

Guest said:

The Product Finder seems like a nice addition to Techspot but what happened to the Deals page? The one that could be sorted by date and hotness of the deal.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I didn't mean to make a mountain of out a molehill, I just figured that some of the members who build or service computers could probably add a lot of real world information that a tech writer may not have access to in the same way, say advising us that a given video card is very hard to clean, or a given CPU cooler tends to start making a noise after six months.

Obviously having Guest write "Nvidia sucks, buy AMD" on every Nvidia card article would be pointless, but I think that this site's members would be a valuable resource to be tapped. The forums are filled with lots of people who give great hardware advice in terms of purchase and service, and it would be good IMO to channel that knowledge into product reviews, where they would be more accessible than forum searching.

Guest said:

Very well done, but i'll stick to traditional methods and newegg customer reviews.

SKYSTAR SKYSTAR said:

this is a great idea for a great website like techspot

Guest said:

So the deals section doesn't exist? How do you check the recent deals with the product finder?

Ritwik7 Ritwik7, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Fantastic!

Guest said:

Product Finder seems like a good idea it just needs a chance to mature. What happened to the Daily Deal page?

Braxston said:

awesome :) thanks you techspot

Staff
Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Sorry for that, we will reincorporate our daily deals page later today.

Thanks for all the feedback thus far.

Tanstar said:

First bug report: When you choose filters (price and rating for me), it works great for the first page, but not for later pages. Also, if I click on a product and then back out of it my filters are gone. Interesting addition to your fine site though!

treetops treetops said:

Add product specs ^^.

darkzelda said:

This an excelente feature, keep up the good work TechSpot

Gars Gars said:

congratz

step in the right direction

was looking in the monitor section and find that there is doubling reviews from different reviewers (LG Flatron W2261V)

probably its a copy/paste but should be avoided

Staff
Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

* The Hot Deals page is back, now available from the "Extras" menu, here's a shortcut just in case:

http://www.techspot.com/deals-hot.html

* Many of you are asking for advanced filters (screen size in monitors, etc.), which would be great to have and we might work on that eventually, but for now we wanted to launch solid with a handful of good features that will let you research specific products and narrow down on categories using the current filters.

* We will start filtering out duplicate reviews more aggressively pretty soon.

* Product specs may be added soon, we are still debating if they are worth having.

* Pagination + filters are not working right now, we will fix that very soon.

nigelle said:

Sort by price is very needed !

nigelle said:

Julio said:

* Product specs may be added soon, we are still debating if they are worth having.

This can be discussed but at least a link to the manufacturer site pages giving the specs is a must.

superty12 superty12 said:

Portal an 89?! How could you?

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

Oh wow this is a really nice addition to a site I go to everyday lol Awesome job!

hassaan said:

Awesome... thanks TS

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This looks great TechSpot!

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

Very well done, but i'll stick to traditional methods and newegg customer reviews.

You're joking right? Noobegg reviews are a joke.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Might wanna keep up with the smartphone section. I just bought the G2x and in the product review up here, a con is it running Froyo and not Gingerbread...this is no longer accurate. Hopefully some people would be smart enough to actually do research, in which they would find this out, but when listing stuff like this, best to keep it up to date. At least that's how I feel. Might be kind of hard for y'all to keep up with everything like that, lol.

tacobfm said:

Needs a headphones review place.

Staff
Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

@tacobfm, do you mean something like this?

Headphone/Headset reviews: http://www.techspot.com/products/headsets/

Captain828 Captain828 said:

Really cool feature, especially for less tech-savvy people.

Would be nice if you could sort the results, however.

yRaz yRaz said:

I've noticed you don't have trackballs listed anywhere, even under the mice section. Why are their no ascending and descending options for sorting by price/score? It seems like they are all just thrown at a list without a thought for organization....

Staff
Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Default sorting is "by popularity" we just don't show how we come up with the result but there is definitely some thought put into it. We'll add sorting by score, price and possibly release date soon.

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