Tablet Computers: Ratings of Sources
Total of 21 Sources
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by Editors of PCMag.com
Our AssessmentPCMag.com is among the most prolific technology reviewers that report on tablets. It also has one of the better testing methodologies around, using extensive benchmarking and hands-on examinations in its dedicated lab. Only a handful of tablets earn a rating of 4 stars out of 5 or higher.
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by Editors of Laptop Magazine
Our AssessmentWith its deep, benchmark-based testing and a large number of products covered, Laptop Magazine is another good source of tablet computer reviews. Several models earn a rating of 4 stars out of 5 or better. Windows 8 hybrids are covered in the laptop reviews section with the same attention to detail.
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentThe tablet computer reviews at CNET are thorough and each is rated on a 5-star scale, with pros and cons clearly noted. Benchmarking and comparisons to other slates are peppered throughout each report. None of the Windows 8 hybrids covered in the laptops section earn an excellent score.
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by Editors of ComputerShopper.com
Our AssessmentComputerShopper.com rates a wide variety of tablets at all price points. The reviews are long and testing-based, and often compare the hardware against competing slates. Each product receives an overall rating, with the best receiving various awards. Some Windows 8 hybrids are covered in the laptops section.
by Editors of TheVerge.com
Our AssessmentCovering most of the major tablet releases, TheVerge.com's evaluations are detailed, illustrated and separated into categories such as hardware/design, internals and battery life, and usually include a supplemental video review. The site has relatively stringent rating criteria, with most tablets receiving only average ratings. Products really have to excel to score an 8 out of 10 or higher, and editors aren't bashful about handing out poor grades.
by Editors of Notebookcheck.net
Our AssessmentNotebookcheck.net can be a challenge to use, but its detailed reviews make it worth the effort. The site focuses on traditional laptops, but slates and convertible laptops from Samsung, Apple and other makers get good coverage. On the downside, not all tablets covered are sold in the U.S., and readability isn't great because everything is translated from the editors' native German.
by Editors of Engadget.com
Our AssessmentEngadget.com has a good selection of tablet reviews, including many that don't get much attention elsewhere. The site doesn't provide ratings, but evaluations are exhaustive and leave no doubt whether a product is recommended.
by Editors of TrustedReviews.com
Our AssessmentWhile TrustedReviews.com is based in the U.K., many of the tablets it evaluates are available in the U.S. Editors' analysis is lengthy, illustrated and based on hands-on testing, and some reports are supplemented with video reviews. A list of the site's top 10 best-reviewed tablets theoretically makes it easy to cut to the chase, but it isn't updated often and includes many discontinued models.
by Editors of Pocket-lint.com
Our AssessmentAlso based in Britain, Pocket-lint.com reviews a large number of tablets that are available stateside. Finding those reviews can be tough, however; you must slog through page after page of tablet news first. The critiques are lengthy and detailed but document no technical benchmarking. Less-formal hands-on articles provide brief insights into new or upcoming tablets.
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by Editors of AnandTech.com
Our AssessmentAnandTech.com has some of the most detailed technology reviews on the web, but the site doesn't evaluate as many tablets as the sources we rank higher. Lengthy reports -- which run alongside tablet news and discussion posts -- reflect a great deal of computer knowledge. Recent tablet critiques do a nice job of comparing models.
by Editors of ArsTechnica.com
Our AssessmentArsTechnica.com offers comprehensive reviews of tech products, including many major tablet computers. Editors cover every pertinent aspect of using a tablet, including performance, battery life and features. The slates aren't rated, but a lengthy conclusion section sums up editors' recommendations. Finding reviews can be a bit of a chore on this blog-type site.
by Editors of TechRadar.com
Our AssessmentTechRadar.com offers its own reviews and compiles additional critiques from a number of British technology publications, including What Laptop? magazine. Evaluations are based on hands-on testing and culminate in a rating on a 5-point scale. However, many devices reviewed here aren't widely available in the U.S.
by Jeffrey Van Camp
Our AssessmentDigitalTrends.com reviews a decent number of tablets in fairly lengthy critiques that are based more on hands-on impressions than formal benchmark testing. Even so, the site paints a solid picture of a tablet's flaws and highlights, summarized by a list of pros and cons for each model.
by Editors of PC World
Our AssessmentPC World evaluates most of the big-name tablets, but its coverage is relatively lean compared to other publications. Reviews are based on hands-on testing but aren't as detailed as our higher-ranked sources. Several tablet computers earn 4 stars out of 5 or better.
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by Editors of Wired
Our AssessmentWired reviews several tablet computers in its usual irreverent style. Evaluations are brief, but pros and cons are clearly noted. While the analysis is balanced, coverage isn't as comprehensive as elsewhere.
by Editors of TechCrunch.com
Our AssessmentTechCrunch.com is known more for breaking news than covering hardware, but editors sometimes post long and detailed reviews of new tablets. Unfortunately, the write-ups aren't categorized well, meaning you must slog through hundreds of posts or search for specific models to find them.
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by Editors of ExpertReviews.co.uk
Our AssessmentBritain's ExpertReviews.co.uk covers a decent number of tablets, although several models aren't available in the U.S. Critiques are detailed, multipage affairs, but are limited to hands-on impressions rather than objective benchmark tests. However, the opinions come from knowledgeable reviewers.
by Walt Mossberg
Our AssessmentLongtime technology reviewer Mossberg provides lengthy evaluations of a few tablet computers, including the Kindle Fire HD, Apple iPad mini, Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The slates aren't rated, but Mossberg's reports are appropriately balanced and critical when necessary.
by Editors of TabletPCReview.com
Our AssessmentThis is the sister site of NotebookReview.com, a highly respected source for laptop evaluations. Each tablet is subjected to extensive hands-on and benchmark testing, and rated on a 5-point scale. The number of new reviews has dropped off in recent months, averaging only a single slate or so per month.
iPad Review (4th Gen): Big Tablet, Bigger Speed
by Vincent Nguyen
Our AssessmentSlashGear.com is one of a handful of publications to receive an early review unit of the fourth-generation iPad. Nguyen's lengthy and picture-filled coverage finds the newest model better than its top-notch predecessor thanks to a faster processor. However, few apps take advantage of the speed enhancement.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com offers a decent selection of tablets, and many popular choices attract hundreds of reviews. Most score similarly, about 4 stars out of 5. Some user feedback is detailed and provides information on long-term use that might be missed by experts. This is the best site to see owner reviews on the revamped Kindle Fire and new Kindle Fire HD.