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Welcome to the TrustedReviews beta site

Welcome to the TrustedReviews beta site, bringing you the best, impartial, independent consumer electronics reviews to help you make the right choice about which technology products to buy.

We’ve listened to what you have said over the years about what’s great about TrustedReviews and what we need to improve.

The new site is designed to be clear and easy-to-use, while remaining as comprehensive and in-depth as ever.

Some of the tools you'll come across on the beta site aren't quite fully populated - there's lots of work still going on to migrate all of our content and comments, and to get all of the data in the right places to make filtering and comparing products as comprehensive as possible.

But in the meantime we wanted to get your feedback on the new site as we continue working in the background.

Here are some of the new site's key features:

CLEARER REVIEWS

At-A-Glance Reviews

We've added some new sections to our review pages. As well as the full, in-depth report, you can read a condensed version of the review and a list of the product’s pros and cons. This concise summary at the top of each review gives you a snapshot impression if you don’t want to read the full review, allowing you to make the most of your time on TrustedReviews.

User Reviews

TrustedReviews now incorporates User Reviews, contributed by you our readers. You can add your own scores and opinions alongside those of the TrustedReviews team. It’s simple to sign up and post your own review about a particular product you own.

Comments

You can still comment on our reviews as you’ve always done in the past. While the site is in beta, please keep comments about reviews and other articles to the old site so they can be ported across once the new site comes out of beta. Conversely, any feedback you have about the new site, feel free to put it in the new comments section.

Picture Galleries

Reviews now include picture galleries to give you a better look at the product. The new galleries also allow us to publish more pictures than we previously could fit in a text-based article.

Feature Tables

Product specifications are listed in their own section of a review to make it easier for you to find out the detailed information you’re looking for. You can also click to compare the specifications of up to four products side-by-side.

Videos

Like Picture Galleries, reviews can feature associated videos so you can view a hands-on demonstration of the product you’re interested in.

Suggested Products

We’ve included links to reviews of other products you might be interested in. This is all part of making our content easier to find and helping you locate what you’re looking for.

Click To Buy

Once you’ve made your choice about which product is right for you, you can visit our retail partners and find the best deals on the product you want to buy.

BETTER NAVIGATION

We’ve made it simpler for you to find your way around TrustedReviews.

All our reviews are classified under four main categories:

  • TVs and Entertainment
  • Cameras
  • Laptops and Computing
  • Mobile

You’ll find sub-categories for each product area on the drop-down from the top navigation bar – or use our powerful search tool to drill down into each product category across the key criteria of your choosing.

IMPROVED LAYOUT

We’ve redesigned the homepage so that popular product round-ups, featured articles or topical news items don’t disappear off your screen, making it easier to discover and share our content.

You can also keep in touch with what’s going on through our regular email newsletters or the weekly TrustedReviews podcast.

At the heart of all of these improvements is our commitment at TrustedReviews to delivering clear and impartial product reviews, plus news from the world of technology.

You can let us know what you think by completing our feedback form. Alternately, you can just add a comment below this article.

You can also email us with any feedback or bugs that you spot.

Dave Bassnet

February 23, 2011, 6:43 pm

Hello. Oh my god. What have you done to TR? It looks like Easyjet has taken over. You also look more like a retailer than a reviewer. It's horrible. I hate it. Will you be keeping an option to use the old design?

andyvan

February 23, 2011, 6:49 pm

Ah, finally found the comment box. If anyone's wondering, you need to click on 'read all comments'.

Lantic

February 23, 2011, 9:37 pm

Love the new site - total revamp and enjoying it. How long before you are out of beta?

Biggie Smalls

February 23, 2011, 9:42 pm

Well, I checked the date and it isn't April Fool's Day.

OMG, the goggles... they do nothing! :| :(

simonm

February 24, 2011, 2:19 pm

The article comments on the beta site seem to operate independently of the article comments on the original site. Does this mean all the old comment threads will be lost at the changeover, or will they be replicated?

Stelph

February 24, 2011, 2:53 pm

Woah I agree, although I like the comments better (you can actually reply to other peoples posts without putting an @ sign), im not a fan of the new layout.

Old logo was better/more "classy",

Slightly concerned that the comments from the old site dont seem to have been transfered across, are we going to lose some of the more interesting discussions that have occoured? (i.e. any apple launch or the fabled N8 review....)

Gareth Compton

February 24, 2011, 3:38 pm

I agree with Dave about the colour; easyJet.com *actually has less orange* on its website than this beta. I know you want to keep to a theme but this needs toning down a lot.

Also not keen on the deprecation of the News articles. On the current website they have the same visual prominence as the reviews, and it's pretty easy to understand that reviews are on the left, and news on the right. On the beta home page, it took me a minute to find where the News articles had gone.

The hierarchical menus, though, are a huge improvement on the originals. Hover over the top layer, and it's pretty simple to find the category you're after.

Another point - the new logo - hope that's in beta too, as it looks too "cartoony" for want of a better made-up word, with the rounded edges and corners of the letters, it looks more like a toy shop name, and definitely less "trustworthy" than the current logo.

Finally - you've shifted the banner ad from the content section up to the header/banner area. Unfortunately that now makes it look (at a quick glance at the right part of the animation) as if I'd browsed to the www.scan.co.uk website, as this banner is more than 3 times the size of your own logo...

Well, you did ask for comments... :-)

TheLostSwede

February 24, 2011, 5:47 pm

Ugh... sorry, but this is way worse than the old design, so cluttered, so orange and just no.... please no...
Also, with the exception of the choice of colours, it looks just like half a dozen other "tech" sites such as the reg, the inq and what not, so yeah, if like generic, then this is a win... not!

Cliff

February 24, 2011, 9:53 pm

Thank you for your feedback. We are listening and there is more work to be done.

To answer Stelph's question, old comments from trustedreviews.com will be migrated across when this version goes live.

Unfortunately we will not be able to preserve comments made on reviews on this site after we launch. If you want to leave comments on reviews during the short time this site is in beta, then please leave them on the existing site at http://www.trustedreviews.com

Otherwise, keep the feedback coming in and please take the time to fill in our beta site survey at https://www.demographix.com/surveys/RW5Z-LVWV/7A27BWB3/index.html

Cliff Jones,
Editor, TrustedReviews

James Simmons

February 25, 2011, 12:19 am

Replies not visible by default is annoying...

rav

February 25, 2011, 2:30 am

I'm sorry but I really don't like it.

As has already been said, you shouldn't have let the tango man go crazy on the colour scheme.

Also, the whole site is just so busy and cluttered. The older site was far simpler with an easy to follow two column structure.

The tabs at the top are a definite improvement and showing the scores on the review thumbnails is great.

It just doesn't look very professional though.

Sorry to be so negative. I know that this is someone's hard work but I'm not very enthused.

Simon

February 25, 2011, 4:52 pm

Will there be an option to remain logged in?

Themonkeyhead2

February 25, 2011, 5:44 pm

Three stars, some funny bits ***

otaku888

February 25, 2011, 7:39 pm

What can I say, uglier, harder to use, harder to read. Less space for content...

Big thumbs down from me. It kind of looks like someone decided to replace a bespoke site with Wordpress and then made a really ugly dumbed down template. It now looks a bit like electricpig.co.uk but more orange.

JonM

February 25, 2011, 10:55 pm

Yeah, I have to say I'm not a fan of this new look either. I have filled out the feedback form and hopefully it will be reviewed.

I also don't like the fact you have to go to read all comments to then be able to comment on something and rate other comments. - Something I would have put in my feedback if I had realised.

Currently, if there was a switch over, I would use this site a lot less. Needs a lot of improvement - something in between the previous site and this beta would be a lot better.

James Reckitt

February 27, 2011, 2:26 am

Hoping my comments will be gratefully received... Looks like I've stepped back to 2003 where 800x600 was the average screen resolution!

ronesh amin

February 28, 2011, 10:38 pm

I like the fact you can post reader reviews now. Seems like a nice touch to get another persons opinion.

However, i agree with most above - I preferred it when the news section was just as prominent as the revies sections. It seemed more............organised if that makes sense.

ronesh amin

February 28, 2011, 10:40 pm

oh wait - just realised how the comment still has to be 'approved' before it is posted. That's really annoying. Especially when your in the mood to stoke the fire and post a controversial point!

Martin Daler

March 4, 2011, 5:07 am

When you use the very nice 'hover over' menu to drop down to the next level (Blu-Ray in this example) I think the average TR reader will know why they have gone there, so maybe dispense with:
"Latest Blu-ray player reviews to help you find the best Blu-ray players and Blu-ray recorders for your needs. Read unbiased, independent Blu-ray player reviews from the experts at TrustedReviews and from people who have bought and used them.

Dark of Day

March 5, 2011, 1:08 am

I really like it over all. News needs to be more prominent tho.
It does look very cheap and nasty at the top of each and every page. The Orange banner and horrible font logo are a very bad design, dated and ugly and uninspiring ..nasty ..nasty ..nasty. Otherwise excellent effort.

..Seriously the top of every single page looks cheap and tacky. May read "Trusted.." but looks like "Dodgy Reviews"

Pbryanw

March 9, 2011, 2:15 am

The new design seems a step in the right direction, though doesn't hold back on the orange. I'd rather it took it's design cues from Anandtech and Ars Technica, rather then go the squished-into-more-columns approach of Bit-tech and Expert Reviews.

Also having two search boxes seems a bit of a waste of space - one could be deleted - especially since they both seem to return the same results (after typing Amazon Kindle into both).

Apart from that, I'd be interested in the new beta site's progress. The old site is looking its age - I think its been a couple of years since its last overhaul. So the sooner the new site is released, and its design flaws and bugs squashed, the better in my opinion.

HarryGlass

March 9, 2011, 5:45 pm

It's "kitchen sink" design, guys tone it done, less is more.

I filled in the feedback form as well so won't repeat everything here, but I'm glad to see i'm not the only one having trouble with this new layout. It's an attempt to be modern and less cluttered, but comes across as 2008 and somehow more cluttered as you've tried to put too much info into less space.

It's more "ars technica ala 2008" than Easyjet, but either way it's too bold and doesn't feel "trusted" anymore. I hope all the feedback helps you find a better middle ground between the old and the new, and at the same time can bring a bit more finesse to the layout. Drop Johhny Ives an email, I hear he's looking for a new job as a designer...

Don't get me wrong, there's some good bits, navigation is easier, user reviews, photo galleries are good things.

I've been waiting for this for a long time, and now i'm afraid i'd be visiting less rather than more often as i'd hoped. Sort it!

HarryGlass

March 9, 2011, 5:54 pm

Oh and threaded comments since you are redesigning the comment system (though it seems more a re-skin) then new features in most places.

About comment approval, maybe a point system could be put in place for frequent "trusted" commentors so that their comments can go through. You have a good community here, people who use the site a lot can be trusted not to spam and right "first, lol" which is why I imagine you put the approval system in the first place. Would be a lot less work for you guys and make the comment system more lively.

AndyC

March 10, 2011, 12:51 am

I hope you kept the receipt.

Cartoony is the best description I have seen - comes across as more consumer grade than serious reviewer website.

I dont care about user reviews - if I want those I will go to amazon.

The news should have equal prominence as the reviews, and the 2 headline articles at the top of the page should be killed - they take up far too much space.

Why do I need 2 search boxes on the homepage?

the drop downs are okay - but I liked being able to see the breadth of things you review - but it is more compact, I just hope you are creating a mobile version of the site as well without the drop downs.

The design changes are actually enough that I would likely try and find somewhere else to get a decent review - as I am not sure I could take TR seriously any more. Sad day for me :-(

Steve 12

March 15, 2011, 12:15 am

I like the old avatar better. May appeal more to younger people than me.

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