I buy and recommend a lot of electronics each year, but I cannot try every thing out there. So, I try to get my hands on anything truly unique and potentially revolutionary for 3 reasons:
- To know what is possible, that way I can mention the possibility to clients who want to do something they might not think possible.
- To evaluate products for weaknesses, oversights, and see emerging trends, and come up with solutions and other possible technological vectors.
- I myself can strip away the hassles of using technology.
With that said, I am willing to review finished hardware and software, and give feedback on Alpha or Beta stage hardware and software. Pre-release product reviews will be held in confidence until product announcements, and I can review internal products for problems prior to release: I am willing to sign an NDA with test products. If a review unit is lent or given, to comply with FTC rules, I must mention that. Also, all opinions on the quality of a product in a review, will be based on experience, and no items will be accepted for review if receiving it necessitates a positive review. In short, just because I get a review unit gratis, does not mean it will get a positive review. For review (loaned) items return costs must be covered. Operational costs should must be considered as well when loaning product out. A review unit must be marked as pre-release or release to accurately gauge performance.
Be warned: I am a very discerning reviewer because I have evaluated hardware and software for fitness for enterprise, SoHo and personal use for over 2 decades. Unless your product is perfect, it will not receive a 100% positive review; very few products I have reviewed have no “cons” listed. This fits with my axiom: “there’s always room for improvement.” If you product does few things extremely well and is competitive, that will be reflected in any review.