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    Default Does it make sense for reviews to judge hardware by price?

    I was looking at some computer parts to recommend to a friend and to me it seems like more and more hardware reviewers are putting a heavier and heavier emphasis on the price and value of products.

    Even if something is a good product they will tell you not to buy it because it's not the very best value. I'm not ever referring to products that have poor value, but products that just don't have the very best one.

    Shouldn't products be judged primarily by the inherent qualities? Aren't prices always changing? Aren't prices different in every country? Isn't availability different everywhere?

    It's one thing to say, "there are better values out there", versus "we cannot recommend the product at all because there is one $20 cheaper". The second scenario is what I am reading a lot on other sites.

    I find this a bit annoying and condescending. It makes them sound omnipotent, like they know the price in every region. I find it very annoying when reviews try to split hairs to determine the best value and make a recommendation based on that.

    At the end of the day it's up to the consumer to decide whether the price is worth it TO THEM.
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    Ummm, no.

    If something is overpriced, it is overpriced and therefore not worth it.

    If price changes, conclusions change alongside and if there are price/performance charts, they would get updated accordingly.

    For graphics cards especially, point is completely moot, as not just price can change, but also overall performance thanks to driver updates.

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    A component makes sense or not depends on its price.

    A Radeon RX480 for 575€ makes just no sense.
    A Radeon RX480 for 250€ makes sense.

    You get the point?

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    "we cannot recommend the product at all because there is one $20 cheaper".
    Yes, because a Cougar GX-S/Super Flower Golden Green HX/Corsair CX or Vengeance isn't good if you can get a Bitfenix Whisper M or Super Flower Leadex for the same price. The latter ones are just so much better.
    And that's where the price comes into play...

    For about 60€ the first ones are a good deal.
    For 100€ the first ones are a bad deal.

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    I agree that price is a key factor in decision making. Yes you want to buy a good product, but you also don't want to get ripped off for it.

    Like absolutely any retail, people will shop around for the best value. This doesn't mean compromising on quality, but going with whoever can give it to you for the best value.

    Of course some people are loyal to brands and will dish out more because it's a brand they trust.

    I think price in a review makes perfect sense. It evaluates the quality of the product alongside its selling point, which allows buyers to evaluate if it's really worth it or not.

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    quality/price ratio is almost as important as quality
    also says something about the company you're buying from

    nothing's to stop the reviewer from making a "double" review :

    evaluate the overall quality (without mentioning price) then in the conclusion also evaluate the quality/price ratio

    (so basically a quality score then an overall score)

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    The price is definitely one of the key factors in giving a recommendation to a product, however I think that the product's quality and value should be scored separately. Reviews that combine these into a single score can be misleading, because prices change all the time and they vary depending on the region.
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