I’ve taken to reading reviews more than ever lately, trusting the wisdom of crowds and all. I’ve had to buy more electronic stuff (had to? No, wait a minute, that’s got to, in my case, I love it) so I’ve done the standard treks through amazon.com, cnet.com, and the main computer stuff review sites.
I’ve been seeing two kinds of standard, identifiable, non-objective reviews that would seem to throw the standard tools (how many stars in amazon.com, for example) off. Watch for these red-flag reviews that skew the database:
It seems like I’m having to read past the summary, and look at the specific reviews, reading details, to be able to reach some conclusions. Too bad, I think, because we should be able to throw out some of the obvious ones and then look at the star summary of the rest.