The frequency at which new exciting PC related hardware is released has come to a crawl in the last few years, and in many cases, they are very specialized and expensive products. This alienates many readers (latest example: https://techreport.com/review/34105/nvi ... d-reviewed
) and I have grown tired of coming to Tech Report and reading nothing particularly relevant to what I may purchase. It is no real fault of TR, but the industry as a whole.
The only tech not fully integrated onto a motherboard these days is the video card. So we get bleeding-edge CPUs and bleeding edge video card reviews. An occasional motherboard tossed in for good measure. I don't have a problem with these, as they are all excellent reviews, but they are infrequent.
I was reading through some replies to the above review link, and the cat box poop-robot, and through to myself that TR better branch out into other technology, or wind up slowly bleeding readers away. If only to fill the cracks between products that TR has always been excellent at reviewing.
Some thoughts of product classes I think that TR could review in a technical manner (not just a feature list comparison of features that don't work right due to bugs and poor implementation).
Cell phones are over-covered, so not worth the trouble.
Wearable sport/smart watches:
1. GPS accuracy
2. Steps accuracy
3. Sleep accuracy
4. Battery life... try to eek out the maximum and how it was done.
5. Elevation accuracy
6. Automatic activity tracking ability
7. Optical heart rate accuracy
All of the above is not tested between devices or talked about during reviews, so as a buyer all you know is "it has a GPS", not "The GPS couldn't track what state you are in".
Much of the other topics for these wearable devices are check-marks for features, but implementation varies wildly such as music support, ANT+ support, etc. so a pro review would certainly draw in readers. I think the wearable watch category is about to really launch now that battery life is getting reasonably useful, Android Wear (Wear OS) is a thing (and a CPU has been developed specifically for it), and tests can be crowd-sourced at times.
Other technical products worth reviewing I give a turd about that isn't already covered well elsewhere:
1. Home automation
2. High efficiency lighting
3. Surveillance cameras
4. Weather monitors/stations
5. Power tools (from a technical nurd perspective)
I am curious if anyone else feels the same way. I prefer reading here as the impartiality to manufacturers has been excellent since day 1.