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QOTD: Do You Subscribe to Tech Magazines?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

There's something to be said about holding up a good book or a good magazine and flipping through the pages.

With a solid net connection, it's so easy these days to find the information you're looking for quickly and easily, without having to pay for extra tree killing. Arguably however, our energy use has gone up significantly over the years, so clearly there's an impact on the environment in other ways.

Every thing is going online nowadays. Even news papers that have held out for decades, are now shutting down their printing presses completely and changing to an online model.

The question of the day is: Do you still subscribe to print computer/tech magazines?

And if so, which ones and why?

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    Anonymous , 21 April 2009 14:16
    At least with online info, you can be more specific, and read only what you're interested in.

    With tech magazines I found I was spending 40 bucks a month for 5 minutes of news, and then the rest of the magazine to tell me stuff I already knew.

    So I dont buy tech mags anymore.
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    mactronix , 21 April 2009 16:02
    I still buy them now and then but i go to the store and check if any have something of interest to me first, reviews on a new launch etc just for a differant perspective on the thing.

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    mi1ez , 21 April 2009 16:18
    I regularly buy Custom PC.
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    waxdart , 21 April 2009 16:43
    I only buy them for a long train / plane trip or when I'm upgrading my system. Custom PC is a good buy; but I don’t like reading it too much in-between systems as it points out just how old my rig is getting.

    The problem with most of the mags are, they are full of the "top 10 (things) to do X". X being Burn a DVD or something easy. I don’t need to pay money for a list of digg level stories. I used to buy edge rather a lot - but that’s only as good as the games. Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw gives the best take on games.

    It's websites like yours that used to rule this! This used to beat anandtech hands down. Even pcstats is getting better!!!!!!!!

    But in answer to your question - No. I used to read them at the train station; but now I just popup to the Weherspoons pub for 10min. Much better use of the money.
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    Tattysnuc , 21 April 2009 20:38
    Custom PC. Excellent mixture of overclocking and hardware, without being too corporate.
    I "read" PC Format, but to be honest it's more out of sympathy. They epitomise the geeky gamer in their approach/style here in the UK.

    Otherwise I tend to read a lot of web sites re:o verclocking and new kit.
    such as,,, and a few others.
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    jeanluclariviere , 21 April 2009 20:48
    With tech magazines I found I was spending 40 bucks a month for 5 minutes of news, and then the rest of the magazine to tell me stuff I already knew.

    It costs me only $24.00 US to get 12 copies of MaximumPC, and around 30.00$ CAN for 12 issues CPU Magazine.

    Like anything, setting time aside durring the day to do something you usually dont, ie: read a book/magazine, can be very rewarding. I'm at a computer all day, and hard copies are a nice change of pace. Besides, theres always more than 5 minutes of reading per magazine...
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    azzinoth , 21 April 2009 20:48
    No, I dont. Question tells my opinion... I however still buy one tech magazine, from time to time. But only becuase there other fun stuff written in it.

    A few zears back when "Internet" was still "???" I was subscibed for 2-3. Becuase of tech info and included CDs.
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    thepeganator , 22 April 2009 03:53
    Used to buy magazine, but since I read online by the day, I flick through magazines and it's all a month out of date, so no I don't buy them anymore.
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    ubertiger , 26 April 2009 22:04
    If I was in the States I'd get wired for $10 for a 12 month subsription, but £40 in the UK is a fucking rip off.