How To Write A Good Review


About you and the issue


People want to connect with anything they are reading if possible so it’s important to say a little bit about yourself and what you were looking for to get started. At the same time you don’t want to bore someone who is primarily looking for information so keep it brief.

For example: Hello my name is Courtney and I enjoy playing computer games in my spare time so I was looking to purchase a gaming mouse. I have a pretty big hand so I wanted to get something that was both effective and comfortable. I looked around at a few products and found that this one was from a decently well known brand and was also in my price range.


For this example Courtney is the reviewed and is interested in a gaming mouse and you could round it out with a bit more specifics to what you are looking for like casual or competitive use, the types of things you’d want to use it for, and anything else interesting you have to say about yourself or your issue that stays on topic. A short relatable anecdote about your dilemma can also help to endear yourself to the readers.


First Impression

Short about the package your first thoughts upon arrival


Your first thoughts are important to see if you opinion was swayed positively or negatively by the end. How is the packaging? Are there any noticeable defects? When you opened it up is it overwhelming or underwhelming? This can pertain to how much better or worse it looks in reality compared to the picture. It could also be for the amount of parts required for assembly. Does it feel heavier or smaller than you expected? Anything you can think of that relates to what you expected to get and what you thought when you opened the package is perfect here.



This will vary based on how much is required


For review purposes this is fairly simple all you need to say is how difficult it was to put together. If there is minimal setup you don’t need to say much more. Just make sure you clarify a bit if necessary. If something is easy to put together but has many pieces make sure you explain it here. If the setup is long or difficult explain why and please go into detail on any issues that were particularly confusing. If you picked up any tricks along the way it’s good to share those as well.



What makes the product unique


Here you should talk about whatever extras are included to make the product stand out. A feature could be something simple or complex and you want to help the reader know just how effective it is at accomplishing its goal. For example if something has multiple settings how many of them are actually useful. You can approach this as a list or a short paragraph depending on how much you need to get through. Take your time and try all the features so you can write a good review, and if you can’t use a feature explain why. Highlight your favorite features and also explain why you don’t think you will be using others. The features are the flashing lights that grab people’s attention so it is important that they know just how useful they actually are.


Ease of Use

Take them threw the process


This is also pretty self explanatory. Easy to use things can simply be stated as such but you should still explain how you got the best use out of it. For more complicated products leave the assembly for your setup section and go into detail on what issues made it difficult to use. This is where you really want to get into your experiences with the product. For example if there was a learning curve, how steep was it and were there any tricks you learned along the way that simplified it. Try to explain the products use as if you were teaching an alien how to make it work for them to make their life easier.



Break down the possible issues


Here you want to talk about how the product feels and how long you think it will hold up. You also want to visualize the perfect version of your product and point out where yours falls short if it does. You want to be talking about how it feels in your hands and the materials that were used. Does it have a mechanism that is kind of funky that you don’t trust to last? What sounds does it make on use? You want to ask yourself questions about the functionality of your product and how it could be improved or not along with how well it fits its price range. Something that is made cheaply and is effective can sometimes be better than something made well that is more difficult to use, and even though it last five times as long cost ten times as much.



Summarize and say goodbye


Explain your last thoughts on the product and whether you recommend it or not. Number ratings can be arbitrary so stick to recommendations. Strongly recommend, slightly recommend, ok for the price, not recommended, and strongly not recommended are effective ways to summarize your opinion. You can also include how you expect the product to help you in the future along with anything else you learned from the process. Don’t be afraid to be a bit creative as you put a bow on your review. This section is all about neatly wrapping up your opinions so the reader can make an educated purchase even if they didn’t have time to get through the whole review.

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