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Ultrabook reviews, guides and comparisons

Lon Seidman and I discuss ethics in reviewing, anti-consumer trends, and the near future of mobile computing

By Douglas Black , updated on May 23, 2018

I have long been a fan of Lon Seidman’s consumer-friendly reviews and the humble, honest approach he has always taken in executing them on his channel. Lon’s channel is one of the few that I greatly respect due to his stance on full disclosure, always stating explicitly how he came to be in the possession of the device he is reviewing.

Contrary to popular belief, no, most of us don’t get things for free, we don’t get to keep review units, and if we do, that tends to change after a less than glowing review. So, when Lon was kind enough to invite me onto the second episode of his Podcast to discuss (among other things) what its like being a tech “journalist”, I jumped at the chance.

Lon.tv’s disclosure and promise:

DISCLOSURES: I always disclose how I acquired the gadget in the video description. For product samples sent to me directly from manufacturers I disclose that in the video itself. Some products I receive through the Amazon Vine program which are sent to me by Amazon for review on their site. Many other products I buy myself, review, and resell on my store at http://lon.tv/store .

For a good hour or so, Lon and I discuss ethics and disclosures for reviews, how Notebookcheck and Ultrabookreview differ, the difficulties in giving honest reviews, our first laptops, the commodification of PCs, Nvidia’s (recently axed) GPP, laptop trends and more.

If you are a fan of technology and want honest, comprehensive reviews rather than slickly produced infomercials, please do check out Lon’s channel!

I suppose here is a good time to shill for the website as well: if you like Ultrabook Review and Notebookcheck’s coverage, please disable your ad-blockers for our websites and/or shop on Amazon via our affiliate links. We are not in this to get rich, and we tend to lose at least a few hundred dollars on every laptop bought to review and then re-sold.

P.S. I apologize in advance for my potato camera, mic, and lighting for this podcast. Should there be a next one, I promise I will invest in some proper equipment. :)

Based in Hong Kong, Douglas Black is a veteran editor of Notebookcheck, university lecturer, researcher, and writer.

3 Comments

  1. Lon Seidman

    May 10, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    You were great! Thanks for coming on the show!

    • Mike RFX

      May 18, 2018 at 7:05 am

      What an awesome show and really Douglas thank you for both of your sites, I visit everyday and it is such a delight to read. Great job to you and your team!!

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