At Simplebotics, we love reviewing products. Since we are a robotics blog, we limit reviews to gadgets like robot vacuums and camera drones. We see our reviews as important pieces in the buying process for a consumer. Who doesn’t read up on a product before a purchase? Anyways, we’d like to disclose how exactly we review products on the blog.
Simplebotics may receive review samples from third-parties: companies or distributors. While a company may sponsor a review, Simplebotics reserves the power to keep scores independent of company influence. In fact, we may turn down product review offers if we feel a product does not fit on the blog.
It’s crucial for our product reviews to be truly hands-on. No reviews will be solely based on other people’s interpretations of a product. Each product we review is tested in-person to the fullest extent. Our typical process entails that we use a product for over a week, testing the product’s advertised features in different scenarios. For example, flying a drone indoors and outdoors if it’s advertised to do so.
Simplebotics grades products on a “10-point” review scale. This score is calculated using the average of three sub-scores: price, design, and usability. While these qualities are broad, our score box also includes a written overview of the product. The “price” score is partially determined by comparing the product’s price to what else is on the market, and if the product appears overpriced, the score will be affected. In addition, how much a product offers to the consumer based on how much it costs is a factor. The “design” score considers build quality and aesthetics, so if the product lacks quality materials and good design, we take points off. Lastly, the “usability” score refers to how easy a product is to use. For example, if the product is tedious to setup or has some sort of difficult quirk to work around, this score will lose points.
We hope this clears up how Simplebotics reviews products. You can view all our reviews over at simplebotics.com/reviews.