So I've taken a little time to comprise a list of ways one might categorize a product review. I tried to cover the main points. Just some things you should think about when writing an informative review. Obviously not limited to this format, but should be of some use to those that want an quick and easy template. (In some of these items there's a bit of crossover like 'midi' has more than one facet, so it's in several sections and 'size' could also be a part of 'portability' or 'aesthetics'. Also, I suppose 'Ergonomics' plays a part in the 'Ease of Use')
Ease of Use
How intuitive is the layout, menu system, user manual, workflow, connection configurations, and other things related to ease of use?
Is the product affordable for the average person? Does the price match it's quality?
Is the product available from more that one distributor? Is it still in production, or only available as a vintage or discontinued product (ebay)
How rugged are the enclosure, knobs, buttons, connectors? will they survive a drop to the ground, or hard wear and tear from gigging/studio use?
How does the sound compare to other gear? Any notable issues with resolution, noise floor, or distortion?
Is the design aesthetically pleasing to look at? Are there alternate color options? Is it intuitive and comfortable to control/use the product?
How large or small is it? Can you easily fit it in and around your other gear?
Does it require a wall socket for power? Is it small enough to easily transport?
(Batteries, Tapes, Etc.)
Will you have to continually buy batteries or other such consumables to use the product?
(MIDI Clock, DIN Sync, Clock Trigger)
Can you sync the clock with other various types of gear?
(USB Device, MIDI Device, OS X/Win, x86/PPC)
Is it a class compliant USB or MIDI device? If not, what Operating System/Architecture will support it?
(CV Control, MIDI Data)
Are there any options for controlling with your analog gear? Can you control with other midi gear?
Ease of Modification
How easy is it to modify? Can items be purchased such as backlights/buttons/sync kits/etc? Can you potentially create custom mods yourself such as adding functionality to the existing circuit (Korg Monotron, Speak&Spell, Gameboy, etc)
This can be about anything you find to be good or bad from the product in your experience owning and using it. Maybe it ruined a gig, or maybe it saved one.
Last edited by TylerBarnes (December 26, 2013 12:11 pm)