COMPUTER ACTIVE: AN EXPERT’S VIEW - Technophobes now have their own computing title. Ajaz Ahmed is impressed

When I first head about Computer Active I thought that every computer user’s dream had come true: tips and techniques on how to get fit while using a PC. But instead of being the geeks’ answer to GQ Active, Computer Active is another technology title, albeit one which is more in the mainstream.

When I first head about Computer Active I thought that every

computer user’s dream had come true: tips and techniques on how to get

fit while using a PC. But instead of being the geeks’ answer to GQ

Active, Computer Active is another technology title, albeit one which is

more in the mainstream.



One of the best things about Computer Active is the format - unlike its

bloated competitors that often contain hundreds of pages of advertising

and four CD-Roms glued to the cover, Computer Active is lean and

manageable.



The contents are fairly good, too.



The magazine is trying to be the one-stop-shop for consumers who want to

join the technology revolution. It contains news and features on just

about everything hi-tech: Internet tips, software reviews, hints and

tips on mobile phones, games, consoles, hardware and gadgets. Many

specialist titles, especially those focusing on computer games and the

Internet, are more comprehensive, but they appeal to more experienced

users who know their stuff (teenagers and ’early adopters’). Computer

Active reads like it is, aimed at ’latecomers’ - parents and teachers -

who understand the need to know more about computing but don’t know

where to start.



One of the coolest things about this magazine is the ’jargon buster’

column that appears alongside the features and explains what things like

Cache, USB ports and PCI slots are. The bottom line is that some

consumers find computers daunting. Computer Active helps take the rocket

science out of computing and aims to make consumers more educated before

visiting PC World or ordering their next 16MB of RAM on the Web.



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