by Brandy D. Anderson
The world is becoming increasingly controlled by technology, and with so many different gadgets being offered, it can be difficult to know just which product will work best for you. YouTube is the best place to go when you’re looking for what gadget to get next – or even how to set up your latest tech goodies once you get them. Here are the top 5 Tech YouTube channels out there:
About: “Where products get naked. Business / professional inquiries ONLY”
This blog gives detailed reviews of the latest technology, and the videos here are particularly useful because they start with the setup (or as soon as you “unbox” your gadgets) and move right on to the actual reviews. One of their most recent videos is “My Ultimate Setup, part 1”, which instructs you how to set up three top-of-the-line LED LG monitors, including two curved screens, a flat middle monitor, with a fourth large flat screen hovering above. The host, Lou, tells you how to get them going, and he includes close-up shots of the product, including close-ups of the connectors and all of the I/O specifics. In fact, he provides so many details, he has to break everything up into several videos, which is great because you won’t get easily lost in the process. He also tells you the practical uses for the product he’s reviewing, and he inserts a little humour into his videos as well. There are a ton of videos on this channel, and it’s a good bet that you’ll find at least one to cover whatever you’re looking for.
About: “This channel is a forum for all things electronic. Any cool things I pick up, I will review and unbox for you. It’s an open forum, so feel free to speak your mind.”
Jon Rettinger runs this page full of useful tech reviews, and he even conducts some of his reviews at tech conventions, giving you an early glimpse at the latest and greatest. He covers laptops, apps, mobile phones, headphones, monitors, cameras, quirky little wrist computers…there’s a lot here to get immersed in. There’s a series of “VS” where Rettinger compares various products to each other. There’s another series called “Console Wars” where pits various gaming consoles against each other. Adding to the excitement, TechnoBuffallo even does ‘giveaways’ every so often (and it’s nice stuff)! Rettinger also has a number of “Advice for Tech Bloggers” videos, as well as a series called “The TechnoBuffallo Show” where he features a different product on each episode (he’s currently up to episode 40). This channel is diverse and features pretty much all the tech news you could ever want.
About: “The name is Ty Moss, thanks for visiting the channel. Be sure to subscribe to learn everything there is to know about iPhone, iPod Touch, iPods, iPad, and AppleTV! You can also check out my website for loads of other iPhone, iPod and iPad news, info, downloads and even chat with other users on the forum!”
If you have questions about Apple‘s crazy array of products, this is the place to go! This guy covers every thing and any thing Apple related. He speaks a little quickly, not John Moschitta fast, but fast enough. However, he’s always clear and it isn’t difficult to keep up with him. It’s just a bit funny. He makes useful comparison videos, such as his video comparing the speed of the “iPhone 6 Plus vs. iPhone 5S”, with each phone laid side by side as he clicks on all the various apps and options. He does a variety of different review videos, all Apple related (both Apple products and similar products from Apple competitors). One of the things that’s great about this blog is that the blogger, Ty Moss, often offers cheaper versions of the products he covers for those on a budget, which is always appreciated.
About: “Welcome to CNET‘s official YouTube Channel. Subscribe to CNET TV for up to the minute technology news and product reviews. CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what’s ahead. We provide the latest tech news, unbiased reviews, videos, podcasts, software downloads, and How-Tos, making tech products easy to find, understand and use.”
This YouTube blog is professional and sleek, and is full of way more information than you could ever really need. They have a few different channels: CNET Update, CNET On Car, Next Big Thing, Netpicks, Apple Byte, Tomorrow Daily, XCAR Films, Crave, and First Look Videos. One of the most recent videos covers self-driving cars which will be made available to consumers starting this summer – really. CNET reporter Bridget Carey says Tesla cars will be released this summer which have the capability for drivers to switch on “self-driving”, a mode where the car will drive itself without a person even touching a steering wheel. Carey mentions that Tesla is also working on improvements for its battery-powered cars, to which Carey quips that running out of batteries is a “scary feeling, although not as scary as driving next to cars without people in the driver’s seat!”
About: “News, reviews, and interviews from Computerworld magazine. Read us online at http://www.computerworld.com/ Computerworld is an IDG Enterprise brand.”
While this blog may be smaller than the others on this list in terms of subscribers, it still carries a lot of information certain to please any techies out there. Computer World is full of reviews and tech news, including more in-depth news pieces that you won’t see on most other tech channels. One of their recent news reports focuses on the data epicenter of Iceland and their efforts to promote new businesses to utilize them as a power and new energy source. They show you how to use Google Charts and how to turn easy-to-use coding into R coding (“5 Easy Visualizations in R”). They also have product reviews, including reviews of tablets, apps, laptops, “wearables”, and more. This blog features coverage of NASA animations, tech speakers, robots, and all the latest on mobile phone technology.