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Customer Rating: 4.33 of 5 (55 total reviews)

  • 5 starstech background not necessary to enjoy

    You don't have to have a Ph.D. in computers, math, or engineering in order to enjoy this magazine: I don't possess such credentials, and I think Wired is outrageously good. The appeal of Wired is information on cutting-edge technology, delivered in a highly visual, understandable, and often entertaining format. A subtle sense of humor pervades the magazine with features such as "Return to Sender" - a contest in which Wired readers attempt to send the weirdest possible item in the mail to the magazine's San Francisco headquarters; or "Japanese Schoolgirl Watch" - which tracks the latest trendy gadgets favored by one of the world's most trend-obsessed demographic groups. Wired endlessly scrutinizes and ponders on the intersection of technology, humans, and society in its terrific articles. The articles are always interesting, and well-written, with topics such as artificial sight research, or the shenanigans of MIT's Blackjack Team in Las Vegas (9/02 issue); parents of extremely ill children, united via the Internet in their challenges to the medical industry (9/01); or a profile of the Ibot Transporter "inventrepreneur," Dean Kamen (9/00). Wired is a beautifully presented, outstanding magazine. Try one issue - you might get hooked!

  • 4 starsStill bleeding edge, which makes it different

    The best thing about Wired is that it has stayed true to its roots over all of these years. Wired has always had a forward-looking, sophisticated attitude toward technology. You can tell that every article is well-researched and no feature in the magazine is an afterthought. In every issue, you will find:

    - stories about the unsung heroes who are really responsible for pushing the limits of technology
    - some politically-oriented article that shows the growing interplay between technology and politics
    - cool digital and electronic gadgets (that usually cost a lot of $$)
    - fun stuff like Jargon watch, Wired vs. Tired, and even some of the ads (how often can you say that?)

    Beyond that, I find Wired is the best place to read about things like the melding of human and computer and the progess of technology outside of the U.S. So, I find every issue interesting. It's a little less useful to me as an investor in technology stocks, but it does offer me that broader perspective on technology that helps put investable ideas into context. The clincher is the price - a small sacrifice for so much intriguing and entertaining content. I once considered discontinuing my subscription, but realized that it's so different from everything else I read and just one decent article an issue makes it worthwhile. Very glad I kept it. So, if you've never read Wired, I would give it definitely give it a try.

  • 5 starsGreat Magazine, BUT BAD Marketing Practices by Amazon.com

    The magazine wired.com is Great but Amazon.com Marketing Practices are really horrible. They promise you some Amazon Gift Certificates if you subscribe to the magazine, and their terms say:

    Subscribe to Wired for 12 months and receive a promotional certificate for $5 off your next Amazon.com purchase.

    You don't need to fill out any forms or supply us with a claim code. Simply subscribe to Wired by December 31, 2004. Upon checkout, we'll store your name and subscription in our system and then send your $5 promotional certificate by e-mail within six to eight weeks of your purchase.

    I did this and it's not 6 months but I still have not received any fidt certificates from them inspite of 2 emails to Customer Service of Amazon.com !! Great work Amazon.

    Wired is a great magazine anyways. I wanted to rate this review to be 1/5, but am rating it 5/5 because I like wired and not the amazon's way of marketing :-(