Scoring is one of the main concerns of the editorial staff since it transcribes clearly and legibly the results of the reviews that we submit to the products.
Knowing how we approach it is essential, explanations. How are grades awarded? They depend directly on the results obtained during the reviews. First, a very important point to be clarified: the ratings are independent of the price of the products! In our opinion, two 4-star products are equal, even if one is offered at 1000 dollars and the other at 200 dollars. At least, if they are in the same comparison.
For example, we do not consider a 3-star SLR-type camera to be comparable to a compact one. It can also be risky to compare two “5-star” products resulting from two successive reviews: as technology evolves, our criteria harden over the articles.
Generally, a new “5 star” will be better than an old “5 star”. 5 stars Recommended by The Star Reviews! The product is in our opinion a benchmark in its review. This is our top recommendation. This does not mean that the device in question will be perfect.
It is sometimes surprising, it happens that the list of negative points is quite long, as long as that of good points. However, for the 5 stars, in our opinion, these are the products that will bring you the most satisfaction – and especially the least disappointment.
4 stars Very good. However on the whole, sometimes for lack of functionalities, if not because of a few scattered defects, it seems to us less advisable than a “5 stars”, considered by us better suited for the greatest number.
3 stars Good, but only average. There are better elsewhere. The brand does not steal the customer. The product does the job that is asked of it, but it does not go further.
2 stars Watch out for damage. Not recommended. At least one crippling defect was identified during the tests, default which will undoubtedly penalize users. Eventually, check out the test to understand what a nasty surprise such a product can hold in store for you, but in general, refrain from buying it.
1-star Big problem, a huge disappointment. To flee! It’s rare, but it happens. Our 1-star rating is close to the dotted zero. We are at the limit of the red card, sometimes even this limit has been crossed. This time there is no “one” problem identified with the product, but a series. The exception: the “overpriced” product
The products are comparable and rated among themselves in our reviews, and we make sure to review downgrades when new references appear, deemed better by the lab. This is true all the time, with one exception: when a product goes beyond the criteria in terms of price, to be reserved only for an extremely wealthy public, the only one capable of affording the device in question (because far ahead of its time, too elitist …) .
The rating is given to these Oled TVs still does not take their price into account, this rule does not change, but other TVs will not be rated based on the results of Oled televisions, at least not until they reach “affordable” rates, which we estimate today to be around “less than $ 2,500”. Until then Oled TVs will be considered more as technology demonstration products than as real TVs intended for the general public.
However, their tests will be published in the usual comparisons, for the sake of ease of access to these pages.
Why not link rating and price? Because the prices are too volatile. Whether it’s cameras, televisions, screens, portable audio players … the prices of devices vary too much for us to be able to base ourselves on them. We sometimes see price cuts of 50% for certain brands, while the competition will only vary by 10% at the same time. It, therefore, seems impossible, and illogical, to take this criterion into account.
And then what price should be taken into account? The one recommended by the manufacturer? The one practiced by the big brands? That of the online discount stores? Therefore, the scores given are purely qualitative.
We recommend 5 stars first, then 4 stars, then 3, etc.