CNET offers reviews, news articles and how-to videos of the latest technology available in our world. They focus on advising the public on how best to use technology, which products will be most beneficial, and how to get the most out of them. Because of this focus on technology, many of the deals they offer on the site are technology related. The site even offers subscribers to be notified of new technology deals that become available. There are products outside of technology available as well, many from name brand companies at high discounted prices. CNET has different versions of their sites available to be viewed internationally.  

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The Good

  • Deals
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CNET is a large site with many options, but the option to see deals was easy to locate. Right on the home page there is a link to the deals offered on the site. Once on the deals page, it is easy to view what is being offered. In a quick glance you can tell what is being offered, why it was a good deal, who was selling, and when it expired. With their "deal hotness" it is easy to see how good the deal being offered is in comparison with other deals on the site. It is also useful to be able to sort by categories while shopping. CNET Deals offers 13 categories to shop from. They are:

  • All Deals
  • Non-Tech
  • Audio
  • Desktops
  • Phones & Acc.
  • Storage
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • Tablets
  • Cameras
  • Monitors
  • Software
  • Televisions

By choosing one of these categories, it makes the search much narrower and easier to shop from. The deals being offered on CNET Shopper are easy to get to the seller's page. With one click of the product it directs you straight to the seller's site. The products being offered were up to date and accurate. Every product stated who it was being sold by at the bottom of the product's description; most of the products were being sold from well-known brands, directly from the brand's site at a highly discounted price.

The Bad

  • Product variety
  • Limited notifications
  • Reviews

The variety of products CNET Shopper offers are lacking. They had fewer products and a smaller range of products offered on the site than other shopping engines. The shopping aspect of CNET seemed to be a very small section which made the shopping less desirable.

CNET does offer those who subscribe to be notified of new deals or specifically new tech deals, but it does not offer any type of program to notify the buyer when a price changes or when a promotion becomes available or is ending. This is unfortunate, since finding the right product at the best price is often times a time-sensitive task. Many competing shopping search engines sites have this feature.

There are also no product reviews available on CNET's products. The site doesn't offer any reviews to be read or be written about the item being sold. Likewise, it does not offer any reviews of the sellers of items to be read or written. Having quality reviews gives needed product validity and confidence to online shoppers. Many other sites do offer reviews so we found this to be a negative for using CNET shopper.

The Bottom Line

The deals provided on CNET Shopper are easy to find and view. They provide a good amount of information about the product and the deal being offered. However, the site is small in the number of products they provide and do not offer reviews of products or sellers. They do however have very reliable products from well-known brands and provide fast and easy links straight to the seller. CNET Shopper may not be the best site for someone looking to shop for a large number of products and a wide variety. But it would be a great site for someone looking for technology items from reliable sources. It would also be helpful for someone to evaluate how good of a deal they are getting from the product and why it's a good deal.

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I like to shop with CNET for my electronics and appliances. I’m able to find good information about the product that helps me make good buying decisions.

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There is a good selection for a good price, if something needs to be returned customer service is great.

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Lisa

January 22nd, 2020 Kaysville, UT

Great website to help understand and get good reviews of lots of things including electronics. Like to read latest news there too.

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Mickey Mangum

January 15th, 2020 Long Beach, MS

I use CNET quite a lot. I really like their product reviews and ratings. The website is clean and easy to navigate and the products I’ve purchased have been as advertised.

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Juan

December 10th, 2019 Beaver, PA

This is a good place for all your tech needs. I go on here when i am looking for PC software or hardware.

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Todd Homitz

November 17th, 2019 Evans City, PA

Great site to use for honest reviews. I use this site a lot during the holiday to make sure I'm getting quality gifts. Love the videos that do a deeper dive.

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Rob Whipple

May 3rd, 2019 Mesa, AZ

My go-to for electronic purchase information. Very helpful and comprehensive. Good variety of product info as well.

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If you care anything about electronics, then CNET is your go to place for reviews of those electronics. Theyll give you the pros and cons of the electronics in today’s market, and I don’t purchase anything before looking at the reviews on their website. They come from the professionals in the industry that I can rely on

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Darius Williams

December 11th, 2018 Alexandria, VA

go here to shop for any of my electronics for best prices on them and also reviews

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CNET is my first stop when checking out the regiews for the latest tech. I find their evaluations very insightful during the purchasing process

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Kyler Ashby

June 13th, 2017

CNET is a great resource for those looking to find products or information relating to technology. CNET provides lots of product information to help the buyer make an informed decision. Very useful and helpful

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Mark

June 9th, 2017

I like to read CNet's reviews when researching electronic or technology related items and find their reviews to be reliable.

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Kenneth Okerlund

June 8th, 2017

CNET has not kept up with review topics. I feel like the more time that goes on the fewer amount of reviews you can find on recent products you can find.

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