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I feel that a good review covers a variety of aspects of the product, from packaging, to build quality, comfort, and of course, sound. I enjoy reviews that are coherent and not just a slew of information haphazardly spewed onto the page without any clear direction. Including graphs and measurements gives you a basic visual indication of what to expect and to be wary of (ex. peaks that many are sensitive to), but to me its the reviewer's comments and feedback that make all the difference.
Personally, I am not at all a fan of rating systems; i.e. 7/10, 4/5 stars, etc. Readers put so much focus into that final score, disregarding the reviewers experiences and feedback located within the review. Video game sites are a great place to view that sort of reaction. A game gets a 7.5 out of 10 and readers disregard it as a waste of time and money when in reality it's a quality product and gobs of fun, but slightly flawed. It's also a challenge to decide what will take off a star, or half a point, or whatever your rating system runs on because its just so subjective. Like Armaegis I'm somewhat skeptical of reviews, especially on sites like Amazon or AliExpress. They're often so drastically skewed towards one opinion or another (love it or hate it) without anything in between, and lack the sort of details that give you an impression of what the product is actually like to own and use on a routine basis. I try to find someone with similar tastes and follow their reviews if possible. Mind you, I have odd tastes and love quite a few earphones that are considered subpar (Sony XBA-2 and NarMoo W1M to name a couple).
I still consider myself pretty green when it comes to this hobby so when I review I like to spend at minimum two weeks with a product. The first week goes towards using them as as my primary earphone or headphone. That allows me to get a good handle on what they are like to live with. Are they comfortable? Does they display odd quirks that were not readily apparent during the initial unboxing? Do I actually want to spend all that time listening to them or am I forcing myself to because I must? Once I've become accustomed to the sort of experience I would expect to have as an owner, then I start listening critically, taking notes, comparing to other products in my collection, and thinking about what sort of overall feedback I'll give.
I'm also a huge fan of images in reviews. They add quite a bit to the experience giving me a visual indication of the overall fit, finish, and build quality. I'm also a sucker for a pretty face, heh. When I'm not in the midst of reviewing something, I often have 4-5 earphones with me at any time. When one is in use, I'm enjoying the unique design queues of the rest.
So what all this rambling comes down to is;
1. I like the review to be laid out in a logical and neat manner, separating each aspect of the review into it's own distinct section.
2. Images are a must for me to be able to piece together everything I've read and to fully understand the writer's experiences.
3. A review must have both positives and negatives, even if the reviewer truthfully thinks the product is essentially perfect. To me it shows serious thought about the product and that the reviewer is considering the experiences their readers may have it theirs is the review that spawn a purchase.
If you made it this far, congratulations. Here is a picture of the Havi B3 Pro 1.