Awards are worthless
Being Awarded for actions taken or products delivered is always quite an honor, no matter how small or big the achievement. In hardware review world however the whole Award value system has gone down the drain drastically the last several years
It goes back to 2004 and before, The Inquirer
summed it up perfectly back then:
Hardware sites need to bring credibility to the presentation of awards. Sense and sensibility matter to people spending their hard earned money for products, which is why they read review sites and for that matter review magazines.
It boils down to the fact that many hardware review sites, big or small, are handing out “Editor Choice Awards” to practically every single piece of hardware they reviewed. Shouldn’t an Award mean that product X stands out from the rest of the contenders, what value does that “Award” title have if it’s being given to every piece of hardware no matter how good/bad it is. Imagine every movie and every actor/actress receiving an Oscar. How special
will it be to win an Oscar if that was the case? Exactly: not very special.
If a movie gets an Oscar you can pretty much be sure the movie doesn’t “suck”, it might not be the best movie ever for you, but you’ll know it won’t be a B-rated horrible thing.
How can somebody reading hardware reviews know if the Award handed out to that product is worth something? Since they are being given out freely, they have little value.