This week’s product to review was sent to me by Fine Gardening magazine. It was a set of DVDs that were presented to me by Fine Gardening as a great resource of information on very focused gardening topics. I got to take a look at Pruning and Propagation.
First, because I like to present good news before the bad, this is an information packed product. Each DVD covers in entirety all the questions thatÂ the averageÂ personÂ might have about a topic and the bonus videos do make it a bit easier to understand the topic you may have a question about.
But… The dreaded but…
This was not a product that I liked. First of all, it is a program that automatically tries to install itself on your computer. I HATE installing anything unnecessary on my computer. I need all the space possibleÂ on my computer to store things like pictures of my garden and illegally downloaded songs. For information that I may only need to reference a few times a year, installing a permanent program is a hassle. It is like buying a reference book that you are told you can only buy if it stays on your coffee table year round.
I would prefer to just pop the DVD in when I need to and access the info from the DVD. This option is avaliable, but as you are prompted to install each time you put the disc in your computer, this may be confusing for less technical people.
I also was a little disappointed in the quality of the videos on the DVD. Don’t get me wrong, the information was all there, but the quality of the video was shaky and I mean that in every sense of the word. Unless there were minor earthquakes in every location that they shot, there is no excuse for shaky video on a professional DVD. For the cost of a single one of these DVDs ($24.99) they could have bought a cheap tripod and improved the professional look of the DVD by 100%.
I also thought the price was smidge high as well. I appreciate the value of information and, despite the free access to all kinds of crappy information on the web, I appreciate that quality information should be paid for especially when it is organized. But the fact is that you can find well illustrated books with similar information for less.
Who are these DVDs for? Well,
- If you do not mind installing several programs on your computer to have easy access to quality information
- or you understand how your computer works enough to feel comfortable navigating it
- If you don’t need to take Dramamine to make it through a Disney 3-D theme ride
- If you are lacking in space for books
If the above describesÂ you, this would be a good product for you. As I said, the information is solid but the execution leaves a little something to be desired.