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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech 152

Posted by Soulskill
from the much-respect dept.
An anonymous reader writes: If you've built a PC in the past 17.5 years, chances are you read some hardware reviews on AnandTech at some point. The site's creator, Anand Lal Shimpi, has announced that he is retiring from the tech writing business. He said, "AnandTech started as a site that primarily reviewed motherboards, then we added CPUs, video cards, cases, notebooks, Macs, smartphones, tablets and anything else that mattered. The site today is just as strong in coverage of new mobile devices as it is in our traditional PC component coverage ... To the millions of readers who have visited and supported me and the site over the past 17+ years, I owe you my deepest gratitude. You all enabled me to spend over half of my life learning more than I ever could have in any other position. The education I've received doing this job and the ability to serve you all with it is the most amazing gift anyone could ever ask for. You enabled me to get the education of a lifetime and I will never be able to repay you for that. Thank you."
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 30, 2014 @10:44PM (#47793853)

    Anands In-depth quality reviews will be missed!

  • Impressive (Score:5, Interesting)

    by The Raven (30575) on Saturday August 30, 2014 @10:53PM (#47793871) Homepage
    Anand's consistent dedication to accurate and objective review metrics, as well as his crusade to put an SSD in every home computer, are both laudable. I hope the site will maintain the same lofty ideals without him at the helm.
  • by gman003 (1693318) on Saturday August 30, 2014 @10:56PM (#47793887)
    AnandTech is pretty much the only tech site I trust implicitly anymore. They don't do bullshit stories, they don't rush things out just because everyone else is, and they aren't afraid to criticize their own sponsor's products. More to the point, they know their stuff, and they have brought a lot more science to testing. They don't even test cases with actual computers in them anymore, they use strictly-controlled thermal loads and lab-grade probes because it wasn't repeatable enough. Hopefully Anand's spirit of accurate, thorough reporting will live on at Anandtech for years to come, because if they fail I don't know of anyone that could replace them.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 30, 2014 @11:12PM (#47793915)

      toms hardware was never the same after he invented myspace

      • by Frankie70 (803801)

        I don't get the joke.

        • Toms Hardware has horribly flawed journalism and testing methods, splits articles into 10 pages for ads when 3 would do (if anand did the same it would be a 100 page review)

          AC is equating Tom's Hardware quality with the quality of an average MySpace page.

        • by Ledgem (801924)
          MySpace was created by two guys, the most publicly known of which was named Tom. If you created a MySpace account you started out with one friend by default, and it was Tom. The Tom from MySpace and the Tom from Tom's Hardware aren't the same person, but the post is a joke based around the shared first name.
    • by Ecuador (740021) on Sunday August 31, 2014 @06:44AM (#47794761) Homepage
      Ok, I guess, as long as it is not an Apple product. If it is, then all that is thrown out of the window and the product is deemed "great" and worth the extra cost. This is most obvious in the smartphone sections. For example you can read the "android user on an iPhone 5S" article, and he lists all those important limitations of iOS that would definitely turn any Android user away, but says they are "temporary" and inexplicably concludes that iOS is not a worse experience. Similarly, supposedly they would test all important smartphone releases, however they review each iphone multiple times (seriously, check it out), then some popular Androids and that's it. They missed things like the N9, which was probably the best phone when it came out (as I had an iPhone, an Android and a N9 at the time), and don't try anything that could appear too price competitive to Apple devices (like Xiaomi). The Mac/Macbook etc reviews are similarly biased, the site seems to be in awe of Apple and everything they make. As an owner of a Mac Pro, a Mac Mini, 3 iPhones (all company provided) and the experience with them and all Apple products in our company, I am not similarly awed (I could write long stories here).
      So, yeah, Anandtech, while it is not as good as it used to be, it is probably still (one of) the best (although for PSUs and an alternative take on GPUs you should look at HardOCP), but be wary of the Apple bias.
      • by windwalkr (883202)

        For example you can read the "android user on an iPhone 5S" article, and he lists all those important limitations of iOS that would definitely turn any Android user away, but says they are "temporary" and inexplicably concludes that iOS is not a worse experience.

        "Temporary" because we already know that these are resolved in iOS 8 which is currently in beta. So, yes, you could rightly claim that iOS lacks these features currently- but that would make for an article with a used-by date of a few weeks or months. Like it or loathe it, it's clear that Apple is happy to steal and put their own spin on the major "distinguishing features" from Android-land.

        "A worse experience" and "would definitely turn any Android user away" are rather personal judgements. iOS does some t

      • Ok, I guess, as long as it is not an Apple product. If it is, then all that is thrown out of the window and the product is deemed "great" and worth the extra cost. This is most obvious in the smartphone sections. For example you can read the "android user on an iPhone 5S" article, and he lists all those important limitations of iOS that would definitely turn any Android user away, but says they are "temporary" and inexplicably concludes that iOS is not a worse experience. Similarly, supposedly they would test all important smartphone releases, however they review each iphone multiple times (seriously, check it out), then some popular Androids and that's it. They missed things like the N9, which was probably the best phone when it came out (as I had an iPhone, an Android and a N9 at the time), and don't try anything that could appear too price competitive to Apple devices (like Xiaomi). The Mac/Macbook etc reviews are similarly biased, the site seems to be in awe of Apple and everything they make. As an owner of a Mac Pro, a Mac Mini, 3 iPhones (all company provided) and the experience with them and all Apple products in our company, I am not similarly awed (I could write long stories here).

        So, yeah, Anandtech, while it is not as good as it used to be, it is probably still (one of) the best (although for PSUs and an alternative take on GPUs you should look at HardOCP), but be wary of the Apple bias.

        but it -is- worth the extra cost.

        I don't care what you think, a $150 billion liquid cash savings account is proof that they're doing something right.
        1. marketing
        2. flawless design
        3. fantastically controlled experience

        I don't use one, probably never will, but I'm not an idiot with 1/4" thick bifocals that can't see what makes it a good phone for most of the population. Every time I touch one I'm happy to use it.

    • by haruchai (17472)

      I've mostly been reading Tweaktown, with AnandTech & HotHardware as fallbacks for the past few years.

    • by jon3k (691256)
      Absolutely agree and I assume he wouldn't have left unless he felt comfortable that they would continue that tradition. It really comes down to one word, trust. I genuinely trust everything I read on Anandtech.
    • by DarthVain (724186)

      [H]ardOCP was also a very good tech site. While AnandTech was good, I thought the [H] community was a bit better. Though I'll admit to checking out chart data at Tom's...

  • by JakFrost (139885) on Sunday August 31, 2014 @12:17AM (#47794057)

    Read the site since the beginning every time I needed an upgrade for components ever since Tom's Hardware sold out to its sponsors.

    Anand and his writers were great and they changed the way that computer reviews were done online versus in magazine print in PC Magazine or Boot / Maximum PC.

    His recommendation of OCZ products at every revision of the Vertex line of products deserves a black eye on his legacy though since the reports of failures of every Vertex line 1 through 4 were coming out consistently just a few months after release on sites like Newegg, HardOCZ, ExtremeSystems, Amazon, Overclokers, etc. Anand keep awarding Editors Choices to OCZ regardless of the volumes of failures.

    He admonished Intel for their firmware bugs correctly but then white washed OCZ failures but back tracked and started mentioning their failures after it became common knowledge in the hardware circles.

    Still he leaves a legacy for legitimate and notable online journalism that changed online reviews and reporting by legitimizing it and receiving sponsorship from manufacturers.

    • by JakFrost (139885)

      Correction, HardOCP instead of HardOCZ, caught my own error since I was posting about OCZ Vertex product failures.

      Also, I am guessing that Anand's "retirement" is more like "cashing-in" on the site. Good time to make money and run!

      Commodity hardware reviews are dying out since they are getting less relevant to people. My machine is 5-years old and still going strong after 2-SDD upgrades and 3-video card upgrades. No need to replace the whole thing and upgrade anymore since my computer is running idle the

    • by AbRASiON (589899) * on Sunday August 31, 2014 @08:47AM (#47795083) Journal

      Your memory must be shabby.
      He recommended OCZ SSD's when they were SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than the competition. They were the first non premium priced SSD with intel like performance and no huge latency spikes when writing small files.

      Yeah look a lot of them failed, I got burnt by many of them - but at the time the failure rate issue wasn't widespread. They were the Celeron 300a of SSD's and so he rightfully pushed them.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I have an OCZ Vertex LE, that was purchased and installed in my laptop shortly after they were recommended on Anandtech. Aside from super-shitty v1.0 firmware that would sometimes fail to write what you asked, I've *never* had any issue with it in the twenty-seven-thousand+ hours it's been running. In fact, it's the same drive that's the system drive in the machine that I'm typing this comment from.

      (This drive was the drive that taught me to *always* upgrade the firmware in an SSD. There was a firmware upgr

  • Wow (Score:4, Interesting)

    by 50000BTU_barbecue (588132) on Sunday August 31, 2014 @12:46AM (#47794123) Homepage Journal

    I guess running tech sites ages you because he looks 50.

  • by kolbe (320366) on Sunday August 31, 2014 @01:16AM (#47794175) Homepage

    Back in the 90's when places like SharkyExtreme.com, jc-news.com, HardOCP.com and Tomshardware.com were "it", Anand Lai made a name for himself for his more than truthful video reviews. It was a new take on things with this guy Anand, sometimes sitting on a rock outside, chatting about computers.

    I still trust much of the content on his site, but worry it'll go the way of sharkyextreme now. Perhaps legitreviews or some other can fill that void without Anand around.

    Thank you for helping millions of us make good choices over the years Anand, I wish you the best!

    • It won't be going anywhere. They have a warchest of magnificent journalists. 80% of the articles I've read in the last 2 years were not written by Anand. His underlings have the same passion for excellence that made the site great.

  • Repay? DF? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    If anything I owe him for all the help I've received over the years.

  • just had this inner light moment .. (__)_(._.)__(_^_)_m(__)m m(_ _)m
  • by pjludlow (707302) on Sunday August 31, 2014 @07:23PM (#47797323)
    Looks like his next job is confirmed to be at Apple, although what position is undisclosed. http://recode.net/2014/08/31/v... [recode.net]
    • Seems like a good switch.

      While this is somewhat of a party pooper, he's been apple-focused for several years now, including a pretty significant and obvious bias towards their products. I'm glad he is finally leaving the reviewing arena because he lost his nonpartisan mindset and I felt his staying on was damaging the reputation of the site and indirectly the other reviewers at the site.

      I really enjoyed reading his reviews over the past decade. From 2010 on, not so much, but fortunately the site is well s

  • by gargleblast (683147) on Sunday August 31, 2014 @07:55PM (#47797437)
    So long, and thanks for all the chips!
  • Hired by Apple (Score:3, Informative)

    by rhanoudi (975424) on Sunday August 31, 2014 @08:39PM (#47797559)
    Looks like Apple hired him. http://www.macrumors.com/2014/... [macrumors.com]

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