PCPer v4.0 Giveaway: OCZ Technology Vertex 2 120GB SSD!

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | April 18, 2011 - 11:11 AM |
Tagged: vertex, ssd, ocz, giveaway, contest

As you can no doubt tell, PC Perspective got a HUGE and much needed facelift over the weekend to what we are internally calling "PC Perspective v4.0".  I know there are still some kinks to work out and we are actively addressing any feedback from our readers in this comment thread.  

But we want to celebrate the launch of the new site in style!!  Some of our site sponsors have very generously offered up some prizes for us to give out throughout the coming days...

The first prize: a 120GB OCZ Technology Vertex 2 SSD!!

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What do you have to do to win this wonderful piece of hardware?

Couldn't be easier: post a comment in this post thanking OCZ for its sponsorship of PC Perspective and maybe include a thought or two on the new site design (compliments, constructive criticism, hate filled monologues, whatever).  You should probably have a registered account or at least be sure you include your email address in the appropriate field so we can contact you!

We will pick a winner tomorrow and move on to the next hardware that finds its way to PC Perspective offices.  Good luck and thanks for reading!!

April 19, 2011 | 10:34 AM - Posted by gazornenplat

Thank you OCZ for helping to support this great site!

I really like the color scheme of the new layout and modernizing is great. I also really like the new logo.

I'm going to focus mainly on the issues I've seen with the top content on the main page. There are some placement issues that bother me. The clickable text on the front page (Latest Review, Latest Topics, Latest News) goes up and down over the page, making it hard to read and making me want to give up and not read anything. It would be better to have a centralized line (horizontal or vertical) of text fields that are easy to bounce your eyes around. I don't like the top 5 flash animation because it takes too long to see what's new. I don't recommend speeding it up, but having a preview column or row similar to GameSpot.com's style. Very handy to see a preview rather than just 1-5. Changing the content on mouseover is effective, too, instead of requiring a click. I also agree that the swoosh effect is distracting and a subtle fade would be very pleasing.

My overall suggestion would be to enlarge the top 5 animation to stretch it over to your box ad on the right. Then add a column in the left of the animation with some sort of preivew for each graphic/link and change it to make mouseover switch the graphics. I see the style of the "swoosh" that connects the animation box with your logo, but I still think these changes would be for the better. Then expand Latest Reviews to add another row since Latest Topics will now be pushed down below the newly expanded animation box. Then line up the words/labels Latest Review, Latest Topics, Latest News horizontally across the page. I think that would give the front a crisp, stylized and straight look that would really be settling to new eyes.

I'm glad to see the fresh energy in the design and I think you're doing a great job with all aspects of this site! Keep it up!

April 19, 2011 | 10:43 AM - Posted by anthony (not verified)

The site looks great! I am glad you are sponsored by OCZ they make great stuff!

April 19, 2011 | 10:49 AM - Posted by TechKnow

Props to OCZ for the great hardware i've been using over the years, and for putting their name name behind a great source of tech info like PCper.

As for the site, I like the color scheme, but there doesn't seem to be any "flow". All the wasted space between "divs" gives off a broken/fragmented feel. The large gray expanses come off like dead air does on the radio. At least the content rocks. ;)

April 19, 2011 | 10:53 AM - Posted by djskinnyb

Nothing better than a good sponsor like OCZ putting up some nice hardware on pcper. Enjoying the new look, especially after getting my links back on the main page.

April 19, 2011 | 10:57 AM - Posted by Chuck (not verified)

The new site looks great! Thanks to OCZ for sponsoring.

April 19, 2011 | 11:04 AM - Posted by Adam (not verified)

Thank you OCZ for offering such an awesome prize. You have the fastest SSD's and I will use mine to load my game levels fast! if I win that is.

April 19, 2011 | 11:08 AM - Posted by Mike Loomis (not verified)

Thanks, OCZ for supporting such a great site for computer goodness! The site looks shiny! Cincinnati and PCPer, represent the geeks!!!!

April 19, 2011 | 11:09 AM - Posted by perfectshot (not verified)

I'll never order anything from OCZ again. Burnt by a mail in rebate.

I won't say no to something free though...

April 19, 2011 | 11:30 AM - Posted by cindaddy (not verified)

Thanks to OCZ for sponsoring PC Perspective. Site design is very clean user friendly.

April 19, 2011 | 11:46 AM - Posted by Rob Sullivan (not verified)

Big fan of OCZ and PCPER (amdmb :) )
This is another awesome giveaway.

April 19, 2011 | 11:54 AM - Posted by sonac

Thanks OCZ for sponsoring PC Perspective, I love their content and Allyn does great SSD reviews. You couldn't find a better place to advertise ;)

I also really like this new site. It's actually not the first time I see it, because you gave away a URL that was hosting your test site on your podcast quite some time ago. I'm happy it's finally finished.

April 19, 2011 | 11:59 AM - Posted by Zorkwiz (not verified)

Thanks OCZ for sponsoring PC Perspective, I've had nothing but good experiences with both OCZ products/staff and with the staff at PC Per! I love the new site design overall, even the color scheme, but feel that the animated top stories section looks a bit too much like an old Winamp skin; that is all form and little to no function. I'd almost prefer a more consistent look with the rest of the site and have it animate between tabs, changing the active story's tab to green like the rest of the interface and getting rid of any flashy, distracting animation.

April 19, 2011 | 12:13 PM - Posted by SpookyAlmond (not verified)

OCZ is fantastic for supporting such an informative site. Especially since the beautiful redesign! Keep up the great work guys!

April 19, 2011 | 12:15 PM - Posted by greggm2000

Thanks OCZ for sponsoring PC Perspective. Your products are always top-notch, and your support of this site is appreciated.

The site design is ok I suppose, but I'm a fan of simple, clean designs with the important info front and center, and the old site did that well. Still, maybe the majority prefers otherwise (I'm probably in the minority there), and you guys know your needs best. I'll get used to it in time I'm sure!

April 19, 2011 | 12:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

great new site

April 19, 2011 | 12:34 PM - Posted by Niner

I have used OCZ products before with great results. The new PCPER.com site looks good also. Good job!

April 19, 2011 | 12:39 PM - Posted by JonS (not verified)

OCZ is a top notch company with good service. Thanks for supporting PCPerspective.

April 19, 2011 | 12:40 PM - Posted by acepants

great looking site, pcper.
OCZ makes the best SSDs, i was saving some money but i'm still not close enough!

April 19, 2011 | 12:43 PM - Posted by Jim21 (not verified)

The ocz ssd great upgrade to any system
This site looks great
Great job guys

April 19, 2011 | 12:48 PM - Posted by Bowser (not verified)

Since I bought a Vertex 2 60GB for my PC my Laptop seems to be sooooo slow :D Need that one :)
Thank you OCZ for this opportunity on this fresh site here :)

April 19, 2011 | 12:50 PM - Posted by Eric Z. (not verified)

ocz ftw~ =D

April 19, 2011 | 01:00 PM - Posted by Alex (not verified)

Thank you ocz for making fabulous ssd's and for sponsoring PC Perspective!

April 19, 2011 | 01:02 PM - Posted by Joe (not verified)

Thanks to OCZ for sponsoring. OCZ makes the best SSD product line out there. The new design is great. It loads faster then the old version and the layout is great.

April 19, 2011 | 01:11 PM - Posted by koolj21086 (not verified)

Thanks OCZ for sponsoring the best tech review site on the web. Keep up the good work.

April 19, 2011 | 01:20 PM - Posted by blkskull

Thanks to ocz for this great prize, my favourite memory product manufacturer.
I like the design of the new website, bright and cheery, easy on the eyes and easy to read and what's not changed is the great reviews and news stories as usual.

April 19, 2011 | 01:23 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Okay, blkskull, you are the last entry. Winner announcement coming soon!!

April 19, 2011 | 01:34 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

The winner is....

SOTO!! An email has been sent to him for contact info so unless he doesn't respond in about 24 hours, that is our first giveaway winner.

More to come very soon (today in fact!) so keep your eyes on the pcper.com home page!

April 19, 2011 | 01:36 PM - Posted by Clement (not verified)

Thanks OCZ and PCPer! Site looks great - I like the cleaner look. Keep up the good work.

April 19, 2011 | 01:46 PM - Posted by Daniel T (not verified)

Thank you OCZ and PCPer for making this possible. OCZ solid disks are really nice, i didn`t tried them yet but as much as i saw everywhere in review they exceeded my expectation in performance and reliability.
About the new design - it`s nice, elegant colours, smooth loading, easy to navigate - that`s the most important thing that everybody has a nice experience when using this website.
Keep up the good work and be sure to bring OCZ as a sponsor next time too!

April 19, 2011 | 01:47 PM - Posted by Daniel T (not verified)

Ooopss...i`m late?

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