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|Slogan||We test technology|
|Owner||De Persgroep Nederland|
|Created by||Femme Taken|
|Launched||September 30, 1998|
|3,111 (July 2014[update])|
Tweakers.net is a Dutch website featuring news and information about hardware, software and the Internet. The verb "tweaking" in the title refers to the process of tweaking the hardware of a computer, as a form of optimization. Thus, the site's visitors are called tweakers, not to be confused with methamphetamine users.
Tweakers.net has grown substantially since its conception. Nowadays, it publishes news, reviews, features and video reports about technology subjects, with a strong focus on the Netherlands. Tweakers.net is often regarded as the Dutch clone of Slashdot albeit with a stronger Windows orientation than Slashdot. Tweakers.net has more features for the computer enthusiast, such as reviews, bi-monthly Best Buy guides, a classifieds section for jobs and used hardware, the Pricewatch and the Shop Survey, among others. While the majority of the reviews are written in Dutch, there are several articles translated into English because they cover a non-standard topic.
Tweakers.net currently has more than 400,000 members and its forum has over 29 million posts. It has won several awards, including "(Dutch) website of the year 2009", "(Dutch) website of the year 2011" and "(Dutch) website of the year 2012"
The website was founded in 1998 by Femme Taken, a computer enthusiast, under the name World of Tweaking as a student's hobby project to offer a Dutch alternative to hardware review sites like Tom's Hardware Guide.
As of March 2006, Tweakers.net has been taken over by the Dutch media conglomerate VNU, now known as The Nielsen Company. However, VNU Media has become owner of the website after The Nielsen Company had sold its Business Media division to private equity firm 3i.
In October 2012, Tweakers.net launched a new design, designed by Femme Taken, the founder. However, the new design met with criticism from their community. A couple of days later, Tweakers.net launched a new feature which enabled the community to change the appearance of the website.
The current Responsive design was designed by Misha Scholte and introduced on the 6th of January 2014. The Android and iOS apps where removed from their respective stores on the 7th of October 2014.
In February 2014 Tweakers.net significantly improved the price comparison tool for sim only contracts.
In June 2014 Tweakers.net added prices of Belgian webshops to the Pricewatch, which now shows prices from Dutch and Belgian webshops.
Gathering of Tweakers
An important area of the site is the forum. Tweakers.net's forum is known as the Gathering of Tweakers (often abbreviated as GoT). The forum is mainly focused on technical subjects and tries to maintain a relatively high standard of posting. It has a fairly strong moderation policy, especially when compared to other online discussion forums. Users of the forum are strongly urged to read the FAQ and to have invested a fair amount of his/her own time into finding an answer, either on GoT using the search tools, or anywhere else on the Internet, before asking a question.
Tweakers Awards (formerly known as "Tweakers Gouden Steeksleutel Awards") is a contest in which members can choose the best products from different technology categories.
|Best monitor||Dell U2713HM|
|Best television||Samsung F8000|
|Best videogame||GTA V|
|Best SSD||Samsung 840 EVO|
|Best laptop||Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15"|
|Best operating system||Microsoft Windows 7|
|Best PC speakers||Logitech Z906|
|Best compact camera||Canon SX260 HS|
|Best smartphone||Apple iPhone 5S|
|Best headset||Sennheiser HD650|
|Best tablet||Apple iPad Air|
|Best motherboard||Asus Z87-Pro|
|Best WIFI router||TP-Link TL-WDR4300|
|Best web browser||Google Chrome|
|Best system camera||Canon EOS M|
|Best virtual provider||KPN|
|Best graphics card||Asus R9 290X 4GB|
|Best NAS||Synology DS214+|
|Best anti-virus software||Microsoft Security Essentials|
|Best printer||Canon Pixma MG5350|
|Best e-reader||Sony PRS T3|
|Best DSLR||Canon 5D Mark III|
|Best web shop||Coolblue|
|Best microprocessor||Intel i7 4770K|
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- "Website van het Jaar winnaars!" (in Dutch).
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- "3i agrees buyout of VNU Business Media Europe". 3i.com. 2006.
- "Gathering of Tweakers FAQ". gathering.tweakers.net.
- "Tweakers Awards 2013 Winnaars" (in Dutch).