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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 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.
Tweakers 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.
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.
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 television||Samsung HU7500L|
|Best monitor||Dell UltraSharp 27 HD 5K|
|Best headset||Sennheiser HD-650|
|Best compact camera||Sony Cybershot RX100 III|
|Best system camera||Nikon 1 V3|
|Best DSLR camera||Canon EOS 5D Mark III|
|Best laptop||Apple MacBook Pro|
|Best anti-virus software||Microsoft Security Essentials|
|Best operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Best printer||HP Officejet Pro 8610 e|
|Best processor||Intel Core i7-5960X|
|Best motherboard||Asus ROG X99 Rampage V Extreme|
|Best graphics card||Nvidia GeForce GTX 970|
|Best SSD||Samsung 840|
|Best videogame||GTA V|
|Best gaming Console||PlayStation 4|
|Best user reviewer||TERW_DAN|
|Best NAS||Synology DiskStation DS415+|
|Best home automation manufacturer||Nest|
|Best router||Linksys WRT1900AC|
|Best mobile provider||Vodafone|
|Best smartphone||Apple iPhone 6|
|Best tablet||Apple iPad Air 2|
|Best web shop NL||Coolblue|
|Best web shop BE||Coolblue|
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- "Tweakers Awards 2015 Winners" (in Dutch).