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Product awards are very subjective and it is too often that reviewers are
quick to apply outstanding awards to products that frankly aren't that
good. Here at Ninjalane we have come up with a very clear and concise award system based
on maximum star count, "5 of 5". The rating system covers but, is not limited to,
product uniqueness, performance, design, documentation, and packaging.
Furious 5 of 5
This is the highest award given and is reserved for excellent products that do what they
are advertised to do, and excel in ways that other products cannot.
The Ninjalane staff will highly
recommend this product to anyone.
Silent 4 of 5
This is the second highest award and is reserved for excellent products that might
have missed a mark or two. These products still excel in the marketplace but seem to be missing something.
The Ninjalane staff will still recommend these products to anyone.
Slashing 3 of 5
This is the third highest award and is reserved for good products that are advertised
to do a certain thing but just can't seem to make it happen. These products will typically have problems with
documentation, drivers or have some manufacturing or design defects out of the box. Normally they can be tweaked
slightly to perform their task thus allowing them to be rated.
Struggle 2 of 5
This is the fourth highest award and is reserved for not so good products with serious
issues that require professional help. You will not find many products at Ninjalane with this award since
they will not typically be Ninjalane material. If you happen to see a product awarded a Struggle 2 of 5 there
is undoubtedly some astounding feature that you just cannot live without.
Dead 1 of 5
Lastly the lowest of the low, the scum of the fuxX0ring earth. If you
see this award, there are problems! We have reserved this award for
products that have completely missed their mark and/or for companies that
simply have pissed us off for some reason or another. (The Ninjalane staff will refrain
from any personal vendettas and will document how and why the award was given, if the situation arises.)
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