Facepalm: Today, Tim Schiesser, Hardware Unboxed hardware reviewer and longtime TechSpot contributor, posted a new video of the kind you don’t want to do. As you probably know, Tim knows about monitors, having reviewed dozens in recent years, many of which have been for LG monitors, which are also some of the best in the business. So how did this happen?
Unfortunately, in a recent incident, LG representatives attempted to manipulate Hardware Unboxed’s editorial direction and even hinted that they would pay for the privilege. The only attempt to exert that kind of control during the review process is totally unacceptable, which is why Tim is calling them publicly.
You may remember the time before when a company tried to control what was said in reviews. It wasn’t that long ago, when Nvidia threatened to withhold graphics card review samples unless we discussed certain features that favored them. Fortunately, they backtracked and acknowledged their mistake, especially when it comes to the overwhelmingly positive coverage that has gone to Nvidia products when they really deserved the recognition. But we support our readers and viewers first and always.
As Tim explains in the video, what LG was trying to do is far worse, as they tried to specifically outline how monitors should be tested (or how they shouldn’t be tested) and even offered compensation for doing so. Hardware Unboxed, of course, has rejected their demands and instead chosen to expose their dirty tactics. Hopefully this kind of tampering and malpractice is completely eliminated and quickly corrected by a company that doesn’t need this at all when their products can speak for themselves.