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What do you think? Product comparison functions

A while back, I mentioned a new product comparison function we’re experimenting with on We’re piloting the first one on a Cisco Small Business 100 Series Unmanaged Switches comparison. Although we have  a variety of comparison tables and rich spec data on the site, this function is a little different because it’s interactive and you can use it to filter and compare by different attributes.

If you’re the kind of person who’s involved in researching, recommending or purchasing, I’d really like your feedback: Is the information shown in the comparison the kind of data you need? What would you add, or take away?  Are the filtering attributes the kind you would use? How would the best imaginable comparison work?

Several of you have sent us very useful feedback though other channels, and I’d really love to hear from more via comments here.


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Pilot: New Product Comparison Module

On the web team, we’re always experimenting with new functions to make your life easier.  The latest is an interactive product comparison module, that allows you to filters views of models by different criteria, and build a dynamic side-by-side comparison showing the different attributes of the models you’ve selected.

We’re piloting the first one on a Cisco Small Business 100 Series Unmanaged Switches comparison, and we’d like your feedback on this functionality.

Here’s how it works:  Let’s say you want to compare the features of the models in the 100 series. When you go to the comparison page, you’ll see the complete list, partially shown here:

You can check and compare straightaway, or filter the list (via the control box on the left) to make it more focused.  In this case, I have filtered on Gigabit Ethernet just as an example, which sizes down the list:

Then check off the boxes you want to compare, press the Compare button, and you’ll be presented with a side-by-side listing showing the various features and attributes of the various models:

We’re thinking of using this elsewhere around the site, so give it a try and let us know what you think.

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