5, 4, 3, 2, 1 star… How does Les Numériques notation work?

The rating is one of the main concerns of the editorial staff, as it clearly and legibly transcribes the results of the tests that we subject the products to. Knowing how we approach it is essential, explanations.

How are the grades assigned? They depend directly on the results obtained in the tests. First very important point to clarify therefore: the scores are independent of the price of the products!

Thus, two 4-star products are, in our opinion, worth the same price, even if one is offered at 1000 euros and the other at 200 euros. At least if they’re in the same comparative. This is not always true, however, for products from different articles. For example, we don’t consider a SLR camera and a compact camera both rated 3 stars to be comparable. It can also be risky to compare two 5-star products from two successive comparisons: as technology evolves, our criteria become stricter with each new article. As a general rule, a new 5-star will be better than an old 5-star.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 stars: how to interpret them?

5 stars
Recommended by Les Numériques! The product is in our opinion a reference in its comparison. This is our priority recommendation. This does not mean that the device in question will be perfect. Surprisingly, sometimes the list of negative points is quite long, as long as the list of good points. However, in our opinion, the 5 stars are the products that will give you the most satisfaction – and above all the least disappointment.

4 stars
Very good. It’s not THE best, but the product in question deserves your attention. By certain points it can surpass the 5 stars. Nevertheless, on the whole, sometimes due to a lack of functionalities, if not because of a few scattered defects, it seems less recommendable than a 5-star, judged by us to be better adapted for the greatest number of people.

3 stars
Good, but only average. There are better places to be. The builder does not steal from the customer. The product does the job it is asked to do, but it does not go beyond that. In any case, in our opinion, other devices provide a much better service and will surprise you more pleasantly than him.

2 stars
Beware of damage. Not recommended. At least one crippling defect was identified during the tests, a defect that will certainly penalize users. Eventually, consult the test to understand what an unpleasant surprise such a product may hold for you, but in general, refrain from buying it.

1 star
Big problem, huge disappointment. To run away! It’s rare, but it happens. Our one-star rating borders on the zero dotted line. We’re at the red card line, sometimes that line has been crossed. This time there is not one problem identified on the product, but a series.

The exception: the overpriced product

The products are comparable and rated among ourselves in our comparisons, and we are careful to revise the ratings downwards when new references appear that are deemed better by the laboratory. It’s true all the time, with one exception: when a product goes beyond the price criteria, to be reserved only for an extremely wealthy public, the only one able to afford the device in question (because it’s way ahead of its time, too elitist…).

The 55 Oled TVs, for example, were launched at €8,000 when plasma and LCD TVs of comparable size were around €1,000. The rating given to these Oled TVs still does not take into account their price, this rule does not change, but the other TVs will not be rated according to the results of the Oled TVs; at least not until they reach affordable prices, which we estimate today to be around €2,500. Until then, Oled TVs will be considered more as technology demonstration products than real TVs for the general public. Nevertheless, their tests will be published within the usual comparative comparisons, in order to facilitate access to these pages.

Green Stars: the lab. Yellow Stars: Readers.

The green stars displayed on the site are those awarded by the laboratory and the editorial staff of Les Numériques.

Yellow stars are also displayed. These are ratings given by readers who own these products.

Clicking on these yellow stars leads to the list of filed reviews and the possibility to write your own review.

Why not link notes and prices?
Because prices are too volatile. Whether it’s cameras, televisions, screens, audio players…, the prices of the devices vary too much for us to base ourselves on. Sometimes we see price reductions of 50% for some brands, while competition will only vary by 10% at the same time. We therefore find it impossible and illogical to take this criterion into account. And then what price should be taken into account? The one recommended by the manufacturer? The one practiced by the big chains? The one at the discount online stores?

As a result, the ratings given are purely qualitative. We recommend first the 5 stars, then the 4 stars, then the 3 stars, etc.