So, what is powershop?

Powershop.co is a website for people who love PC hardware, a tool for finding the best components at the right price. It's a search engine and database combined with a powerful UI to help you navigate and filter various categories so you can find exactly what you're looking for - or just explore what's out there.

Categories

CPUs x86 CPUs from Intel and AMD to power your system. GPUs Graphics cards for video output and 3D acceleration. Storage Internal Hard drives, including magnetic and solid state drives. Fans/Heatsinks Case fans and CPU heatsinks. Motherboards RAM Cases Power Supplies Monitors Flash memory Removable memory, including USB sticks and memory cards. Portable computing Tablets and laptops.

 

How do you use it?

 
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I designed powershop's UI to be clean, efficient, and distraction free - but the austere UI might be intimidating to some when they first see it. So, I created a quick video overview you can check out if you want to see how it works. There's a 40 second summary of the basic features, followed by a more detailed review demonstrates how to use those features to help find exactly what you're looking for.

If you don't feel like watching the video, basically it works like this: to sort, you just hover over a column header, and click 'sort'. To search/filter, you do the same thing, then click 'filter' - then enter your criteria, either a text search on text columns, or a numeric range on numeric columns.

You can also highlight rows in the table by clicking on them, so you can keep track of which products you're looking at when scrolling horizontally.

Design Philosophy

The reason I created powershop is that I thought it would be cool to create a site for searching computer components that worked like a spreadsheet or database browser, instead of something that looked like a traditional shopping site. That meant differences both in the user interface, as well as the technology used to generate it.

Unlike most component finders, powershop.co takes advantage of your broadband connection and modern browser technology to load an entire database into the page, that way you can apply filters instantly rather then waiting for a page reload - which means that you can apply and alter lots of filters quickly, so you can try different combinations to narrow down your search and find exactly what you're looking for, even if you haven't decided what that is when you start.

The bigger difference, though is the design of the UI itself. It's designed for the power-user, clean and sparse and optimized for efficiency. Clean, in that only the data that matters should be on the screen, with everything else out of sight until you need it. Efficient, in that in necessary clicking should be minimized.

There are obviously a few tradeoffs with this approach. Powershop is an HTML5 app, and because so much is done in Javascript, browser performance comes into play - performance in Firefox is a little slow (although there are some optimizations I'm planning on doing) and if you have a slow connection it may take a while to load a category the first time. If you have broadband, though, it should load in a second or two. Once everything is cached, it should be fine.

and as far as the UI is concerned, it might not be totally intuitive since all the options are hidden until you mouse over a column header. That's why I created the overview video, which should hopefully show you how everything works. I figure people who are actually building their own PCs probably know how to use them, and as software becomes more powerful it takes more skill to use. After all, it's easier to use Instagram then Photoshop, and it takes more skill to play Starcraft then Farmville.



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