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COMPTIA A+ 2006 In Depth
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2008
At first glance the size of this book is a bit daunting, but that's largely down to the reader-friendly format of pictures, tables and diagrams that accompany the text, and the fact that the book takes the time to explain and often repeat itself. In the end it took me about three weeks to work through it, doing a chapter a day. This book was my main resource while learning, and I just passed the A+ Essentials exam.

The chapters of the book are not laid out in format of the A+ exam domains, but follow their own layout which actually makes a lot more sense when learning. The first two chapters are an introduction, then there are eight chapters covering components, four chapters about operating systems, two chapters dealing with networks and then the final chapters each deal with security, notebooks, printers and professional conduct.

The exam objectives for the Essentials, 602, 603 and 604 exams are all printed at the beginning of the book, and throughout the book the sections which are relevant to the Essentials and 602 exams are highlighted (but for some reason not the sections which are relevant to exams 603/604). Most of the book is relevant to both exams.

Nothing came up in the Essentials exam which was not covered in this book. To be honest you probably won't need anything else to revise for that one, but I just noticed here on Amazon there is a resource kit available which includes this book, flash cards and computer-based training (and only slightly more expensive). You might want to check that out.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2007
I have recently started to study for the A+ certification with another text book. However this proved to be very difficult as it plunged straight into the details of what makes a computer work. Jean Andrew's book, however, provides plenty of background information in an easily understood manner without giving too much detail that would possibly confuse a new student.

The glossary and table of acronyms also provide a useful aid to this beginner.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2007
This is an outstanding book to study whether you are an experience computer engineer or new to the business.

If you are serious about learning computers

in depth don't waste your time and money on any other book.

If ONLY SHE DID A BOOK LIKE THIS ON LAPTOPS I WOULD BUY ONE STRAIGHT AWAY, SHE IS THE BEST.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2007
I have also just started studying CompA+ and the book I was learning from was not for beginners and I found it very difficult to learn from. So I bought this book and I noticed the difference in the books straight away this is a very good book for beginners. I am now learning the study material quite quickly. I would recommend this book over any other CompA+ books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2008
When this book got delivered to my house i was scared to open it because of its size. This is too much information to take in, let alone trying to remember it for a exam. But you get use to it. This book explains every little thing you need to know about building,repairing, problem solving laptops,operating systems etc etc etc in so much detail that you should be confident in taking the A+ exam. It can then be used as reference book after. Listen to my words DO NOT BUY ANY OTHER BOOK for the A+ exams apart from this one. This is the real deal and no other BOOK comes even close A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2008
This book has 1307 pages [including index's], so if it's not in here you don't need to know it to pass the A+ certification!!
Also included is a video cd with several useful sections on it.
My only VERY minor criticism and it is minor, is because the author is American it has American words / grammar used BUT this in no way stops you from learning the A+ essentials and more!
So all in all a very good and worthwhile buy.
Just give yourself a clear head and plenty of time to soak up all the information in it.
HAPPY READING!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2009
This is truly a great A+ certification manual. It is deep, loaded with content, and right for any level of user. The only downside to having this book is that it is a bit on the bulky side.Otherwise definately current and update with Comptia A+ 2006 objectives.
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I bought this book after reading several good reviews. I was looking for an all-in-one resource to get me through the exam. After passing the 2 A+ exams I can safely say that if you used this book as a sole resource you'd probably fail. The exam cram book that I purchased and internet resources like professor messer's site were priceless and covered absolutely stacks of things not covered in this book that I found in the exam. If you're looking for a long winded book to teach you the basics in IT then this is for you (As the title suggests, it is in depth - in fact it tells you many, many things you won't need to know for the exam). All in all, you will need other material to truly prepare you for the exams. This is definitely not a one stop shop for a guaranteed pass.
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on 7 July 2009
I bought this book from "The Bumper Book" (Amazon seller). This book is great. Everything is explained in detail. I just received this book today, so far I am really enjoying reading the Book. And it also contains CD. You can find useful video tutorials in the CD. If you are preaparing for the CompTIA Certification Exam then just go for this Book. I can guarantee, you won't be dissapointed after buying this Book.
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on 29 June 2009
This book is seriously in depth. It covers everything you need to know from the basics upwards and its in a easy readable format. You won't need any other book on this subject. It is a big book with lots of detail.
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