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Probably the best A+ resource ...
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.