CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh Edition (Exams 220-701 & 220-702) Hardcover – 1 Feb 2010
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So you want to be a PC engineer? Where do you start? Fortunately there is a great book written by Mike Myers which has all the answers to set you out on the right track.
--Book.biz blog, 25th October 2010
About the Author
Mike Meyers CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, MCP, is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and training. He is the president and founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a major provider of PC and network repair seminars for thousands of organizations throughout the world, and a member of CompTIA.
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The book has 'History/Conceptual' sections at the beginning of each chapter, the author makes it clear these arn't absolutely essential for the exam but will help you understand certain concepts more in the upcoming chapter, which again, is fair enough.
The problem however is within the main parts of the chapters themselves, where the objectives for the exam are meant to be covered, the author will either delve into stuff way, way too much (going beyond the A+ exams) or even go into stuff that's not even on the objectives or the exam itself, unless you check the objectives you won't even realise this is happening.
There's nothing wrong with learning extra stuff, however, this book is for the CompTIA A+ exams and is advertised as such, there's plenty of other books out there if i want to dig deeper into computing.
if you are looking to simply pass the exam and learn all the relevant information (As pointed out by CompTIA themselves) i would strongly suggest the Exam Cram A+ book which dosn't muck around and get's straight to the point, that in conjunction with Professor Messors videos are excellent and will help you pass, it's the route i took after realising this book was wasting my time.
I have previously been guilty of complaining that computer books are over-priced but this is clearly an exception. With a rrp of £40.99, each page (excluding Appendices & index) costs just 2.8 pence. Given the information density, illustration quality, and the fact that you are unlikely to pay the list price, this represents superb value for money.
Myers keeps the language accessible and eschews the gratuitous use of intensifiers that can make reading (and understanding) technical literature such a chore. This makes this an enjoyable (yes, enjoyable) read! Criticism is limited to Myers occasionally forgetting that the world stretches beyond the borders of the USA and a little too much advertising for his Company. Nonetheless, even if you have no intention of taking the CompTIA A+ exams, this an outstanding introduction to computing for aspiring techs or enthusiastic amateurs alike and I have no hesitation in rating it a five star publication.
From what I can see (when I can see), there are lots of self-explanatory diagrams, the text is laid out well in an easy to follow format, and there are many little boxes containing handy tips.
Fortunately, Mike Meyers writes as he speaks (yes, I've seen a couple of his video tutorials), which makes this subject easy to understand - even for non-geeks like me! I would recommend this for anyone currently studying the course, anyone contemplating going on the course, and for anyone who has no intention of going on the course but wants to learn more about the ever-bewildering world of computers.
It's also a shame that it doesn't cover Windows 7 specific things because "They won't be on the exam". Instead you have to buy another book to supplement it.
Another issue I had was with the CD. It was in perfect shape but the folder that contained the files for the exam-program wasn't accessible. In the end a friend had to give me her CD instead.
If like me you already know enough to get, say, 60% on the exam but need to brush up on areas, this book may involve a lot of wasted reading time. On the other hand if you don't know what Ethernet is, or if you don't know a PCI from a PCI-E, this book is for you.