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Hardware.Info TV: a household name in the Dutch tech community

Introduction

Hardware.Info TV was a household name in the Dutch tech community. We were early with this concept; the first episodes were made in 2006. To illustrate: Linus Tech Tips had not yet started its videos on YouTube. In addition, the Hardware.Info TV episodes were longer; they lasted 10 to 20 minutes. Frank Everaardt really wanted the concept to continue and new episodes to appear regularly. Over time, they even became mandatory at some technical colleges. The format was based on a host who often interviewed someone from the Hardware Info editorial team about innovations in the hardware field.

Although I was certainly not a fan of the first hour, I watched all the longer episodes of Hardware.Info TV on YouTube. When the original concept stopped about three years ago, it was a loss for Dutch tech YouTube. Although the format continued for another two years under the name Tweakers Tech Hub, it was no longer the same. The last Hardware.Info TV episode was posted online on August 28, 2020.

In honor of Hardware.Info TV, we searched for – and found – the first and last episodes and briefly discuss the top 15 episodes that got the most views on YouTube. In addition, we would like to give you as readers the opportunity to place a request under this article to add some of your personal favorite episodes.

The first and last episode of Hardware.Info TV

The first episode of Hardware.Info TV was provided by Koen Crijns and Frank Everaardt. This episode was not yet on YouTube, but could be viewed via the website itself.

First episode of HWI TV

Frank and Koen were (slightly) younger than they are now. A first for that time was that the videos were already recorded in HD quality at 720p. The first episode discussed separate coolers and – for that time – chunky laptops. With that first episode, the gentlemen created a concept that has been successful for thirteen years.

Last episode of HWI TV

The last episode was a Viewers’ Questions special with Koen Crijns and Eric van Ballegoie. Topics discussed in this episode in 2020 included the TV as a monitor, new GPUs and CPUs, and flight sims. The recordings were now made in 4k and the entire production appeared a lot more professional. The team was shooting three episodes a week around this time. After this last Hardware Info TV episode, the channel was renamed Tweakers Tech Hub; in that sense it continued to exist under a different name – but it was no longer the same as before.

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