How to Become a Hardware Beta Tester

There are numerous technology manufacturers that regularly seek individuals who are willing to test their hardware products before the products are officially sold and distributed to the public. Hardware beta testers have the opportunity to use and test brand new hardware and provide the manufacturer with feedback about any issues or problems that arise while using the hardware. The benefits to becoming a hardware beta tester is working with a specific type of hardware before its official release date, and in some cases, receiving compensation by means of payment or free products from the hardware company. Continue reading this article to learn how you can become a hardware beta tester.


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    Determine the type of hardware that interests you. Since the manufacturer will require you to test and provide valid feedback on the hardware, you must be familiar enough with the hardware to adequately perform all tasks as required by the testing procedure.
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    Create a list of manufacturers that develop the hardware you enjoy working with. A list will help you with establishing the names of companies you need to contact in regards to becoming a hardware beta tester. For example, if you want to test new mobile phones, develop a list that includes manufacturers such as Motorola, Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, and more.
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    Become actively involved with the hardware company you want to test for. A hardware company will often choose beta testers who are genuinely interested in and knowledgeable about the products and the company.
    • Subscribe to the hardware company's news updates or blogs and participate in forum discussions about products and upcoming product launches.
    • Provide help to users who need assistance with using a particular product manufactured by the hardware company. This will demonstrate your knowledge and ability on troubleshooting specific products. For example, if a user joins a forum seeking assistance with installing a particular type of hardware on their computer, reply to that user with instructions regarding how to perform the installation.
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    Inquire with the hardware company about becoming a beta tester. Some hardware companies may provide potential beta testers with an application on their website; whereas other companies may require you to ask about beta testing opportunities via email or phone.
    • Look on the hardware company's website for a product test link or beta test link. Some companies may have web pages that are dedicated solely to beta testing and have applications you can fill out and submit online.
    • Perform an Internet search for hardware beta testing information. For example, if you want to become a beta tester for Hewlett-Packard (HP) computer hardware, type keywords such as "HP beta test" into any search engine to locate the HP Product Test website, which is also provided to you in the Sources section of this article.
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    Follow through with all tasks related to the beta testing project. After you are selected to become a hardware beta tester, perform all tasks as requested by the hardware company to demonstrate your reliability in regards to following directions.
    • Meet all deadlines for reviews, feedback, and questionnaires to improve your chances of testing other new hardware for the company in the future.


  • Review all terms and conditions and any applicable guidelines associated with becoming a hardware beta tester before accepting a project. Some companies may have strict rules in place regarding privacy, and may not ask you to participate in future hardware tests if you publish premature information about the beta test on a blog or website.
  • If you have permission to discuss the beta test publicly, inform other hardware companies of your experience with beta testing to help increase your chances of becoming a beta tester for that particular company's hardware.

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