To start the review, let’s look into some facts about the online speed reading course Speed Reader-X. Generally, it is easy for us to get some hints on the maturity of a product by looking into its development history. The following table lists the major development of the course based on my discovery:
|2005||Speed Reader-X CD version was first launched|
|2005 – 2007||About 10 version upgrades were released during the period, for enhancement on areas like usability, training results, etc.|
|2007||The CD version Speed Reader-X 5.0.20 was released. A CD with 17,000 eBooks for practicing speed reading was introduced.|
|Speed Reader-X Online version, an Online system based on the latest CD version, was launched. The Online version also has the 17,000 free ebooks built-in.|
|Online ticket system was introduced for user support|
|2008||UltraMind Improvement Studio, a new module (not available on Amazon) focusing on reading comprehension, vocabulary, and memory training, was launched|
|2010 – 2011||The software is upgraded to version 6.0 for both Speed Reader-X 6.0 Online and Speed Reader-X 6.0 CD, with videos added together with system improvement.|
|2011||An option is introduced, for user to buy SpeedReader-X Online together with Ultra Mind Improvement Studio with a combo discount.|
- ^ SpeedReader-X CD version: Before the Online version was launched, this was the only version customers could purchase. Customers need to wait for shipment of CD after purchase, and have to install the program on their computer to run the system.
- ^ SpeedReader-X Online version: This is a browser-based system, sold as an additional choice to the CD version. Customers can access the system right away after purchase, without waiting for shipment. In addition to original content of the latest CD version, it has added built-in audio introductions before each lesson.
- ^ UltraMind Improvement Studio: It is sold both as CD and online version. The CD version is sold as a separate disc, while online version is sold as a combo offer together with Speed Reader-X Online version (said to be a limited time offer). Please go to the product page for further details.
From the development history, it looks like the online speed reading class from Speed Reader-X is a quite mature product. Different enhancements have also been introduced for the benefit of users. You can click on one of the links above if you want to get further information. Feel free to leave us a comment if you get any question. To continue with the review, go to actual customer feedback on this online speed reading software.