The fall of the physical user manual
There was once a time when every electronic product or gadget you purchase come with a small booklet with a comprehensive set of instructions and description of it, a user manual. Eventually, manufacturers realized that there’s barely enough users reading these manuals to cover for the cost of producing and printing one. They’ve decided to stop printing and including manuals inside every purchased box, and replace with a simple quick-start guide.
Shifting from physical to virtual manuals
These manuals, however, have not disappeared entirely. Instead of including it in the product’s packaging, manufacturers have decided to put it somewhere accessible to everyone, the internet. Now, should anyone need to consult a user manual for their device or gadget, they only need to visit the manufacturers website, key in the specific model number or serial of their device and download the user manual in a pdf format.
A database for user manuals and guides
Now, let’s say you have multiple devices from different brands, it can be quite tiresome to go to each of their websites to get access to their manuals. Luckily, there is a database with a collection of user manuals from various products and gadgets.
This website has about 2.4 million products on from around 73,000 brands. This database consists of roughly 3.5 million pdf files, from Yamaha appliance user guides to TP-Link manuals. You can easily enter keywords in the search box and you will be given a list of results with manual name, description, and file size effortlessly.
The best part is, theirs is no payment or registration needed. You can view and/or download any manual you need without having to go through painstaking registration process or coughing up a few dollars from your pocket. All of their manuals are FREE.