Posted 16 March 2008 - 05:30 PM
Yes, it is possible to get hardware, software, and books for review. Especially if you have a website that generates a lot of traffic, or if you are some sort of expert in your field, or well known for some other reason. If you don't fit into any of those categories, you are going to have tough time. You will have to demonstrate to someone that you are capable of writing a coherent and structured review, and need a place to publish the review. Most websites that do reviews have have just a few people that do them. They are hard to do because opinions must be based on tangibles, must be fair, and must reflect the goals and philosophies of whatever website is hosting the review.
Generally when you do reviews, you get to keep the product, with the exception being hardware (in most cases). I have done about a dozen book reviews, and I have been able to keep the books. I have done two hardware reviews (one is in progress), and I have been fortunate to be able to keep the hardware in those cases though.