Can You Have a Great Product with Bad UX?

WalkMe Team
By WalkMe Team
Updated May 2, 2023

Is it possible for a product to be high-quality and have bad UX? To answer this question about bad user experience, we must first preface it with defining, “a great product.”

Is a great product the same as a successful one? If we measure a product’s greatness by its ubiquity or gross revenue — the answer is yes. There are plenty of everyday items with horrific UX that continue to be in bought and used.

This can occur because there is simply no better substitute, or we have become so accustomed to the concept we no longer notice its inefficiencies.

Consider your keyboard. The symbol placement is far from intuitive — to the point that there is an entire industry of software dedicated to onboarding young users. Yet, it remains the standard.

The vast majority of products with bad UX will not have the far-reaching success of the keyboard, and even then — they will never truly be “great products.”

Truly great products do not have bad UX. Here is why:

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It might serve a purpose, but it doesn’t fulfill its potential

Let’s talk about the standard printer for example — notorious for confusing buttons, erratic behaviors and almost guaranteed user frustration.

It fills a need so people continue to buy it — especially if the alternatives have equally bad UX. However, the gap in usability must be filled with a crutch: heavy customer service, rigorous onboarding or aggressive marketing.

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Just ask any company that sells a printer how often their customer service representatives hear about various printing malfunctions.

Simply put, a product with bad UX is a product that could be better. Companies that do not improve UX are missing an opportunity to create a truly great product.

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Frustration will turn to user churn

Providing a great user experience it critical for keeping users engaged. A product which causes user frustration will be abandoned — just as soon as something better comes along. Take CDs for example.

Once the go-to means of listening to music, the CD left much to be desired in terms of user experience. They were delicate and easy to break, awkward to store and expensive to collect. This left them vulnerable for user churn as soon as MP3 technology hit the market.

From a business perspective, a product with bad UX is an unstable investment as a competitor could easily improve upon the concept and gain a competitive edge.

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UX is constantly evolving

User experience has existed long before the buzzword was coined, and has continued to evolve in many products we use every day. The telephone’s evolution is just one prominent example.

In the age of the customer, growing demands for better user experience has stipulated an influx of more intuitive products and software. This shift marks a turning point where UX is no longer an added bonus, but rather a means for survival.

Not even the keyboard is safe.

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WalkMe Team
By WalkMe Team
WalkMe pioneered the Digital Adoption Platform (DAP) for organizations to utilize the full potential of their digital assets. Using artificial intelligence, machine learning and contextual guidance, WalkMe adds a dynamic user interface layer to raise the digital literacy of all users.