In the last few months, playing with system information and/or benchmarking tools became really frustrating. Obviously, the reason is that my hardware is slowly becoming worthy to be shown in a museum, not used in a computer. On the other hand, I already have a desktop computer that’s almost 10 years old lying around with some Linux distro on it and trust me: that works like a charm!
Anyway, no matter how I feel about my hardware setup, I have to do this – Auslogics System Information seems to be a program worth checking out without any doubt, but the question that needs to be answered is not about its usefulness, but about the value offered for the price. Well, that remains to be seen, right?
Auslogics System Information’s current version seems to be 22.214.171.124, but I guess that this may change pretty soon, since version numbers like this usually tell me one thing: the program we’re talking about gets updated pretty often. What I got here is a free trial that has no functional limitation and can be used for up to 15 days, while the full version is priced at $19.95 and the list of supported operating systems looks really good: Windows 7/2008/Vista/2003/XP in both their 32- and 64-bit versions. Awesome!
Just like Ashampoo, Auslogics doesn’t seem to learn that having a toolbar inside the setup package of their products is really lame, especially since both companies have really good products. Well… this is it: 5.4 MB setup package, 12 MB of disk space and at least 64 MB of memory needed, the useless Auslogics Toolbar to avoid, really easy to install. I am sure you got the idea, so let’s move to the looks and works, as usual.
Easy to use? Yes, I can’t say that Auslogics System Information is hard to use but, unfortunately, apart from being easy to use and offering multilanguage support, there’s nothing good to say about it – there’s no offline documentation, no toolbar, the Settings menu is virtually useless (come on, do we really need to open a menu, then click three times before finally pressing the OK button to change the language?), there’s no toolbar… so the main window looks kind of empty, if you ask me.
The name says it all, right? Fortunately, it does. On the other hand, it’s really sad to notice that there’s nothing more than system information to this program: no benchmarks, no online statistics to compare your system to… nothing. OK, but what do you get for your money, after all?
As soon as you face the main window of the program for the first time, you get an overview of your system’s hardware and software components but, to be honest, I expected to get more – for example, you don’t get information about the partitions/drives on your system and not even when you go deeper, it doesn’t even get near to programs like Everest or even the PC Wizard freebie. Sad…
… and it gets even more depressing as you explore the tree view in the main window: no memory latency information, no word on standard frequencies and overclocking, not even an area where you can check the temperatures reported by the sensors in your system!!!
Fortunately, there are some things that work as they should, for example the save report feature – while the information inside may not be extremely detailed, you can save it as HTML, XML or TXT.
Finally, there’s something that, for me, saves Auslogics System Information from complete failure – the Device Manager, Memory Usage and Performance tools. Unfortunately, these are passive monitoring tools, so you can’t do anything but watch – there’s no chance to use them to close unresponsive processes, update drivers or anything else. Again, sad… and this is where we stop. Seriously.
Tips & Tricks
If you’re just a beginner trying to find out what’s under the hood of his computer, feel free to take Auslogics System Information 2 for a spin – you’ll surely get more info that you need, but be sure not to waste your money on this program!
Auslogics System Information 2 is easy to use, comes with excellent support for Microsoft’s operating systems that really matter these days and its 15-day trial version has no functional limitations.
The depth of the information provided by this program is no match for most of its competitors, some of them even free, so there’s one big question that I can’t answer: why in the world would you spend 20 bucks on a program that can’t even match some of its completely free competitors??? I am not even starting again that talk about the interface and lack of documentation!!!
To be honest, I am disappointed. I really like Auslogics and the simplicity of its programs, but this time they simply failed to provide more than an average product that’s clearly not worth its price. Well, that’s life – you win some, you lose some – today, we have a program that’s clearly not a winner, so let’s move on!