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Speccy Editor's Review

Sometimes PC users need to find out the details about specific hardware components in their laptop or desktop. This can be driven by sheer curiosity at times. You may also feel like checking whether your GPU is capable of running a specific game with steep requirements or whether your CPU is ideal for using a heavy-duty image editor. Windows inbuilt tools can be used but there are more capable third party diagnostic utilities that you can use. Thankfully, some such tools do not cost you anything! One such example is Speccy. Made by Piriform, the company known for making some quality windows utilities, Speccy can be used to retrieve a plethora of information on all hardware components, networking, and software configuration.

Speccy has a tiny installer and supports Windows XP and later versions. You may also opt for its portable version, which can be just kept on the HDD and run as and when needed. It is a multilingual app.

As it is, Speccy has a sleek and attractive UI with dark gray theme and colorful icons. The information display layout is rather well-organized and users do not need to suffer with clutter. After first launch, it runs a scan and displays results. The various hardware components are stacked vertically and once you select each, details are displayed in right pane of the UI.

The hardware scanning does take an impact on system resource consumption but that is typical of most diagnostic and benchmarking software. Apart from displaying CPU, disk and memory details, the app also shows real time information on CPU temperature levels and network connections. The information can be saved as TXT or XML document.

The app is also capable of fetching accurate information on software products that require specific third party components. For example, you may know if latest version of Java or Microsoft .NET framework is installed in the system or not. However, it does not show which software or process is consuming system resources. It also lags behind segment rivals that have inbuilt system benchmarking tools. The company offers web based help documentation tough.

Positive Points:
•    Clean, attractive UI.
•    Freeware, multilingual app.
•    Detailed hardware component information retrieval.
•    System information can be saved.

Negative Points:
•    Lacks benchmarking tools.

Conclusion:
Speccy is a capable system diagnostic utility that can be used by both beginners and advanced users to learn about installed apps and hardware components in laptops and desktops running Windows. It is equipped with a nice interface and shows accurate description on each hardware parts. You can save the collected data easily. While the multilingual app offers reasonably good performance and comes for free, it lags behind rivals that also pack in some system benchmarking utilities.

Rating: 3/5








Speccy Publisher's Description

What's in your computer? If you're like most of us, you can probably name the processor (Intel or AMD, Celeron or Pentium), maybe how much RAM it has, and maybe how big the hard drive is.

When you go to a computer store and see all the bright shiny PCs laid out next to each other, most will have tags or stickers indicating the:

* Processor brand and model
* Hard drive size and speed
* Amount of memory (RAM)
* Graphics card
* Operating system

Two or three years later, when it comes time to upgrade your computer, that tag or sticker may be long gone. Speccy was designed as a free electronic &what's inside& sticker for your PC.

Isn't this information in Windows?

Yes and no. Some of the basic information can be found by right-clicking My Computer and then clicking Properties. The General tab lists some statistics, and the Device Manager on the Hardware tab lists all of the hardware you've got installed. But it misses out lots of information that you need.

Speccy will give you detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer. Including CPU, Motherboard, RAM, Graphics Cards, Hard Disks, Optical Drives, Audio support. Additionally Speccy adds the temperatures of your different components, so you can easily see if there's a problem!

Why do I need Speccy?

At first glance, Speccy may seem like an application for system administrators and power users. It certainly is, but Speccy can also help normal users, in everyday computing life.

If you need to add more memory to your system, for example, you can check how many memory slots your computer has and what memory's already installed. Then you can go out and buy the right type of memory to add on or replace what you've already got.

If you're going to be selling your PC, you can use Speccy to quickly list out the components. Or, if you're buying a PC, you can use Speccy to check that the computer has what the label says it has.

Also, Speccy comes in handy for support. If you're on the phone with technical support and they want to know what video card you have installed, there's no need to hunt around Windows. Speccy has all the information on one easy-to-understand screen.

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Publisher: Piriform | License: Shareware | Price: 19.95
Version: 1.16.317 | Size: 3482 KB | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 25-05-2012 | Rating: 5 | Title: Speccy

Author Url: http://www.piriform.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.piriform.com/speccy
Download Url: http://www.piriform.com/speccy/download
Screenshot Url: http://www.piriform.com/media/10113/speccy1_473x370.jpg

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Shareware Connection periodically updates pricing and software information of 'Speccy' from company source 'Piriform' , so some information may be slightly out-of-date. You should confirm all information before relying on it. Software piracy is theft,  Using 'Speccy' crack, password, serial numbers, registration codes, key generators is illegal and prevent future development of Speccy.

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