DriverMax is the one of a new group of tools in the world of software, which are designed to allow a full update and reinstall of the drivers of a computer, even if you no longer the original installer CDs.
DriverMax is one of a few of the free examples of this type of application which exist on the market, the majority of its competitors charging a fee for a similar service. The tool is clearly useful for most PC users, who may at various times be forced to upgrade due to faults in a program or due to Operating System changes, with these ‘driver’ tools supposedly easing the re-install of drivers compared with utilising manufacturers’ support sites to download drivers.
The reality of the use of DriverMax to perform this reinstall task, is that it performs poorly. Its user-interface is clunky and it does not seem to compare greatly with even the ‘old-fashioned’ method of download directly from websites. Yet it does perform the tasks in which it sets out to do. If you are willing to spend enough time choosing drivers to reinstall through DriverMax, it will certainly let you do that. It just won’t let you do it in a manner which is as smooth as some of it’s competitors.
As DriverMax is free, initially it seems pointless to compare with those who demand a fee for the service, such as Perfect Updater, DriverScanner, and Driver Reviver, whose free version simply offer a scanner service. But compared with another free to use competitor – SlimDrivers – DriverMax certainly doesn’t make the grade. SlimDrivers is well designed, its interface is intuitive and its relatively fast and easy to use. DriverMax is none of these things- its clunky, puzzling and slow. Whats more, despite its emphasis on free to use, those who do not pay a premium are unable update drivers within the program, but a rather redirected to website be subjected to the countdown clock, whilst adverts promote the advantages of being a ‘Pro’ user. Moreover, DriverMax also doesn’t know the difference between an updated driver and an out-of-date driver, all this is left for the user to find out.
DriverMax provides the service that it claims to do, but it does so in a way that infuriates me. I have nothing against Innovative Solutions, but I just didn’t see the innovation, or even a well executed solution, in the case of DriverMax. And as such – I think when forced to choose – SlimDrivers is clearly a better choice to provide the utilities offered by DriverMax.
About Innovative Solutions
DriverMax is produced by the software firm Innovative Solutions, which is responsible for a number of Windows-based maintenance and utility software tools. Its most popular release is the Advanced Uninstaller, a program used for removing software from Windows PCs. Innovative Solutions also offers custom software development and describes itself as producing "highly specialised software" which can meet any clients utility or entertainment requirements. Whether or not that is true, Innovative Solutions have delivered us DriverMax. And at least its free. But sadly its also clunky and time-consuming, especially when compared with some of its competitors.
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