Driver Easy Reviews

Only with DriverEasy I could use Renesas USB 3.0 Card

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DriverEasy detected more drivers than SlimDrivers. So I prefer DriverEasy about SlimDrivers. After Slimdrivers had updated all drivers on Vista Business 64bit und reported all drivers to be actual and OK, there remained an "Other USB-device" not working and yellow-marked:

"Other USB-device" not working

After "optimizing" all drivers with SlimDrivers DriverEasy reported 2 missing and 23 outdated drivers.

DriverEasy reported 2 missing and 23 outdated drivers

"Hauppauge WinTV HVR-900H 64bit (66xxx)" did not work

My Hauppauge WinTV USB Card "Hauppauge WinTV HVR-900H 64bit (66xxx)" did not work with the drivers from SlimDrivers, because the drivers for this USB 3.0-Card could not be installed:

  • Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Host Controller
  • Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Root Hub

Only with the DriverEasy-Updates I could use the "Hauppauge WinTV HVR-900H 64bit (66xxx)" which has the drivers Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Card as a precondition.

Otherwise DriverEasy wanted to install the V7-drivers for "Hauppauge WinTV HVR-900H 64bit (66xxx)"-USB-device, without asking. I wanted to keep the V6-version, because VTPlus does not work with WinTV V7. In this point SlimDrivers had the better behaviour.


It's the "best"

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Of all the various driver update utilities, DriverEasy seems to be the best. Unfortunately the bar is pretty low for this type of program, and DriverEasy isn't perfect.

DriverEasy seems to have the best driver detection with lowest false positives (though there are a few), it doesn't run in the background for no reason, and lets you see a comparison of your driver to the new driver to verify it is correct.

The free version of DriverEasy provides really, really, really slow downloads. Thankfully, the larger drivers tend to be easily available online (Intel, Realtek, etc). It is generally more obscure drivers like storage controller drivers that you can download through DriverEasy because they're only a few megabytes.

DriverEasy free is more of a driver detection tool than an automatic updater. But it's fairly good at what it does.

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Driver download speed was absurdly slow for me. Don't know if that's a general problem with this type of software or not, but made me uninstall.