Notebook Hardware Control lets you customize various aspects of your portable system in order to conserve battery life, cool down the system or monitor the hardware.
Installation and Setup
Installation of NHC is painless and takes only a few seconds. As the program is a configuration tool, there’s quite a few options to run through, some of them quite technical if you’ve never used a similar utility before. The program is designed to run in the background all the time, and takes up around 3MB of system memory while monitoring.
Ease of Use
NHC’s various features can be grouped into those involved with monitoring your hardware and those involved with changing it, usually to achieve a longer lasting battery.
If you bought your laptop packaged from a store you may well have seen different companies use similar software. While they also rely on changing things like CPU speed and brightness to modify system life, they don’t tend to be very configurable. As a rule, they hide many of the advanced options like CPU voltage control from average users, limiting their usefulness.They also tend to be slightly more bloated – for example Samsung’s in house battery life modifier on our test system uses about five times as much ram to do a similar task.
If you’ve never used a hardware control system on your laptop – you owe it to yourself to give this a try. It’s no exaggeration to say that with proper configuration you could extend your system’s battery life by between 5-20%. For a free program, that’s a lot more functionality out your hardware.
Functions on NHC range from the simple to the advanced but the site offers some excellent advice on how to get the program functioning properly. Luckily, the program UI is easy to use, and once you’ve got the basic knowledge of how things work, using the program itself isn’t a problem.
We’ve tested the program on both a laptop and netbook and all of it’s features such as temperature monitoring have worked first time. Other similar programs we’ve tested on these systems – especially the netbook – have had problems finding out system information easily.
Differences Between Free and Professional
The professional version of NHC offers profile systems and full services control, two features generally not required for light users.