With the almost limitless amount of apps, tools and programmes on the web it is virtually impossible to know if this software is truly unique, but it is certainly one of the most useful products I've seen in a very long time...
Uniblue's logically named 'DriverScanner 2009' automates an age old, laborious yet potentially rewarding monthly chore: making sure your computers drivers are completely up to date.
Far from a quick superficial scan the DriverScanner will check everything from your graphics card to display adaptors, drives (optical and storage), monitor(s), CPU, IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, network adaptors, connected system devices (printers, scanners, etc), sound and game controllers, USB and even motherboard chipset (though not firmware).
Even better, once scanned you don't have to go and find these new drivers, DriveScanner will offer to download and install them automatically for you - as well as let you know whether replacing each driver represents a 'Safe to install', 'moderate' or 'risky' procedure to your system. Happily all changes are logged by the software and a full backup and restore system is in place should any driver update not go as planned. In theory, this is all your driver hassles solved.
A simple tabbed interface should also mean even the most technologically inept can find their way around, and a complete scan requires just a single click meaning - low and behold - a time consuming system health check usually only performed by those with some IT savvy is available to all.
Topping things off, DriverScanner 2009 is available immediately and launches with a special offer cutting the already reasonable $39.95 RRP to $29.95 with free trials and scans available for the cynical. If you ever wanted a quick way to save time every month, here it is...