Synei System Utilities: Free, comprehensive optimization suite

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Concerning system maintenance and optimization, there are several established freeware programs. Even so, new applications such as Synei System Utilities dare to enter the competition. This free, lightweight optimization tool packs a nice set of features, including the very useful task scheduler that lacks in many similar apps.

Installation & Requirements

Synei System Utilities is truly a free product: you won’t find any third-party applications or adware included within the installer. The quick setup process comes with only the basic options, thus it’s very easy to perform.

The program runs on 32/64-bit versions of Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and Server 2008/2012, also requiring .NET Framework 3.5, 128 MB of RAM and 10 MB free disk space. Also, a portable version is available for those that want to skip the installation.

Interface

The clean, minimalistic interface of Synei System Utilities goes easy on the eyes and its also very intuitive. The four tabs present all of the program’s tools in a neat, orderly manner.
To begin with, the Home tab offers the “1-Click Maintenance” button that can run in “Analyze Only” and “Analyze and Optimize” modes. This function, automatically carries out all the cleanup and optimization tasks, namely Disk Cleaner, Startup Manager, Service Manager, TuneUP (registry optimization) and Defragment (hard disk defragmentation). However, users can run any of the above mentioned tools individually, from the Home tab.

The Tools section includes the Backup Manager, Schedule Manager, Automatic Shutdown and Repair Hard Drive. The Schedule Manager lets users automate several kinds of tasks, including all of the optimization and cleanup tools provided by the program. Moreover, the “Custom Application” task can be configured to launch any application at specified times. The Automatic Shutdown function launches the same Schedule Task Manager set on the Automatic Shutdown task by default.

All actions taken by the program are displayed in the Logs tab. There are no options available here, except clearing the list of course. The Settings are shown in a separate window, organized on categories. From here, the 1-Click Maintenance can be customized in every aspect, meaning users can set up the exact behavior for each of the tools involved.
There are also some themes available in the Settings menu, and Synei System Utilities even allows changing colors for UI fonts, backgrounds, highlights….etc.

Pros

– Simple, effortless installation.
– Also comes as a portable version.
– Clean, intuitive interface.
– Fully customizable 1-Click Maintenance function.
– All provided tools can be automated using the built-in Task Scheduler.
– Allows importing/exporting the program’s settings.

Cons

– Before first run, the 1-Click Maintenance should automatically offer users the possibility to customize the function, to avoid making possibly unwanted changes to the system.

Alternatives

CCleaner
– Glary Utilities

Conclusion

Synei System Utilities is off to a good start concerning its decent collection of tools, capabilities and ease of use. While there is plenty of competition in the free PC optimization software niche, with a few improvements here and there, this application can become very popular.