Pros / Driver Easy can fix and update out-of-date, unplugged or incompatible drivers.
Cons / It only detected about a quarter of the drivers on our test computer.
Verdict / Driver Easy is easy to use and full of features, though it didn’t detect as many drivers on our test PC as other options on our lineup.
You can easily scan your computer’s drivers and get the updates they need with Driver Easy. Although it was unable to identify most of the drivers on our test computer, this easy-to-use driver update software can perform many different tasks; for example, it can backup and restore drivers or even uninstall them. Because of how easy it is to use and its powerful automated driver customization process, Driver Easy earns our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award.
- Scan Performance Score
- Drivers Found
- Ease of Use
Driver Easy, like all the other programs we reviewed, was unable to detect all 277 of the outdated drivers on our test computer. In fact, it only found 69 of them, which was poor. Only Driver Checker found fewer (59). That said, the best performing app didn't find all the drivers either – Smart Driver Updater found just 126 drivers. On a positive note, Driver Easy provides good information with version details and sources.
Resolve & Optimize
The software is delightfully easy to use and has a modern, colorful interface, which is why it is one of our best driver update software options. While most other driver software programs either have a one-click update button or individual update buttons for each driver that needs an update, Driver Easy gives you both options. This gives you more control over updating your drivers and is further bolstered by the software’s exclusion and uninstall options, which let you choose specific drivers to update or delete. The built-in scheduling function lets you tell it when to run automatic scans.
In addition to the fact that it didn’t detect quite as many drivers on our test computer as other programs did, the software doesn’t guarantee drivers come from original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sources. A driver update not from an OEM source may be okay, but it could also mean that your update doesn’t work properly or at all. However, Driver Easy’s robust backup and restore function provides a workaround for this, as it lets you save your drivers from an earlier point in time and restore them to that state if an update goes wrong. The process is easy and shouldn’t take long on most computers.
Help & Support
There are many ways to reach Driver Easy’s technical support, more than most other options in our review. If you want to talk directly with a customer service representative, you can do so via email. The company’s website also has both a knowledgebase and a FAQs section that are full of information if you want to troubleshoot an issue without the assistance of a technical support rep or you simply want to learn more about the software. However, the company does not offer over-the-phone customer service.
The software is compatible with all recent versions of Windows, from XP forward. It is not compatible with Mac OS or Linux.
Driver Easy quickly scans your computer’s drivers and primes them for updates. The driver updater software offers a one-click fix as well as scheduling options, and it even gives you the choice to delete an unneeded driver or wait to update it at a later time. Though Driver Easy didn’t provide us with the most thorough driver scan, it offers lots of details about individual drivers and takes care of all of the heavy lifting, making it a great choice.