PROS / It received a diagnostic consistency score of 99 percent.
CONS / This suite lacks many of the advanced tools that other apps have.
VERDICT / The WinZip System Utilities Suite produced an above-average improvement to performance, though it wasn't impressive. The app was very easy to use.
The WinZip System Utilities Suite is PC cleaner software designed to improve your computer's performance and maintain PC health. In our performance tests, it was above average in most aspects, despite lacking many of the advanced tools found in the best PC system utility software. It was also among the most consistent apps we tested.
To find the best PC cleaner suites, we used all of the available optimization tools found within the app on our test PC. Then we used PCMark 8 to benchmark the performance improvements for word and data processing, graphics processing, web browsing speed and video chat quality. We also measured improvements to the boot-up speed and storage. Finally, we ran multiple scans of the test PC to see if the tuneup utility apps were consistently recognizing the same issues on each scan.
After multiple rounds of testing, WinZip produced an overall average improvement of 9.5 percent, which was about 1 percent above average. For comparison, the best PC system utility app in our review only produced a 12.5 percent improvement, and you need 20 percent improvement or better before the increase is noticeable without benchmarking software. One downside was a decrease in performance for web browsing, though it slowed by .02 percent, which is negligible.
The boot-up speed improved by 7.5 percent, which is about a 4.5-second improvement if your computer usually takes one minute to boot up. While this is a noticeable improvement, it's not very impressive considering some apps in our review improved boot-up speed by nearly 30 percent.
For consistency, WinZip received a 99 percent diagnostic consistency score. This means it accurately found and fixed issues on the first scan and rarely found issues on subsequent scans. This is an important consideration, because the high consistency suggests the app isn't trying to exaggerate diagnostic results, which is unfortunately all too common with this type of software. In addition, the app received a B+ for ease of use. The interface is clean and simple, which makes using the optimization tools very easy.
One downside to WinZip System Utilities Suite is the lack of advanced tools. While it includes tools for system backup and restore, file recovery and registry repair, it lacks shortcut repair, security and privacy optimization, a file shredder, file encryption and an SSD optimizer. These tools may be superfluous to most basic users that just want a simple PC maintenance tool, but it is a downside when you consider that better apps come with these tools, many of which are cheaper.
In our tests, WinZip System Utilities Suite improved our test PC by 9.5 percent, which was above average but not impressive. The boot-up speed improvement was below average with just a 7.5 percent improvement. In addition, the suite lacks many of the common features you'd find with the best PC system utility software. However, the diagnostic consistency was very high with a 99 percent consistency rate.