Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Speed Reading from Bio–Health, located in Australia, is a speed reading tool rather than a program that teaches readers how to read faster. It just may be the most simple speed reading software that we have tested. The program does not include texts, lessons or tests. The main benefit from using Speed Reading is to speed read documents that come directly from your computer. Because the program includes zero text, you must import your own files in order to begin.
We were not very impressed with this speed reading program because it can only do one function, flash words across a small screen. The top-rated products had very many features and tools to teach people to speed read, but this product is a short exercise that is not too impressive.
To make reading easier, you can manually adjust the reading speed, change the background color and texture and change the font style and size. There are not many other customizable features. A main reason why this product rated so poorly is because it has very few tools. Many of the other products allow you to choose different stories and histories, whereas this one only allows text in a certain format. The nice thing about this is that you can read your own documents, but you must take the time to upload them in the correct format.
We had no problems installing the software on Windows XP. We ran into a few error codes when trying to install it on Windows 7.
If you have customer service or technical questions about Speed Reading, you can contact them by email. There is not a phone number or mailing address on the website. The product is very old and has not been updated for years. It would have been nice to see a FAQs section or at least a help menu in the software itself. We do not think you will ever need to view a user's guide, but it wouldn't hurt to provide one or two.
Speed Reading is a short and sweet type of speed reading program. It does not focus on long-lasting skills nor comprehension, but it is better than nothing.