HyperSpace, a new program that promises to let your laptop boot instantly, is a welcome utility for anyone who has had to wait for Windows to do its thing. Too bad they’ve gone with a subscription pricing plan.
In what appears to be a case of taking the good with the bad, Phoenix Technologies has offered up what is probably the most useful PC add-on since the browser.
HyperSpace is program that runs parallel to Windows and lets your PC shift into a Net-only, low-power consumption mode without having to wait for the full Windows boot cycle to complete.
Phoenix claims that the software will also simplify the experience of trying to connect to wireless access points by automatically finding and connecting you to the most reliable network.
To top it off, they further claim that by running in HyperSpace mode, you can save up to 25% on your battery consumption giving you longer between charges.
Not a bad collection of features – I was excited to try it until I realized that you need Windows Vista 32 or 64 bit versions, or Windows XP Pro SP3 in order to run HyperSpace. Given that my recent attempts to upgrade my laptop to SP3 ended in misery, I’ll have to wait before I can give it a shot.
For those who want to give it a whirl, see: www.hyperspace.com but be warned – Phoenix is only offering HyperSpace as a subscription service, with prices starting at $39.95 USD per year.
There’s no question that the kind of utility HyperSpace offers is worth paying for, but is it worth paying over and over and over again?