A reliable compression tool for folks wanting an alternative to WinZip, TurboZip is user friendly and easy to master. In previous versions, you needed to provide some minimal personal information to register the tool before it would install, but this requirement has been removed. The TurboZip interface has a familiar three-paned appearance similar to that of e-mail programs like Microsoft Outlook.
One pane lists the archives you've created; the second pane reveals a list of the files in the archive you select; and the third pane displays the contents of the file you choose, much like a preview pane. A wizard leads you through creating an archive, which you can save in a variety of formats including ZIP, RAR, and self-extracting EXE files, so even novices will have no difficulties. The utility performed well in our tests. Although TurboZip offered different compression levels, there was little file size difference in the resulting archives, no matter which level we used.
However, even the default compression setting for TurboZip (midway between highest and lowest) created an archive smaller than WinZip's maximum level of compression, and smaller is better in zip utilities. Any level of user will find TurboZip a handy and simple compression program to add to their system's toolbox.