Clunky screensaver

Don't expect this screensaver to be out of this world.

Solar System 3D Screensaver lets users view the solar system and see detailed information about each planet. We're kind of geeky about space-related stuff, so we were looking forward to trying out this screensaver. Unfortunately, it leaves a lot to be desired in both content and performance.

The first problem that we ran into was that the screensaver was slow and jerky. We've never had this problem before with graphics-intensive programs, but we gave the screensaver the benefit of the doubt and took a look at its built-in Help file, which suggested that we update our video card drivers. So we did, which was kind of a pain, but we wanted to give the program a fair chance. The update resulted in absolutely no improvement in the screensaver's speed. We tried decrease the level of detail in the program's settings, but that didn't seem to help either. It even took a long time for the screensaver to load and start playing to begin with. Beyond that, the program's content wasn't that impressive. Although each individual planet was nicely rendered, the solar system was arranged on what we think was supposed to be a 3D grid, but ended up looking like a field of blue plaid. We're not sure we would have liked the look of this screensaver even if it did run at the proper speed. Overall, the program seems clunky, and we weren't impressed.

Solar System 3D Screensaver has a 60-second trial period before a nag screen appears. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We do not particularly recommend this program; there are better screensavers out there for free.

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