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SpeedUp Mac 3 review

Give your ailing Mac a spring clean and a speed boost all at once

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The first thing to note is that SpeedUp Mac will not return your Mac to lightning-speed responsiveness. It’ll be of most benefit if you’re down to the last 10-15% of your hard disk’s storage capacity – all the gigabytes you can spare will make all the difference to how responsive your Mac is. However, for optimal results, SpeedUp Mac is best used in combination with some traditional spring cleaning.

Getting started with SpeedUp Mac is easy. Upon launching the app, you’re presented with a big ‘SpeedUp’ button. Press it to scan your hard drive for any files that are unnecessarily hogging hard disk space. The time this takes varies depending on the overall size of your hard disk, but it’s usually minutes rather than hours.

Once SpeedUp Mac has done its thing, you can browse the files that it suggests removing via the left-hand column – one downside here is that it doesn’t give any sort of explanation as to what these files do, simply offering a path to the file’s location. We doubt that SpeedUp would allow you to delete system-critical files, but knowledge is always power!

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One of SpeedUp Mac’s most powerful, yet almost hidden, features is the ability to remove unnecessary application files. You’d be surprised how many apps install language packs for every single popular spoken language in the world. If you only speak English, you’re not going to require a French, Spanish or even Hebrew version of the application – and these take up serious amounts of storage space. It’s a shame it’s hidden away – it should be given a spotlight in the main interface as it has the potential to save a lot of storage space, especially from applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, which is padded out with all sorts of useless files.

Overall, SpeedUp Mac is a useful app; it’s not groundbreaking by any means, but it’s a quick way of freeing up extra storage when you need it. It’s easy to use, although the app interface design feels dated when set against the backdrop of freshly redesigned OS X Yosemite, and at times the app judders when switching between windows. But with a spring clean and streamlined interface, it could win over a whole new audience of fans. 3/5

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