BattCursor 1.2

Thomas Baumann in System Utilities / Other

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User Rating: 2.6 (18 votes)

BattCursor is a very good configurable and thus flexible software. Each feature can free discretion Aktiviert-or disabled are. Also you can determine to yourself when what should happen. BattCursor offers for each function a user-friendly range of events to when what you want.

BattCursor shows the battery charge in percent directly under the mouse cursor, and offers many other battery-saving features, among others, dim down the display brightness for inactivity, automatically disable the Windows Sidebar and Aero Glass and much more.

Also you are able to change the appearance of functions on demand, for example the color of the mouse cursor and the text as you like it.

To keep this list clearly this is not mentioned for each feature again.

Show energy

BattCursor offers you different ways, how to be informed about about the battery level:

The main idea of BattCursor was it, as you may guess by the name, to display the remaining battery level directly under the mouse cursor. Of course this has not changed. Also the cursor color will be changed dependent on energy level.

Sidebar
New in Windows Vista is the sidebar, a feature to display (more or less meaningful) Gadgets. Admitted BattCursor is no sidebar gadget, but it can if desired, simulate it. This graphic shows a battery based on which you can see the State of your battery. It can also show advanced information, such as remaining run-time, battery voltage and power.

Aero Glass
For particularly critical moments (where the mouse pointer or sidebar are not visible) it is possible to modify the aero glass color automatically. This becomes once the battery is on low power yellow, at critical red.

System-Tray
Using a symbol in the system tray area of your taskbar you have an overview about the most meaningful informations like battery level, remaining runtime and status.

Using this symbol you have direct access to different features. Here you can disable windows features like aero glass and the sidebar, change and manage power profiles and configure battcursor itself.

Because this symbol provides each feature the windows energy symbol also has, we have created a tutorial about how to disable the windows energy symbol. You can find this in the support pages.

Save energy

Many people don't know that a laptop needs much less power than a regulary pc (only about a tenth of the power). Anyways the battery in mobile computers often runs out of power after a few hours. Therefore it is worth to save even a little energy to get more run-time.

BattCursor can help you to disable unneeded functions. For example the Aero Glass can be automatically disabled in battery mode (optionally) or on low power. This can save, depending on what the computer is used for, up to 20-30 minutes run-time. (measured on a MSI VR601 during video playback).

The Windows Sidebar provides although not so great savings potential, but it can be disabled in the same manner to get 5-10 minutes more time.

Reduce display brightness
You know it from many newer mobile phones, when pressing no key for longer time the display brightness will be reduced before it turns off. This is very useful, because there are serveral situations where you don't need the full brightness, for example while getting a new coffee or the short talk with a coworker.

In this situations BattCursor reduces the brightness of the screen, if you don't use the computer sor some time. When you return the previous brightness will be restored. This saves during this about 20% of energy. (This value will strongly increase on laptops with larger displays, the test system has only a 15.4" screen.)

File Size: 614 kB License: Freeware Price: FREE
Platform: Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64, Windows 7, Windows 7 x64
System Requirements: Windows Vista (32 or 64 Bit), Windows 7 (32 or 64 Bit), or newer Windows 7 compatiblity verified since Windows 7 RC1
Downloads: Total: 74 | This Month: 2 Released: 2009-04-22
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