Driver Talent v7.1.28.114

A full review of Driver Talent, a free driver updater tool

Driver Talent (previously called DriveTheLife) is a free driver updater tool that finds outdated, corrupted, and missing device drivers on your computer so you don't have to manually search for them online.

The program itself is clutter free and supports a number of features, all of which you'd expect from a program like this.

This review is of Driver Talent version 7.1.28.114. Please let us know if there's a newer version we need to review.

More About Driver Talent

Driver Talent outdated drivers

Driver Talent is a feature-rich driver updater that even lets you reinstall drivers that don't have an update, something that can really be helpful if you're trying to solve a driver issue:

  • Finds drivers for Windows 10Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP
  • You can see an updated driver's version number, file size, and release date so you can compare it with the installed driver's version number to make sure you're actually getting a genuine update
  • Before updating a driver, you can choose a different version than the most recent one if you'd like to install a specific version of that driver instead of the most recently released one
  • Driver Talent can reinstall any installed driver even if it doesn't require an update
  • Printers, mice, Bluetooth devices, and other peripherals are updated through the dedicated Peripheral Drivers tab
  • Use Driver Talent for Network Card to install an offline version of Driver Talent that includes network drivers, which is useful if you don't have the network driver needed to install updates
  • You can adjust the maximum download speed for downloads to save bandwidth

Driver Talent Pros & Cons

Lots to love with Driver Talent:

Pros:

  • Very easy to use
  • Installs quickly (less than 5 seconds)
  • Downloads drivers directly through the program
  • Fast download speeds
  • Backs up drivers automatically before updates and uninstallations

Cons:

  • Identified as malware by some antivirus programs
  • Can't modify the automatic scanning schedule
  • Must download each driver one at a time (no bulk downloads)
  • Installations aren't automatic
  • Several plugs to buy the pro version

My Thoughts on Driver Talent

To start off, Driver Talent looks real nice. The interface is simple and clean without any advertisements or extra menus to distract you. I think this makes it much easier to use.

The Driver Status tab tells you which device drivers need updated and which ones were detected but already up to date. I love this screen because you can very clearly see the version of the new driver and its file size, and the download button is right there to make it all very easy to understand.

I recommend using Driver Talent for finding drivers for your devices even though it doesn't support bulk downloads and auto-installs like some driver updater tools do. Though you do have to start a scan manually, it definitely beats searching and downloading them yourself.