Screensavers were made to reduce the energy consumption of computers when they remain switched on without anyone operating them. Nowadays, screensavers are rather an aesthetic part of a computer and this is why people still use them. If you are bored of your computer presets, here’s a list of 5 of the most creative, interesting and totally free screensavers.
Screensaver Wonder 7 (recommended)
Screensaver Wonder is a stunning screensaver software which allows you to create and customize your own screensaver with the possibility of adding background music. You can try to put to work your inner artist by combining multimedia in order to create something great on your desktop. This tool also allows you to share your creation with your friends.
From the technical point of view, you can use a lot of transition effects and multimedia formats in order to make a screensaver. You also can focus on a specific area of the image by zooming and sliding your image, creating a really artistic effect. You will be able to customize each element of the screensaver, especially the images. This feature lets you have a step-by-step work and manage better each sequence of your screensaver. Also, for those of you, folks, who use two or more monitors, you can apply it to multiple screens. For more information about the features of this amazing software, we recommend you to download it and give it a try.
Fliqlo Flip Clock
It is designed by Yuji Adachi, a Japanese developer who also creates different packages with goodies such as icons, wallpapers, fonts, applications.But this screensaver is the most popular product he has ever put on the market.
The design of this screensaver is very simple: your monitor becomes an old-fashioned flip clock when it starts the power saving mode. These clocks have become very popular over the years due to the very simple and elegant design and thanks to these features it could be introduced in any office.This screensaver has several customization features: the user can change the clock format in 12 or 24 hours and resize it from 25% to 125% of its original size. These settings can be configured at any moment.
The only downside that we can find in this screensaver is that it requires Adobe Flash plugin to run, but most users have this plugin installed or in case they do not have it, the installation time is not an impediment.
Fliqlo Flip Clock is a screensaver available for both Windows and Mac OS. The iOS version is available for 0.99$. You can download it from here.
We all remember with pleasure the NES games and have moments when we would like to play again, just for a few minutes, those very short games whose graphics may seempoor today, but whichwere some of the biggest amusements of the childhood. This screensaver emulates NES games in real time and imports them to the wall screensaver where users can play them anytime.
Developers are offeringa completely free package of over 150 games that is equal to a gaming session of 4 days. Each game has more checkpoints and the user can start at any checkpoint. You can control the game entirely with the keyboard or the controllerso if you see on the wall a game that you would like to try, you can access it through a simple button.
Most of the aspects of this screensaver are customizable: the sound of the game can be controlled only when a user is playing, you can control the length of time of each movie you play and even the information scrolled along the NES display.
The installation of this screensaver is a little different than the usual installation of these applications, but it isnot hard at all. This is how you do it:
- Download Nintendo Saver (Windows).
- Unpack the archive and copy the Nintendo Saver.src source file in the Windows/System32 You will need Administrator approval for this.
- Right click on the desktop.
- Select Personalize.
- Click on Screen Saver
- Set up Nintendo Saver.
- Click on Settings to download the games.
- Click on Apply button and you can play your favourite games.
3D Earth Screensaver
If you are passionate about astronomy or you are just fascinated by the sky, this app is for you.This screensaver renders an animated version of our planet, moon, sun and also the International Space Station’s orbit.
It is a really interesting image and animation is very well done. You can see the rays of the sun on the earth’s surface and in dark areas of the planet you can see the lights of the cities.The screensaver package includes many features: you can zoom-in and zoom-out to see better the areas of the 3 bodies presented and you can have some short geographylessons because the application separates the countries on the Earth’s surface and displays the flag of each one.
This screensaver has a downside: the menu control cannot be removed so it will remain there throughout the entire animation.
You can download it totally free from here.
This screensaver is very useful when you feel bored. Let’s say you are at work and you want to take a break for a few minutes or you have to go somewhere in half an hour and you have nothing to do until then. This app displays random Wikipedia pages so it is like reading a list of curiosities, because you will never know what will be displayed.
You can set the display time of each page to read all the details about that topic.
This screensaver is completely free and you can download it from here.
IMAX Hubble 3D
It is a screensaver made after the movie Hubble 3D, a movie in which a group of seven astronauts risk their lives into space to repair Hubble telescope. Hubble is a powerful telescope orbiting around our planetsince 1990 to get various information from that environment. It has been a pillar of support in astrophysics for the last 20 years.
The screensaver is an album of various astronomical objects and phenomena photos through the Hubble telescope.
This screensaver is completely free and it can be downloaded from here.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September, 2016 and has been revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.