Top desktop data search tools

Six products that can help you quickly dig up that key nugget of information


We tested six desktop search products – Copernic Desktop Search, dtSearch Desktop, Exalead Desktop, Google Desktop, ISYS Search, and X1 Professional Client. We also looked at the latest Microsoft Search, so we could evaluate the differences between third-party tools and what comes standard with Windows. See story version.

Our winner is X1 Professional Client. In every test scenario it proved superior – from the most documents types indexed and previewed, to type-ahead showing of results. It was also the only product to play well with Microsoft Office 2010.