If you use a mobile computer like a laptop or netbook on the road, you better make sure to keep track of the device's battery to avoid running out of power when its most important to have access to the computer. We have reviewed several laptop battery monitors in the past like notebook battery monitor, BattStatt or Notebook Hardware Control. All of these computer programs visualize the remaining battery power visually either in the Windows system tray, or small widgets that are placed on the computer desktop.
BattCursor adds another battery monitoring possibility for computer systems running the Windows Vista operating system. The free software program displays the remaining battery power next to the mouse cursor so that it is always in sight.
The colors of the mouse cursor change at thresholds to inform the user about the battery status. A red cursor for instance indicates a low battery while a green cursor indicates that lots of battery power remains.
Battcursor requires the Microsoft Windows operating system and the .net Framework 2.0 or higher. It comes with a few additional settings that can extend the battery life of the laptop further. This includes dimming the computer display or turning of Aero.
Update: The latest updated of BattCursor, released in 2009, has made the program compatible with Windows 7. The system requirements have remained the same in every other aspect, so that the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 still needs to be installed on the system to use the program (which should not be a big issue as it is pre-installed on both Vista and Windows 7).
The lack of updates since 2009 indicates that the project has been put on ice, or maybe even canceled. The only fact that is currently speaking against the canceling is that the software website is still available on the Internet.
Update 2: Battery Cursor is no longer available. I suggest you use the alternatives listed at the top of this article instead.
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