I kinda forgot where I found out that there’s already a Speedtest for Desktop version. Finally, off the browser and into an app. No Mac for me; so, it’s the Windows version for my laptop.
It’s a 60.2 MB file to download through the Windows Store.
The website shows what the app can do:
- Get your ping, download, and upload speeds within seconds
- Real-time graphs show connection consistency
- Troubleshoot or verify the speed you were promised
- Track prior test with detailed reporting
- Easily share your results
However, I can’t seem to find a way to see the “real-time graphs” unless Speedtest is describing the speedometer, which I doubt.
There’s also no way for me to troubleshoot the speed I was promised. Where is that?
Detailed reporting is there:
- Number of tests;
- Highest speed;
- Average speed;
- A table of 3-columns by 3-rows showing date, ping (ms), download and upload speeds;
There’s a cloud icon that opens my Windows Explorer but brings me to my OneDrive synced folder.
The trashcan icon is for deleting all your results.
Back to the home page of the Speedtest Windows app, there’s a “Share” icon which you can use to share to social media and messaging accounts. There are two ways to share:
- My Speedtest Result;
My Speedtest Result:
- Reading List app;
I tried Viber and Twitter but only a URL to the Speedtest website is created as a single message or tweet, where the recent result pops up in a new browser-tab. That’s weird. I would have expected some cute text-based message with the URL.
- Fresh Paint;
Same result as “My Speedtest Result” but this time, it’s an image screenshot of the most recent Speedtest result. This will be a better alternative that the URL version.
I’m wondering why Facebook is absent from the list of shareable apps on Speedtest for Desktop. I mean, Facebook is most used than the rest of the other apps you can share your Speedtest result.
There are two items at the bottom-right of the app screen:
- Destination (server);
- Source (which is your PC or laptop).
You can change the Speedtest destination server but upon clicking, Speedtest for Desktop gives me (only) all local-country servers plus a few from the Southeast Asian region – primarily only Hong Kong and Taiwan.
There’s no way for me to check a farther destination, like Los Angeles which I sometimes use to look at middle-to-last mile results. Why Los Angeles? Because One Wilshire building in Los Angeles is the internet termination hub from Asia-Pacific if you’re trying to access websites located in the United States.
Anyway, it’s a nice option to have a local app version of the browser-based Speedtest website in my laptop. It declutters my Firefox or Chrome (you know… adds memory to my browser, slowing down performance a wee bit) and if the problem is local, not last mile.
Wikipedia describes “last mile” as a colloquial phrase widely used in the telecommunications, cable television and internet industries to refer to the final leg of the telecommunications networks that deliver telecommunication services to retail end-users (customers). In our case, the destination website our browser wants to go is the last mile.
Should you download it? Yes. As I wrote above, it declutters your browser’s memory, making your laptop run a little faster. It’s also always available – no need to open a new browser tab, type the URL of Speedtest, and wait for the Speedtest page to appear, and click the familiar “Begin Test” button.
Images from source.