Screen savers are not technically necessary in today’s era of low-power LCD, TN, and IPS panels. Traditionally, screensavers were used to prevent burns on heat-emitting CRT monitors, which modern monitors don’t have to worry about.
Still, screensavers can look stunning, and whether you want one for nostalgic reasons or to show off the vibrant colors of your IPS monitor is up to you. You can still use screensavers on Windows 10, so we’ve rounded up the best ones for you here.
How to change Windows 10 screensaver
Before you start, you should know the basics of setting up your Windows 10 screen saver. To do so, right click on your desktop and then click “Personalize -> Lock Screen -> Screen Saver Settings screen ”(bottom).
In the new window, you can choose your screensaver as well as change the time it takes to appear and whether it should go to the login screen on resume.
The installation methods for the screen savers you download vary, but if you are downloading a screen saver (scr) file, you can just right-click on it and then click “Install” to get it. Other screen savers are provided as “exe” files with their own instructions.
Now that you have the know-how, here are our favorite Windows 10 screen savers.
Thalassophobes might want to stay away, but for anyone who wants an atmospheric, moody, and subtle screensaver, this might be the one for you. This dynamic screen saver puts you underwater, looking down from the bottom at a sparkling light on the water’s surface.
It’s peaceful, it’s stylish, and it includes a very stylishly designed watch right in the middle of the screen that also shows the date. A serious screen saver for serious people (unlike some of the crazy nonsense we have on this list).
Probably the most visually impressive range of screensaver effects, Airplane9 is a 3D graphics viewer containing over 250 beautiful and surreal scenes. You can even combine these scenes, making them switch between them smoothly, leading to an almost endless supply of visual effects.
In addition, Plane9 moves and flows over time to the music you are listening to on your PC at that moment, be it Spotify or iTunes. So leave a few songs on, let the screensaver take over, and you’ve got a great background viewer for a party!
3. Another matrix
The late ’90s are streaming back in all their binary glory with this screensaver, inspired of course from the classic 1999 movie, The Matrix. Another matrix looks cool and coded, even if you don’t know what it all means, and you can change basic things like how fast it spills onto your screen, font type, and density.
One of the most beautiful screensavers on the market, Helios generates smooth purple bubbles, which dynamically react on each other, bouncing and spinning on your screen. The colors are a beautiful neon hue, and you can make various changes like changing the number of bubbles on the screen, motion blur, and even frame limit!
5. IMAX Hubble 3D
A link to the 2010 documentary on a Hubble Space Telescope repair mission, you can still get it beautiful screensaver which extracts photos from the Hubble website. Here are some of the most breathtaking images you will ever see.
If you are obsessed with Lego, you might find it difficult to keep your eyes and hands away from it. Briblo is not only pleasing to the eye, as the Lego blocks calmly stack on top of each other, but you can actually interact with them and create your own Lego stack – much like an improvised 3D Tetris game.
7. Electric sheep
The trippy visualizations are created by a community of talented artists. Electric sheep is an almost endless array of beautiful and vibrant images. It takes a bit of setup, but the executable installer file will help you do that.
8. 3D maze
It might be a case of nostalgic quality, but if you remember old Windows screen savers, you will remember this classic. 3D maze is a first-person race through a strangely shaped floating maze. You can change the wallpapers in the settings, but we like the original.
9. NES screensaver
If you don’t have an NES ROM library that you read on your PC, this screen saver will play a whole wall of random sections of NES games for you. If you make have a ROM collection, you can link it to this screensaver and play random NES games from your library. (Warning: this is terrible for productivity.)
10. 3D pipes
Another golden oldie, this 3d pipes Screensaver generates an endless array of multicolored 3D pipes all over your screen. When the screen fills up, everything restarts (a bit like Snake). There is still something seductive about its 16-bit color madness.
A little drier than others on this list, but if you are looking to absorb knowledge every moment of your waking life then why not give this a try. Wikipedia screensaver who chooses a random Wikipedia page for you every time it comes up?
12. Aerial view of Apple TV
Put those Apple fanatics in their place with this screen saver, which gives you access to the same beautiful aerial images that Mac users get natively. This feed is from Apple itself, so you will need an internet connection for this to work.
13. Astronomical image of the day
A nice alternative to the Hubble screensaver that we mentioned earlier, that one pulls the astronomical picture of the day from the official NASA website. Some of the images are fascinating, while others are crazy cosmic maps that could, frankly, be confusing (but cool nonetheless).
14. Blue Screen of Death
Perhaps more of a cruel joke than a beautiful screensaver in itself, that one it’s always fun to impose on someone. It reads a loop of BSOD and system startup errors, giving the viewer horrific flashbacks of all the times this has actually happened to them.
Have you been convinced to try any of these, or do you have your own favorite screen savers that you always stick to? Let us know!
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