It is common knowledge that people who frequently work for endless hours on the computer should be reminded to take a break from time to time in order to rest. This is where this tiny app comes in handy.
Made as the portable twin of 5 Minute Break, this is an unpretentious software application with standard settings that automatically reminds you to take a break from the monitor for five minutes or more.
No installation needed
Since there is no setup kit involved, you can extract the app directory to any place on the hard disk and just click the executable to immediately launch the tool. There is also the option to save a copy of 5 Minute Break to a USB flash disk or similar storage unit, in order to run it on any PC effortlessly and without previous installers.
Worth mentioning is that the program does not alter Windows registry settings or create extra files on the hard disk, so no traces are left behind after its removal.
Accessibility via the system tray area
Once launched, the program creates an icon in the taskbar notifications area and becomes active. By bringing up the right-click menu it is possible to customize settings in regard to the break time, by selecting a preset time ranging from 5 minutes to 4 hours.
It is possible to set an alarm and pick a sound or disable it, choose the timer frequency (ranging from 5 to 15 minutes), as well as ask 5 Minute Break to run at every Windows startup until further notice.
Evaluation and conclusion
There were no issues in our tests, since the software utility did not hang, crash or pop up error messages. It is very responsive to commands and requires low CPU and memory to work properly. All in all, 5 Minute Break features simple-to-understand options for anyone looking for a constant reminder to take a break from work.