January 14th, 2011
OK, there was no such contest, but I used the 3 launchers: Launchy, Keylink and SlickRun for the about one week each as I mentioned here, and here is my summary.
Single winner is SlickRun. My only previous issue with SlickRun was that it was showing up in taskbar, and when I would Alt Tab, it would show up in the list of programs. The launcher was getting in the way. That turned out to be just a default setting. Simply click on Options in Setup, and check the box “AutoHide SlickRun” and that goes away.
Launchy is a close second – my only gripe with it was that sometimes it was taking too much CPU, but that may not be a general problem.
As a direct comparison between Launchy and SlickRun – Launchy starts off by building a neat catalog, but SlickRun is easier to use in terms of defining a new alias (magic word). From my perspective, SlickRun is a winner in the longer term as you can build your aliases based on what you use more often.
Keylink is a distant third – I don’t recommend it.