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Likelihood to Recommend

ManageEngine Desktop Central

Simple to use for managing endpoints (mass deployments, imaging, remote control) [and] simple to learn for new users. Simple to implement.Not very good at reporting Software Inventory and not suitable for controlling non-office assets (Additional add-on needed).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

PRTG is well suited to any organization that needs to monitor devices and systems on their network. Compared to other products on the market, it is is easy to set up, manage and use on a day-to-day basis.The only place where it would be less appropriate would possibly be an environment where multiple probes were required for geographic purposes and a probe device (ie, a PC) isn't available in each location. This is fairly unlikely, however, but would depend on the network infrastructure.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Network Performance Monitoring

ManageEngine Desktop Central
PRTG
8.5
Automated network device discovery
ManageEngine Desktop Central
PRTG
8.7
Network monitoring
ManageEngine Desktop Central
PRTG
9.3
Baseline threshold calculation
ManageEngine Desktop Central
PRTG
8.3
Alerts
ManageEngine Desktop Central
PRTG
9.2
Network capacity planning
ManageEngine Desktop Central
PRTG
7.7
Packet capture analysis
ManageEngine Desktop Central
PRTG
8.4
Network mapping
ManageEngine Desktop Central
PRTG
7.6
Customizable reports
ManageEngine Desktop Central
PRTG
8.1
Wireless infrastructure monitoring
ManageEngine Desktop Central
PRTG
8.0
Hardware health monitoring
ManageEngine Desktop Central
PRTG
9.2

Pros

ManageEngine Desktop Central

  • System inventory - ManageEngine scans every computer, listing a detailed report of all hardware and software.
  • Patch management - Microsoft products and most third party software receive security updates on a regular schedule without user intervention.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

  • Very, very configurable. You can create all kinds of monitors for all kinds of things. Plus it has loads of suggestions out of the box. It can get complicated but monitoring is complicated. Pretty decent interface and good support - active community.
  • I really liked how easy it was to add alerts by SMS. So easy to setup.
  • I like their sizing models (for purchase). We're actually small enough that we are free. But it's not free as in stripped down - it's free because we don't use many "sensors" and don't honestly have the need.
Dan Reynolds | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ManageEngine Desktop Central

  • Sometimes it will report that systems are missing patches when they are really not.
  • I wish it was able to pull warranty details for computers directly instead of having to enter manually.
Ray Koch | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

  • Windows Only: PRTG does not support any other platform. Personally, I do not like tools that run on Windows because Windows requires a frequent update, which means downtime. You want your monitoring tool to be as highly available and low maintenance as possible. That and you also require a server license and Windows consume more hardware resource than other platforms. PRTG needs to add support for Linux.
  • Limited ability to do things in bulk. There is no way I know of to mass onboard devices or to mass edit devices. So you will by modifying 1 device at a time. For instance, it would be useful to modify the name or company of 200 devices in one shot.
  • Somewhat weak widgets and dashboard. If you put a lot of effort into it, you can probably come out with a very useful dashboard to keep an eye on key systems/devices. However, some widgets can look nice at first but they are not so useful or easy to understand. Again, it can be done, but a lot of effort is needed to get it right.
  • White interface only. This might not seem like a big deal, but if you have people who use the tool all the time to keep an eye on the system, it can strain your eyes. Need a dark theme.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ManageEngine Desktop Central

ManageEngine Desktop Central 6.0
Based on 1 answer
The other tools we use do not have an inventory management tool. Also not many tools we use intergrate well with this product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

PRTG 10.0
Based on 2 answers
It is now an essential tool for monitoring and maintaining the health of our network and systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ManageEngine Desktop Central

ManageEngine Desktop Central 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Responds well to basic needs:1. Update2. Image/Re-image endpoints3. Mass deployment4. Pop-Up communications
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

PRTG 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The tool is very intuitive to use and it is Windows-based (everybody knows how to use Windows) so it's easy to get into. Every time is setup in a hierarchy so if you have a good initial hierarchy design, it will really reduce administrative effort down the road.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ManageEngine Desktop Central

ManageEngine Desktop Central 8.0
Based on 5 answers
They do an excellent job but there is always a little room for improvement. Otherwise they do an excellent job!
Ray Koch | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

PRTG 8.6
Based on 28 answers
I am giving this a 6 simply because I have never had to contact support. The online documentation is adequate for most things, and the user-maintained knowledgebase is excellent. The few times I have run into issues that were not easily resolvable with intuitive UI, I was able to find the answers that I needed either in the PRTG-provided documentation, the knowledgebase, or with a quick online web search.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ManageEngine Desktop Central

We selected ManageEngine Desktop Central because it is easy to implement, and their support is very good. It has very good functionality, rolled into one, in how well it handles these features. Also, there is nothing that compares to the cost-effective nature of this product. We recommend ManageEngine Desktop Central. It's one of the best solution from the market.
Neil Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

Nagios and Icinga (which is itself a fork from Nagios) are decent enough solutions for free, being open source. They do take more to set up and maintain, with quite a lot of manual work and agent installs in some cases. So in comparison with PRTG, they require more labor, but PRTG requires more capital. I also feel like PRTG is more robust, and stable; it's never crashed or required a complete reinstall, which I've definitely had to do with Icinga in the past.PRTG runs on Windows, while the other two are Linux. That only matters if you're more familiar with one or the other, of course, but it does take more to set up a LAMP server sometimes.
Robert Paul | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ManageEngine Desktop Central

  • The impact has been positive. Being able to manage entire sets of assets, rather than addressing them one at a time, has been huge. The ability to deploy an application without disturbing an end-user is great as well.
  • No negative impact on ROI.
Steve P | TrustRadius Reviewer

PRTG

  • Given us a nice, controlled, ringed-fence portal to deliver to customers for them to view monitoring on the services we sell them.
  • Given us plenty of metrics to allow us to measure SLA's and OLA's.
  • Given us the tools to deploy proactive measures for service outages.
Jamie Imms | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

ManageEngine Desktop Central

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

PRTG

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ManageEngine Desktop Central
8.8
PRTG
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

ManageEngine Desktop Central
6.0
PRTG
10.0

Usability

ManageEngine Desktop Central
9.0
PRTG
9.0

Support Rating

ManageEngine Desktop Central
8.0
PRTG
8.6

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