HaoZip bills itself as China's top compression tool, now available to international users. It handles 49 file formats, including popular formats like 7z, ZIP, and RAR, and boasts a number of integrated but optional extras like an Image Viewer, MD5 Checksum Tool, and Batch Renamer. It's fast, versatile, and a competent performer, but it faces a lot of competition in a crowded field.
HaoZip's setup wizard let us choose whether to install its integrated utilities and make HaoZip our default archive tool. One optional download isn't selected by default; the File Trojan Scan Tool. The program's interface is an attractive if unremarkable take on the standard Explorer layout, with a sidebar split between upper tree view and lower details/preview panel next to a main window displaying folder contents. Like many ZIP tools these days, HaoZip can create self-extracting files by clicking SFX on the toolbar. "Repair," "Virtual CD," and "Comment" buttons let us access these useful features from the toolbar, too. The "Help" button led to a Web-based manual in Chinese, and either it or Google's translation left a lot to be desired.
For the most part, HaoZip performed well, but with today's ZIP freeware, that's almost a given. It's a good first showing in a tough sector; but in the end, HaoZip comes up short compared to open-source tools with better performance and more features.