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Dragonfly

CNET Editors' review

There are times when simplicity is good, and there are times when it's bad. In the world of browser technology, we'd prefer something in the middle. Dragonfly, an extremely small download that offers lightening-fast Internet browsing, is too simplistic to draw surfers away from their better stocked Net browsers. The program is based on the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser, and is in essence a stripped version of this application. This slim freeware offers very little in the way of features: there are basic navigation controls (Forward, Back, Stop, Home) and an option to bookmark favorites. An added field to search Google is a decent touch. Dragonfly also comes with a pop-up blocker, yet it didn t work very well during our tests. Overall, Dragonfly can surf the Net quickly given its svelte size, but don't expect somersaults from this souped-down browser.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.5 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Almost a good one"

    October 5, 2006  |   By Theatabby

    Version: Dragonfly 2.1

    Pros

    At first I was taken aback by just how basic this browser is. It's less complicated than notepad! I initially decided it was much too simple, but then I gave it another go and realised that I like it that way.

    A lot of people think it should have more features, but I don't- it's intended as a basic browser, and that's what it is.

    Cons

    I don't think more features should be added, but the ones that exist should be fixed. This browser needs a horizontal scrollbar, and it's ridiculous that the favourites list clears when the programme is closed. It could also do with some nicer icons, and then I think it'd be just right.

    I hope to see an improved version sometime.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Needs alot more work"

    July 11, 2006  |   By auno

    Version: Dragonfly 2.1

    Pros

    Very fast, very small

    Cons

    Too simple, buttons need work, no bottom scroll bar, I wouldn't recommend this unless your computer is from 1995.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "needs work"

    December 16, 2005  |   By thhansel

    Version: Dragonfly 2.1

    Pros

    small fast and simple

    Cons

    needs a better popup blocker

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really Fast"

    July 12, 2005  |   By ExoticBlue_Green

    Version: Dragonfly 2.1

    Pros

    Well, it works faster than firefox for me. Doesn't bother me that it is basic because I can just go back to internet explorer or netscape to get advanced things. But I really like this because it's fast...for now.

    Cons

    Some people might not like that it is basic. But sometimes less is more. That is why the browser is more than likely fast, add everything else to it and it would be slow. Firefox does the same thing, once you add stuff it slows down.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Way too simple"

    June 28, 2005  |   By russlay

    Version: Dragonfly 2.1

    Pros

    Very compact, loads pages fast.Hasn't crashed.

    Cons

    Like most of the "alternative" browsers, this one runs on the IE platform, which means it doesn't offer anything "radical" like Netscape, Opera, or Firefox. This one is perhaps too simplistic. There are only two drop down menus, "File" which offers only one choice (Exit) and "Favorites" which offers but one selection (Add Bookmark). The bookmark saved will disappear once the browser is closed and restarted. You have five commands--back, forward, reload, stop, and home. The home icon takes you to the Dragonfly homepage, but won't allow you to choose a different default home page.

    I like many of these shell browsers because of the features they offer, but in the long run, without different rendering engines, all you really have is a souped up, or souped "down" version of IE.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "GREAT PROGRAM!!!! HOW COULD ANYONE HATE THIS!!!!!!"

    June 21, 2005  |   By lukerb

    Version: Dragonfly 2.1

    Pros

    * Very Quick Download

    * VERY small and compact

    * Fast searching the web

    * FREE

    Cons

    * Too Simple

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  • 5.0 stars

    "good fast easy quick download nothing to install :)"

    June 20, 2005  |   By penguin95

    Version: Dragonfly 2.1

    Pros

    SUPER ULTRA FAST!!! :)

    Cons

    Too simple needs just a few more features Then I would give it ***** stars (5)

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  • 3.0 stars

    "A bit lacking, but decent enough."

    June 13, 2005  |   By Ormy

    Version: Dragonfly 2.1

    Pros

    It's a very small file size, and it's ad-free. I've also had yet to experience a program crash with it.

    Cons

    Due to the small file size, features are very limited. Perhaps a little more customization and tabbed browsing would make this program better

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Too Basic."

    June 9, 2005  |   By Mrsone

    Version: Dragonfly 2.1

    Pros

    Extremely small file size.

    Cons

    This browser is far too basic for anyone who is familiar with ANY browser to use. I mean there are no customization features, or even features to increase functionality. It is just a barebones browser. Forward, Back, Address field, Home page, and bookmarks. That is it. If you have any other browser, this one will automatically take a backseat.

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