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Maxthon Cloud Browser

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There are so many great Web browsers available today that the superpower struggle between IE and Netscape sometimes seems as distant as the Cold War between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. We recently became acquainted with Maxthon, a free browser that offers some unique advantages, such as its Dual Display Modes, Ultra and Retro. Maxthon automatically switches between Ultra Mode, which uses WebKit to render up-to-date sites, and Retro mode, which uses a legacy engine for older sites built with earlier tools. It also offers safe browsing; toolbar apps like notekeeping, translations, feeds, and screen capture; mouse gestures; smart drag-and-drop; autofill; multisearch; and ad and pop-up blockers.

Maxthon installed very quickly, a good start. Its tabbed interface, customizable toolbars, integrated search field, and Favorites menu give Maxthon a familiar feel that we quickly enhanced by importing our bookmarks, something Maxthon can do from IE or any HTML-based browser bookmark file. Like all contenders in the increasingly crowded browser field, Maxthon's look and features can be customized to suit your needs and moods. The highlighted Safe icon indicated we were visiting a validated Web site; clicking it opened information about the site. The Ad Hunter feature worked quite well, blocking ad pop-ups on the most annoying sites we visit without blocking content we wanted to see; in any case, it's easy to toggle on and off via an icon on the bottom right. There's even a mute button built into the lower frame to quickly silence noisy sites. In fact, Maxthon offers a full complement of features and options, and everything we tried worked well.

Now, on to the dual-mode browsing. It's, in a word, cool. To our knowledge, this is a unique capability that worked very well. A small square on the address bar changes from a yellow lightning bolt to a blue graph icon to indicate which rendering engine is in use. Browsing to a Web site rendered with WebKit tended to make the difference obvious, with crisp graphics that loaded with lightning speed. We could switch manually between Ultra and Retro Mode, too, for Web sites that didn't render perfectly in WebKit. Try it for yourself and see what makes Maxthon different before the others catch up.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Currently the best browser for me"

    March 7, 2014  |   By soularashi

    Version: Maxthon Cloud Browser 4.2.1.1000

    Pros

    Great features,easy to navigate, does not crash
    I'm satisfied with the add ons too since it both does the simple jobs I require and is not cluttered.

    Cons

    non so far

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A good alternative to Chrome and Opera"

    February 2, 2014  |   By Lucien_Sabre

    Version: Maxthon Cloud Browser 4.2.1.1000

    Pros

    Fast, easy-to-use interface, customizability, safe.

    Cons

    Not so good for videos, scarce extensions and plugins, bookmars visibility and organization.

    Summary

    I started to use the portable version of this browser about 40 days ago, when Chrome screwed up with its last update and Firefox's blocked plugins caused some small issues, and so far I'm pretty satisfied.

    It's a very neat browser: the interface is easy to navigate, it's safe and pretty fast (Firexof is still slightly faster, though); there are lots of settings to customize it to your liking, which in the end make it aesthetically better-looking than Chrome.

    What I didn't like is the lack of extensions and plugins; there are still not enough add-ons, and many of them are in chinese only. The bookmarks are no good either; you can easily import them from both Firefox and Chrome, but they look very messy and it's hard to find your way through them. Last con are the videos: I watched a couple of YouTube videos and they played fine, but other videos didn't played smoothly and ketp freezing 3 or 4 times while I was watching them.

    In the end, I can suggest Maxthon only as a back-up of your primary browser - who, in my personal opinion, should be Firefox - because it still has a couple of big glitches.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Its futuristic, yet much safer than Chrome ever'll be."

    January 24, 2014  |   By Deckard_82

    Version: Maxthon Cloud Browser 4.1.2.2000

    Pros

    - Agile
    - Futuristic
    - Playful
    - Stable
    - Encrypts data [claims]
    - Uses IDM's multi-thread technology to download data.

    Cons

    - My only concern with this absolutely stunning browser is that it is from China. I don't trust China, nobody does! But this browser is just way too awesome for me not to use.

    Summary

    Maxthon literally re-defines what a browser means. It is just out of this world in every single way. Much faster than chrome and also safer. I freakin' love it and recommend everyone to try it out.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good browser"

    December 28, 2013  |   By Duane Kilman

    Version: Maxthon Cloud Browser 4.1.2.2000

    Pros

    Easy settings, works good and fast.

    Cons

    Not much dress up.

    Summary

    Works well and does what I needed it to do.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "WARNING! DO NOT DOWNLOAD !!"

    November 3, 2013  |   By SleepyHollowUSA

    Version: Maxthon Cloud Browser 4.1.2.2000

    Pros

    None at all. Zero.

    Cons

    I am disappointed that Download.com would allow software to be put on this site that allows unauthorized programs to be installed on your computer. After installation of Maxthon, I discovered a Lucky Leap program which was installed (which was not authorized) and also "Easy PC Backup" program that had popups and changed the Windows registry settings on my computer. It took me HOURS to reinstall everything and scan my computer.

    Summary

    SPYWARE BEWARE. DO NOT ENDANGER YOUR COMPUTER. C/NET HAS DROPPED THE BALL ON THIS ONE.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent browser with loads of features"

    October 23, 2013  |   By tim_anderson

    Version: Maxthon Cloud Browser 4.1.2.2000

    Pros

    Its fast, comes with a dual-screen option & its pretty awesome.
    Loads of shortcut keys & everything can be customized .

    I can go on & on, since it comes with plenty of options.

    Cons

    Not as popular as other browsers, hence there is a whole lot of possibilities for Maxthon.

    Summary

    Maxthon is a great browser, loaded with some amazing features. Comes with dual rendering engines, so no risk of the device crashing. It takes a while to know about all the goodies that come with it. Even I'm still exploring!

    My Rating: 4.5/5 Get ready to be amazed.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Older versions were awesome."

    September 30, 2013  |   By allinia325

    Version: Maxthon Cloud Browser 4.1.2.2000

    Pros

    Magic-fill works great

    Cons

    This latest version is very unstable. When I open a new page, it freezes up. I have to wait 3-4 minutes before it starts to work. I am unable to view anything from Adobe Flashplayer. It makes me very unhappy to have to part ways with Maxthon but it is just not a good browser anymore.

    Summary

    Don't waste your time downloading this browser. You won't be happy with it. I tried to use the Maxthon forum to discuss my problem with Adobe Flashplayer but they responded with information I was unable to do anything with. I'm not a computer genius, but I do know how to do most things. Something about going to this line of writing and replacing it with this line...........just not worth my time anymore. Good bye Maxthon!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "was great but new cloud browser not good"

    September 21, 2013  |   By sajib801

    Version: Maxthon Cloud Browser 4.1.2.2000

    Pros

    nothing compare to other browser ..3.4 was best

    Cons

    it can't go to link in youtube its like sometime page become read only .only 10 tabs memory wopping 700 mb .worse than chrome .slows down .not all flash loads .version 3.4 was good but not the latest cloud funtion .latest version probably full beta cz it has so many bugs

    Summary

    keep the 3.4 which was the best

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Used to work great"

    August 25, 2013  |   By SENSUAL24

    Version: Maxthon Cloud Browser 4.1.2.2000

    Pros

    Used to be better than firefox and chrome for me.

    Cons

    It used to work fine and then all of a sudden it kept trying to open a webpage that my anti-virus software said was infected. It kept saying my computer was infected and needed to be cleaned. I quickly uninstalled it and ran a scan and my computer was clean.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Easy to use Browser."

    August 15, 2013  |   By Mervic17

    Version: Maxthon Cloud Browser 4.1.0.4000

    Pros

    Simple layout,Stable,Fast,Secured and can be customized the look you prefer.

    Cons

    None so far,,working great.

    Summary

    Easy to use and fast. Great addition to your collections if you need more than 1 or 2 browsers just in case.

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