Maxthon

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 227 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.5.1250
  • Total Downloads:
    695,837
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 22, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.53MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    736
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #24 in Web Browsers

Editors' Review

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Based on Internet Explorer's engine, Maxthon is probably something of a curiosity for most North American users. It never really caught on there, but elsewhere--especially China--it's one of the most popular browsers around. It renders pages fast and comes loaded with features, as if Firefox came with 90 percent of its most popular plug-ins. Maxthon 2 features loads more customization ability, but sacrifices a bit of stability for the privilege. Its design is stylish compared to the old version, and its new approach to accessing functions makes this free browser more competitive.

All the basics are represented here, from tabbed browsing to skins to add-ons, and many of the rolled-in features make Maxthon hard to ignore. Some of our favorite features include rolled-in auto-form filling, the ability to set up bookmark groups that open on start-up--excellent for news or blogs, the ability to autoscroll Web pages, and pop-up and content filters for blocking ads and specific content formats you don't want. There are also customizable hotkey commands for such nifty features as auto-completing URLs, so if you type "download" and hold down the Ctrl key, it will auto-fill the "http://" and the ".com". The online favorites service is similar to that offered by other browsers, and works well.

We also like the super drag-and-drop feature, which lets you directly select and drag keywords to a current Web page or directly to the address bar. Maxthon is fast, small, flexible, and easy to use, and the extra features make it a browser we highly recommend for those looking for a change of pace.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star 7
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 227 votes

    • 5 star 102
    • 4 star 67
    • 3 star 25
    • 2 star 7
    • 1 star 26
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5 stars

"Such a Shame!!!!!"

July 07, 2009  |  By denigma78

 |  Version: Maxthon 2.1.5.1250

Pros

Fast, fast, fast with built in ad blocker unlock IE8 and IE7. So stable and does not consume resources like the current set of browsers (Chrome, FF 3.5, IE8.

Cons

Can't think of any.

Summary

It's such a shame the American public does not know about this browser. It's really good and should get more attention.

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3 stars

"Not as good as Avant browser"

April 07, 2009  |  By roger_m

 |  Version: Maxthon 2.1.5.1250

Pros

Full featured, much more features than Internet Explorer and more configurable than FireFox.

Cons

Lately has been running slowly for me even after upgrading to the latest beta version. I switched to Avant Browser and it running much much faster.

Maybe just a problem with my setup as it has work okay in the past...

Summary

It's work trying Avant Browser or Maxthon. In my opinion they are both much better than FireFox.

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4 stars

"An acceptable browser."

March 22, 2009  |  By nakaosan

 |  Version: Maxthon 2.1.5.1250

Pros

Reasonably quick.

Cons

Doesn't offer anything significant that would differentiate it from other browsers I've used.

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2 stars

"blank pages when toggling b/t tabs"

March 15, 2009  |  By finddave

 |  Version: Maxthon 2.1.5.1250

Pros

didn't use it that long, but I expect I would have liked the mouse gestures

Cons

when toggling b/t tabs, the tabs would often be blank. It's also not faster than chrome.

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4 stars

"Possibly the best browser out there."

March 07, 2009  |  By Bro.Terry

 |  Version: Maxthon 2.1.5.1250

Pros

Real good all around browser, and you can make it look and feel just about any way you want to.

Cons

An occasional crash or freeze, but not near as much as Firefox.

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1 stars

"B A C K D O O R S P Y W A R E !!!"

March 07, 2009  |  By xyzzy1002

 |  Version: Maxthon 2.1.5.1250

Pros

It is a very fast browser, excpet for the fact that it's reporting everything you do to networks in China.

Cons

This post tells it all where many users are upset about the connections it makes to the Asia Pacific Network.. Do Not Trust This Browser...
<http://forum.maxthon.com/viewthread.php?tid=72146&pid=451260&page=3&extra=#pid451260>

Summary

It's a fast system, too bad it's full of back-door spying.
Start page - About:Blank - yet upon startup trys to connect to somewhere in China (ZoneLabs firewall alert pops up.) Online bookmarks/favorites disabled, Check for updates unchecked, All RSS news unchecked, yet still it's trying to do things without being asked. Not good. Avoid.

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5 stars

"Fantastic!!!"

March 06, 2009  |  By brucemadler

 |  Version: Maxthon 2.1.5.1250

Pros

Thiis browser is lightning fast! I was always afraid to change from IE to another browser, but am glad I did and chose Maxthon 2. It runs as smooth as silk and is very user friendly. It's much better and faster than IE

Cons

Absolutely NONE!

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5 stars

"Excellent works in all websites"

February 06, 2009  |  By towman2229

 |  Version: Maxthon 2.1.5.1250

Pros

Quick and easy to use, very flexible and customizable. I like Firefox but it can not open my camera surveillence remote site because it needs Active-X, Maxthon can open the site easily and more quickly than IE. Max just works.

Cons

Not enough add-ons, but they're getting better.

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5 stars

"the most powerful browser I think"

January 30, 2009  |  By fengyqf

 |  Version: Maxthon 2.1.5.1250

Pros

easy to use, powerful, extendful, open for everyone, free to use, light require, and so on.

Cons

can only be used in windows ,can not support other browser kernel such as firefox,opera

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5 stars

"Easy to customize, reliable, complete."

January 07, 2009  |  By flemur13013

 |  Version: Maxthon 2.1.5.1250

Pros

You can set up GUI as you please, including incorporating menus into the title-bar.
Sidebar 'favorites' and split-view (2 webpages side-by-side) work great with modern wide-screen monitors.
Has a decent ad-blocker built in.

Cons

Opera's ad-blocker is easier to use.
Theoretically it could have whatever problems the IE HTML engine has.

Summary

If you need IE, use Maxthon instead.
I've extensively tested IE, FireFox, Chrome and Opera and stick to Opera and Maxthon.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.5.1250
Version 2.1.5.1250 adds the ability to drag drop external document when no tab is opened on startup and fixes bugs.
General
Publisher Maxthon
Publisher web site http://www.maxthon.com
Release Date November 22, 2008
Date Added November 22, 2008
Version 2.1.5.1250
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008
Additional Requirements Windows Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 6.53MB
File Name mx_2.5.18.1000.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 695,837
Downloads Last Week 736
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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