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Maxthon

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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 versions:

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    out of 93 votes

    • 5 star: 51
    • 4 star: 21
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 12
  • Current version:

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    • 4 star: 2
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fast and clean. I use it for my Android default."

    June 2, 2011  |   By gaddy1983

    Version: Maxthon 3.1.1.1000

    Pros

    Very Fast. Simple to use, Handles all sites so far,

    Cons

    Some add-ins are not compatible or needs extra clicks(Roboform).

    Summary

    If it integrated roboform completely it would be my default. I need RF all the time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love this browser!"

    May 22, 2011  |   By mitchjmh

    Version: Maxthon 3.1.1.1000

    Pros

    Clean sharp look to web pages that make them clearer and easier to read. A nice looking interface that is very customizable. Fast (very fast).

    Cons

    The only con I can list for it is not switching to a new tab when the new tab is pulled up by middle clicking the mouse on a link. I can live with this minor con though.

    Summary

    Try it out for a week. I know you'll love it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Small yet powerful"

    May 22, 2011  |   By mhs420

    Version: Maxthon 3.1.1.1000

    Pros

    Unlike a lot of customizible browsers, Maxthon is one of the smaller saving precious space. Just under 20MB unlike my facorite Avant. Unlike most if not all other Browser Maxthon contains it's own volume control. Really to many pros to mention here.

    Cons

    Would be nice if like Avant, it incorperated online storage for bookmarks and autofills. This is my only draw back. No menu bar.

    Summary

    Maxthon has been one of my favorite trustworthy and runner up to Avent. It is small but yet a very powerful Browser. Depending on if you still use the old 80gb and lower, then maxthon is nice to have. Also consider how much space you can afford even if your HDD is 250 or more.
    I do recommend this as a trust worthy browser leaving next to no footprint. Unlike the original version Maxthon 3 can be a bit difficult to figure out. Have patients and get to know it before judging it. I will reveiw more later. I am still getting use to the new look. Maxthon allows you quick access to 12 designate sites when using google as your home page. Also provides most commonly use search site selections such as google bing ask yahoo and a few others. You can delete what you dont want and imput what sites you visit regularly. For instance Facebook, twitter, myspace, yahoo, google, or any other site you view.

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