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  • Date Added:
    July 19, 2011
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  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

Editors' Review


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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  • 1 stars

    "Lasted about 3 hours........"

    September 22, 2014   |   By Azlan The Lion

    Version: Maxthon Cloud Browser


    Cool start page with awesome news feed and other neat useable sites.


    It froze up and or failed 3 times in the 3 hours I used it. It was not fast at all.


    Ok, I saw one review that mentioned it loads other software without your knowledge. That is a lie if you WATCH the screen there are boxes on the lower left that state "decline" if you do that you don't get the other junk they would like you do install as well. You DO NOT have too in order to get Maxthon Cloud Browser. That said, I had high hopes for this browers and liked it while I had it, it did not do any better then M.S. I.E, Chrome, Opera, Slimbrowser on my Intel i3 2.8ghz windows 7 64bit laptop. The product was so bad for me and I wanted to dispell the stealth software installation lie I signed up for a Cnet account.

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    Full Specifications

    What's new in version
    Fixes: [Main Frame]. Online Notepad sync failed after setting Proxy like stunnel. [Webkit]. Newline might lose when copied some words to Notepad from the page. [Favorites]. Tab would be displayed in reverse order of Favorites when opened all Favorites items in one folder at once.
    Publisher Maxthon
    Publisher web site
    Release Date July 14, 2011
    Date Added July 19, 2011
    Category Browsers
    Subcategory Web Browsers
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2003, Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 39.42MB
    File Name mx4.4.2.2000.exe
    Total Downloads 111,121
    Downloads Last Week 1,024
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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