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Maxthon

CNET 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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  • 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "speedy, sleek, cool built-in features"

    November 7, 2011  |   By ratonzito

    Version: Maxthon 3.2.0.2000

    Pros

    screen grab
    split screen
    saves bookmarks online
    online notepad to save all my notes

    Cons

    no addons, that make browser clunky

    Summary

    really cool, makes me feel special coz not everybody knows about this browser -- won't stay that way for much longer I guess

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent browser. I'm a convert from Firefox & Chrome."

    November 5, 2011  |   By wiggersmate

    Version: Maxthon 3.2.0.2000

    Pros

    Love the Magic fill and the "Last visited pages". I Previously used Roboform and Lastfill with Xmarks to recall previous pages. Maxthon avoids third party involvement! Well done! Also, I love the way favorites are shown in a page of columns instead of having to scroll through a listing.

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet as I'm enjoying the new experience!

    Summary

    I just love it. Simply the BEST. (Sorry not to use all the remaining characters but you cannot improve on the BEST!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Better than IE, but...."

    November 5, 2011  |   By nakaosan

    Version: Maxthon 3.2.0.2000

    Pros

    Excellent graphics will appeal to novice and hard-core users alike; much quicker than IE; intuitive download manager.

    Cons

    Sometimes crashes when used with Adobe Flash; still not receptive with some applications.

    Summary

    Still a work in progress, but with increasing popularity Maxthon may become a polished product that will challenge Firefox.

    Updated on Nov 15, 2011

    A fast browser, faster than IE, but it's still a work in progress because of occasional crashes with some commonly used apps like Adobe Flash.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent Browser"

    November 4, 2011  |   By hawk1046

    Version: Maxthon 3.2.0.2000

    Pros

    Very open to programming.
    Easy on the eyes
    Quick
    Download Manager is very intuitive

    Cons

    Pop-up menu for "pop-ups/saving" button can become distracting and sometimes annoying, however it can be useful upon occasion.

    Summary

    A super browser to use anytime...day or nite.

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