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    Apr. 12, 2012
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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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4 stars

"Great Browser"

April 17, 2012  |  By tbbabq

 |  Version: Maxthon


Super clean user friendly (Could do without the sidebar by default)
Tab page is nice a well designed
Good features such as AdHunter, User Sync, RSS Reader, Screen Capture, Notes, System monitoring
Really responsive with startup, shutdown and page loading
Security is pretty good
Passes with flying colors on a lot of benchmark tests
Can use and sync your desktop with the android version of Maxthon


Clicking home button opens a new tab each time (Annoying)
Tab behavior sometimes wants to open up websites in a different tab, rather than using current tab (Would be better on memory if it didn't behave like that)
Extensions support is extremely lacking (Would like WOT extension the most)
Needs to be on more platforms (Mac, Linux, iOS)
Needs a bit more customization


Maxthon might be considered "The underdog" to others, but it's actually a sleeper browser....A browser that isn't well known or used, but is the best out there. Maxthon has come a long way, but does need to fix a few thing's, the thing's that you have read in the Cons area. If they worked on all the Cons I have listed, there wouldn't be anything wrong with it....It would be the perfect browser. On an end not thought, try Maxthon out...It is an excellent browser aside from the cons it has, and I think you'll be surprised how much you like it.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
New Feature: Updated JavaScript engine. Fixes:

[Main Frame] Side Bar and Status Bar could be dragged if the browser window was maximized. Quick App exited improperly. Sequence problem of the icons in Side Bar. Incorrect task number displayed in Download Manager. Tab "close" button display problem.

[Webkit Core] Fixed one Inertia-Clickjacking security breach. Several stability problems related to Webkit Core. The username displayed as messy code in kyohk.net. Night Mode did not work in some sites. Some page loading problems. Two scroll bar problems.

[Extension Interface of IE Core] Interface problem in Retro Mode. [RSS] Data import problem.
Publisher Maxthon
Publisher web site http://www.maxthon.com
Release Date April 12, 2012
Date Added April 12, 2012
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.49MB
File Name mxsetup.exe
Total Downloads 162,989
Downloads Last Week 795
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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