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    Jul. 26, 2012
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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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2 stars

"Not As Good As I'd Hoped"

September 06, 2012  |  By IziEzi

 |  Version: Maxthon


I liked the numerous choices of skins


--Flash didn't work at all with it, on my computer at least. Supposedly there was a way to fix it, but it just screwed up my computer and Flash for my other browsers.
--While it does have a cookie blocker, it doesn't allow for anything in-between accepting them or blocking them. So many sites require cookies, but I don't like leaving my browser open to accepting 3rd party cookies.
--It took me a while to figure out all the icons and where to find settings, etc.


I was very excited to use try this browser, it got such high rating from CNet and was listed as one of the best browsers, but the issues with Flash made this browser useless for some of my favorite sites and for Facebook games.

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4 stars

"Good Alternative to the Bloated, Big-Box Browsers"

August 26, 2012  |  By otiamaria

 |  Version: Maxthon


* Maxthon is customizable without being overly done.
* Not just one search engine, but MANY, and if they don't provide it, you can get it anyhow.
* Shows only content that's relevant to YOU.
* Themes available.
* Has quick access to whatever you need on your computer. One click of a pre-assigned button can automatically open Microsoft Paint.


As of yet, I have not come across any. Smooth, fast searching. This is a browser that is concerned that you get the best BROWSING experience available. They give you extras, don't get me wrong, but the main focus is successful, fruitful browsing, and MAXTHON DELIVERS.


Google got stricken from my browser choices when they jacked over 700 of my photos and videos and put them in a public Picassa album without my knowledge or consent. Yahoo was ok. But they began to spam up my email and thought they would be "better" at sorting it then I am. Not only that, but installing Axis beta caused me a HUGE headache. IE? Nuh-uh. Safety issues there.
Firefox is still ok with me, although a little buggy at times.
Other browsers are EXTREMELY limit4ed or OVERLY intrusive.....and then you find Maxthon, and a perfect balance is struck. I still have it installed and have no plans to stop using it. Worth downloading? Yes.

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5 stars

"a perfect light browser"

August 25, 2012  |  By ronaldo_d

 |  Version: Maxthon


This browser has all the features that any one want in a browser


I think it needs some edits on it's appearance

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
Version : Fixes: [Webkit Core]. * Website Certificate error. * The sound was still there even after closed the popup video. * It would open a new tab when saving images by shortcuts.
Publisher Maxthon
Publisher web site http://www.maxthon.com
Release Date July 26, 2012
Date Added July 26, 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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