Opera


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3822 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
23.0.1522.60
File Size:
26.64MB
Date Added:
July 22, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
12,366,943
Downloads Last Week:
12,398
Product ranking:
#3 in Web Browsers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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Editors' review

Opera's move to Webkit and later embracing the Chromium engine signals a new, much more competitive push by the Scandinavian browser-maker to keep up with speedier demands, yet still maintaining some of the classic signature features of previous versions.

When you open the browser, you'll find a new Discover tab sitting on the welcome page. Opera will curate various news articles around the world. The left drop-down will list various topics and categories tailored around your interests. The right drop-down menu lets you discover content from around the world in various languages. The Discover feature may sound a bit like fancy branding at first for a news aggregator, but it's well executed and appropriate to Opera's mission of being more than just a Web browser.

Off-Road mode also makes its way into the desktop browser, which strips extraneous content from Web pages to give you just the bare-bone parts of a site, while reducing data and memory consumption.

Speed Dial and Stash are both very fluid, well-executed takes on bookmarking. Using Speed Dial is similar to organizing apps on a touchscreen, so it's no coincidence that Opera has designed this browser to be touch friendly with large containers. You can reorder and reorganize your saved pages or drag them into another to create a folder.

Stash is another take on saving pages and reading them later, but functions more like Pocket in that it's meant for pages to be read later. Again, these are features that can be achieved via extensions and Web apps, but having them conveniently built into the browser and working natively brings its own advantages. And this makes sense: earlier in the year, Opera released its mobile version to complement the desktop browser and maintain a consistent user experience much more seamlessly across devices than it has ever really done before.

Opera has maintained a consistent but small fraction of the browser market, with a noteworthy hold on the mobile market with Opera Mini on lower-end devices. Version 15 reflects a refocused initiative on performance, design, and surprisingly, content curation. It's still a long uphill battle when facing heavyweight titans like IE, Firefox, and Chrome, but if users are looking to embrace an alternative take without sacrificing performance, then we highly recommend taking Opera out for a spin.

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  • All Versions:

    4.3

    out of 3822 votes

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    • 4 star: 564
    • 3 star: 316
    • 2 star: 166
    • 1 star: 270
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  • 5 stars

    "excellent browser"

    July 14, 2014   |   By salesalex

    Version: Opera 22.0.1471.70

    Pros

    renders web pages very fast and with good quality , it is also very customizable and has nice add ons .

    Cons

    the only 'cons' I find is a millimetre of blank space on the top of the page which makes fast switching between the pages a bit annoying

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  • 5 stars

    "BEST BROWSER OF ALL TIME"

    July 13, 2014   |   By Spruill79

    Version: Opera 22.0.1471.70

    Pros

    It has all I need in a browser fast and smooth uses. It does not freeze and crash. It deserves the #1 spot not fair that is #3 it works that Great.

    Cons

    None at all

    Summary

    For people that are confused at what browser to get this one. You will not be disappointed.

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  • 5 stars

    "The Best Browser!"

    June 28, 2014   |   By dogesuchwow

    Version: Opera 22.0.1471.70

    Pros

    Very fast.
    Easy interface.
    Many features.
    Very few crashes.
    Many extensions.

    Cons

    None.I'm very happy.

    Summary

    The best web browser ever!

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  • 4 stars

    "It is fast and okay but not as good as older versions"

    June 26, 2014   |   By musicman4you

    Version: Opera 22.0.1471.70

    Pros

    It is fast

    Cons

    Opera 12.16 and 12.17 was great and then they started to use the Chromium engine.Bookmarks and other features have been stripped down from the great old Opera everybody loved.Im now using mostly Pale Moon and the Opera 12.17 version but don't know if it is secure or not.Seems like this new version is made more for mobile and touch screen users.

    Summary

    I use to recommend Opera but not this stripped down version that is fast.The best Browser I can find now and would recommend to anybody is Pale Moon.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works Great other Reviews not fair Cnet installed junk"

    June 11, 2014   |   By musicman4you

    Version: Opera 22.0.1471.50

    Pros

    Works Great but don't download it here on CNET or you will get the extra junk stuff the first two reviewers did from the CNET installer included in the download.

    Cons

    Works Great but don't download it here on CNET or you will get the extra junk stuff the first two reviewers did from the CNET installer included in the download.

    Summary

    Works Great but don't download it here on CNET or you will get the extra junk stuff the first two reviewers did from the CNET installer included in the download.Download from filehippo or Major Geeks or from the direct Opera Link.

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  • 2 stars

    "From a security standpoint - Not good enough"

    May 31, 2014   |   By DasKarl

    Version: Opera 21.0.1432.67

    Pros

    If you like underdogs and don't care about privacy or control

    Cons

    No real add-ons, zero privacy controls, slow startup, no keyboard shortcuts through right-click menus

    Summary

    I would recommend only for the most basic web browsing experience. I would not use for online financial transactions.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent!"

    May 29, 2014   |   By dogesuchwow

    Version: Opera 21.0.1432.67

    Pros

    very fast!!
    good features
    many extension and themes
    very few crashes!

    Cons

    sometimes slowly
    low download speed

    Summary

    I love Opera. It's good browser

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  • 1 stars

    "Cannot import bookmarks."

    May 24, 2014   |   By zoomie666

    Version: Opera 21.0.1432.67

    Pros

    Opera is a fast enough browser.

    Cons

    Errors and shutdown of browser when accessing games that use Flash etc. Cannot import bookmarks, either from an earlier version, or from Firefox.

    Summary

    Until these issues are fixed, I will not be using Opera.

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  • 5 stars

    "GREAT BROWSER but don't Download it here"

    May 09, 2014   |   By musicman4you

    Version: Opera 21.0.1432.57

    Pros

    Just as good as Chrome and better than Firefox.Only Add-ons I use are AdBlock,WOT and Bookmarks...Im not a big fan of a bunch off 3rd Party add-ons.

    Cons

    If you Download it here on CNET it will install the Download.com Installer which offers Free programs from Cnet Partners.Better Bookmarks and all of the options are gone like in older Opera version 12.16 which just had a security update to 12.17 ..I use 12.17 also

    Summary

    It is just as good as Chrome and Firefox.I still use the older Opera 12.17 which I like better than any Browser.

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  • 5 stars

    "IMPRESSIVELY FAST!!!"

    May 08, 2014   |   By ahlowerre

    Version: Opera 21.0.1432.57

    Pros

    VERY FAST!! PUTS OTHER BROWSERS TO SHAME! DON'T LISTEN TO BAD REVIEWS! IT'S EASY TO USE AND I AM 75 YEARS OLD AND FINALLY I DON'T NEED MY DAUGHTER'S HELP.

    Cons

    NONE RIGHT NOW

    Summary

    IF U DOWNLOAD THIS BROWSER, U WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!

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