Opera


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 3831 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
24.0.1558.61
File Size:
29.09MB
Date Added:
September 17, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
12,474,982
Downloads Last Week:
11,845
Product ranking:
#4 in Web Browsers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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 3831 votes

    • 5 star: 2508
    • 4 star: 566
    • 3 star: 317
    • 2 star: 167
    • 1 star: 273
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    5.0

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    • 2 star: 0
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  • 5 stars

    "Even better."

    September 19, 2014   |   By kendawson

    Version: Opera 24.0.1558.61

    Pros

    When I first tried the new Webkit version some time ago, I was terribly disappointed at the apparent lack of user control over things and reverted immediately to Opera 12.17. Perhaps I didn't spend enough time exploring it, I don't know, but I have now installed the latest version 24.0.1558.61 and have found everything that I liked about v.12.17 and more, including an even better speed-dial, stash and the ability to delete browsing history and individual cookies while browsing. We've still got the mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts and there are plenty of useful extensions to add on.

    Contrary to what some people are saying, it does import bookmarks. I found the bookmark import icon on the speed-dial page and it will import into bookmarks or speed-dial.

    Cons

    The only thing I'm missing is the Notes facility which I found really useful.

    Summary

    I didn't think version 12.17 could be improved but I was wrong. I think Opera have stopped supporting it now so to all you 12.17 lovers, I can recommend installing this latest version. It's very polished and fast.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not ready for prime time."

    September 06, 2014   |   By st737mn

    Version: Opera 24.0.1558.53

    Pros

    Fast clean interface, like the tabs open in front
    Running on Win 7 Home Prem / ASUS ROG laptop

    Cons

    Ver 24 and still no bookmark import

    Summary

    Fast but not much use if I have to import 100's of bookmarks manually
    Uninstalled......

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  • 4 stars

    "Great but has major flaws"

    September 03, 2014   |   By craigminah

    Version: Opera 24.0.1558.53

    Pros

    Fast, clean UI, not Google

    Cons

    Still no bookmark import

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  • 1 stars

    "24 Still no better than Ver. 23"

    September 02, 2014   |   By bmallek540

    Version: Opera 24.0.1558.53

    Pros

    Works sometimes

    Cons

    Pages don't load, memory hog, slow, etc.

    Summary

    The "cons" don't always happen but they are unpredictable and really are a nuisance when they happen. This version is still not stable

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  • 5 stars

    "Browser on the rise!"

    August 28, 2014   |   By tdaso

    Version: Opera 23.0.1522.77

    Pros

    Speed, Speed-dial, Stash, Clean interface

    Cons

    Some customization issues.

    Summary

    What started as a bare-bones browser has evolved into an elegant and very promising browser. Development is exponential from version to version. Now it has an innovative bookmarks manager (Opera developer), the absolute best speed-dial, many extensions and an even better interface. The browser is evolving into something special and different than Chrome clones.

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  • 4 stars

    "I like the way it's going"

    August 08, 2014   |   By Hornyhorns

    Version: Opera 23.0.1522.72

    Pros

    Speed, navigation, style, built-in torrent client.

    Cons

    Minor stability issues.

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  • 3 stars

    "Was great, but..."

    August 04, 2014   |   By John4217D

    Version: Opera 23.0.1522.60

    Pros

    Speed-dial!

    Cons

    Getting slower.
    Poor extension library.

    Summary

    Hope they'll improve it and add the support for chrome extensions.

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  • 1 stars

    "What's happened to you?"

    July 27, 2014   |   By bmallek540

    Version: Opera 23.0.1522.60

    Pros

    Works "most" of the time

    Cons

    Big, Big problem with loading pages

    Summary

    Please bring the old Opera back. I'm no computer wiz but it seems like everything that gets and update, upgrade, new firmware, etc. seems to cause more problems than it fixes. Am I the onlu one??

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  • 1 stars

    "Opera 23 is for the BIRDS!!"

    July 26, 2014   |   By fredg06

    Version: Opera 23.0.1522.60

    Pros

    None that I can find.

    Cons

    NO MENU bar, and no other bars either.

    Summary

    I use Windows XP with Internet Explorer 8. Tried Firefox 26, and it works sometimes. It crashes, slows down after about 10 minutes, and just quits! But, Firefox is much faster than IE8, when it works.
    Now, I have found Opera 12 at oldapps.com.
    Opera 12 has a Menu bar, and it very, very easy to use, and fast; plain and simple.
    Any version after 12, is a copy of Google Chrome, and even Google email doesn't look right with Version 12....but I can live with it. Google has dominated Chrome, and any other Browser is not supported very well. ....way to go Google, keep up the selfish work.
    I will stick with Opera 12, with a Menu Bar, and other nice applications.

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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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