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Opera

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Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 3870 votes out of 2 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    38.0.2220.31
  • Total Downloads:
    13,395,043
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 21, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    37.8MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,031
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #3 in Web Browsers

Editors' Review

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Opera shares most of its guts with Google Chrome, but the Web browser distinguishes itself with features like a built-in ad blocker, claims of improved battery life on laptops, and the option to watch YouTube videos in a floating window.

Pros

Supports most Chrome extensions: Since Opera and Chrome have so much code in common, it's not difficult to create native Opera versions of popular extensions like LastPass, uBlock Origin, Reddit Enhancement Suite, and Pocket. And if a developer hasn't created an Opera version yet, Download Chrome Extension can install extensions directly from the Chrome Web Store, so Opera users shouldn't miss out on many Chrome add-ons.

Saves laptop battery life: Opera does some clever wizardry in the background to extend battery life on a laptop. We can't guarantee any particular number, because battery life depends a lot on your screen's brightness and resolution, and whether you're streaming HD videos or just browsing Wikipedia. Either way, enabling or disabling power saving is a quick toggle at the top of your screen.

Handy YouTube video pop-outs: When you browse YouTube with Opera, you can click an additional button in the top of the video frame to pop the video out to a separate window. You can drag it around and resize it, and it will float on top of other windows. That is, it won't disappear if you put another app window in the foreground, so you can multitask without losing your video. The original browser tab where you found that video must remain open, though.

Cons

Default security and privacy settings could be better: Opera Software routinely advertises its browser as a "safe" option. However, it uses navigation prediction services that require sending (anonymized) data about your usage habits over the Internet to be analyzed by a remote server. This can be disabled, but it's not by default, and you have to search Google to figure out how these services work and what they expose. Form autofilling is also enabled by default -- another feature that favors convenience over safety. If an unauthorized person gets access to your device, they can pull up what you've entered into a form just by experimenting with the alphabet, potentially giving them your home address, phone number, and other sensitive info. Opera also has a setting to "protect me from malicious sites," but the setting doesn't explain what this entails.

Searching for extensions is hit-or-miss: We got some odd search results on Opera's website when looking for extensions to install. Searching for Gmail produced two pages of extensions, which was good. But searching for Google produces only six extensions, none of which are Gmail. Why does a more generic query return a fraction of the results and exclude an obvious ingredient?

Installing Adobe Flash is relatively tricky: Adobe's once-universal Internet streaming video tech is finally on its way out, but many legacy websites still require it. Unlike Chrome, Opera does not have Adobe Flash built in. Googling for ways to add it produces outdated instructions from Adobe and Opera Software about enabling a setting that no longer exists. You have to go to the Adobe Flash plug-in webpage (once you've Googled it) while using Opera; the website uses its own voodoo to determine which Flash installer to deliver to you. But you won't see the download button if you have an ad blocker enabled.

Bottom Line

Since Opera is basically Chrome's fraternal twin, if it wants to compete with Chrome, it has to be better, and that's a hard act to follow. However, Opera's benefit to battery life is one point in its favor -- Chrome has a reputation for inefficient battery use. And some users will appreciate the video pop-out. Since you can get all the major Chrome extensions without much fuss, it's hard to make a case against Opera. It's definitely a worthy Web browser in its own right and might make Google reconsider some of its decisions on Chrome.

 
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5 stars

"Really fast browser with all the features I need"

June 27, 2016  |  By henfalle

2016-06-27 00:35:16  |  By henfalle

 |  Version: Opera 38.0.2220.31

Pros

Really fast, Saves me a ton of battery compared to Chrome. Built-in Adblock. Built-in VPN (in developer version). Really sweet pop-out video functionality. Nice and slick UI

Cons

Can't think of anything compared to Firefox and Chrome. Prefer Opera actually.

Summary

My new favorite browser

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2 stars

"Fair Browser."

June 24, 2016  |  By thorlo6

2016-06-24 15:09:13  |  By thorlo6

 |  Version: Opera 38.0.2220.31

Pros

Usually comes up and connects to the internet faster than Chrome. Has one of my favorite things other Browsers don't have, Speed Dial!

Cons

There are a number of websites that does not allow the use of Opera and it will not operate on those sites at all. Since I have to use several of these sites for personal reasons, I have to use Chrome.

Summary

Since I was tired of the slowness of Chrome, the turtle crawl of IE, and just plain don't like Firefox or Safari I went to using Opera. Loved it while I was using it, but, since as mentioned in the cons, several websites would not let me use it I had to go back to Chrome. Over all Chrome is a better browser.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 38.0.2220.31
Updated Chromium to 51.0.2704.84 which should improve stability, and fixed a download issue.
General
Publisher Opera Software
Publisher web site http://www.opera.com/?utm_medium=tp&utm_source=cnet&utm_campaign=redirect
Release Date June 14, 2016
Date Added June 21, 2016
Version 38.0.2220.31
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 37.8MB
File Name Opera_38.0.2220.31_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 13,395,043
Downloads Last Week 9,031
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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