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Opera

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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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  • 4.0 stars

    "WOW! This is a surprising good browser!"

    April 23, 2014  |   By GCG1000

    Version: Opera 20.0.1387.91

    Pros

    1. Nice clean and uncluttered GUI.
    2. Very stable and fast.
    3. Handles almost all URL's with no problem.
    4. Nice selection of Opera-supported add-ons.
    5. Offers good security, which is easily enhanced with "Zenmate and Disconnect".

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    None to report at this time

    Summary

    I used to be an avid fan of Opera when they were using their "Marlin", etc. rendering engines. Recently, though because of the SLOW update cycle for Comodo Dragon, I tried OP and was pleasantly surprised. Since OP shifted to a Chromium derivative rendering engine, its performance, in version 20.0, is excellent. If you are looking for a Chrome alternative, OP offers a fine browser that is fast and secure, with a quick learning curve. OP is FREE!

    Updated on Apr 23, 2014

    Bookmarks are currently some what awkward to import, so checkout Bookmarks Manager from Opera's web store for the job.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very fast as hell!"

    April 12, 2014  |   By santalazy0

    Version: Opera 20.0.1387.91

    Pros

    Very fast and easy to use. User friendly and the interface look nice. One of the best browser if not the best....

    Cons

    None so far....

    Summary

    I would recommend this browser to anyone who is in search for a good and fast browser. Very underrated....

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fine program"

    April 11, 2014  |   By kmshlmoBrickney

    Version: Opera 20.0.1387.91

    Pros

    Really easy inteface.Was such a pain to remove all this malware

    Cons

    Absolutely none. I am serious.

    Summary

    Simply great stuff.My top two must-have apps is this and *********. , Period.

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