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Opera

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Opera 9.50 maintains the program's tradition of striving for the fastest, smallest, and most full-featured browser available. Opera covers the basics with tabbed browsing, mouse-over previews, a customizable search bar, advanced bookmarking tools, and simple integration with e-mail and chat clients. Mouse-gesture support, keyboard shortcuts, and drag-and-drop functionality round out the essentials.

Opera's extras push it to the top of the class. Integrated theme support previews themes from within the interface, and the new version sports a default redo that's an attractive balance between "dark" and "light" themes. Opera's desktop widgets can appear anywhere while Opera is running. The Wand utility combines autofill with saved passwords, and it's hard to ignore the addition of torrent support and real-time fraud protection. The latest version includes reasonable anti-malware protection courtesy Haute Secure.

The expanded features in 9.50 should make any non-believer do a double-take. Opera Link enables Bookmarks, the Personal bar, Speed Dial, and Notes synchronization across all other Opera instances. Quick Find improves the search tool, allowing for full text searching from the address field, the history panel, and opera:historysearch. The Status bar has been restored as a default, the Wand now lets users confirm a successful login before saving credentials, and spatial navigation--similar to Opera Mini and the Wii browser--has been introduced.

The new version is faster, has multiple back-end changes to handle code better, and overall we think Opera has what it takes to unseat even the biggest-name browsers. You just need to hear it sing.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 3,812 votes

    • 5 star: 2499
    • 4 star: 563
    • 3 star: 316
    • 2 star: 165
    • 1 star: 269
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 99 votes

    • 5 star: 62
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Crashes A Lot"

    July 5, 2008  |   By SENSUAL24

    Version: Opera 9.5

    Cons

    It kept crashing after I opened more than one tab, a waste of time. After it crashed, I would open the browser again and the same thing would happen, this happened four times before I uninstalled it and went back to Firefox.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Hate it!"

    July 4, 2008  |   By LyudaB

    Version: Opera 9.5

    Cons

    I have a Dell laptop XP Pro. This gives me nothing but 502 gateway error msgs or similar. Can't search for anything without getting error msgs. The theme of this must have been from Darth Vader...the toolbar is all black as coal...can't make out what things are...nothing works.... Black is also symbolic of the devil. wish I had the old opera back. I am going back to my IE browser.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good but not great"

    July 3, 2008  |   By myrnalyn21

    Version: Opera 9.5

    Pros

    The availability of skins to download and the widgets make this browser great, probably better than FireFox. It is somewhat fast and easy to learn.

    Cons

    Opera is extremely buggy. Whenever I mistakenly hovered my mouse over the bookmarks, a large black square would cover the entire screen. Certain pictures did not show up, even when refreshing the page continously and changing preferences. Opera needs some work but it is overall a good browser.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best browser I've tried!"

    July 3, 2008  |  

    Version: Opera 9.5

    Pros

    The built in e-mail support makes this my browser of choice.

    Cons

    Lacks some of the add-on capabilities of FireFox, but is faster and causes far fewer lockups.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nice software"

    July 2, 2008  |   By meet2palash

    Version: Opera 9.5

    Pros

    very 1st & easy web browser

    Cons

    download not paused

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Sweet!!!"

    July 2, 2008  |   By croupier04

    Version: Opera 9.5

    Pros

    I like to alternate between using Firefox 3.0 and Opera 9.50. I use them 50:50. I prefer Firefox for my heavy lifting browser when I need the plug ins and Roboform for online shopping and applications and require high security for download virus scans. Opera is my leisure browser when I am looking for quick performance, start ups and easy surfing and lightness. I like Opera's interface and attractive skins plus speed dial. It sleek and fast and light on resources.

    Cons

    Opera is not supported by Roboform and Sirius Satellite radio player. Some sites do load properly with Opera. It lacks some of the Firefox add on's and plug in's that I sometimes rely on.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not Comfortable With Opera"

    June 30, 2008  |   By Jillian2

    Version: Opera 9.5

    Pros

    I like it in that it is kind of fast , but not as fast as Firefox or Safari. At least not as fast on my computer. It is a complete browser. has what one needs and I like that

    Cons

    I find it more difficult to operate and to make the proper adjustments needed. i have tried new versions when they come out and have just never found a version compatible with me. it is a more difficult browser than the others I have had.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "funny people, funny opera"

    June 29, 2008  |   By eroleko

    Version: Opera 9.5

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Very fast browser but porous against spyware"

    June 29, 2008  |   By rjh777

    Version: Opera 9.5

    Pros

    Probably the fastest browser I have worked with.

    Cons

    What I did is cleaned my computer with Adaware and then opened up Opera and went to several websites. I then measured "the infections" from using Opera and there was anyway from 21 to 40 data mining and data collecting cookies. Then cleaned those infections off. I opened Mozilla Firefox and went to the same web sites and same webpages. Then ran adaware again and found two infections from using Firefox.

    Summary:

    I do like Opera 9.5's speed-no doubt about that but the serious lack of being able to keep spyware off my machine causes me to bypass for my general web browsing travels.................jh

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Innovative"

    June 29, 2008  |   By uc4333z

    Version: Opera 9.5

    Pros

    The speed dial feature is great. It's lightning fast.

    Cons

    It doesn't work with most online mail accounts and it doesn't support some online videos.

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