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Sleipnir

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In Norse mythology, Sleipnir is Odin's eight-legged horse. In the hands of Fenrir's developers, it's a fast and stylish Web browser that brings some of the touch-style functionality of tablets and smartphones to your desktop (sort of like Windows 8 -- coincidence?) especially in fullscreen mode. It's built on top of Mozilla's Gecko engine, like Firefox and many other browsers, so it loads fast and renders pages beautifully. But Sleipnir has a unique, attractive style as well as features that set it apart, most notably the way it uses your mouse to simulate touch commands.

Sleipnir's main view has many familiar touches from the Mozilla toolkit. It's a clean, attractive, and balanced design, with logically placed buttons and icons, and widely customizable, too. The start page describes Sleipnir's features, many of which come into their own in the full-screen view. We clicked the full-screen icon, which does indeed open a colorful yet well-defined space, especially on a widescreen monitor. As a browser, Sleipnir works as well as any, and better than some. We started by importing our bookmarks from Google Chrome with an efficient and flexible tool. We typed in some searches in the address bar. Sleipnir searched with Google, though we could easily search with other search engines as well as e-commerce sites like Amazon.com and eBay. And Sleipnir's toolbar and start menu gave us access to everything we needed in the way of settings and options.

But the coolest thing by far is the way Sleipnir simulates finger-flicks: Hold down the right mouse button, grab a page, and flick it left, right, up, or down to cycle through your open tabs, or grab a tab and drag it open. The action is very smooth and natural and a lot like scrolling through pages on your phone with your thumb. Sleipnir also supports mouse gestures and mouse aliases, keyboard commands, plug-ins, customizable rendering for individual sites, and much more. And that's not all: Sleipnir is also available in mobile versions for Apple, Android, and Windows Phone platforms as well as the Mac. Sleipnir doesn't need eight legs to stand out in the browser field.

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All User Reviews

Results 1-10 of 33

  • 3.0 stars

    "OK at best"

    February 2, 2014  |   By Presentasia

    Version: Sleipnir 4.3.2

    Pros

    - Tab grouping
    - Firefox-esque
    - Tab previews

    Cons

    - A tad slow
    - Clunky UI

    Summary

    This browser is just OK. It isn't fantastic nor is it terrible. It's more or less a slower, blue firefox with a more cluttered UI.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Adware and Intrusive"

    December 30, 2012  |   By Sluskin

    Version: Sleipnir 3.8.4

    Pros

    None, very intrusive.

    Cons

    Exactly like IE8 with adware.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Cool Looking Web Browser"

    July 25, 2012  |   By SNAGGS20

    Version: Sleipnir 3.5.2

    Pros

    Colorful Web Browser easy to use and easy to log onto, Web Browser is stylish, modern and fast

    Cons

    None so far the only con is where is the home button. Overall a cool neat web browser that is easy to use. Better then Google Chrome and a great addition to Mozilla Firefox and IE 8 ( Internet Explorer 8 )
    A great Web Browser for older computers and it easier to use then Google Chrome.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Poor attempt at being everything for everybody!"

    July 4, 2012  |   By desertdan1

    Version: Sleipnir 3.0.15

    Pros

    None at all

    Cons

    I played with it a while and judt gave up on it

    Summary

    So far as I have seen all attempts at combining browsers end up just a massive mess.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "4URIN4MAYTION..."

    April 5, 2012  |   By ReplyToADumbArse

    Version: Sleipnir 3.0.15

    Pros

    9.7/10 STARS , IT NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO PROGRAMMING ANY DEVICE TO REACT AND ACT UPON. IE: YOUR FINGER MOVEMENT, EYE MOVEMENT, ANYTHING YOUR CAMERA LET ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING BE THE CONTROLLER, AND BTW AN OS THAT DID THIS WOULD BE A MOVEMENT INTO THE FUTURE OF PC EXPERIENCES AS WELL...

    Cons

    THE IDIOT THAT COMMENTED THAT THIS BROWSER DOES NOT OPEN UP PDF FILES... LOL WHAT A DORK ... USE SAY PHANTOM PDF SUITE, IT INTEGRATES WITH BROWSERS ... LOL ... OR WON'T YOUR MUMMY LET YOU OUT OF YOUR TOMB? BETTER YET GRAB THE ADD-ON FOR DISPLAYING PDF FILES YOU DIP-WIT... BTW I CAN'T WAIT FOR A REPLY SEND IT TO SDP@INBOX.COM I WOULD LOVE TO TEACH YOU TO HAVE A BRAIN AS WELL AS A BETTER PC 'XP'ERIENCE ... YOU CRACK ME UP YU REALLY REALLY DO...! -=8^)~(^8=-+

    Summary

    IN SUMMARY THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR MOVING EVERYONE'S PC 'XP'ERIENCE INTO THE FUTURE, SO THE UNIVERSE AND OUTSIDE OF IT IS THE LIMIT, IE THERE IS NO LIMIT, THANKS FOR A FAB FUNCTIONING BROWSER, AND TAKE THE STUPIDITY OF DULL COMMENTS WITH A GRAIN OF POO-POO SALT BECAUSE YOU FOLKS ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK, NOW MAKE IT SO #1, ONWARD AND UPWARD TO A BETTER PC 'XP'ERIENCE FOR ALL THAT GIVE A DAMN!!! CHEERS ...
    ~<(____)~**** JAVA TYME!

    Updated on Oct 5, 2012

    YES IT IS JUNK, MY REPLY WAS GENERALIZED, SRWARE IRON (GOOGLE CHROME CHROMIUM BROWSER IS THE BROWSER OF THE FUTURE IT'S #1 BUT CANNOT HANDLE ONLINE FORMS, OR BAD ADD-ONS FYI SOFTWARE IS JUST THAT 'SOFT' IT NEEDS TO DO AS I STATED EARLIER AND BE INTELLIGENT, MONITORING NOT ONLY ITSELF BUT ANYTHING THAT REMOTELY INTERACTS WITH IT WHATSOEVER, CHEERS!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Unacceptable. I.E. speed, can't open PDF files."

    April 2, 2012  |   By smit666

    Version: Sleipnir 3.0.15

    Pros

    None worth mentioning.

    Cons

    All other browsers on my machine can open PDF files, this crud can not.

    Summary

    Forget about it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "A good, pleasing experience."

    March 27, 2012  |   By GeoffreyBrittan

    Version: Sleipnir 3.0.14

    Pros

    Fast, attractive, and quirky.

    Cons

    The home button is not programmable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great look, great feel, and pleasing to use"

    February 23, 2012  |   By mitchjmh

    Version: Sleipnir 3.0.10

    Pros

    Great look and feel from this version (3.0.10). It reminds me of a very nice suped up IE 7/8 with a much better look and response (in other words IE 9 with an IE 7 toolbar setup but somehow a lot funner to surf with than IE ever was).

    Cons

    None that I notice after 2 days use.

    Summary

    I kind of liked the earlier version of Sleipnir but this newest version is perfect in my opinion. I was switching back and forth from browser to browser not finding one that I really loved using until I noticed this new version of Sleipnir. I highly recommend this browser if you are looking for something good to replace the overhyped popular ones.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "feels and looks like IE"

    May 22, 2011  |   By mhs420

    Version: Sleipnir 2.9.7

    Pros

    Though it feels and looks like IE it has a few extra options Such as script and groupd added to the menu bar. Some of the norfmal menu Items have a few more than IE.

    Cons

    None I know of.....

    Summary

    Though I have not OFFICIALLY tested this browser, it too me is to much like IE. Give it a shot at least maybe you will like it and then maybe you wont. I scan all programs to makes they are not as cnet claims, infected. I do a little more than relying on just one product for security. Also use 3 different OS ( xp/vist/7 ) to see how well they work on those more popular OS by windows at the moment.

    Updated on May 22, 2011

    Updated : upon noticing I neglect to mention I test certain software, If there is a general question on a product for a product I am not affiliated in anyway with CNET or the products they supply. I will let you know if when they call something "free" that it really isn't and that its free trial or download that the program itself to use functions are only for paid or have to pay for full functions. Feel free to email me upon a product I have review: mhs99328@yahoo.com
    If there is a product simular you want tested before you download that I have reviewed, you can be assured that at thae time of reviewing there was no problem. Some of the outdated program versions no longer are accepted by Windows running vista or 7.Such of these programs are browsers or customizations. Some Xp base programs run without problem or having to use compatibility mode. I will let you know if you would like.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Too unpredictable, Wants to take over as only browser."

    March 13, 2010  |   By rrvaui

    Version: Sleipnir 2.9.3

    Pros

    Not much. I thought I'd try a non-mainstream browser

    Cons

    Too unpredictable, Wants to take over as only browser. Not enough help

    Summary

    Not enough advantage over Seamonkey or Firefox.

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