Maxthon’s newest addition to the company’s family of browsers – MxNitro has removed all largely unused, resource-hogging features like extensions and cloud services to gain speed.
Users will admit that the most important feature they look around for in a web browser is speed. What follows speed is security, ease of use, customization and more. Customization can compromise speed so most performance oriented browsers like Internet Explorer or Maxthon strip its offerings of most of their customization options and other unnecessary extras.
Maxthon MxNitro Web Browser
The developers of Maxthon MxNitro claims the browser gets its speed in part by reducing the User Interface load which helps it fetch and load webpages faster. It has a minimalist design.
I downloaded the browser. The installation was near instantaneous. When you open it, you are welcomed by Google.com as the home page. I saw no way to change it.
I couldn’t find any option menus or anything to tweak the browser. For instance, no Settings menu to clear cookies, switch to private browsing, or remove history. The Settings button in the bottom right corner lets you only tweak Search settings.
There are 3 buttons – Minimize, Restore and Close, that remain hidden and become visible only when you hover your mouse cursor over them. I had problems finding these options for a while, although I did ultimately discover them residing in the upper right corner of the screen, as usual. You have to hover your cursor over them to be able to see the.
MxNitro focuses mainly on the following major areas.
- Algorithmic, predictive pre-fetching of websites based on browser and search history, and usage patterns across minutes, hours, and days of the week.
- Predictive pre-creation of connections to websites and pages.
- Stripping down the ‘design load’ through a simple, lightweight user interface
- Maximize start-up time, page rendering speed, and stability.
The browser doesn’t have useful right click features. Its context menu is bare-bones. It is probably the most uncluttered browser I have seen till date. Users who prefer customization over speed and simplicity may find MxNitro pointless, just after few minutes of use.
The home page is set to Google.com with speed dial offering 9 pre-set sites that are resistant to change. Options that become clearly visible when you switch to MxNitro are a large Back button, Copy current URL, Paste copied URL and go and Home and Favorites buttons.
During my brief time with this alternative browser, on my Windows 8.1, I found MxNitro to be fast – yes definitely – but not insanely fast as claimed by the developers – but you may have a different experience with it. However, it uses less memory for sure and that it load web pages considerably quicker in comparison to other browsers.
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