Team Rio: ‘Maxthon: A Ridiculously Well Kept Secret?’

 

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Maxthon: A Ridiculously Well Kept Secret?

The Maxthon Desktop Browser
In a recent spate of vanity, I ventured to take a look at this blog’s readership statistics, and while perusing, found a browser called “Maxthon” under the clients which had been used to view the blog. Not having heard of Maxthon, I decided to look it up and thought it merited a review.

Mobile Browser with Synced Tabs
Maxthon is a browser built for the multi-device world. Its primary novelty is something called Maxthon Passport which is an account you set up with Maxthon (free) which allows you to sync and push tabs, text, pictures, and downloads between devices and to your cloud account.

This sync feature is seamlessly integrated into both the desktop browser and mobile app so you can push or pull whatever you like with just a click or two (full disclosure: I’ve only used the OS X and Android versions, respectively, as that’s all I have available).

My impressions of this browser and my experience with it have been excellent. The interface is clean and all options are easy to figure out. The content push/synchronization is well built and works transparently, as it should. The speed and fluidity with which it works rivals and may even outshine Chrome and Firefox on my laptop (which is 6 years old) and certainly does wonders over Dolphin Browser (a popular and capable browser) on my Android phone — it even asks for fewer and less sensitive permissions, which makes me feel a little more at ease.

As with any program that you will be doing sensitive transactions with (banking, shopping, webmail, etc.), security of your data should be a trump-all; but considering the berth of people already using Maxthon without widespread complaints of malicious software or poor security, it may be something you should look in to. Check out Maxthon here.

P.S.: Maxthon uses WebKit as its rendering engine with Trident as a backup for those pages that won’t render properly, ergo IT’S STANDARDS COMPLIANT! Web creators rejoice!

 

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