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Solved MxNitro - The Fastest Browser I Have Ever Used!


Kari

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#1
I have grown to like the Maxthon browser, it has many features which are missing from other browsers. As any other browser with loads of add-ons and extras it can be a bit slow sometimes, other than that it has served me well.

When Maxthon announced their ultra light minimalistic "stripped down to the bone" browser MxNitro I simply had to try it. I have used it now for a few days, being all the time more and more impressed: it is lightning fast! Maxthon compares it to Chrome 37, claiming MxNitro is 30% faster. I have used both and I must say I believe what Maxthon says.

Mxnitro is really stripped down. No extensions or add-ons, no ad-blockers, no settings user can change, really simplified user interface. The home page is Google.com, speed dial offers 9 pre-set sites, these cannot be changed. MAxthon says MxNitro is now in beta although the downloadable installer has version number 1.0.0.500 Alpha. It is currently available for Windows only, but as Maxthon browser has versions also for Android, iOS and MacOSX I am sure other OS versions of MxNitro will be available quite soon.

MxNitro home page view:

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Simplified UI:

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  1. Back button
  2. Copy current URL / Paste copied URL and go
  3. Speed dial with 9 pre-set sites
  4. Only Home and Favorites buttons visible, even the Minimize / Restore / Close buttons are hidden and visible only when mouse over

For those needing something more, try the full version, the Maxthon browser. I like it very much and have used it as my main browser, although the speed and simplicity of MxNitro makes me wonder if I really need the extras of Maxthon or should I change the extras for speed of MxNitro.

Examples of those extras in full Maxthon browser I mentioned above:

Split screen browsing mode:

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Media pop-up:

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Thanks for the info. I just tried it and compared it on a couple of random sites, with Chrome, which I have installed. No doubt, it is a shade faster. No reason NOT to use it really. The speed for most users, is good enough for the average user with IE or chrome, or.... but for the purist - yes - faster.
 

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discussion of the advantages (or performance improvement due to the lack thereof) of ad-blocking is not encouraged on this site.

In fact you probably shouldn't. If it was my site I'd ban you for mentioning it (unless I woke up in a really good mood).
 

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Kari

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discussion of the advantages (or performance improvement due to the lack thereof) of ad-blocking is not encouraged on this site.

In fact you probably shouldn't. If it was my site I'd ban you for mentioning it (unless I woke up in a really good mood).
Excuse me? I mentioned ad-blockers once, in this sentence: "Mxnitro is really stripped down. No extensions or add-ons, no ad-blockers, no settings user can change, really simplified user interface."

In which way counts that as discussing ad-blockers? Quite the contrary, in my post I told I like the MxNitro because of its simplicity, because of what's stripped away.

An old post of mine from Seven Forums to show my stand regarding this subject:

I have reported this to Failblog, last time today but also earlier with no response. I have a ticket number from them.

Important to notice before someone mentions I should use an ad blocker: I am strictly against ad blocking. Informative advertising which does not steal focus or make the browsing experience annoying is welcome to my browser and display. I know a lot of people who get their living from advertising on their blogs and sites and want to support that kind of honest income. Advertising can and should be undisturbing, follow accepted moral and ethic codes.


Take our own Seven Forums as an example: John can offer us over quarter million members an ad free superior place to hang out, thanks for the guest users who will receive some ads. Sounds weird but we members can thank Internet advertising for letting us to enjoy Seven Forums. As a guest user you can still browse the forums, the ads a guest sees are not steling the focus nor are they trying to force you to install malware.


Failblog as told in my original post's example from today is just one more of these sites who completely forget the consumer in their hunt for revenues. Some advertisers they have are known malware distributors.
(Goodbye, Failblog. Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums)

I'll wait until your possible response before adding you to my ignore list. You just went in my eyes from a very respected senior member whose posts I have enjoyed to someone who I want to totally ignore.

Please report my "ad-blocking discussion" to admins.

A very upset, very sincere
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discussion of the advantages (or performance improvement due to the lack thereof) of ad-blocking is not encouraged on this site.

In fact you probably shouldn't. If it was my site I'd ban you for mentioning it (unless I woke up in a really good mood).
Calm down Adam.....Kari is a long serving member here and on VF, SF and PCHF, as evidenced by his status as Team Member. Lucky for us this isn't your site, but if you feel so strongly about his post, by all means report it to the Admin/Mods - they could do with a good laugh.
 

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Edwin

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Speedy indeedy! :)
Runs straight from an app 'container', no client.
Pretty slick so far.
 

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Kari

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Thanks for the support Colin :).

Back to the topic. MxNitro is clearly targeted to those users who really just want to surf without this widget and that add-on and whatnot. I think I have never before seen so barebone browser, not counting those simple browsers every aspiring programmer makes from samples for themselves.

It really fascinates me that it has nothing extra. It can also be seen in how much memory it uses, here a comparison between IE11 and MxNitro:

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There is, of course, a difference between what is "not encouraged", and what is a rule. I would have difficulty interpreting the latter, without guidance.

It may be a misinterpretation of the rule

"No ad blocking discussions. This site depends on ads to pay for the costs of running and maintaining it."

I think that may be a matter of blocking ads on this particular site.
What the OP meant was that there were no ads in the browser interface, nothing to do with ad blocking.

 
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Kari

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Let's talk about the cons, too, not only about pros:

I have found one small issue which if left so could be a dealbreaker for me. The MxNitro does not "obey" my additional mouse buttons for Back and Forward. I cannot remember when I have last time switched to next or previous page "manually" as I have to do now with MxNitro, by clicking the back arrow at top left or hitting the backspace key.
 

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I might try it when they release a version for Android :D
 

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I have always enjoyed my experience with Maxthon. It's good to see a lighter version is coming out. People such as myself, who (even though I have no real need considering my tower lol ) still like to keep as light as possible. I know oodles and oodles of people who will have like 50+ tabs open and that just is eye popping to me. I may have two open and even I will close at least one eventually.

I guess old habits from NT/Vista where speed was everything is still just there...long live the pentium! heh...

I plan to download this tonight and look at it further. Thanks for this thread Karl great read and great information.
 

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For those who need Adobe Flash Player: don't bother, it wont work in MxNitro. HTML5 videos work well although for instance YouTube full screen is not true full screen, browser title and address bars as well as Windows taskbar stay visible, full screen only filling the area in between those.
 

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After a few moments playing with "NX Nitro" i realized that I don't want it !

:)
 

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Out of personal interest Vrosa, could you please tell why?
 

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What's it security??
 

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Kari

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What's it security??
I think the security has not been their main concern in designing MxNitro. Hints of that can be read between the lines of the official press release:

...

“Our focus groups and longitudinal surveys detail a growing segment of
users who want speed above all else. 80% of users say that speed is their #1 decision-making criteria and that they are willing to forego extensive features and add-ons to get more of it,” said Jeff Chen, CEO of Maxthon. “This product is dedicated solely to that important and growing consumer niche.”
...
(Full press release: [Press Release] Maxthon Releases MxNitro Beta, the Fastest PC Browser in the World « Maxthon Blog)

I think I fit their target segment: I want a fast browser, I do not need ad-blockers or any other extensions and add-ons, I do my surfing in relatively safe sites having no need to browse xxx, warez and torrent or any other high risk sites, I take relatively good care of my computer and network security and so on.

I would not recommend MxNitro for torrent hunting, not even to be used for web based email. Also the lack of flash might be a deal breaker for some users although HTML5 works well.

That being said, for me it is super, so incredibly fast.

Kari
 

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