Having started back in 1995, Opera stands as the second-oldest web browser currently in use. This software runs on a Google Chromium system. It is compatible across every platform and device. Opera is not the most popular desktop or mobile browser out there, but I was impressed with its features and security options, and found it to be one of the top internet browsers in its own right.
Lately I have been switching between browsers trying to find the best one that can run smoothly on my system, I have used Google Chrome, Firefox and the new browser Vivaldi but until now didn’t find that one fast browser that gives you that good experience. I used the Opera browser before on an early release, so with the new release and the new features added to Opera I thought to give it another shoot and see what Opera brings new to the table. This is my review of the Opera 38.0 stable release.
Well the design is pretty much the same as all the modern browser, a nice and clean design. Some of the changes were introduced like: adding the live news to the speed dial, now you can check out the latest news directly from the speed dial, no need to go to the news tab. Also now you can add your own photo as a theme, a while back, it was introduced as the “Create your theme” option in the theme manager. Now, it is more visible for the users and you can add a picture directly from the Customize option.
Built-in Ad Blocker: probably the feature that brought my attention more and make me do that switch. Everyone appreciates a fast and no-Ads browsing experience and Opera has brought that to you through the last stable release. The best part here is you don’t need an Ad-Block extension in your browser it’s already built-in Opera, a native ad-blocking technology directly to the browser. And, “native” means that the ad blocking happens at the web engine level, making page loads much faster, while consuming much less memory than extension-based ad blockers. It has a speed monitor where you can benchmark your website and see the difference between loading with ads and without ads.
Multitasking on the web or Video Pop out: Another important addition in this version is the video pop out feature, which allows you to shift your video frame to the side of your screen, so you can truly multitask: browse, shop online or do the research without missing out on the video action. You can drag your video around the screen and close it immediately should the need arise.
Battery Saver: if you often run out of battery when browsing than you definitely want to try out the saving mode built-in Opera, and this done through some optimization in the browsing experience including:
- Reducing activity in background tabs
- Automatically pausing unused plug-ins
- Reducing frame rate to 30 frames per second
- Tuning video-playback parameters and forcing usage of hardware accelerated video codecs
- Pausing animations of browser themes
- Including ad blocker – when enabled, it enables even more battery savings
The benchmarks show that it can improve your battery life up to 50%
Free built-in VPN: Opera is the first browser to make this move and include free and unlimited VPN after adding built-in Ad block, now the cooler feature and everyone is looking to try it is the free built-in VPN, the features is not yet available in the stable release if you want to try it you have to download the developer edition.
Even with all these cool features and built-in Ad block, still the browsers are way beyond making the faster browser and have that smooth browsing experience, maybe because I’m a hard Internet user and I open a lot of tabs which slow the whole system. Even though the browser still uses pretty much all the free resources I have, but the browsing experience I’m having is way better than the other ones I used (Firefox, Google Chrome or Vivaldi).
So, which browser do you like to use to surf on internet? Let me know in the comment section below.