New Opera Browser Version 1,110 Percent Faster Than Last
Speed isn’t the only new thing in the half-point upgrade: It now has a private browsing mode, like those in the current versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Chrome. And a streamlined new interface leaves just one button atop the page, a big “O” that give you access to all the browser’s functions. Its still the only major Web browser with built-in Bittorent support and the ability to serve as well as consume Web content, with its Unite feature.
Opera also offers Turbo, which speeds up browsing through a cached proxy server and compression; Link, which syncs bookmarks, notes, and search history; and a clever new Recycle button, which lets you easily reopen closed tabs.
One area where the browser didn’t outpace the competition, however, was in startup speed, where it was in the middle of the pack. The same held true for its memory consumption in my tests with 10 media-heavy Web sites loaded into tabs.
For complete testing results and a slideshow, check out “Hands-On with the Supercharged Opera 10.50