Opera 10

9th Oct 2009 | 10:00

Opera 10

Opera 10 is the best version yet – but is it too late for it to stand proud with other web browsers?

TechRadar rating:

4 stars

A decent selection of built in tools could well make this browser stand out from an already crowded marketplace

Like:

Opera Turbo for slow connections; Brand-new interface; Integrated email, IRC, RSS and BitTorrent

Dislike:

Interface may not suit all tastes; Lags a bit on JavaScript;

Opera 10 is fast and easy to use, and the ability to expand tabs into previews is handy.

There's also integrated email and RSS reading, a download manager and a BitTorrent client, and the impressive 100 per cent Acid test compliance means Opera renders websites well.

The interface is different from other Windows apps; you'll either love it or hate it.

Opera Turbo – which optimises pages when it detects slow connections – is only really useful for mobile phone or overloaded Wi-Fi connections, and Opera lags behind other browsers with JavaScript: it took 4s to carry out the SunSpider benchmarks, compared to 1.6s for Firefox and 0.7s for Chrome. That's still faster than IE, however, which took 5.5s.

But for everyday browsing, all four browsers feel equally speedy. You won't save much in resource terms either.

On our test PC, Opera needed 22MB of RAM to display a single page, compared to 26MB for Chrome, 26MB for IE and 21MB for Firefox.

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