If you’ve been following FavBrowser for a while, then you will know that we like Maxthon quite a lot. It does a lot of things right, however, there are still some flaws that can ruin your experience, especially if you are as judgmental as we are.
So what are those flaws?
1. Clunky Speed Dial
The main issue with the Maxthon 3 Speed Dial is the fact that it’s rendered in HTML, which can feel very clunky from time to time, especially when compared to other web browsers.
- Hit CTRL+A and it highlights everything like you were on a web page
- Open a new tab and it will take ~1 second for a speed dial background and sites to load (feels like it’s being re-rendered every time you hit CTRL+T).
- Huge and ugly speed dial search engine bar can’t be removed, as well as speed dial navigation (if you are using only 12 tabs).
2. Cluttered UI
Maxthon settings page is beautiful but the rest of UI is just a mess; it has icons all over the place and feels like the old version of Opera. Although you can hide some of them, in the end, you are left with something that looks like this (see picture above).
3. A Lack of Customization
I am sure that there are a lot of people, who don’t really care about that as the very same thing can be said about Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or to some extent even Firefox. However, if you are coming from browsers like Opera, prepare to be disappointed.
In the end, the mainstream market is all that matters for a lot of companies and unless this trend changes, we don’t really expect developers to spend resources on features, that will be used by a very small percentage of the user base. Those who want customizable UI already switched to Opera or similar web browsers.
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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.