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  • Opera--A Browser with Class

    May 11, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Extremely well designed, minimum resource use. FAST!
    Cons: Not compatible with some web pages, MS Java Scripts, and custom toolbars

    Summary: I've Been Singing For Years I used to be a Netscape user. Netscape peaked, in my mind, at version 4.7. The newer versions were more advertiser friendly than good to users. This forced a switch back to my dreaded nemesis, Internet Explorer. That ... read more

  • Opera 7 - give it a week and you'll never go back

    Feb 3, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fast. customize. not IE.
    Cons: Quirky email. Not compliant with some sites.

    Summary: The Internet has truly become a large part of everyone’s life the last few years. I remember way back in the early 90’s that “surfing” the world wide web was actually limited to under 100 web pages. And “browsing” was limited to ... read more

  • Amazingly great browser

    Jan 29, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Amazingly Fast, More Features, Cool Extras
    Cons: Some Incompatibility, Cost

    Summary: Opera is the best browser ever. Period. I am discussing Opera 7 Final version which was just released on 1/28/03 Extra Features: Opera has a ton of extra features. One feature that I find kind of useful is the fast forward feature. It ... read more

  • I simply love Opera browser

    Dec 16, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Read the review
    Cons: Read the review

    Summary: I simply love Opera browser. It is compact, fast, responsive, and customizable and many more which I will describe in this review. “Internet Explorer is the Internet!” I have heard a lot of people mindlessly or mindfully said this ... read more

  • That "Other" Browser

    Sep 19, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Works on almost any operating system, nice interface, skinable, compatible
    Cons: Costs $30 for the ad-free version, not 100% compatible

    Summary: I was introduced to Opera by a friend and intrigued by its compatibility. It works with almost every operating system out there, is small, and is easy to use. I use it on Windows, the registered version and love it. I like the window-in-window mode, I ... read more

  • why use anything else? It is THAT good!

    Jun 30, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: ease of use, price($0.00), productivity
    Cons: some bugs

    Summary: When it comes to web browsers, nothing can even come close to the wonder that is Opera. What sets this free browser apart from all others is the fact that rather than getting in your way with interfaces and pop up adds, Opera instead CLEARS the way for ... read more

  • My browser since version 5.0

    Jun 10, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Light & swift. The zooming tool is fantastic.
    Cons: Can present layout problems with some Web pages.

    Summary: I saw that the more recent reviews of Opera were dating back to the version 5, so I thought I could give some new insights about it. I have exactly 10 browsers/versions installed on my home computer (Netscape 1.1, 3.01, 4.7, 6.2 and 7PR1; MSIE ... read more

  • A good software

    Apr 30, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: it's a free software
    Cons: no one

    Summary: A free software better than internet explorer and nescape! The downloading of this navigator is simple taking into account the weight file on installation(2.3 Mo). Opera is proof of the same modesty in its material requirements, ... read more

  • Opera is my favorite browser

    Mar 16, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, easy to use, pop up killer, download manager, starts were you left off
    Cons: does not work with all sites

    Summary: I have been using this browser for a long time now and I love it and I only use IE (Internet Explorer)for sites that do not work with Opera like pcpitstop.com’s tests. I have tried other browsers like Netscape but Netscape messed my computer up. ... read more

  • Opera 6 Problems Solved

    Mar 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fast, easy, window modes, customizable
    Cons: some Javascript errors, ad banner

    Summary: Opera seems to be the third browser in the market. This review is about Opera 6 with Java. It is absolutely faster than Internet Explorer and Netscape. For this review I will be comparing it with IE 6 and Netscape 4.77. The program with Java ... read more

  • Drum Roll, Please: Opera 6.0 Sings

    Feb 3, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, efficient, fun, many preferences, great resource tools, skinnable
    Cons: Banner ads on free version, will take time to learn all your options

    Summary: When I was a content editor, I most often used Netscape. I also checked my work in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer because it utilized different codes. Competition between browser companies has been fierce for years. It was enough to make the most seasoned ... read more

  • Definately Worth the Download...

    Jan 28, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Ultimate customization, Quick, free
    Cons: A bit of trouble with some scripts such as those written specifically for Internet explorer

    Summary: So it all started when my room mate and I were searching for a new browser because iexplore just wasn't doing the trick, and he comes across this little freeware program called opera. So we install it and are blown away by how fast the connection goes ... read more

  • The Joy of Six

    Jan 26, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very compact yet reature rich browser which speeds up surfing experience.
    Cons: Not widely used so some sites behave strangely.

    Summary: Opera 6 is here, time to replace the old faithful Internet Explorer! This browser is a must for all serious surfers and Eminions it will speed up that all important habit which you must of formed now you are reading my rant. I accept that ... read more

  • Release from the pains of Microsoft...

    Jan 21, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast and efficient, full of features.
    Cons: Doesn't support some types and is a bit erratic at times, has ads.

    Summary: I recently downloaded Opera after it was recommended to me by someone I know. Microsoft's widely used Internet Explorer had been acting ill-fated for me in recent days. Most pop-ups would cause invalid page faults, an error prevented me from using ... read more

  • Opera 6.0 - new, improved, but still short

    Dec 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, speedy, customizable, mail/news/IM functionality, cross-platform
    Cons: Crashes regularly, can't view many pages correctly, & quite quirky. Costly/features Ad-bar.

    Summary: It is frustrating that I can't use Opera as a primary browser - I don't care for Internet Explorer, and Netscape is not very reliable, but both those monolith browsers are unfortunately superior. Opera is always *on the verge* of becoming the perfect ... read more

  • A good alternative

    Nov 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Speed, shortcuts, built-in messengers, standards-compliant...
    Cons: Ads

    Summary: Opera is my browser of choice, and had to earn that spot. As a web developer for the last 4 years, I spend a lot of time working on web sites and with a browser. IE was much better than Netscape to work with when 4.0 and then 5.0 came out. It used style ... read more

  • Not just another browser.

    Oct 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small yet functional beyond imagination.
    Cons: Unconventional interface, unreliable download manager.

    Summary: If you are tired of the usual bloated browsers that take forever to load & take even longer than that to display a single web page then it's about time you consider shifting to Opera. How big is Opera? The whole of Opera without ... read more

  • Good for low end systems.

    Oct 21, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Its a good, fast and easily usable browser.
    Cons: Freeware version shows adds.

    Summary: Minimum configuration: - 386 PC with 6 MB of RAM and 4 MB of free disk space (Please note that the version of Opera 5.0 that includes Java requires at least a Pentium 166MHz processor, 32 MB of RAM and 65 MB free hard ... read more

  • Care to try it?

    Jul 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Customise it, integrates email/news, small, fast, low-resources consumer.
    Cons: Website owners code poorly documents and it looks ugly on Opera

    Summary: Opera, one of the smallest browsers available with only 2 megas of file size (fits in two diskettes), is a quick and worth download for every Internet user. Either a newbie or a power-user, you will find everything the other two major players promises ... read more

  • Ode Ala Opera 5

    Jul 15, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, easy to combine e-mail and web surfing.
    Cons: No ActiveX support; flash difficulties.

    Summary: Opera is the best web browser I have used so far. I have had no crashes or program conflicts, as I have had with both Netscape and MSIE. The interface is very easy and simplistic; you can use web-based email within the interface, and to make it easier, ... read more

  • Everyperson's browser

    Jun 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Sleek and resource light.
    Cons: none noted, at least none worth harping about.

    Summary: Got Linux, any Windows version, BEOS, a MAC, etc? Opera is for virtually every OS out there. I teach technical PC courses, including Inter/Intranet usage. I have been using the Internet since the WWW began, and have tried most of the browsers ... read more

  • beats the other two

    Jun 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: very fast, lots of options and extras - impressive!
    Cons: not free, but cheap.

    Summary: Sorely disappointed by Netscape 6 and definitely not a fan of Internet Explorer, I just began using Opera 5 and am highly impressed. The browser is incredibly fast, bloat-free, and hasn't crashed on me yet. I am overwhelmed by the many options and ... read more

  • A small, fast, stable browser for Linux!

    Jun 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, fast, standards-compliant, fairly stable, cross-platform.
    Cons: Doesn't get along with some sites!

    Summary: Years ago, I was heavily involved with the GEOS operating system. Another user - in South Africa, I think - tired of trying to evangelize for GEOS, and got involved with a project I'd never heard of, called Opera. A few years later, I'd ... read more


    May 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, leaves other browsers in the dust, small, few crashes.
    Cons: Limited plug-in support, can't upload pics to the web.

    Summary: Zip Along Faster When you are forced to use a dial-up modem, then Internet speed is really all that matters. Through put, bandwidth and ping are all dandy things to know, but what good does it do you if your browser crawls? The AOL version ... read more

  • Opera Sings Different Tune

    May 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: FREE, small file size, functional, plenty of options
    Cons: Email difficult to integrate

    Summary: Opera is an alternative browser to using internet explorer or netscape. For those of you who want a great browser (one of which I'm writing this opinion while using) take a look at Opera. This browser offers many choices and is smaller than most ... read more

  • potential IE killer

    May 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Only 2 MB download, fast, easy to manage several open windows
    Cons: a banner to keep it free

    Summary: The Opera 5.x web browser is a serious alternative to the big 2. These are some of its advantages: Only 2 Mb download compared to some 25 Mb of the big 2. It is modest in its need of system resources. ... read more

  • Opera Web Browser--Try It to Speed Things Up

    May 10, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Speedy--especially speeds up a dial-up service
    Cons: Still has a few quirks

    Summary: At first I used Opera only to speed up things up when surfing was especially slow. Why didn't I use it all the time? Because of those all too frequent occasions when it made me want to throw my mouse through my monitor. Why am I ... read more

  • The little one that could

    Apr 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Small and Fast. Easily configured.
    Cons: Not many once you get to know the program

    Summary: I was blown away by Opera a few years ago. I was just entering college and did not have the money to buy a new computer. I was using Windows 3.11 on a 486 with 4 megs of ram. Opera basically saved me. It didn't bog down my computer and it was easy to ... read more

  • Opera: The Little Browser With The Big Punch!

    Apr 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quick, Free, and Small.
    Cons: Cookie handling sometimes erratic along with page reloads

    Summary: Although I don’t feel that Opera will ever replace Internet Explorer or Netscape (maybe), it does have some features not available (yet) in other browsers. Download/Installation This opinion ... read more

  • Opera 5 will make you sing! (update)

    Apr 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, reliable, many well integrated functions
    Cons: Sometimes Java doesn't work very well, plug-in support not well integrated

    Summary: Having used Opera for about six months already, I am well acquainted with all its features and pitfalls, and I can only say that Opera has made the internet a much better experience in many ways. Opera has been dubbed "The Third Browser" by ... read more

  • Fast and simple

    Mar 29, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, now free (with banner ads)
    Cons: Poor plugin and java support, some pages render badly, no longer fits on a floppy.

    Summary: I have been using Opera in its various versions over the last few years off and on and have been impressed. Its fast page rendering is very good. You may have noticed I said 'off and on'. That is because I use Opera for a time, but I always go ... read more

  • Opera

    Mar 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Light and fast, multiple window panes, right-click validation, css support.
    Cons: unstable, i get a couple freezes a week with windows win95 and win98.

    Summary: I started using Opera as a secondary browser a couple of years ago. It is a smaller program than MS IE or Netscape, and loads/runs fast, even on older computers. Opera also has good support of cascading style sheets--a design tool for web pages. ... read more

  • A Browser for Power Users

    Mar 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lightweight, non-intrusive to your system, fast, standards-compliant
    Cons: Many complain about the missing cup-holders from IE

    Summary: Like many Opera users, I found this browser in the search for an alternative to the Heavyweight Champ (IE) and its First Contender (Netscape). IE was insecure (I could be 'hacked' by adolescents with less computing knowledge than myself) and arrogant ... read more

  • Continues to fall behind as it improves...

    Mar 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Compact size; speedy; customizable; free version available; standards compliant.
    Cons: Laughable price tag (or obtrusive ad banner); Many pages won't load correctly.

    Summary: The people at Opera software are finally beginning to smarten up and now offer a free version of their handy little browser. The free version provides just about all the functionality of the still costly registered one, but boasts a pretty large ad ... read more

  • Frustrated Web users should visit the Opera..

    Feb 10, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Speed,Size,Security,Standards Compliant,State-of-the-Art.
    Cons: Ad-Banners..

    Summary: If you are longing for a faster, more efficient and simply better Internet experience, without having to pay, Opera 5+ is the answer through the new ad-sponsored version. Sail across the web with this super-speedy, flexible, and efficient ... read more

  • If you want speed, Opera is the browser for you

    Feb 9, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Brilliantly fast, perfect for multitasking, and the wonderful hotlist
    Cons: Not as robust as other browsers, the stupid advert bar

    Summary: I am a student and thus I am constantly doing desperate research for hours at a time. As a student here is what I need a browser to do: * Be stable * Be fast * Be simple * Be useful All these things are what Opera is. ... read more

  • Doing what a browser should do.

    Jan 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, efficient, allows for greater user control.
    Cons: Not widely recognized or supported, ad-supported (unless you pay for it).

    Summary: I begin with an admission: I've been using Internet Explorer for nearly 5 years. After all, it's free, comes with my computer, and is the most widely supported browser around. But after years of putting up with seemingly random crashes (despite several ... read more

  • A day at the Opera

    Jan 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quick, Small download
    Cons: Not my first choice

    Summary: Why I gave Opera a shot Not being able to get to Microsoft today, and the fact that the Internet Explorer 4.0 browser that came on the OS on this machine would not let me check my work or web-based email, I decided to try Opera again. ... read more

  • Opera 5: Cannot sing but can surf

    Jan 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Smaller download and install than other browsers; fast web browsing; easy to use
    Cons: Must pay to register ad-free version

    Summary: Your internet connection depends on many factors but I've never really thought about how much the browser contributes to the speed at which a web page loads up. At least not until recently. The speed of your browser can make a huge difference to the ... read more

  • Opera, is that the fat lady singing for Netscape and IE I wish!

    Jan 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, Small now FREE
    Cons: Ad ware, a very small con for me not others

    Summary: In 1994 two guys working for Norway’s telecom company decided to build a better browser. Unlike Netscape and Microsoft they did not use Mosaic but started from scratch, when there were done they had themselves a web browser that fit on a floppy disks. ... read more

  • User interface perspective: why Opera is the best

    Jan 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very good user interface model; informative and controllable software; an easy software migration for IE users
    Cons: Slightly buggy, annoying help interface, ad sponsored

    Summary: These are my extensive thoughts on Opera 5.00 for Windows 98/2000/NT. This is the latest version of Opera (although a bug fix release has very recently come out) at the time of writing. Preamble Many reviews I ... read more

  • Opera, the best?

    Dec 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, very fast and very stable
    Cons: Small advertisement, Java problems

    Summary: Opera 5.01 is the latest and undoubtably the best Opera web browser ever made. In my opinion it is better then both Netscape and Internet Explorer, you will see why soon. I had previously tried Opera, around version 3, and even though it was incredibly ... read more

  • Singing louder than ever

    Dec 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, stable, free
    Cons: Advertising banner

    Summary: Opera has come a long way from its humble beginnings. Opera is faster than either AOL/Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer, and is smaller than either of them too. Opera supports most internet standards including HTML, XML, Cascading Style ... read more

  • opera - excellent alternative

    Dec 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: small d/l, fast and lean, multi-tab function
    Cons: a few quirks, but nothing major

    Summary: I originally was interested in using a browser that would run a microsecond faster on my rather passe pentium 266 with a cable modem. I felt that IE5 took just a tad too long to load up even with a blank page. then i checked out alternative browsers. I ... read more

  • Didn't Like It

    Dec 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Runs fast.
    Cons: Lacks Java and JavaScript

    Summary: If speed is everything to you, then you might like Opera. But if you are primarily interested in speed you might try using Internet Explorer with the images switched off. If you are interested in enjoying web pages, seeing them as they were meant to be ... read more

  • Opera 5 - Quirky, Fast, & Finally Free, But At A Cost

    Dec 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast page rendering, easy on resources, innovative built-in features,auto-refresh to maintain connection, stable
    Cons: Terrible cookie management, not so great cache management, zero plug-in support, ad banner for free version

    Summary: To most Internet users, there are only two web browsers that are in the mainstream - Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator/Communicator. But for a while now there has been a third browser that has broken past the "Alternative" ... read more

  • Opera 5 is here - it's free and worse than expected.

    Dec 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, small installation file, good search options.
    Cons: Bad layout, no toolbar customization, problems with displaying Web pages.

    Summary: Recently, Opera 5 has been released, and it is finally free. Well, sort of... It’s a banner-sponsored product, and you’d still have to pay around $40 to get rid of that banner. So many friends have recommended this browser that I decided to give it a ... read more

  • Opera, a better browser.

    Dec 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very small compaired to others, multiple webpages at once
    Cons: slightly difficult to figure out if you don't read the directions, cost

    Summary: The newest Opera internet browser (4.02 at time of write) is a vast improvement over the earlier versions, and that's saying a lot because those were good too. To start off on a good foot, the browsers install program is only slightly over 1 megabyte ... read more

  • Opera 5: The best browser I've used!

    Dec 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, fast, lots of options, FREE!
    Cons: minor bugs, ad banner in free version

    Summary: I used to be a rabid proponent of Netscape. It used to be the best thing since sliced bread, as far as I was concerned. Lately, however, there have been security holes, it's really, really slow and bloated, and it crashes more often than Wile E. Coyote ... read more

  • Nothing to Sing About

    Nov 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: It was free
    Cons: Slow

    Summary: I have tried to use the Opera browser. I did not see anything that I feel is as good as Netscape. I Just really was not impresses with any thing about this browser. I feel that is is just a generic browser that wants to be in the mainstream. However, I ... read more

  • Standard OPERAting Proceedure...

    Nov 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small disk space required, loads pages quickly, less security risk
    Cons: minimal email client, trouble with dhtml and scripting

    Summary: First of all, let me point out something vital to Operas' main purpose for existence; Opera was created as an alternative to Netscape and IE. It was made for users who have limited disk space, or running legacy systems. The whole concept of ... read more

  • Savior of the "Forsaken"?

    Oct 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: We have JavaScript support now, which makes Opera a nearly a complete web browser (all it needs is Java)
    Cons: We need Java support (but, that's coming)

    Summary: There are quite a quite a few members of the BeOS (Be Operating System by Be, Inc.) community who feel they have been forsaken be Be. Why? Because Be has decided to focus on another product, BeIA, and in doing so has halted production on Net+, the BeOS ... read more

  • Opera is decent but nothing to sing about

    Oct 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to Use
    Cons: Not that fast and Not that cheap

    Summary: For a long time I have used Netscape Navigator as my browser of choice and have had absolutely no problems whatsoever with it, but in my quest for something a little different, after checking out all the available browsers on the market, I decided to ... read more

  • Powered By The Hatred Towards Microsoft

    Oct 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: little smaller, little faster
    Cons: little dumber, not free

    Summary: I can understand a Netscape user who runs it on Linux. I can even somewhat understand a Netscape user who runs it on Windows, since while IE is clearly better at least both browsers are comparable and free. But while nobody in the sane mind attempts to ... read more

  • The Other One...

    Oct 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, Plenty of Useful Links, Print Preview Mode
    Cons: Not a Pretty Browser?

    Summary: Opera was losing out ! When it seemed that Opera was being replaced by browser add-ons like Neoplanet and NetCaptor, Opera Software comes out with Opera version 4.x that has the features like the tabbed windows that NetCaptor became popular for. ... read more

  • If you haven't yet tried it, the time has come!

    Sep 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very fast browser, with lots of features.
    Cons: None found

    Summary: I first found out about Opera back in 1997, and since then I have followed its development, downloading and using all the different versions that have been released by Opera Software. At first I was absolutely amazed by the speed that this ... read more

  • Great for impatient me

    Sep 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, VERY fast
    Cons: doesn't always refresh properly, unable to log in to some pages

    Summary: Of the 4 browsers I have installed on my computer, Opera version 4.02 is the one I use the most. It's much faster at finding the webpages than IE, Netscape, or Neoplanet, and while a little different in the page setup, is not difficult when you get used ... read more

  • Opera: Less is more

    Sep 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small , fast, fun browser, excellent usability features.
    Cons: Some sites are NS/IE bigots and block Opera use.

    Summary: I have used the Opera browser off and on for several years. The recent release of version 4 finally won me over and Opera is now my preferred browser. Why? Because I simply find the design and interface superior to either Netscape (my second favorite) ... read more

  • Opera EPOC

    Aug 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, stable, fairly cheap
    Cons: None

    Summary: I use a Psion 5 MX with a 56k travel modem to be able to browse the internet at any place I want. Until know this was quite frustrating using the Web browser which is provided by Psion itself: it was slow, the web pages were hard to read and the program ... read more

  • I voted with my wallet

    Aug 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small footprint, Stable, Easy on system resources
    Cons: Plugin availability, Some Java operation questions

    Summary: In a world of free browsers, I spent the money to become a registered user of Opera. I first tested the software at version 3.6, paid for registration at 3.62, and am now running the latest release, 4.01. Why would I recommend trying this ... read more

  • An alternative to the usual!

    Jul 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good Page Rendering, Very Fast, Features that Internet Explorer and Netscape
    Cons: Need to pay for it, lacks certain features that might be annoying.

    Summary: Opera: noun 1) a musical form where a play is put to music and dialogue is sung instead of spoken. 2) a web browser that has the potential of giving real competition to Netscape and Internet Explorer. It ... read more

  • Fast - Very Fast

    May 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Speedy, well-written, slim, great display
    Cons: price

    Summary: It's been a long time since anyone has had to actually pay for a Web browser. We're used to them being bundled with our new computers, for being available for download for free. Opera challenges this assumption - the assumption that Web browsers are ... read more

  • #1 since day 1 no-one else can match it

    May 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: small, no clutter, fast
    Cons: not freeware

    Summary: Opera, to me, is like a gem laying amid a pile of refuse. While IE fills up phantom directory after phantom directory with multiple copies of the same stupid cookies, it glares at any other program(s) you dare to run and does its very best to spill some ... read more

  • Found a browser that fits!

    May 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, Lots of Features
    Cons: Beta software. Other browsers are free

    Summary: Anybody who has read my review of Netscape 6 Preview Release 1 may already have some idea why I went looking for Opera. I have an ancient laptop PC with no disk space, no speed, no memory, and a crummy LCD screen. Internet Explorer doesn't come ... read more

  • Big browser in a small package...

    Apr 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, trim, great for multi-tasking
    Cons: Back button is weird, plugins aren't as smooth

    Summary: I am currently using IE 4.72, Netscape Communicator 4.7, and Opera 3.60. I hate IE, but some of my work's internal apps only run on IE, so I am forced to use it sometimes. Netscape is good (my favorite is Navigator Gold 3.04, but its get a bit old), ... read more

  • You have to pay for THIS?!

    Apr 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It's different-looking.
    Cons: Slow, downloads don't work, not worth your money.

    Summary: Last summer I was frantically looking for the perfect web browser to suit my needs. I was sick of all the useless junk that came with Netscape and IE; stuff like e-mail programs, news readers, and other accessories I prefer to use independent ... read more

  • Strict Adherence to HTML - Not Always a Winner

    Apr 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Customizable down to every option you can imagine, strict adherence to HTML standards
    Cons: Most web pages are not designed by standards, so many sites will look awkward.

    Summary: In today's industry, with all the competition, it is nice to see a product that is designed from the ground up to be purely adherent to the standards. Opera has impressed me very much because of its strict adherence to the HTML standards that have ... read more

  • My Night at the Opera--More Like a Dress Rehearsal

    Apr 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Opera's Newest Version Has an Excellent Feature Set
    Cons: Still in Beta, Some Problems

    Summary: Opera--An Alternative Web Browser This is a review of Opera's 32-bit version 4.0 Beta 2 for Win 98/2000/NT. I had tried previously and dismissed the earlier versions of Opera primarily because of the very strange rendering of web pages. ... read more

  • Opera Browser, getting better all the time.

    Apr 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: speed, ease of use
    Cons: lacks java support, compatibility problems

    Summary: Opera is currently my favorite browser. It's loading time beats all other competitors. However this program is not very popular so it is not compatible with a lot of addition software/plugins that Netscape and IE are. It may not have the java ... read more

  • Opera is not international/global product

    Mar 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, small
    Cons: Not Fast Enough, Not a Global Product

    Summary: Internet means Global. Global means that you can communicate with other countries in native form. With Internet Explorer, with optional foreign language fonts installed, one can go from New York to Paris, to Vietnam to Hong Kong ... read more

  • Why I love Opera

    Mar 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: small, fast, customizable
    Cons: can't handle some sites

    Summary: OPERA is my favorite web browser, as of March 2000. Why ? Here's few reasons: * Fast. The programs loads fast, responds immediately and loads pages quickly. * Keyboard shortcuts make navigation more effortless - for example ... read more

  • The best for high speed web viewing

    Feb 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, quick quick quick, customizable, great handling of whether to load or not load images
    Cons: Won't handle the big "whistles and bells" of some websites, isn't free (I found the price reasonable, but some people are put off having to pay at all)

    Summary: I'm one of those people who looks for content, not flashy design, when visiting websites, and Opera is definitely the browser to handle my needs. It's small, it's fast, it allows a lot of great customization by the user, and - the big selling point for ... read more

  • It's small, it's FAST, but it's still learning

    Feb 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, lots of features, really fast, customizable, blinding speed
    Cons: Little or no advanced html support

    Summary: When you download Opera, the first thing you notice is that it's FAST. That might have something to do with the fact that it's small, takes up less RAM, uses less processing power, or might just be some good code optimization by their programmers. But ... read more

  • A very good browser that doesn't crash

    Feb 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: small download , doesn't hog resources and good bookmark system.
    Cons: manual addon install (they may not work correctly) not a free program.

    Summary: This is a very good browser that hardly ever crashes at all. It crashes when you visit xoom sites and some other sites but this is due to those sites and Opera is currently attempting to find this problem and fix it. But otherwise a very very good ... read more

  • Singing Opera's Praises - But wishing for more

    Jan 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Hotlist, speed, efficiency
    Cons: Quirks, can't receive email

    Summary: Note: This opinion was written after using version 3.62. I am currently trying version 4.0, and plan a rewrite after more experimentation. However, I have found a few changes already, and have edited some points to include those changes. ... read more

  • It's Small... It's Quick.. It Sings...

    Jan 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, Fast
    Cons: HTML-compatiblilty

    Summary: When I stumbled across this browser, it was a very good day. (more or less ;>) If you want a small and speedy way of going around on the net, then Opera is for you! I did a few quick tests, and Opera beat the pants off of IE 4 for bringing up pages... ... read more

  • Super fast browser!

    Jan 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, Small, Impressive Features
    Cons: Unable to display some client-side scripts, Difficulty in Installing Plug-in.

    Summary: First time i experienced Opera, I think it was very great. At that time I's using a 486 machine and IE was too slow. The Opera is very small (approximately 1.3 Mb). and use less amount of memory while its performance are able to compete with the major ... read more

  • Blazzin Speed Browser

    Jan 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great speed, small program
    Cons: Lacks in features

    Summary: For all of you poor 486 owners, you have found out that all of the new IE5 and Netscapes dont run very well on your computers. You have different routes to go here. You can download a later version and hope that it works, but many later versions still ... read more

  • Smallest browser on earth!

    Jan 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very small and efficient
    Cons: May not have all the extras of the big browsers, but that's not always a con :)

    Summary: Opera may not have every little feature that Netscape or Internet Explorer have, but it's a wonderful browser! It has all the truly necessary features and a lot of extras. It does web browsing, email and news. But the best part of all is it's only ... read more

  • WWW on a 386!

    Jan 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very small and fast
    Cons: Still very new, and not supported by NetZero

    Summary: Let's take a look at a third option, shall we? America always prides itself on the two-party system, and a third-party candidate is usually pushed off as a joke. But if Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer are the Democrats and the ... read more

  • Sacrificing for speed

    Jan 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fastest browser
    Cons: Not as compatible as others

    Summary: For those of us who are lagged by the internet browser more than the internet connection Opera comes off as a very nice browser. Delivering abundant speed it does have its detractions. I hate getting into the detractions first, but I'm going ... read more

  • Opera - Smaller IS Better!

    Dec 31, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: small, fast, multiple open urls, image scalability
    Cons: lack of add-ins

    Summary: Opera became my web browser after I tired of the disk hogging, slow and clumsy antics of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Netscape Communicator. Being compact (1.6 MB), it was fast (assembly and machine language only need apply!) and remains so in it's ... read more

  • Opera In Its Place

    Dec 26, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Blazing speed, ease of use, small download
    Cons: No java or scripting support

    Summary: Opera is fast. That's not to be debated. Compared to the industry leading MS Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator/Communicator, it's a tiny download. The interface is simple. These are the advantages of Opera. If you accept Opera for what ... read more

  • The Chosen One

    Dec 23, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fast, doesn't EVER crash
    Cons: Toolbar is too wide.

    Summary: If you are, as I am sick of Netscape crashing, and IE being slow and unwieldy then you are in for a treat with Opera. It loads sites quickly and it never crashed on me. And believe me I tried to make it crash. The interface takes a little getting used ... read more

  • The "Slo-Mo" Report - Love It!

    Dec 13, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Speed!
    Cons: $29.00 for a browser

    Summary: Some people want their MTV - I want my Opera! I have been running Opera for over a year now and it totally changed my surfing experience. Previous to Opera, I ran Netscape or Microsoft IE and literally crawled along, even reading mail was a hideously ... read more

  • Can't sing Opera's praises enough!

    Dec 2, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, fast, versatile!
    Cons: Our monopoly-run world is ruining Opera's chances.

    Summary: I've been using Opera for a couple of years now. It's a /great/ web browser. It far outshines any other browser, including Lynx. It's small, it's fast, and it's so very easy to use with just keyboard commands. Since I /hate/ the mouse, I love Opera. ... read more

  • The speed of the narrow approach.

    Nov 27, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It opens the half a page it can understand very very fast
    Cons: Poorly supported script methods, no Java support included, and you have to pay for this one!

    Summary: Opera is a browser that is indeed fast. Faster than MS IE 5. If you want to browse text quickly then this is the program for you. If you want to properly experience the World Wide Web however you are in for some disappointment. Opera gets ... read more

  • Opera Resonates Well

    Nov 19, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nothing to lose with trial for 30 days
    Cons: Costs $30, not recommended for cutting web tech

    Summary: Are you tired of how slow Netscape browser loads up? Do you access the web mainly for retrieving e-mail and surfing non-intensive graphical animations? "Opera" is a viable alternative solution for quick and reliable usage. You have nothing to ... read more

  • Website services supporting Opera browser

    Nov 10, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: lots of them
    Cons: bookmark management

    Summary: I have not found that very many sites I like work well with Opera. There is one bookmark management site however, that supports Opera. The site allows you to store, organize, and share bookmarks as well as search public bookmarks on topics of interest. ... read more

  • good only for webmasters - or to play a trick on them

    Oct 29, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: small, lean
    Cons: missing functionalities, incompatible, not free

    Summary: Opera is a small web browser - the Win 95/98/NT version with 1.3 MB maybe the smallest browser available for these OS platforms. Fits easily on a floppy, takes less memory because it utilizes the old MDI concept. If you open 3 urls, you have only ... read more

  • My #1 Browser (Updated to version 4.x)

    Oct 21, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast browser, easy to use
    Cons: Costs money, not all plug-ins work

    Summary: Opera has earned a spot on my one touch start-up list. Although I have the latest versions of Netscape and MSIE, it is Opera that I use for the majority of my web surfing. It does not support Java natively, but the Sun plug-in does do a good job of ... read more

  • Interesting product, but sadly, it shouldn't be your only browser

    Oct 2, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, efficient, easy to use
    Cons: Not free, no Active X support

    Summary: Opera is a truely unique browser, and Operasoftware is a unique company. If you look at the major players, both Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer are both based on the original Mosaic browser. Opera is the only browser that is not based on ... read more

  • Opera Kicking the Big Boys

    Sep 30, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Efficient Interface, small size
    Cons: lack of standards, not completely stable

    Summary: Hey now this is an impressive little program. I worked with Opera for quite a while and I was impressed. The interface is simple and no nonsense. It was designed for the efficient user. It kept my computer running smoothly and took far less resources ... read more

  • It's only for really slow, old computers

    Sep 28, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, Very low system requirements
    Cons: Buggy, Isn't the standard, Low on features, Multi-tasks badly

    Summary: Opera is a product that is small (only 1.29 MB for the Windows 95/98/NT English version) and works on slow computers (386 SX w/6 MB of RAM and above). Those are its good points. Its bad points are many. Chiefly, Opera cannot and will not ever ... read more

  • Subjective views

    Sep 26, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, fast.
    Cons: The rest

    Summary: Opera, like Linux attracts the popular "underdog mentality" crowd. Take a look at magazines, newsgroups and chat rooms and you'll find all sorts of people praising it, but few criticizing it. To me, Opera had better come up with plenty of ... read more

  • The new best choice

    Sep 24, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Stability, Ease of Use
    Cons: Not as fast as Internet Explorer

    Summary: You are unable or unwilling to run Internet Explorer 4 or 5. You have been stuck using Netscape Communicator. it crashes. it crashes again. it takes ages to load and then crashes again. You are thinking about going to Silicon Valley with a gun. ... read more

  • Speedy browsing, here I come

    Sep 17, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: small program, speedy, multiple window handling
    Cons: plugins, no auto-URL completion

    Summary: If you're tired of Netscape taking 5 minutes to load, and you're sick of Internet Explorer trying to take over your computer, I'd highly recommend you try out the Opera web browser. Many people haven't heard of it, but I really think it's an excellent ... read more

  • Welcome to the world of Opera.

    Sep 1, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very small and very quick.
    Cons: Oddly configured and behind the curve of the top two browsers.

    Summary: Yeah, that's right, Opera. Although, this web browser has had little publicity in the US, it's apparently all the rage in Europe (thanks Marcus). The team who developed this browser hail from the icy colds of Norway. I'm not going to make any jokes ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • The best gets even better.

    May 24, 2004 by
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    Pros: tabbed browsing (MDI), mouse gestures, speed
    Cons: Not 100% compatible (webpages designed for internet explorer)

    Summary: I recently upgraded to opera 7.5 from 7. This version is even better. It adds IRC chat and is more stable than the previous version. It keeps my favorite features as they were. Like mouse gestures, tabbed browsing (MDI). Of course, using this ... read more

  • Too bad it's not universally accepted...

    Oct 5, 2003 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Navigation.
    Cons: Universality.

    Summary: I love Opera. It's easy-to-use and extremely customizable. For example, instead of clicking merely on "source," you have the option to view "frame source" as well. You can open new pages in new pages or background pages and not just in new windows--I f ... read more

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