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Opera 10.5: The fastest browser on the internet?

We have some good news for fans of the Opera browser now, as the company has just confirmed that the full release of their latest version (10.5) is now available for Windows.

As reported from Pocket-Lint, this may be surprising to regular users of Opera, as you’ll know that the beta version of 10.5 was only released a few weeks ago.

Main changes in 10.5 include a revamped User Interface, making it look a lot like Google’s Chrome browser – particularly with its tab and address bar layout.

With the latest version now unleashed on the net, Opera has even made the claim that it is now the ‘fastest browser available on the market’.

Do you agree with this?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Fox
Fox

Having a dropdown menu just to make the browser UI minimalist like Chrome is stupid as it means relearning where all the options are and more time consuming! I can click 'Show Menu Bar', but you now have a garish bar running above the tabs that is extremely distracting. Opera have always led the way and now seem to want to copy the new 'fashionable' browser in it's minimalist approach (and reports indicate Firefox will do the same with their next release too). Thank goodness Apple had the sense not to tie the menubar in with the program window or… Read more »

xmen
xmen

10.5 sucks so hard…I reinstalled 10.1

Chimp
Chimp

10.5 seems like a bit of a disaster. See the Opera forums (heavily moderated). Like many others I had to rollback to 10.1, which cost me half a day because the 10.5 upgrade was pushed to me. I don't think any extra speed will compensate for the time spent trying to surf, tweak and hack 10.5 so that it can perform standard tasks other browsers do with ease. And it crashed whenever I closed a pdf file in a tab. There were some nice new features with 10.5, e.g. variable zoom using a bar, what a pity. I have been… Read more »

unfair
unfair

Opera 10.5 had some serious bugs that made it unusable – a lot of web pages just wouldn't load, so I switched to firefox. In the meantime Opera 10.51 has been released and I've switched back, and I've been reminded why I always come back to Opera. It feels about a hundred times faster than firefox! They fixed the bugs too. In firefox I have to have 10 extensions to do what Opera does natively, better. This browser is perfect.

mel
mel

Where the hell are the common close/minimise buttons for tabs. Used to be on the top right corner. Now if I untick "Show seperate close button on tabs" option in preferences, how am I supposed to close a tab with a single click ? Mindless morons !!! If it ain't broke don't fix it ! Also new "space saving" menu layout is annoying & confusing. What's the use of transparency effects (or even a slight increase in speed) when the rest of the browser is a confused mess. Plain stupid if u ask me.

GLs
GLs

I didn't like all the blingbling changes introduced. It changed ALOT of stuff with my theme. buttons, sizes and even fonts changed. Got so annoyed but after a 30min of tweaking It looks a bit better. I would like check which things in the update I wanted. I'm really only interested in the security updates and not all the fancy shit stuff.

Luke

I've been using 10.5 for a couple weeks now and after fighting to get Opera Link to work correctly (still to no avail) and having weird, frustrating scrolling issues in Google Docs I'm about to give up. I really wanted to like Opera 10.5 but there's just some small things that are way too frustrating. I'm sitting here watching Opera try to sync my bookmarks as I type this and it's rather hilarious, I think it's pulling all my bookmarks in from Firefox repeatedly, even after I delete them but I have no idea why or how to stop it.… Read more »

Sumit
Sumit

Opera is the Best Browser…

Max
Max

It''s simply awesome.Undoubtedly,Opera 's the best browser at present

Midgeslayer
Midgeslayer

Just returned to Opera. Left it went Opera Link stopped working for me. I find the UI very confusing, frustrating and not at all intuitive. Menus and options are easy to find in firefox, IE and Chrome even with the move away from old fashioned menu bars. In Opera I am totally lost. I cannot see an easy way to search the online help, you have to browse to find anything. Any time I gain through 'super fast browsing' is lost many times over in time spent stumbling around the UI. Spent ages trying to turn off the history or… Read more »

Roger
Roger

I have just removed Opera and now when I click on a link from an email to take me to a web site I am blocked with a message advising me to contact computer support as I am not permitted to click through to a web site. I removed Opera becasue it appeared to assume it was my prefered choice as a browser but I had kept IE active while trying out Opera. Any ideas on how to get back to where I was?

James
James

I dunno, just upgraded to 10.5 and am NOT happy. Holy crap is it slow! I'm at work behind a proxy but it's taking literally minutes for pages to load. Firefox and IE are fine. My favorite widgets no longer work.

I'm going back to 10.10

astrowhiz
astrowhiz

the auto fill for usernames and passwords is the key icon next to the forward/back icons.
The side panel button can be placed on the top toolbar by going to the Appearance option from the Main Menu. Go to Buttons -> Browser and drag the Panels button to wherever you like.

awake
awake

There a minor things they changed with the interface that make it really annoying to use.

If I could customize these thing, it'll be great, but I cannot.

I want the toogle button for my panels where it used to be in version 10 (up right above the panel tools, not anywhere else).

I cannot figure out for the life of me how to add the button automatically logs one in to a site which has it's password saved in Opera (shortcut for this is ctrl+enter). Any help will be appreciated before I switch to portable Chrome.

jedy
jedy

Although I have a Mac, I've tried it on a cheap Vista laptop and it is super fast. Opera usually creates innovative features that influence other browsers so it's interesting to see Opera influenced by Goggle Chrome's clean UI.

pneumatyka

Almost perfect. I'm using Opera as my main browser for years. I use almost all its features, and I cannot complain.
One issue is not-yet-perfect dragonfly (dev tool), but its a matter of time now. They will catch it up soon 🙂
BTW. There is OLD opera logo in this article. UGLY one 😛 change it.

Zeron
Zeron

I love it. It's super quick and the new UI is fantastic. As a long time user of Opera, I am at a loss as to why it only has 2% of the market share!! To me 10.5 is browser perfection!

Naraku
Naraku

it sucks. used it for 2 hours and am getting sick of the problems. I’m going back to Chrome

my0my
my0my

It is damn fast. Specially noticed the difference in very long lists with tick-boxes. They get processed about 10x faster than before, which helps me a lot on one site I regularly work with.

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