So far as I’m concerned we live in the golden age of web browsers. The latest major browsers– Apple’s Safari, Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox, and even Microsoft’s Internet Explorer– are on and all very good, highly usable, though obviously different browsers.
Why on earth would anyone try to create a different browsing experience? That seems to be the case with the Maxthon browser for the Mac (also Windows, Windows Phone, iPhone and iPad, and Android devices).
This is yet another free, cross-platform browser, in this case, based upon Chrome, so it’s fast and works well everywhere. The claim to fame here appears to be bookmarks which are synchronized across devices by using an account.
Maxthon easily deletes your website history or anything tracking you in private browsing mode.
I’ve tried Maxthon on both Mac and Windows PCs, and on my iPhone and iPad. It looks, feels, smells, and mostly performs like Chrome (or, rather more like Chromium).
So, what’s the point? Why another free browser that doesn’t do much that’s different than the four main web browsers?
Interestingly, Maxthon comes from the People’s Republic of China. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Still, if you have bookmarks to sites which require login IDs and passwords, I’d be more than a little concerned about a browser from China which could easily phone home with information that is near and dear.