Opera 10.5 Beta: The Fastest Browser on Earth

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Opera Software today released the beta of Opera 10.5 for Windows (s msft). The big improvement in this new release is a new JavaScript engine; Opera claims that it’s eight times faster than the previous version.

As the web apps we rely on get increasingly complex, we need fast browsers, otherwise the web will begin to feel very sluggish. When Opera 10 was released, I pointed out that while its JavaScript performance wasn’t bad, it couldn’t match the speed of Chrome (s goog) or Firefox — and since then both Chrome and Firefox have got faster.

So how does Opera’s latest release stack up? Running the latest versions of Opera, Chrome and Firefox through the SunSpider benchmark tests on my test laptop produced some interesting results (I’ve also included the previous version of Opera for comparison):

The chart shows SunSpider scores in milliseconds, where a lower score is better. Opera’s improvement in this release is staggering — the new beta takes roughly a sixth of the time to complete the tests. Opera 10.5 narrowly beats Chrome, so Opera’s “fastest browser on Earth” claim seems justified. It also scores a perfect 100 on the Acid3 test, which tests for compliance with web standards.

Of course, raw speed and web standards aren’t everything, but Opera comes with a nicely designed UI and some neat features, like “speed dial” (for quickly accessing commonly used web pages) and a “turbo mode” for slow or laggy connections. When Opera 10.5 beta is released for Mac (it’s only in alpha currently), it may just become my new favorite browser.

Let us know what you think of Opera 10.5 below.

32 Comments

djk

Vote Thumbs down on new update – Buggy

I was totally in love with Opera until this new 10.5 Opera update turned my Opera browser screen green. Also too many changes in the interface and no obvious way to go back to old interface settings.

Repeated reinstalls does not fix this problem. I’m back to Chrome. Anybody have a similar experience with Opera?

vishal

its really very good
but less of fame it is not so popular
for slow pc or net connetion it is exelant

hsyoo

I currently have opera 10.50 version, the fastest web browser. IMHO, It has no problem except there is a frequent error of starting the download again after you have stopped it.

why ask

I tested Opera against Firefox and for me, Firefox won hands down in speed(there was no cache in Firefox). Not one single website did Opera load first against Firefox. Although the beta was definitely an improvement, its not THE faster browser for me.

Tyron

I’ve been using Opera 10 for a while and it’s fantastic. I’m going to wait for a more stable release to try 10.5

Relgoshan

Not even Chrome has offered per-tab privacy like the new Opera beta does. The beta also has a key combination that closes only the private tabs, leaving “safer” content open. This is much less suspicious than completely closing your browser when someone walks in.

alare

I like sex with opera 10.5 its so smooth and relaxing.
all google chrome users cry more becz here comes the daddy of all browsers.

dapxin

Once you take the plunge, and actually explore what this browser can do- and just how easy, and simple, it does them, it’s hard to look back.

Mouse gestures was the killer idea that got me reading its help files back in 2001 or so. Give it a shot and see how illuminated your surfing life becomes.

  • Also, its built-in mail client features 2 wonderful ideas – automatic indexing + filters. They make email feel beautiful with a proper Imap backend like gmail

  • OperaLink + that super-customisable UI is third.

Using Opera is like having sex; You love it, and you keep returning back for more :)

MKR

That’s great. Now what about my cookies and saved logins? :D

I can’t even find the file for saved logins.

MKR

“You want your passwords to be stored as plain text?!”

Yes, I would like that option. I encrypt my hard drive use good passwords, and always log out when I go away.

Roger Wilco

@NetFlexx

What skin do you use as the glassy one – Z1 Glass v. 1.52?

Thanks in advance.

NetFlexx

Actually this is Z1 Glass 1.32 – wasn’t aware there has been several updates – thx mate !

MKR

Do they still use closed formats to store things (cookies, passwords, bookmarks) in? That’s always been the show-stopper for me. I need to be able to get my data out of the browser if I decide I don’t like it.

Roger Wilco

@NetFlexx

Nice looking customized interface mate. Using Opera for many years now but actually never thought of putting a bookmark folder onto that personal bar.

NetFlexx

@rw
I started this 2 years ago with firefox, I don’t need the sidebar anymore, and with a few simple hacks you can even make the menu bar disappear into a button. Only sad thing is that you can’t sync between the fox (work) and opera (home), so every once in a while i have to manually export ff bookmarks to import them to opera. total kicker for me since the early 10.5 alphas is the ability to have a totally “glassed” skin. awesome, i like it.

Marco

Since I began to use the web Opera is the best out of the box browser. Espacially the UI is the most inovative. For example first with tabbing, auto search in address bar, mouse gesture and this list is much longer. It is a shame that they aren’t more succesful.

rg
Marco

Kendall

Nice that it’s so fast, shame that it’s so buggy.

Normally I’m happy using Opera betas as my main browser, but this one has a lot more major problems than I expected. Hopefully they’ll all be fixed for the full release.

NetFlexx

Well, I totally like it, but I still have some display issues with Google Reader:

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