Last Friday, a browser built using not one, but two engines, was released. The browser had previously been based on the Trident engine that powers Internet Exploder, but had been beefed up to be more secure. The result was a more secure browsing experience, but still abysmally slow compared to other browsers in the field.

This new revision aims to use the speed of the WebKit designs, but use the Trident engine for compatibility with the many sites coded to look correct with Internet Exploder versions.


Maxthon, the long-lasting Internet Explorer alternative based on the Trident layout engine (developed by Microsoft and used for IE) has entered a new era today with the release of its latest version (3.0) which utilized two engines for its rendering needs – Trident and WebKit (Chrome, Safari).

Thanks to its dual-engine architecture Maxthon 3.0 is claimed to not only be fast, but also able to display correctly more sites than any other browser. The choice between WebKit and Trident is made automatically, depending on the page visited so the users won’t hate to worry about anything except enjoying the surfing experience.

This is the only feature that differentiates this browser from any other. The problem is, I can’t find any website these days that won’t display correctly with either Opera or Iron.

Besides the two engines, Maxthon also includes features like:

– Online Favorites, History and Browser Settings – MX3 stores your favorites and browser settings securely in the cloud for use from any machine with Maxthon on it, anywhere.

Opera featured this first, calling it Opera Synchronize.

– Surf By Mouse – Tie and trigger a number browser commands to quick mouse cursor actions.

Ditto this, it’s called Gestures.

– Smart Address Bar – MX3 remembers and suggests URLs based on your favorites and browsing activity.

Chrome had this one first.

– Magic Fill – Securely save and manage your growing collection of website usernames and passwords and let MX3 log you in to any site.

Opera again. Control + Enter or mouse click on the key in the bar.

“This version of our browser is like a muscle car built for power and speed,” said Maxthon founder and CEO Jeff Chen. “We went back to the basics with this product and created something you can’t get anywhere else.”

Those interested in trying out the dual-engine Maxthon 3 can download it (for Windows) via this page .

I did try it out and found that it is not a bad browser. It really is nice in the way that it works, but it looks as though it was invented sometime last century. It looks stodgy. I see nothing wrong with its workings, though a tad slower than I would have thought, but the looks don’t make me say “This will be my browser!” It takes a lot to make me think that the look of stock Chrome is a good one, but this is it. This is about as exciting as split pea soup on a hot day.

I did not find anything really wrong, but like the AMC Rambler of the 1960s and 1970s, it got you where you were going, but there just was not much style involved – and speed, well, it was better than a Volkswagen, but you just weren’t comfortable at post-legal speeds. All in all not a fun experience.

That’s Maxthon 3.0 in a nutshell.