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Maxthon 5 Review

Maxthon 5
Developed by: Maxthon
Ranked: 6th
Overall rating:
Best price: Free

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Review summary

Good points Maxthon 5 review good points

• Fast & secure browsing

• Efficient interface allows quick access to useful features

• Useful cloud features are great for multi-device browsing

• Fun, unique features that stray away from the norm

Bad points Maxthon 5 review bad points

• Missing minor features like auto-fill and spell check.

• Less extensive add-on library than other browsers

• Interface may be overwhelming for those used to Chrome or Firefox

Our verdict

Maxthon Cloud Browser is a fast, secure and efficient internet browser. It’s not a browser that will appeal to the casual crowd, but if you’re someone who likes quick access to a wide variety of tools, you will have fun with Maxthon. It’s definitely unique, but its extra offerings will come with some drawbacks. Its add-on library isn’t as large as the top browsers, and its missing a few minor features. Having said that, Maxthon is a fast and fun to use browser that is worth your download.

Full review


To get Maxton up and running, you must first download Maxthon’s download client from its website. After downloading the client, launch it onto your system.

A colorful blue box should then appear on your screen. This is the download client. The download itself takes anywhere in between 30 seconds to a minute, so don’t stay away too long.

After the download is complete, you will go through a simple installation process where you accept a user agreement and view/alter some initial settings.


Tab browsing -Maxthon utilizes basic tab browsing, similar to almost every other web browser. Simply click the plus sign next to a tab to add a new one. It doesn’t do much more than that, however. Other browsers will allow you to tear out tabs into a new window, or even stack them into a smaller space. Maxthon does give the ability to lock tabs, which saves tabs from being lost even when you close the browser completely.

Search box - In the right hand corner of the browser, there is small search box with a drop-down menu of multiple search engines. Pick the engine you want and enter your keyword. The URL bar is also set to Google search by default, so that’s also an option.

Private browsing -Maxthon supports private browsing for those who want their browsing sessions untraceable.

History - Maxthon will keep track of your visited web pages from the very first webpage you visit. You can easily clear all of your search history by taking a quick visit to the history page. You can also sync your browsing history with other devices if you want to compile it all in one place.

Favorites -Maxthon will automatically import all of your favorites from each browser on your computer. To add a page to your favorites, simply click the little star on the left side of the toolbar. Another option is to right click the page-tab and select “Add to Favorites.”


Maxthon is no slacker when it comes to speed. It definitely competes with the top browsers in browsing speed, but startup speed is where it lacks a little bit. Overall it’s an extremely efficient browser and you shouldn’t see any noticeable difference between this and the others.


Anti-phishing -Maxthon utilizes anti-phishing to stop any possible schemes to steal your information.

Pop-up blocker -Don’t worry about annoying pop-up ads filling up your screen, Maxthon comes with an effective pop-up blocker.


Add-ons -Take a visit to Maxthon’s Extension Center where they have useful add-ons including shopping tools, utilities, social plugins, games and more. The add-on library isn’t as extensive as some of the top browsers, but it will certainly fill most users’ needs. Maxthon features a tool bar that rides the left side of the browser for quick access to your extensions.

Cloud Browsing -Maxthon’s most advertised feature brings lots of useful extras to the table. By creating a single user account, users can sync data, history and tabs across any of their devices that run Maxthon. The cloud also gives you the ability to store downloads to a cloud to share with all your devices. You can also start viewing a webpage on one device and then “push” it to another for continuous viewing.

Video & audio HTML 5 support -Maxthon is the best supporter of HTML5 of any web browser out there. By running tests on, we found that Maxthon scored a 464 out of a possible 500 points. That puts it one point higher than Google Chrome (463) and 70 points higher than Mozilla Firefox (393).

Split screen -With a single click of a button you can split the browser into two, which lets you view and navigate two web pages side-by-side.

Ease of use

Maxthon’s interface is similar to other browsers out there, but it offers more options on the main screen. At first, it can be a bit overwhelming with symbols and toolbars scattered around. Once you get used to it, however, you will appreciate the quick access to all the features. Also, the cloud browsing features are a treat to use and are integrated nicely into the browser.

Help & support

Maxthon offers a forum on their website for users to help one another and even get support from moderators. If you ever run into any problems or need help using Maxthon, it’s likely the advice you seek is already an answered topic in the forum. If not, simply post a new topic with your question and wait for an answer.


Maxthon is a more than capable web browser, but will likely only appeal to a certain type of user. It has a lot of features that will go unused by 90 percent of people, but the ones who do use them will enjoy it. Those going for efficiency and quick access to tools will love Maxthon. If you’re looking for simplicity, however, you may want to try something with more of a clean look. Overall Maxthon is an excellent internet browser that is worth your attention.

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Ratings breakdown

 received a rating of 4 for Overall
 received a rating of 4 for Setup
 received a rating of 4 for Browsing
 received a rating of 3 for Speed
 received a rating of 4 for Security
 received a rating of 4 for Features
Ease of use
 received a rating of 4 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 4 for Help & support