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Opera Portable

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Enjoy the quality of the Opera browser wherever you log on with this great portable version for PC

Pros

  • Multi-platform compatibility (PC, Mac, tablet, etc.)
  • Packed with features including mouse gestures, voice commands and more
  • Competitive launch and page load times
  • Speed dial to access pages more quickly
  • Enhanced security features, including private browsing and site scanner
  • Dozens of add-ons and themes to customize your browser
  • Portable version lets you bring all of your settings with you

Cons

  • Widgets are not portable and must be locally installed
  • Some website compatibility issues
  • No parental controls

Opera Portable Edition is a portable version of the Opera (version 28) browser for Windows, developed by independent developer John Haller. Take all of your bookmarks, settings and browsing history with you on any external storage device with this amazing software. The program is available for download in its full version, completely free. 

The Browser That Sings

Whether it's Microsoft, Google or independent companies, everyone is attempting to create the perfect browser, despite being such a subjective exercise. A browser is more than just a means of browsing the web, it's a toolkit which lets you organize and manage your browsing experience in the most optimal way. This is why the process of creating or finding the perfect browser for the average internet user is such a daunting task. Despite this, Opera manages to stand toe-to-toe with the best browsers out there, including Google Chrome, by offering a some unique features and impressive browsing speeds. 

Performance, Features and Security

For internet users, speed is everything. Opera delivers. In multiple tests, Opera's average loading time for web pages was less than 2 seconds, a highly impressive figure, and is comparable to the likes of Firefox and Google Chrome. Overall browsing speed was just as impressive, and the browser itself is easy to navigate. Its speed dial feature will let you access recent websites quickly and easily. Even if you are accessing a high traffic site, loading times tend not to noticeably suffer. Its user interface has a lot of familiar features and some which will take some time to learn, but it's all pretty intuitive so it won't take much time to figure out.

In terms of features, Opera has plenty to offer. First, it is highly compatible and will run on any type of device. From the main interface, we can see the standard tabbed browsing feature, a trend begun by Opera. Added to this is an integrated search bar, mail client, easy bookmarking options and the ability to stack groups of related tabs together. Opera will remember what you had open last, similar to Google Chrome. Your keyboard can also be used to control virtually every aspect of your browsing, from entering addresses to reading text. Mouse gestures will allow you to open and close tabs and perform a range of other commands with a flick of your mouse. For many, this greatly speeds up their browsing and makes common functions a lot easier to access. Although you will be able to access the majority of websites with Opera, the browser may not be able to access newer sites that aren't programmed to allow access from Opera.

In its latest version (28), Opera provides the option to sync all of your bookmarks between Opera-compatible devices including Opera Mobile (Android), Opera Mini (Android, iOS) and the PC version. This is a feature which Firefox and Chrome have been using for a while, so it's certainly nice to see.

If you want to customize your browsing experience, there are also various themes you can choose from. These are purely cosmetic and will not affect the speed at which your browser operates. Opera also has a generous selection of add-on programs including translators, security services, streaming support and much more. Opera will also let you open your downloads, history and other menus in a dedicated window, allowing you to better examine them. Once you have selected your favorite apps, you can display them as widgets on your default browser window. 

With the portable app version of the program, you'll be able to take your Opera browser with you wherever you go on any external storage device including USBs, flash drives, external hard drives and more. What this means is that although your browser's settings will be saved on each visit, they will leave no trace on the machine you're using

Given the importance of browser security, Opera has an decent set of security features. Similar to Chrome or Firefox, it will allow both public and private browsing, the latter allowing you to browse without tracking your browsing history for any pages you visit. Through the browser's settings you can manage pop-ups, clear browsing data and more. A padlock on a URL indicates that you are protected from any malware, spyware or phishing programs that could potentially come through that site. Unfortunately, the browser does not give us the option to edit these settings specifically, but its classification of these programs is quite accurate and detailed.

Going Portable

As an independent application, Opera Portable has one main feature that separates it from its parent program. With the portable app version of the program, you'll be able to take your Opera browser with you wherever you go on any external storage device including USBs, flash drives, external hard drives and more. What this means is that although your browser's settings will be saved on each visit, they will leave no trace on the machine you're using. As you move from PC to PC, after a quick syncing operation you can get back to work, right where you left off. According to the developer, the only thing that are not portable are widgets, since these are locally installed. 

The Verdict

As browsers go, Opera is pretty impressive. Its competitive speeds, intuitive interface and range of unique features (e.g. mouse gestures) make it more than suitable for most internet users. It also has a highly effective security system that protects you from dangerous web pages and programs. Its portable version will allow you to take all of your settings with you from PC to PC, with just a single syncing operation required to resume your work. If you are a looking for a highly effective and reliable browser for your PC, look no further. Opera is packed with features and is fast enough to keep up. Download it now and see what it can do for you.

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Type Freeware

Version 28.0.1750.48

Size 34.76 MB

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28.0.1750.48 12.12

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