On test: the hidden seven browsers in the Windows ballot

Forget Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and the rest. We put the seven other browsers through the PC Pro grinder, with surprising results

Avant Browser (click for full review)

What they say: “The best web browser: Tiny, fast, simple, highly configurable and extendible. Perfect for everyone!” What we say: “The dated interface is the least of this ageing browser’s problems, which struggles with modern apps such as Google Docs and should be forced into retirement.”

Avant Browser

FlashPeak SlimBrowser (click for full review)

What they say: “Fast and reliable web browser loaded with features such as form filler, popup blocker, login management and privacy protection.” What we say: “An ugly, awkward browser that offers very little its slicker rivals can’t match and improve upon.”

FlashPeak SlimBrowser

Flock (click for full review)

What they say: “Friend-based Navigation: the browser to get the most out of Facebook & Twitter.” What we say: “A surprisingly cohesive, well-programmed and useful browser for those who can’t live without their social media.”

Flock browser

GreenBrowser (click for full review)

What they say: “GreenBrowser is your best choice of flexible and powerful green web browser.” What we say: “Essentially Internet Explorer bashed with an ugly stick. Extra features like mouse gestures and a quick startup time can’t save it from the recycle bin.”


K-Meleon (click for full review)

What they say: “K-Meleon is an extremely fast, customizable, lightweight browser based on the Mozilla Gecko engine and designed specifically for Windows.” What we say: “A browser that looks and performs like the software of yesteryear. Only an option for those running equally aged hardware.”

K-Meleon browser

Maxthon (click for full review)

What they say: “37 languages. Tear-off tabs & video. Split screen. Mouse gestures. Touchscreen. Ad killer. Swept Webware Awards twice. Compare and choose.” What we say: “It’s got enough features to put a smile on even the poutiest of power users, but it’s not fast enough, reliable enough, or pretty enough for anybody else.”

Maxthon browser

Sleipnir (click for full review)

What they say: “A fully customizable browser for a new web experience.” What we say: “Sleipnir’s star attraction is its ability to switch between Internet Explorer and Firefox’s rendering engines, but it’s no racehorse.”


Click here to read our conclusions on the seven browsers and see their benchmark scores

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