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  • Hey gang, new Opera user here.

    Why do you guys use this browser instead of the others?

    I tried asking the question on the forums, but was met with deafening silence. I'm genuinely curious about what led people to embrace the underdog browser.

    For me, it's the extremely low consumption on my RAM and battery. It's like I have a brand-new laptop when I use it! And the little built-in VPN is alright. 🙂

    Thoughts?

  • More appropriate for the Lounge, I think. Thread moved.

  • Rare features that can't be found in other browsers:

    1. Opera Turbo
    2. Free VPN
    3. Ad Blocker without any extension
  • Probably for nostalgia's sake. I began using Opera in 1999 and loved its many customizations. When it switched to the chromium engine it was as though a spike had been driven through its heart. I struggled to continue using it (played around with Vivaldi for a while but never developed the same feel since it too is based on chromium) but when it was purchased by a Chinese consortium that was pretty much the last straw. I only use Opera on rare occasions now and certainly not for anything related to finances or government related. issues. I keep hoping for a miracle that it will somehow revert to Norwegian ownership and be able to recover its Presto roots but I know that will never happen.

  • As the above speaker pointed out.
    Opera as trademark is a legacy legend. It's like a rare motorbike or an exquisite cigar, or a cognac of a very few bottles in the world. It's like belonging to an esteemed closed gang, Illuminati or something:) It's like Kandinski with everybody else enjoying pop-art:), Classic Rock versus Singing Carpets. Duncan McLeod versus phony Santa at the mall. The beloved Teddy for a 5y girl versus every other toy in the world. The ultimate pride I've been part of.

  • low RAM consumption, floating instant search box feature, chrome extension compatibility.

    Don' know, i tried many browsers, but Opera has overall the best feel for me personally ^_^

    Just missing the in-build tab tiling / tab stacking feature like Vivaldi has. But i can survive without it lol

  • built in ad-blocker and battery saver is awesome. Windows 10 battery stats actually show that opera is using less than 1% even though i have 10 tabs open since last 48 hrs. chrome and firefox always hover around 25%.

  • Thank you so much everyone

    [Mod edit: no need to quote your entire post to write an one line reply.

  • @saikatpal said in Why Use Opera?:

    built in ad-blocker and Speed Test battery saver is awesome. Scrabble Word Finder Windows Solitaire 10 battery stats actually show that opera is using less than 1% even though i have 10 tabs open since last 48 hrs. chrome and firefox always hover around 25%.

    Thank you so much Saikatpal


  • I used to use it until Vivaldi came out with more features.

  • For me it is the pop up video's extra options, you can see where int he video you are, control volume, you can't do those in other browsers, you can just pause and unpause.

  • Let's put similar discussions together.

  • I prefer Opera over other browsers for the following reasons:
    -seems lighter on resources and a bit more responsive/quick than even Chrome, Firefox, and Vivaldi
    -best tab preview of any browser - I can check on the tab/page's content simply by hovering over the tab
    -full-screen is truly full-screen and allows me access to both open tabs and closed tabs very nicely via Ctrl-M; I can also access Facebook Messenger easily while in full-screen mode by Ctrl-Shift-M.
    -keyboard shortcuts for extensions work in full-screen mode perfectly (unlike Vivaldi); Firefox has no keyboard shortcuts for extensions
    -does not tap-out my laptop battery as quickly as other browsers
    -Instant Search (Alt-Space) works terrifically and is a great way to access bookmarks even in full-screen mode
    -customizable keyboard shortcuts (not quite as good as Vivaldi in this respect, but still very good)
    -built-in snapshot (Ctrl-Shift-5) is very nice
    -speed dial is better and snappier than other browsers
    -Personal News integration with AI news/categories is innovative and creative and intriguing
    -Facebook Messenger in the pinned sidebar is very nice; I like it better than Vivaldi's implementation. Other browsers simply don't have it. (request: Twitter in this sidebar would be heavenly!)
    -address bar input seems to predict what I am looking for better than other browsers
    -it is more appealing to the eyes than other browsers. I like the bright wallpapers in Light mode very much.
    -MyFlow with Opera Touch on phone is excellent
    -neat little features other browsers do not have like tap on tab to take you to top of page/tap again to take you back to where you were on the page
    -neat little features like mouse gestures that work and don't overwhelm with too many choices
    -the best tab management of any browser I've found to be able to simply go back and forth between two tabs quickly and easily. I use Ctrl-tab for this.
    -built-in ad-blocking capability (I assume this is more resource efficient than relying on extensions for this)
    -neat little features other browsers do not have like the ability to close a tab with Alt-mouseclick
    -neat little features other browsers do not have like the ability to select multiple tabs and then right-click them to copy all their page addresses (URL's)
    -neat little features like the ability to select multiple tabs and then right-click them to save them all to a Speed Dial folder

  • @treego Wow! What a great listing. You've opened my eyes to things I was unaware of... thanks.

  • One more advantage I see with Opera over some other browsers is the very nice layout for extensions:
    -Enabled
    -Disabled
    -Updates
    -Under Development

    It has helped me locate one or more extensions in the past more quickly than I would have located them without such a nice breakdown. 🙂

  • @treego You should be in marketing. You're definitely observant. Thanks.

  • @coffeelover Thank you. If Opera would like to employ me doing that sort of thing, they can contact me anytime! I prefer to work from home, though. 🙂

    While I am here, let me add another reason why I prefer Opera over other browsers:

    Opera has built-in Cryptocurrency Mining Protection and Malware Blocking

    Other browsers force one to research/search for such protection via extensions. I know Opera has got me covered for this already, so it is one less headache/concern for me. I have enough headaches/concerns, already. 🙂

  • @coffeelover wow exactly my feelings, i signed in just for this, Opera used to be something great, something special, now it's just a better Google Chrome.

  • I really tried to like Vivaldi this weekend over Opera because of my nostalgic feelings towards Jon Von Tetschner (one of the original founders of Opera, as I recall and the driving force behind Vivaldi today) and the most customizable and fun browser of all time, that being the Opera-Presto browser, but Vivaldi is just too buggy, yet. I won't go into the problems I have with Vivaldi entirely since this is an Opera forum, but Vivaldi still gets the occasional dead-canary page for me and the keyboard shortcuts/mouse gestures don't always work as advertised. The overload of options in Vivaldi in my opinion requires more upkeep and thus a tendency to be buggier. It is much more boggy/slow at loading pages for me here, also. Memory-efficiency is nowhere near Opera's at this point after another whirl with Vivaldi the past 2-3 days.

    Finally, one more feather in Opera's cap to think about is the nifty Ctrl-Spacebar option for a slick search through open tabs. It does this elegantly.

  • Much as I like Jon and all the other developers on Vivaldi, it just isn't there yet. And since the browser is basically a Chrome app, every major update to Chrome forces major revisions to Vivaldi's code and thus anything can break in the next update. (More so for internal builds of course, but public snapshots are only slightly better.) I run Opera Developer and almost never have to wonder if the next update is going to break something (except that they seem to be having trouble with Opera Sync, Vivaldi's sync is painless). Of course being a tester can be like that, but testing Opera is generally simple. It just works.

  • As it turns out, I don't really use Opera any more. I could not conform it to my work flow, and the Opera team were not at all interested in what I needed to do so, after the change to Blink.

    I do still keep a copy of the old Opera 12.18 installed in order to use the mail client, and I keep an eye on development, but that's it. No other browser available could adjust to my needs, either, until I ran into Vivaldi. So that is my default. It's a young browser yet, but it came right out of the gate with things I had been bugging the Opera team to restore, in terms of conformability, ever since the Blink change, and could not make any headway.

    The sale to the Chinese was the final nail in the coffin for Opera for me. The worst respecters of data privacy and intellectual property ever to grace the face of the planet cannot get my support, I'm afraid.

    So to each his own, I suppose. Contrary to the experience of @sgunhouse , I do not find Vivaldi at all buggy. Plus, it is the only browser in the world I can shape to my needs. So not to be a real downer, but "why use Opera?" I don't. I wish they could have retained my loyalty, but they were not interested in it.