7 Specialty Web Browsers You’ve Probably Never Explored

The web browsing experience is one of the most important aspects of the Internet. Whether you are bookmarking on Mozilla, switching between different users on Chrome, or just simply upgrading to Internet explorer 11/Edge, you can never be short of weapons when it comes to this spectacle.

The top browsers provide more than enough options for you to get by with regular “Internet surfing”-related tasks. But what if you are truly in for a thrill, too cool for the status quo or heard a thing or two about some extra features you could use?

You waltzed into the right corner. Come with me on a download tour of seven specialty web browsers you’ve probably not explored yet.

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Maxthon is an award winning browser with an in-built cloud feature. Maxthon flaunts a unique dual-core design that runs on WebKit and Trident. Maxthon’s cloud features helps readability and easy surfing. You can find the screengrab option on the top corner which saves you some minutes of fooling around. The browser boasts over 670 million users and is available for Android and iOS. Maxthon has an ad blocker.

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Lunascape is a specialty web browser that allows you to switch between Webkit, Trident, and Chromium frameworks. An uncommon feat that enables you to carry out page rendering tests on one window. Lunascape is not without its hassles and rough edges such as incessant crashing and a non-user friendly menu. But if you are looking for something lightweight and cross-browser testing friendly (which is a wonderful thing if you are a web developer), Lunascape is for you.

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True web browsing experience lies beyond surfing static pages; video and music streaming account for a fair share of the browsing experience today. Torch is built specifically for media use. It features a torrent manager for easy download and peer-to-peer on-screen sharing. You can save YouTube videos and so much more. Torch is the browser for media-savvy users.

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Just as the name implies, privacy is what sets Epic Privacy Browser apart from other specialty web browsers. EPB features a built-in web proxy and an active Do-not-Track feature. With Epic Privacy Browser, privacy is not an option – it’s a must. If you favor privacy and security over a faster web experience, Epic Privacy Browser is a wonderful bet.

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Stainless comes with a remarkable interface, arguably one of the best in the industry. Of other specialty web browsers, Stainless is the one created as a direct rival to Chrome. A webKit-based browser just as Google Chrome and Safari are, Stainless is also touted as the Google Chrome for Mac. One of its most impressive features is the ability to log into separate user accounts on different tabs. This means you can easily juggle between your Personal Mail and Business Mail accounts without having to log out.

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Seamonkey can be described as an all inclusive Internet hub of apps. This standard browser is developed by Mozilla and comes with a host of features (user and developer alike). SeaMonkey integrates directly with your mail and houses an HTML editor and a plethora of web development tools including a Javascript debugger. SeaMonkey balances the oddities between user and developer. Whichever camp you find yourself in, this is a browser worth every click.

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In the world of image handling, video streaming and complex drawdowns, Webbie features a simple workload. With Webbie you get to view web pages on a default “text only” mode. This unique browser strips all of the common media features and churns out text without the need to click a mouse. Webbie appeals to the “read mode” audience and provides you with enough features to tweak the zoom angles, colors, and font sizes on web pages.

A lot comes into play when deciding a perfect fit for a browser. We all lean towards different important features. Some forego speed for more options and security is non-negotiable in some quarters, while I am more of a performance and personalization addict, but one thing is certain – we all want the best. My hope is that this list provides you valuable options for choosing specialty web browsers that match your specific interests and needs.

If this was useful please click “Yes” below. We’d also appreciate your comments: which of these browsers do you find the most useful and why?

7 comments

  1. Flock used to be my favourite browser until it was discontinued a few years back. I’d be really happy if it was back now but that link is pointing us to a Flock team app. Can you check it as I can’t seem to find the browser.

  2. I use SeaMonkey quite often.

    I used Flock in the past and did not see anywhere near the usability with Flock that I’ve enjoyed with SeaMonkey for over a decade.

  3. A good alternative to Chrome is Slimjet which is based on Chrome but has additional features the most important of which is that new tabs are created automatically when clicking on links, bookmarks etc. with just a single click.

  4. Sure but as an old fart any browser MUST have a proper menu e.g. File, Edit, View, History, Bookmarks – – – –

    Anything less is simply incomplete (and less functional) which is why I stick with Firefox.

    Cheers,

    Paul

  5. This is a very helpful article. I have a suggestions, however. I saw that the browser descriptions included the OS and/or platform, but it was in the middle of the descriptions. Many people stop reading (browsing!) an article when they see that something doesn’t apply to them, even if there is something further down that will be useful. I went into the Stainless website to see that there wasn’t a Windows version. In the future, I’d recommend putting the OS and platform operation as a bullet point, right below the heading. Thank you.

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