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deya 11. Jul 2013 08:40 PM

Sleipnir 4.3.0
I've used Sleipnir, on and off, for a long time. Tried all the different versions, some good, others not so. But recently I've had Sleipnir 4 as default on one of my PC's while exploring alternatives to Opera 12 - the old version of Opera.

While I'm beginning to really like the latest Opera 15 and it's new simplicity, I still have a need for a browser with more built in functions, more customisable. So I installed Sleipnir 4 a while back and have been impressed with it, the latest version saw support added for Blink as opposed to Webkit. The browser is still dual engined so you can switch to Trident if required.

Sleipnir 4 fully supports Chrome extensions, has built in mouse gestures, super search, super drag and drop, customisable tabs (with grouping), excellent bookmark management, a fully customisable UI and a host of other browser settings that enable you to set it to your own liking. It also has a very good built in feed reader and lots of other good features. In fact, Sleipnir 4 is very similar to Opera 12 - only it doesn't use Presto, runs faster and renders pages much quicker. But anyone who has used Opera 12 will, I think, see the similarities.

I know most people seem to be happy going down the simplified Chrome type layout these days, which is fine, and so this browser won't be for everyone - probably only me :D But it's the innovation I like about Spleipnir, this is the browser I hoped maybe Opera would / will / can become - but probably won't. It shows what can be done with the same engine, Blink, Webkit, whatever - they don't necessarily have to all be Chrome clones. And so to me, Sleipnir is an interesting Web browser, one that you need to invest just a bit of time in to learn it's settings and functions.

It's a 39 meg download, although not a small install, that runs at around 150 megs. But the browser runs light and is very quick to launch and to surf etc.

This is what it says about Sleipnir in George.J's review on the main site; Category - Best Free Web Browser - Other Browsers;

"Sleipnir: It claims to be most functional browser by default. Sleipnir is designed to be a highly customizable browser that you can configure to suit your individual needs. With Sleipnir, you have ultimate tab usability and you can create an ideal browser by changing the design, skin, and visual appearance. You can also add custom functionality to Sleipnir with a wide range of plugins and user scripts. Users will love Seipnir for it's unique blend of high-performance and customizability" .....

I totally agree with all of that. Only I'm not sure about the category it's in, I think Sleipnir may be a mega browser - but one which runs like a lightweight. Hard to place it, I just think it's a very good browser so thought to give it another mention.

Anupam 11. Jul 2013 08:46 PM

Thanks for this deya. I think you had mentioned Sleipnir in a thread earlier too.

I haven't tried Sleipnir anytime.. mainly because of the trident engine :rolleyes:. I may try it sometime to see what's it about. You got me interested :p.

deya 11. Jul 2013 09:47 PM

You don't have to use the Trident engine, Anupam. I have the engine set to Blink default. You can easily switch engines manually, set it to switch between the two automatically or even customise it for each site, but I don't bother to use it.

As said, it's not for everyone. But worth a try if you're into having more options from your browser, plenty of built in features, that kind of stuff.

sicknero 11. Jul 2013 10:04 PM

The comment about it being an alternative to the trend for simplified layouts was enough for me to download and try it :)

First impressions are quite good ... I like the idea of having access to Chrome extensions and themes without having to use Chrome, and I've become a bit of a fan of cloud browsers lately as well.

Looks like it will take me a little while to find all of its capabilities, but so far I like it enough to put them time in.

deya 11. Jul 2013 11:12 PM

It does take a little while to find your way around the settings, sicknero, but it's really not difficult to get to grips with. I don't make use of the cloud feature myself, we use Box to move things around to various devices but there are versions of Sleipnir for Android, Mac. iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone - but again, I don't make use of them. Just the desktop browser.

There is a forum, here;

It's not very well used but you might find answers to any queries you may have by having a search through the various threads on there.

George.J 12. Jul 2013 03:52 AM


Originally Posted by deya (Post 89593)
I totally agree with all of that. Only I'm not sure about the category it's in, I think Sleipnir may be a mega browser - but one which runs like a lightweight. Hard to place it, I just think it's a very good browser so thought to give it another mention.

Yes Sleipnir is amazing browser, and it's good to see that it supports Chrome extensions. Many browsers are changing to Blink/Webkit as it's layout engine, and irrespective of the advantages, one of the disadvantages is that it's download/install size will become huge.

I understand that Sleipnir deserves better attention, but the mega browsers section only describes the most popular browsers around the web, so that it'll reduce the clutter.

MidnightCowboy 12. Jul 2013 06:45 AM


Originally Posted by George.J (Post 89620)
Yes Sleipnir is amazing browser

I will second that.

I installed it earlier and just had an issue importing all my stuff from Chrome. Maybe this is because I don't have Chrome but Comodo Dragon.:D Kept repeating a message about syncing and did I want to wait or force a restart? In the end I did force a restart and then everything was there perfectly except for multiple tabs opened for Bitdefender Trafficlight.

Now I'm up and running with it, so far a really enjoyable experience.

deya 12. Jul 2013 01:01 PM

I was kind of thinking aloud about the browser category, George.J, and not suggesting it deserved more attention or should be in the mega browser category :) I totally understand the browser category has to go on popularity and list the mainstream browsers in that order. I don't reckon there's any way that Sleipnir could become that popular. It was just my way of describing the browser as 'mega' in terms of what in can do, and yet still run light.

Looking at their forum this morning I notice there is now a help page added to the Sleipnir blog, announcement here;

... and you can follow the link to the help stuff.

Reading between the lines, it seems that the browser may be having a slight surge in popularity right now. Who knows how long it might last, or even if it will. But I like these guys, I like their approach to doing things. They've kept plugging away over the last couple of years, making changes, developing the browser and pushing it forward. I also like that they seem determined to push the desktop version of Sleipnir forward, and not just concentrate on the the mobile platforms. I think that's a mistake some of the other browser companies are making at the moment to be honest. Many people do still need a good desktop browser like this.

Nothing wrong in dumbing things down a bit, so to speak, but there has to be a browser that does more than just simply blast through Websites at a thousand miles an hour at the cost of much less functionality and / or rely heavily on endless extensions to give the user more options.

I'm not saying Sleipnir 4 is that browser, there are still a few around but they don't all appear to be pushing as hard as regards desktop versions. I think a browser like this could fill a void for some users, many in fact.

... "a thousand ways for every thousand users" That line from their logo speaks of innovation and originality to me. So I hope they start to gain a little from others losses - and I always like to root for the underdog.

CASD 12. Jul 2013 01:33 PM

I've tried it in the past and it was ok but nothing special... I downloaded it yesterday after reading this and I'm quite impressed with it's progress.. and with the blink it's pretty fast..I'll be playing with this for awhile..Thanks for the heads up on it

Anupam 17. Jul 2013 01:59 PM

I installed Sleipnir on my Windows 7 laptop and gave it a try. Well, not much impressed here.

First of all, I am now really getting tired of seeing the Chrome look everywhere. Firefox has it now, and Opera too has got it. Everyone is getting it. Man, where is innovation, and individuality. Nowadays, everyone just wants to follow a hit model. No matter what you say about Google, you have to give it to them, that, if they invent something, and it succeeds, it's a trendsetter, and a path-breaker, be it their search engine, Chrome browser, Android, or maps, etc.

So, in terms of interface, Sleipnir offers nothing new. All blue default look is not for me too.

In terms of customization, I was expecting more after reading about Sleipnir being customizable. Well, by customizable, if you mean a lot of settings, sure it's customizable... but in terms of features, I don't see many features which would make it apart from other browsers, and make me use it.

I did not like the arrangements of settings too. Why couldn't they have made them easily accessible, like Firefox, or Chrome. Everytime, to access a different set of settings, you have to click on an icon, and then back again, when you want to go to another set. With loads of settings offered, it's a pain to click the Back button, and choose different set, and then subsets. It's not efficient. It's irritating.

There are a whole lot of settings. Yes, it may seem customizable, but really, it's not to me. For me, it's an overload of settings, just too much. Maybe people who like to play around with settings, will enjoy it, but not me. Also, most of these settings do not achieve any important purpose. Yes, they give you something to play around, but in terms of new features, there's nothing much which sets it apart from other browsers.

If you are looking for a lightweight browser, with customization, and loads of good inbuilt features, and justified amount of settings, then one should try SlimBoat. It has several good inbuilt features. It's lightweight, fast, and portable. You can check out the SlimBoat thread on the forum, for more.

Sleipnir has another engine, Trident, which I won't use anytime. So, that's a waste.

To me, Sleipnir is just another Chrome clone, and not very good at it too. Maybe a few features like feed reader, or Read Later integration, or, sync, might be good, but otherwise, I do not see anything exciting enough.. nothing new. Yes, it's fast though, in terms of rendering pages, but then, only a tad bit more than Firefox. A few milliseconds? I think I can bear with Firefox for that :D.

Also noticed that in Search engines, you cannot delete engines, like you can do in Firefox. There are two built-in extensions for RobotForm Toolbar, and SuperDrag. Don't know what the second one is for. The first one is disabled by default, but I don't need it anyway. Both cannot be removed.

Well, as deya said earlier, that Sleipnir is not for everyone. It's definitely not for me :D.

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