Okay I have been using 18.104.22.1680 for couple weeks now.. and it is horrible all around. I am using it on a laptop with Windows 8.1 installed. I was using whatever version there was since last December. I never bothered with any updates till now. Everything had been running smoothly and perfectly, Maxthon was my only browser I would use. Video playback for youtube or any streaming sites were flawless! I could have multiple tabs open, one with youtube playing, one with my email open and one for searching. Everything would be working harmoniously.
Now, nothing works right! Videos whether on youtube or hulu or any movie streaming site.. plays horribly choppy! Everything freezes and skips audio. Nothing just plays normally since this update. Worst is if I have youtube open playing I have to play videos on 144p quality to play somewhat normally without chopping up bad. But If I have another tab open searching on google for example, every time I scroll bar on the search.. youtube freezes up in the background with each scroll I do. It makes doing anything a pain!
Yet, every other browser you can think of Firefox, Opera, Chrome, IE even Nitro, everything plays perfect fine on all those! No issues what so ever like what I have on 22.214.171.1240. I can have 3 tabs open on all other browsers with al videos playing.. and no freezing what so ever! Its only this version. But the freezing thing is something that happens all around this browser. Starting the browser up with no open tabs from a previous session, just a new blank page with the tiles page. When clicking on a tile to open a site up, it takes the sites a while to load up. They don't load fast like they used to.
And, once a tab does load up.. and I go to open a new tab, the new tab take forever to load up. It doesn't matter if the previous opened tab is just a google search page or email. or even a youtube video playing. it takes a while for the new tab page to load up. Things just freeze up at that point. The google search page, will not let me scroll through while the new tab is opening up in the background. It just freezes. Once the new tab loads up then everything works again. This is the biggest issue is the freezing up. This browser has become Multi Task Unfriendly!
Now, I have tried already, installing a clean install of this version.. and the same results happen. I have even installed an older version from back in February of this year version 126.96.36.1990, and the same issues happen. Something deeper with maxthons core maybe has switched and going back to older version do not correct the issue. The layout of those older versions I've tried out besides 188.8.131.520, they look like the older versions but do no respond the same. Videos still play the same choppy.
I'm really frustrated because Maxthon was my only browser for the last year and half and now this version and any previous versions do no work well. I have to leave Maxthon browser for now because it's not useful to me anymore. Until it can get fixed and something changes I can switch back. But this current version and whatever has changed with MX since the last years version, it no longer works for me and my computer. I have to go with an alternative browser now which sucks! I loved Maxthon it was so fast and useful over other browsers.
I've tried clean installs of other versions and this one again, and each time things are just choppy and slow. Maybe Mx5 will be better? We shall see.