We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Reviews
15,449 Reviews

Lunascape 6.8.3 browser review

Free

Manufacturer: Lunascape

Our Rating: We rate this 2 out of 5

Lunascape is an interesting browser because instead of being based on a single engine, such as Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer, it contains all of them. Read our Lunascape 6.8.3 browser review to find out more.

At first sight Lunascape appears to be an exciting and interesting web browser that has some unusual features. For example, it is a triple-engine browser. Instead of being based on a single engine, such as Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer, it contains all of them. See all software reviews.

You can choose a default engine to use when starting the browser (or opening a new tab), but there's a button in the toolbar that enables you to switch from one engine to another. This is useful if a website isn't being displayed correctly (or a feature isn't working properly) in, say, Internet Explorer. You can click the button to switch to Firefox and reload the page. If you like, you can open the same page using all three engines in three tabs side by side. Web developers find this useful as they can check for any compatibility problems. Take a look at Avant Force Avant Browser 2013 review: discover an alternative web browser.

Lunascape is flawed, though, in that the rendering engines are dated. It appears to use Firefox 3.6, the Internet Explorer version depends on what is installed, and the WebKit (Chrome) engine isn’t the latest either. The performance and HTML5 compatibility is very poor and for these reasons we can't recommend it at the moment.

It's a shame because the browser has a good range of features. It can tile tabs in the window so you can see several pages at once, it can watch the clipboard and open a tabs whenever you copy URLs, and it can use the empty space to the right of tabs to display a news ticker. Tabs to the right, tabs to the left, and inactive tabs can be closed. Despite all the tab features, there's one irritation: to close a tab manually you have to switch to it and then close it. Other browsers allow you to simply click the X.

Lunascape supports RSS feeds. A panel on the left is used to manage subscriptions and the feeds appear as drop-down menus in a toolbar. Select some text on a page and a menu pops up with search, translate, copy and other options. In other browsers you have to right-click. Web pages can be saved as images, there are mouse gestures and more.

Lunascape 6.8.3 Expert Verdict »
Available for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Mac version coming soon
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Performance: We give this item 2 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 4 of 10 overall

This would be a great browser with up-to-date engines, but as it is, it's best avoided. It fails miserably with modern HTML5 compatibility and performance, but it's one to keep an eye on.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Avant Force Avant Browser 2013 review: discover an alternative web browser

    Avant Force Avant Browser 2013: discover an alternative web browser

    Get the power of Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer in one web browser, and switch between the engines at will. Here's our Avant Browser 2013 review

  • Atomic Web Browser for iPhone review

    Atomic Web Browser for iPhone

    Atomic Web Browser is an alternative to Safari for web browsing on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, adding tabbed browsing and the ability to block out advertising.

  • Mozilla Firefox 4 for Mobile review

    Mozilla Firefox 4 for Mobile

    Mozilla Firefox 4 for Mobile is a new Firefox web browser for Google Android that entices with cool features and bookmark syncing across devices.

  • Opera 9.5

    The core improvements in Opera 9.5 are more technical than cosmetic.

  • Google Chrome for Mac review

    Google Chrome for Mac

    Google Chrome for Mac may as yet lack some features of the Windows version, but it is a very fast web browser. UPDATED December 9 2009.


IDG UK Sites

6 cheapest 4K TVs in the UK 2014: Get a UHD telly without breaking the bank

IDG UK Sites

Apple MacBook Air (11-inch, 256GB, Early 2014) lab tests and benchmarks

IDG UK Sites

How to stop your parents opening and responding to phishing emails

IDG UK Sites

Google to ship first Project Ara developer boards in July