Opera Software has released a preview version of their much awaited Opera Turbo after the organization unveiled their latest innovation last month with promises of faster browsing speed. This preview release contains Opera 10 bundled with Opera Turbo.
The Opera Turbo technology uses a server-side optimization and compression that provides significant improvements in browsing speeds over limited-bandwidth connections by compressing network traffic. It works as a proxy server that compresses the traffic before it reaches the browser on your computer.
When Opera Turbo is turned on, it will display a small icon on the status bar of Opera displaying the average compression rate. Hover your mouse over the Opera Turbo icon to see a tooltip with the amount of bandwidth saved.
A snapshot of this site as it appears with Opera Turbo enabled. Opens in a jiffy but images look horrible.
The web sites layout and text, when accessed with Opera Turbo enabled, looks exactly the same, but image resolutions appear considerably lower as a result of the compression. This is a tradeoff you have to make if you want faster browsing. Encrypted traffic however, does not go through Opera’s compression servers, which means that all SSL connections are bypassed and connected directly to the site servers. This ensures that connections to your email accounts, bank accounts etc remains protected.
Opera Turbo is ideal on limited connection networks but users with faster connection won’t notice huge difference in speed. If you want to test the effectiveness of the compression, Opera recommends using a bandwidth limiting software to limit the speed of your net connection, if you happen to have a fast one.