For a very large part of people who get the Web content through torrents, μTorrent is definitely an irreplaceable tool. This tiny torrent client has grown from a pure downloader to a full-fledged torrent-associated media hub with a large community, a number of handy apps, and even social elements like uChat.
The broad variety of μTorrent features, its small size and high usability have long secured it a constant influx of users. The current latest version does not feature that many changes that would be of much relevance for the regular users and include mainly bug fixes. The killer feature remains the torrent downloader itself, equipped with six various view modes of the download progress, torrent controls and social rating scale. Magnet linking works appreciably smoother than before with mere fractions of a second between retrieving the link and the download start.
RSS feed downloading has performed a bit worse in the test. Downloading BBC podcasts on high-end test machines running under Windows 7 and Windows 8 Consumer Preview was an overall success, while at the same time it failed on an older computer under Windows XP due to lack of memory.
However, this small downside is no more than a fly in the ointment. Another score point goes to μTorrent for the apps you can find in the corresponding menu tab. Our personal favorite is uChat that allows you to chat with other seeders when downloading a torrent. It is especially helpful if you're dealing with some software download and having some questions about it. On the other hand, it would be an exaggeration to say that μTorrent is full of life: most of the time you won't find any users there.
Finally, the Windows version of μTorrent has a nice device connection option, even though it currently works only through USB connections. However, the very existence of this feature makes us hope that the future μTorrent releases will see a seamless experience of torrent sharing between devices.
The bottom line is that μTorrent is a nearly perfect torrent client with an abundance of nicely working features that is hard to outdo.
- Extremely small size
- Very high usability
- Versatile torrent managing options
- An intuitive and easy-to-use interface
- An nice range of apps and social features
- Fails RSS feed downloading on the low-machines