The explosion of the BitTorrent revolution has sparked the development of an infinitesimal number of new torrent clients; some are built from the ground up, while others use opensource code, and try to build on an existing idea. Many of these new clients are dismal abominations, while others seem to excel in different (unique) areas. However, will any of these newbies be able to de-throne µTorrent’s indisputable title as king of the clients? We’re not sure about that, but there is one that seems to be faster, at least on public trackers.
Be advised that the use of an unsupported or banned BitTorrent client is not a good idea for private trackers. Check with their rules/FAQ, or consult tracker staff before you decide to use any of these clients.
Parrot BitTorrent Client (New)
**Our Score: 0/5
**Private Tracker Usage: Don’t do it
They Say: Is a bit torrent client written in c# (.net 2) using the monotorrent library…
Our Review: Hands down, Parrot wins the award for BT futility - you’ll swear the MAFIAA is behind this client. 1.) The default language is Greek, so you’ll need to blindly ‘guess’ where to change the language to English in the settings. Default settings are less than favorable, which need to be extensively manipulated. 2.) This bird just doesn’t connect. We threw in some of mininova’s most popular torrents, and while we generated a lot of seed/leechers initially, it didn’t take long for this client to get flagged, choked and/or snubbed. Private tracker account ban is likely guaranteed if you attempt to use Parrot.
VIP Torrent (New)
**Our Score: 1/5
**Private Tracker Usage: Unlikely
They Say: You may now take advantage of the BitTorrent Pro decentralized network to share, search for, and download about any file you want to.
Our Review: Meh. VIP Torrent is a blatant ripoff from the old Azureus v2.5, with two exceptions: 1.) If not careful, you’ll end up installing a shitty browser toolbar called Gossiper, which we’re quite certain you don’t want. 2.) After installation, you’ll be launched to a VipRumor website (for ‘celebrity gossip’ - umm, can someone please tell me what this has to do with BitTorrent?!), assuredly this is a place you wish not to visit.
VIP Torrent is nothing more than a quick shameless marketing scheme cleverly disguised as a new BitTorrent client. Oh, and when you go to uninstall it (and you will), you’ll also be launched back to the VipRumor website. Runner-up: Hermes P2P, another Azureus ripoff.
**Our Score: 3/5
**Private Tracker Usage: Don’t
They Say: Integrated keyword search (torrents, YouTube, Liveleak) & browse for newest content, most popular, recommended and much more. Fast downloading, play while downloading, integrated video player.
Our Review: Not bad, but more of a social tool than an exclusive BT client. Finding current ’scene’ movie releases is not an easy task - they just don’t exist on Tribler. However, we were able to muster up some decent search results for ‘aXXo’, but you’ll need to keep a keen eye on the file sizes and S/L numbers - truth be told, you may have better luck on Limewire. DL speeds leave a lot to be desired.
One redeeming characteristic is the ability to create and share your own torrent files through Tribler. In fact, they make it very easy to accomplish, with the ability to import trackers from existing (public) torrents. When creating a new torrent, simply click on the “Tracker Info” tab, and select “Use additional trackers…”, then click the “Copy tracker from torrent” button.
**Our Score: 3.5/5
**Private Tracker Usage: Yes (on some)
They Say: Halite is a C++ BitTorrent client based on the excellent libtorrent library from Rasterbar Software.
Our Review: Most of the necessary settings for public tracker usage are turned OFF by default, and need to be enabled (DHT, encryption, port forwarding, etc). In our tests, we achieved some very respectable transfer speeds, especially for upload traffic (seeding). Halite also supports IP blocklists in the form of imported *.dat files. Another cool feature is the country list and extensive statistics for each connected peer in the torrent peerlist (i.e ‘choked’, ‘interested’ and ‘encryption’). As of now, there’s no proxy support (yet) or WebUI.
Deluge Torrent v1.0.5
**Our Score: 4.5/5
**Private Tracker Usage: Yes (on most)
Our Review: Deluge comes pre-configured with some very favorable client settings, most of which do not need to be changed in order to maximize connectivity and speed. However, WinXP (and Vista) users who have wisely applied the associated ‘Max. Half-Open Connections’ patch should change this setting from “8” to a higher number. Deluge also comes with an IP Blocklist plugin (not enabled by default), and includes automatic BlueTack/Peer Guardian blocklist downloading & updating.
Deluge is jam-packed with features, including: A WebUI interface and available greasemonkey userscripts; enabled encryption; Mainline DHT, UPnP, NAT-PMP, PEX and LSD are supported (and ON by default); RSS compatibility; more.
If you’re a frequent user of public trackers, we highly recommend that you give Deluge a shot. In our head-to-head tests with µTorrent, using the exact same torrents simultaneously, Deluge kicked some serious ass. Without tweaking Deluge settings (except for the ‘Max. Half-Open Connections’), we sustained better connectivity and superior download speeds when compared to µTorrent:
How come Deluge is so much faster? what is it doing that µTorrent isnt?
John in ROK Says:
I’m curious too. What would make it go faster?
I tried getting to the Deluge website but cannot do anything at all i wonder what is the problem with the site.
The speed must be because of the peerguardian plugin. The torrent in the picture is the dark knight dvdrip by axxo. If you guys have noted almost all of axxo’s recent releases are being swamped by antip2p peers. I think thats why utorrent reports relatively so little seeds. Comments?
any one tried utorrent with peerguardian list? i think utorrent are being attacked I believe anti-anti-p2p list are almost useless.
I gave Deluge (Win XP 32 version) some good runs since even before the current 1.0.x RCs and now a convert to Halite. Why? Because apparently Halite’s the only thing right now that can somehow effectively give me the necessary seeds and peers’ count up to speed, bypasses my ISP’s “bandwidth management” most of the time and makes proper use of my upload slots. Deluge’s latest 1.0.5 are a bit odd at few ends. Good performance on some torrents, so-so on the others. Plus the shown installed that reaches 100Mbs are a no no to me. Admittedly on the features’ aspect, Halite still has lots of ground to cover but it’s still a light thing comparable to µTorrent and a heck of a lot lighter than Deluge.
I think utorrent doesn’t work well with private trackers..
I tried downloading a china based file , and utorrent managed to get only about 8~20 kb/s with 1 seeder..
I tried bitcomet (not mentioned here btw) and it shot up to my max speed…..
I think uTorrent 1.9 beta is going to be the fastest torrent client once again.. The UDP tunneling enabled by default is absolutely screaming fast.. Saturating connection once again.. I hate Canada for torrents.
uTorrent is the best client imo, I’ve also tried rtorrent, azureus, deluge and many others. rtorrent is probably as good as utorrent for the main tasks which are downloading and seeding but utorrent is easier to use, it has even more features and it also works very well on linux. With utorrent and rtorrent is probably a draw, deluge in second place and azureus last.