uTorrent review

With more than 150 million users, uTorrent is the second most widely used BitTorrent client globally behind Xunlei. However, it is the most popular BitTorrent client outside of China. The first release of this software was on the 18th of September, 2005 with an Adware license. This software was developed by Ludvig Strigeus using the C++ programming language. This software is available for Mobile, Windows, Mac and Linux users.

uTorrent exists as a free-to-use and paid software which is available on its website. This software is used to download torrents and magnet links. It is also used to play back audio files using the integrated Media Library. It also has an antivirus protection feature to help keep the PC safe for viruses and malware by automatically scanning downloaded files.

Summary

Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

👍🏻 The good
  • It’s free
  • Lightweight
  • No limits
👎🏻 The bad
  • Advertisement
  • Bundles during installation
  • uTorrent Rating: 8 out of 10

uTorrent is a P2P file-sharing BitTorrent client. However, as an improvement on previous versions, the latest version of the software has an inbuilt protection feature which scans torrents for viruses and malware during downloads. Released on 5th March 2019, the newest version can be downloaded here.

Features of uTorrent

As a top-tier software for downloading torrents & shared files on the internet, uTorrent has a good number of characteristics.

Bandwidth management: This software allows its fast downloads for its users with automatic bandwidth management while downloading. The uTorrent Pro app, otherwise known as BitTorrent has an inbuilt bandwidth booster which auto-adjusts bandwidth usage based on internet connectivity.

Unlimited downloads:With the uTorrent software, there are no limits to file downloads. The user can download or move as much data as possible on the network.

Instant playback: With the uTorrent software, you can enjoy instant gratification while still downloading. This feature allows you to play back a file during the download process. However, this feature is only possible on the uTorrent Pro software.

Data protectionThe uTorrent software protects the PC by automatically scanning it against viruses and malware. This feature is only available on the uTorrent Pro software.

Media player: This software has an inbuilt media player to play different media files, i.e. mp4, avi, mpeg4 etc. This software also has inbuilt HD codecs for efficient viewing. This feature is only available on the uTorrent Pro software.

Encryption: This is a common feature amongst P2P file sharing clients aimed at enhancing privacy and confidentiality. This feature makes it hard for third parties to identify traffic.

Peer exchange:uTorrent maintains a full PEX support with other BitTorrent clients such as libtorrent, KTorrent, Transmission, Vuze etc.

Web UI:This plugin allows uTorrent running on one computer to be operated on another computer either via the internet or WLAN. This plugin is currently available on the Beta version of uTorrent.

Media converter: The uTorrent software has an inbuilt HD media player to convert files into different media formats playable on any mobile device, i.e. iPhone, iPod, Playstation, Apple etc. Likewise, just like every other unique feature, it only exists on the Pro version.

Other characteristics

Customer support:The uTorrent software team has efficient customer support. They are available 24/7 to answer questions, attend to request and complaints.

Advertisement: This software offers a lot of ads as free software. However, the pro version contains no ads.

BitTorrent Bundles:As a BitTorrent client, uTorrent allows its users to download media files directly from a variety of artists, bands, authors, and filmmakers. Unlike other features, it is also available on the free version.u

Updates: The uTorrent Pro prioritises its users by giving them premium access to new features when available.

Multiple languages : The uTorrent software is written in various languages for global acceptance. The updated software released on March 5, 2019, i.e. uTorrent 3.5.5 has an attached language pack containing 67 languages. These languages include English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Dutch, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil & Portugal), Russian, Spanish, etc.

Compatibility:uTorrent is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Android. A uTorrent server is available also for Linux.

Pros and Cons

PROS

  • RSS Downloader: With this software, the user can download his/her favourite RSS items on the computer.
  • Remote Web Interface: The web interface of the uTorrent program can be controlled from any web browser.
  • Small Size: The installation file available on the website is small in size. Both the stable and the beta file is less than 3MB (i.e., 2.84MB & 2.17MB according to its latest release). Download the stable file here. The beta file is also available here.
  • Personalisation: Every uTorrent user can create his/her .torrent file on this program.
  • File Scheduling: You can schedule the uploading, downloading of files on this app.
  • Multiple System Compatibility: This software works with Microsoft Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems.
  • Protection: This software protects the PC against all forms of viruses and malware by scanning files during downloads.
  • User-friendly interface: This software’s interface is user-friendly with a colourful theme and accessible features.

CONS

  • Advertisements: uTorrent as a free file-sharing service contains a lot of ads which makes the use of the software boring. However, the Pro version of the software does not contain such.
  • Multiple Software Installation: This software could install more than one software during installation.
  • Restricted Search: The search feature is unavailable on the software. Therefore, a user cannot search for new torrents inside the program except via the web browser.

Premium version

uTorrent has only one higher version which is identified as uTorrent Pro. This version otherwise called BitTorrent has more advanced features when compared to the uTorrent free version, i.e.,

  • uTorrent Pro/BitTorrent: Aside from having a library full of cool contents and bundles, the uTorrent Pro software allows its users to stream files while still downloading. Also, it has an anti-virus protection feature with which it protects the system from viruses and malware by scanning data during downloads. It also has an inbuilt converter to convert files to different media formats. This version is also free of ads or interruptions during downloads. Also, it gives the user premium access to new features and automatic updates. Lastly, it has HD codes to play media files in the HD display. You can buy this software via this link.

Other products

BitTorrent, Inc. is a privately owned internet technology company created to design distributed technologies which help to keep creators and consumers in control of their content. It is responsible for the development of the BitTorrent P2P protocol. This company has a lot of product and services it offers for different classes of users.

BitTorrent’s product shop is geared towards Consumer Freeware, Content Delivery and Embedded Software. Its products are available for use on PCs and Mobile devices.

Amongst its Product Portfolio is BitTorrent Sync, a P2P synchronization tool for synchronizing files amongst computer on a LAN or internet users. Also, the BitTorrent Bundle is created for artists and content creators to distribute content using the BitTorrent client.

BitTorrent’s other services include BitTorrent DNA, SoShare, BitTorrent Live, BitTorrent News amongst others.

Summary

uTorrent is a free P2P BitTorrent client used for downloading files shared on the internet. This software is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. It has an excellent interface designed with a colourful theme and accessible features. This software exists as a free service; however, it has a Pro version which has more advanced features. The Pro version can be accessed here.