Opera Software recently moved to Google’s Blink rendering engine, and completely redesigned its desktop and Android browsers. The desktop version of Opera has brand new user interface which is, thankfully, quite different from the Chrome. Apart from the interface, Opera has few unique features over Chrome including the Off-Road mode. In previous versions of Opera, this feature was named “Turbo Mode”.
Users can turn-on the Off-Road mode in Opera from the main menu, as shown in the following screenshot. When enabled, Off-Road mode brings server-side data compression feature to Opera.
As described in this article, Opera’s server-side compression technology reduces bandwidth consumption by up to 90% by minifying resources on Opera’s servers. This feature is also present in Opera’s Android browser. Opera’s leading product, Opera Mini, works always in Off-Road mode with greater extend of data compression. Mini doesn’t have a rendering engine and all processing takes place on server-side. This also means that Opera Mini (and all other similar proxy browsers) redirects all your web access through its servers.
The main benefit of Off-Road mode is certainly reduced bandwidth consumption which helps users with slower internet connections.
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