In general, Internet allows us to download all kinds of things, from videos to music, from documents to photos, but particularly, we can take advantage of the P2P protocol and the various networks that make use of it to link its users in order to share and download this kind of content. One of these networks is known as BitTorrent. In order to connect to the BitTorrent network, we need to have installed a client for this type of network in our PCs. We've been talking about another excellent choice as Vuze is for torrent files download, but in this article I'm going to go through the main features and particularities of another client for the BitTorrent network known as BitComet .
Intuitive & Fast
This free BitTorrent/HTTP/FTP download client offers a really attractive combination of clear and intuitive interface, ease of use and fast downloads. BitComet developers claim that it contains many advanced features that can accelerate your downloading up to 5 - 10 times faster, or even more. In fact, BitComet is completely developed in C + +, making it stable and fast, and consumes very little CPU resources. Even during the download process it uses as little as 8,5MB of RAM memory, as you can see in the next screenshot.
BitComet includes a number of interesting features such as the possibility of simultaneous downloads, chatting with other users, maintaining a queue of files to download where we can determine download priorities, up/down speeds limiting, port mapping, support for proxy servers, IP address filtering, and it also has the ability to resume interrupted downloads. We can even link our installed antivirus PC to analyze all downloaded files. To do this we open the Options window(Tools → Oprtions or Ctrl+P) and select the Virus option and define the antivirus path and a couple of parameters more to have our downloads scanned.
But what I think is really interesting is the fact that the most important functions are visually available, meaning that when we want to make some tweaking we do not have to dive into complicated menus.
As you can see, everything is perfectly and conveniently reflected in BitComet's interface, along with a simple and elegant design, it also offers interesting links to BitTorrent portals on the left panel, a top window where you can view the status of our downloads on the right, and a lower panel where details of each can be found.
Besides, if we need to make deeper configuration, the Options menu (accessible from Tool → Options) is arranged in a way that presents no difficulties.
This handy torrent client also offers the ability for pre-listening to music and video preview for our media downloads. This function is really easy to use, we just start the desired download and right-click on it, if available, we can select Play and start previewing the file. However, availability of preview depends on various aspects such as connection speed as well as size of buffer needed.
BitComet Incorporates the Internet Explorer engine in its development which allows us to search for torrent files and as I told, there is a default list of torrent index sites, so if you enter some terms to be searched in the box placed on the right upper corner of the main window and click on the search button, a browser window will be automatically opened with the results.
I usually give the details section of an article a positive value, unfortunately this time I'm going to talk about two details that I found somehow annoying. First of all BitComet places an icon on our desktop by default which is shown over every other open window, maybe this feature is found useful by users who are really concerned about the thing, not my case... if I need to check my downloads I open the main window, fortunately this icon can be easily disabled through the View menu by unchecking the Floating Window option.
Secondly, although developers claim that BitComet is adds free I found that on the first start it showed some advertising on the lower-right panel. Anyway, this can also be disabled at least visually by selecting any of the other options in this panel.
To sum up I will just say that in spite of this two last details, the overall performance of BitComet is good, maybe it is not the best but quite close.
Have you tried BitComet? Share your opinion with us in the comments section below.
Author: Lucas Artigas Review on: Bitcomet 1.11 Final