Choosing the Best USENET Newsreader for You

July 20, 2012

Experienced USENET users will generally already have a newsreader that they prefer over all others. There are some very big names out there that have been around for a long time and that tend to appeal to this crowd. If you’re relatively new to the USENET scene, however, you’re going to have a bit of a learning curve. Sometimes, finding the best USENET browser can actually be quite a lot of fun.

Big Names

Newsbin is one of the biggest USENET clients out there and has won many awards. If you’re a beginner to the world of USENET, understand that this is a complex newsreader. It might take you a while to figure out all of the various features that it has but, in doing so, you will become very familiar with how use networks. Some of the features on this client that make it popular include the ability to help users organize their downloads, support for NZB files and many other features.

SABnzbd is another big name in the USENET world. This solution is completely free. Like some other USENET clients, this one is oriented toward downloading binaries, the USENET term for any type of file that is stored on news servers. Whether you’re downloading video, audio or anything else, SABnzbd is generally considered to be one of the better choices out there.

Some USENET services have a USENET newsreader that is included with the service. An example of this would be the Mimo USENET newsreader that is included with the Giganews USENET service from Golden Frog. Like many other USENET newsreaders, this one looks quite a bit like your web browser. It has a tabbed interface and other features that make it ideal for those who want their USENET experience to be as much like surfing the Internet as possible.

Another good choice would be the Newshosting newsreader which is included with the popular Newshosting Usenet package for $10/month. The Newshosting newsreader is quite easy to use and configure.

OS Compatibility

The first concern you’ll have to take into account when you’re looking for a USENET newsreader is operating system compatibility. If you’re running on Windows, you probably don’t have much to worry about. If you happen to be running on the Linux operating system, using a USENET newsreader might be a bit more complicated than it is for windows users and your choices will be somewhat restricted. For Linux Users, our first choice would be SABNzbd as mentioned above. Users of the Macintosh operating system will generally have very little difficulty finding compatible USENET newsreaders out there.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you’re USENET experience isn’t exactly what you planned, it may just be that you need a less or more complex newsreader to make it all it could be.

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