SnelNL Newsreader Review

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2022

SnelNL Newsreader Review
Rating3 Stars
Retention500 Days
Free TrialNone
FeaturesFree With SnelNL Account
Streaming Newsreader
Simple User Interface

SnelNL is primarily a Dutch Usenet service provider that not only gives users access to Usenet but also provides their own streaming newsreader. This newsreader comes free with SnelNL’s paid accounts. The best feature of this newsreader is that it allows its users to stream media even as you download.

Highlighted Features

  • Free newsreader with an SnelNL account
  • Not just a downloader but also a streaming newsreader
  • Allows you to stream while downloading
  • Pre-configured to the SnelNL network
  • Simple and minimalist user Interface
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Claims to have a better completion rate than Spotnet

Plans & Pricing

As mentioned, the SnelNL newsreader comes free when you subscribe to a SnelNL account. Please refer to the SnelNL’s pricing info below:

Snelnl Pricing

Free Trial Information

As a Usenet service, you can try out SnelNL without paying for three days. You can actually try using the SnelNL software as well during this time. If you are unsatisfied with their service, make sure to cancel your subscription before the first billing cycle begins.

Usage Overview

The SnelNL newsreader was primarily developed for the needs of SnelNL account holders. While you can use other newsreaders along with an SnelNL account, this Usenet service provider recommends using their own streaming downloader along with their subscription. According to their site, they offer a much better completion rate than Spotnet.

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SnelNL can be used for both MacOS and Windows. Their installer can be found on the downloads page of their website. Installing the software is very simple. Just download the installer from their site, move the .exe file or .dmg file to the folder you want and launch the application.

Snelnl Installation


Once you have successfully installed the SnelNL software, just log in with your username, password and then select your server. This shouldn’t be much of a problem since the application will be preconfigured to SnelNL settings if you have a valid SnelNL account.

Make sure to set your port to an SSL port to keep your Usenet activity safe and secure.

Scheduling & Automation

The SnelNL newsreader does not have any scheduling and automation features. The main selling point of this newsreader is that it allows users to stream their media even as it is being downloaded.

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The SnelNL newsreader is perfect for beginners since it has a very minimalistic and simple interface. Expert Usenet users will also be able to enjoy this software because it is a no frills and no fuss type of newsreader. While experienced users might look for more advanced features from a newsreader, SnelNL pretty much does its job well with its simplicity and its add-on of being able to stream while downloading.


Not all newsreaders allow users to stream media while downloading on the software. That is why this is the main selling feature of SnelNL. While there may be other usenet clients in the market that have this feature as well, what makes SnelNL stand out also is that it has a minimalistic look and a very simple interface perfect for users who have no need for advanced features and complicated configurations and interface navigation. That being said, we can’t say that this is the best newsreader around, however, the SnelNL newsreader does the job well enough. And since you have it as a freebie with an SnelNL account, you might as well make use of it.

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