We install a lot of applications on our computer, but one type of application any internet user should have in their arsenal is a download manager. These apps come in a host of shapes and sizes, and varying price tags. Not to mention, popular web browsers like Chrome, Firefox and IE also have one out of the box. However, their built-in download managers just don’t cut it as standalone downloaders simply have more features like the ability to accelerate, among other additional perks, depending on how feature-loaded the program is. Over the years, AddictiveTips has recommended several download managers to our readers, such as DownTango for Windows and Progressive Downloader for Mac. Today, we decided to test another one called EagleGet, which offers almost all the features of a paid download manager like IDM absolutely free of cost. Join us past the jump for a full review.
The application has a really nice looking UI. It feels modern, classy and doesn’t seem to burden system resources. One of best features in EagleGet is how it automatically organizes the download files into different categories, such as Media, Documents, Software and Compressed, apart from the mandatory All, Processing and Completed categories.
When a download task is added, the file name, download progress and transfer rate are shown. You can pause, delete or open the downloaded file by hovering over the item.
The application also has an integrated ad-free online video sniffer, which allows the app to automatically detect and save streaming videos for offline viewing.
Regular downloads can be added both manually and automatically. The manual route involves copying and pasting the download link into the application by hitting the ‘Add Download’ button. You can then specify download location, category and output name.
Good download managers usually integrate with browsers and EagleGet is no exception. It automatically installs the required browser extension or add-on during the setup. Browser integration saves time by automating the process of adding downloads. That is, the application gets the ability to automatically grab download URLs from your browser.
After the initial setup, EagleGet opens a webpage in your default browser with instructions for solving any issues that you might face with integration in Chrome and Firefox. Be sure to read through that once if you’re using any of the two browsers.
Even if it fails to auto grab the required link from certain sites, you can always right-click the download link and select ‘Download with EagleGet’ from the context menu.
Like other popular download managers, EagleGet displays notifications above the system tray whenever a download task is completed. You can quickly open the file or navigate to its folder from within this alert.
EagleGet’s Configuration window carries a truckload of settings under General, Connection, Proxy, Monitory, Automation, Scheduler and Notifications tabs, almost all of which are pretty much self-explanatory. You might not need to tinker around with these options though. Most users will find the default settings satisfactory.
However, the Automation and Scheduler sections are still worth a look. The former includes the option to have certain types of files automatically scanned with an antivirus of choice right after they are downloaded, while the latter lets you specify the time of day as well as the days of the week that downloads should be active.
I’ve tried a lot of download managers in the past, but after taking EagleGet for a spin, I can safely say that it’s one of the best download managers available for Windows. Not only is it lightweight and easy on the eyes, but it’s also very simple to use, and the fact that it’s completely free makes it even more attractive.
EagleGet works on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, and has browser extensions for IE 8 and above as well as Chrome, Firefox and Opera.