EagleGet review

An easy-to-use download manager that put you in control of your files

TechRadar Verdict

The need for download accelerators has, generally speaking, diminished, but EagleGet's video downloading and transfer scheduling options make it an incredibly useful utility.

Pros

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    Works with all popular browsers

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    Downloads videos from YouTube

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    File validity and malware checking

Cons

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    Media grabbing component not installed by default

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    Unwanted extras in the installer

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In an age of cheap, readily available high-speed broadband connection, why would you need a download manager and accelerator like EagleGet?

EagleGet

Where to download: http://www.eagleget.com/ (opens in new tab)

Type: Download manager

Developer: EagleGet (opens in new tab)

Operating system: Windows

Version: 2

The truth of the matter is that not everyone has a super-fast, reliable connection, and even if they do, there's always scope to speed up downloads a little. This is achieved by downloading the same file from multiple locations at the same time to max out your connection and avoid being slowed down by slow servers.

But download acceleration is just one of EagleGet's many features. It also includes a media grabbing component for downloading videos from the likes of Vimeo and YouTube, plus a scheduling tool so you can decide when files should start transferring.

When downloading in batches, you can leave a huge number of files to download overnight without clogging up your connection when you need it, or you can implement a download speed limit so you can continue to use the web with downloads taking place in the background.

A quick word of warning: watch out for the iNewTab browser extension that the installer tries to foist on you and make sure you deselect it if you don’t want it.

At the end of the installation, you may also want to opt out of the 'Help us improve EagleGet' option if you're concerned about your privacy. 

User experience

You can opt to add URLS to EagleGet yourself or have the program handle file downloads automatically. This option is highly customizable; it can be set to only include certain file types, or to ignore certain websites.

You'll probably need to dedicate some time to tinkering with settings like these to get EagleGet working in a way that suits you. Once this is done, however, you should find that everything works silently and seamlessly.

Although most modern web browsers can resume downloads if your connection is interrupted, the same feature offers by EagleGet is far more robust and makes the program well worth installing if your connection is temperamental.

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