Torrent for Windows 8
With the Internet opening up new and faster methods of sharing files worldwide. Peer-to-peer has evolved greatly throughout the years, becoming one of the most efficient methods of file sharing. Specialized applications need to be used though, with Torrent for Windows 8 being just one example, created to perfectly blend with the controverted design of Windows 8.
Must be constantly running
With a sleek and clean interface, the application shouldn't pose any accommodation problems. However, you stumble upon an inconvenience factor right from the start. In other words, the application is unable to run the download process in the background, so you must split your screen in half and leave a little room for the application.
Simple design makes it easy to use
Overall, little flexibility is offered, the application only being able to download files using the peer-to-peer method. Thus, you cannot create a torrent file directly from the application in case you want to share creations.
Controls are pretty intuitive, with the possibility to start, pause or stop any running process. Multiple sessions can also be set in motion. This is simply done either by opening torrent files located on your hard disk drive directly, or using the application's built-in explorer.
Customize download and upload settings
Several settings are available that let you manage technical details, such as setting values for download and upload speed, total number of allowed simultaneous instances, block peers from specific countries, set default download path and a few more. In terms of speed, priority can be easily set for each session to either low, normal or high.
Good but far from being a pro
However, the application is not entirely flawless, feeling a little rough around the edges eve a few minutes in. There is no implemented option that allows you to handle computer power options in case you decide to download a large file and not keeping an eye on it. What's more, you need to manually navigate do the download directory to find files, because of the lack of a shortcut to take you there.
Functionality also seems a little flawed, with downloads either refusing to continue after pause, and running the application with processes in motion somehow manages to get connection corrupted, while download sessions needing to be started each time you run the application, with no automated option in this regard.
A few last words
Taking everything into consideration, we can say that Torrent for Windows 8 is not the best application of its kind, with a few issues here and there that leave a little something to be desired overall. It blends well with the Metro interface and is pretty intuitive, but for long-term use it can get a little frustrating, making desktop applications a better alternative.