Today we are comparing BitLord vs uTorrent, two of the most commonly used and popular torrenting clients available today. In comparing the two, we set out to find the best torrent client for 2018.
We compare details of the two pieces of software, providing screenshots along the way. The aim of this comparison is to help you choose between the two by pointing out the good and bad points of each and picking the ultimate winner.
Throughout this article, we will be considering the following points in detail:
- ease of download
- ease of installation
- the design and interface
- safety and security
- user ratings and reviews
- speed tests on desktop and mobile
The developer of BitLord claims the torrent client is “The easiest torrent client for streaming and downloading.” The developer behind uTorrent claims the software is “A very tiny BitTorrent client.”
So without any further ado let us continue ahead with our comparison of BitLord vs uTorrent.
Ease of download
We’ll take a look now at how easy it is to download each torrent client and decide in the BitLord vs uTorrent battle which one is better.
Downloading BitLord is as simple as clicking on the “Get BitLord” button and saving the file to the hard drive on the computer.
This is clearly located on the homepage of the client.
BitLord is available on:
- Mac OS
Downloading uTorrent is somewhat trickier as there are two choices: uTorrent Web and uTorrent Classic.
In this instance, we compare the classic version so you are required to scroll down a little on the homepage to find the uTorrent Classic version.
Click on the download button and a popup will ask you which version you want, free or paid, choose the free version at the right-hand side.
uTorrent is available on:
For ease of download, we think BitLord is the easiest option as the homepage is clear and simple with the download link easy to find. uTorrent, on the other hand, is confusing.
There are two versions, the web, and classic versions, but you have to scroll down to find the classic version as shown in the lower half of the screenshot above.
BitLord is easier to download because it’s simple and clear.
Ease of installation
Now we will move on to how easy it is to install both torrent clients. BitLord vs uTorrent, which will come out on top?
When clicking on BitLord .exe file a window will open up with tick boxes for the configuration.
Click next to proceed with the installation and the following dialogue box appears.
Untick the box that asks if you want to install Opera browser and then click the “Decline” button to continue the installation of BitLord.
The installation will continue, in our case when installing for the sake of this review, the installation hung for around one minute at 97% before continuing.
Double click on the uTorrent .exe and a dialogue box will be displayed.
Then choose next and the following dialogue box will open giving a warning:
Simply click on the “Next” button to continue with the installation. Review the terms and conditions and then click on “Agree” to continue the installation.
Care has to be taken from here on in, as this is when the irrelevant offers begin to pop up:
On the dialogue box untick “install Opera Browser” then click “Next”.
If you click “Cancel,” the installation of the torrent client will abort.
Continue with the installation by clicking the “Next” buttons and you will see the configuration box.
Click “Next” and the software will install very quickly.
uTorrent is the most difficult to install due to the fact there are more “Offers” to be wary of during installation but it does install faster than BitLord.
BitLord is much easier to install than uTorrent.
The design and interface
The design of the interface of BitLord is full on with plenty to see, though confusing at first if you have not used a torrent client before.
The interface offers a search bar along the top and a search bar on the left-hand side, with torrents and playlists showing in the left-hand column.
The software opens by showing the top list of torrents available for download.
If you want to search for a particular torrent do so in the left-hand search box (see screenshot below) as this reveals torrents available for download.
If you want to download a torrent file, simply click on its name to expand and then choose “Download torrent”.
We found it was feasible to browse torrents by choosing from the categories listed at the top.
uTorrent has a clean looking white interface but it does not provide as much information as BitLord in the interface.
It lacks the option for searching for torrents in the interface and does not provide a list of the most popular torrents.
In the left-hand column are options showing torrents you have in the program. Labels of torrents, the ability to upgrade to the pro version and devices.
In the top half of the interface, there is a button suggesting visiting BitTorrent Now to get torrents. However, on clicking it, a web page opens.
Clicking on “Get more torrents” takes you to a website for additional downloads.
The bottom half of the main interface provides information about torrents that are downloading.
BitLord is free to use with no paid plans available whereas uTorrent has a pro plan for $19.95 per year along with other paid choices.
The differences in the pro version include:
- instant streaming
- malware and virus protection
- convert and play files
- customer support
- access to new features
- no ads
Both are similar, although uTorrent is the winner here for better paid options.
Safety and security
BitLord offers the chance to hide your location with a VPN (virtual private network). There is a free trial of SpyOFF VPN offered, which hides your IP address so no one knows that you ‘re downloading torrents.
This is something to bear in mind, as many service providers do not allow torrent or illegal file downloading. uTorrent free version does not provide this option but you can choose to buy the Pro + VPN version when downloading.
We’ll go into a deeper discussion about VPNs later.
When downloading files through any torrent client safety may be a problem due to malware or viruses in the downloaded files, therefore suitable anti-malware and/or virus software is essential.
This should preferably have a protective shield enabled at all times.
Android user ratings and reviews
There is no Android version of BitLord, so here we will just review the uTorrent version for Android.
uTorrent for Android is easy to download from the Google Play Store, and it’s been downloaded by millions of Android users. The app has received mixed reviews and issues.
One of the biggest issues users reported is ads. Ads pop up around 50% of the time in the app, which can be annoying. Another downside some users have reported is the app being slow to download; torrents only reach around 1kb despite the fact there are countless seeds available.
However, this is not something we came across during our comparison. Users have reported that to enjoy faster speed the pro version is required. Again this was not an issue when we were downloading a test file.
Some users reported files have downloaded to 30% or 40% then drop off drastically or do not complete.
Occasionally files are re-downloaded that already downloaded and the software crashes often when left overnight to download. We cannot prove or disprove this.
Due to the sheer number of ratings and reviews, uTorrent wins hands down.
The speed test
Now onto the all important speed test in the battle of BitLord vs uTorrent.
First we tested the download speed in BitLord before doing the same in uTorrent. We downloaded the same torrent file, 307MB in size, in both clients with a broadband connection, with the speed test results below.
The file downloaded fast in BitLord with good speed from start to finish.
The average download speed was 16.5 MB/s, with not much variation above or below this, downloading in around in around 12 seconds.
In uTorrent the file also downloaded with good speed, although it did take longer than in BitLord at around 34 seconds.
The average download speed was 4.9 Mb/s with the file dropping off in speed around 45% before picking up towards the end.
We also tested the uTorrent download speed on Android with the download speed being good, equaling on average speed around 6 MB/s.
As you can see from the results above, BitLord came out top in the speed test.
There was not a lot of variation in the download speeds with BitLord, unlike uTorrent which started off high then towards the middle kept dropping down until it reached around 1.5 Mb/s, before picking up again.
BitLord has much faster and more consistent speeds.
BitLord vs uTorrent: and the best torrent client is….
Now a drum roll please as we announce the winner of the BitLord vs uTorrent is…
We have taken all of the above into consideration and decided that we give the win to BitLord.
BitLord offers a more interesting and intuitive interface. We were able to search directly within the interface for the torrent. A click on the torrent allows for downloading straight from the interface. This is an aspect that uTorrent lacks or if it does, we missed it.
BitLord also provides the chance to hide your identity via VPN software, which you do have to install seperately. Speed tests were also impressive downloading a 307MB file in just 12 seconds.
In uTorrent the only way we could see to add a torrent was to search outside of the software to find the torrent, save it to the hard drive and then add it into uTorrent via the menu. (see screenshot below).
To use VPN in uTorrent you have to buy a yearly subscription for $69.95 per year.
uTorrent does have an Android version, while BitLord does not, but this was no enough to persuade us to choose uTorrent over BitLord.
A word on safety when using torrents
Depending on the content downloaded in torrents there may be potential danger. Downloading protected or copyrighted content is illegal and internet service providers will not allow downloading of such materials and will monitor what you download and hand out warnings and fines.
Anyone who is caught continually downloading illegal content faces bandwidth throttling and even legal action being brought against them.
One way to download torrents safely is to take advantage of a VPN. Virtual private networks hide internet activity from internet service providers while not affecting the download speeds of torrents.
The software does this by re-routing traffic through a server that you choose, hiding your real location. This means your IP address is modified, which makes tracking your activities very difficult. Your activity cannot be monitored as the VPN encrypts traffic and the traffic is sent to the server of the VPN first, so the ISP does not actually know where it is going.
So, which of these torrent clients are you using in 2018? In the battle of BitLord vs uTorrent, which is your winner?
Let us know in the comments below!