Email clients The Ver­dict

Linux Format - - ROUNDUP -

Mail­spring is the youngest tool fea­tured in this Roundup. All the oth­ers have re­ceived ex­ten­sive cov­er­age over the past sev­eral years, and we’ve cer­tainly dis­cussed them at length over the past few pages. In a break from tra­di­tion with our Roundups, where we nor­mally spend some time go­ing over the pros and cons of the win­ners, this time around we’ll spend more time talk­ing about the last place fin­isher than all the other tools. This is be­cause we’ve rarely come across an ap­pli­ca­tion that has so thor­oughly im­pressed us. At the same time, a few poor choices and the lack of in­ter­est in pro­vid­ing key fea­tures also makes it one of the most dis­ap­point­ing tools ever fea­tured in a Roundup.

Judg­ing solely by the score on the dif­fer­ent tests, you can see that Mail­spring lags be­hind the other tools only in the add-ons and se­cu­rity fea­tures de­part­ment. In to­day’s age, an email ap­pli­ca­tion that doesn’t en­able you to en­crypt mes­sages or pro­vide any means to fil­ter spam is unimag­in­able. It’s for this rea­son that Mail­spring fin­ishes last. Oth­er­wise, we were stunned with the speedy per­for­mance of the tool. Its search fea­ture, quick con­fig­u­ra­tion and near-in­stan­ta­neous launch is some­thing you must ex­pe­ri­ence your­self, as words can’t do it jus­tice. Even though the project re­lies on fund­ing through the paid pro ver­sion, it still of­fers lim­ited ac­cess to some of its best fea­tures such as de­liv­ery no­ti­fi­ca­tion to the free users as well, which is much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Granted, some of these fea­tures, such as de­liv­ery no­ti­fi­ca­tion are also avail­able on Thun­der­bird, but it isn’t as neatly tied into the desk­top was Mail­spring on our Budgie in­stal­la­tion, with pop-ups in­form­ing us when a mail was read, or when a per­son vis­ited a link we had shared.

KMail has made stun­ning im­prove­ments since last we looked at it in LXF151, and con­fig­ur­ing a new ac­count is now fairly easy. ClawsMail, un­for­tu­nately, is still not close to the sim­plic­ity of Thun­der­bird and Evo­lu­tion. That said, there’s noth­ing wrong with ClawsMail, and if you’re re­stricted to a low-spec ma­chine, we would rec­om­mend noth­ing else. Evo­lu­tion is a close sec­ond, but Thun­der­bird wins on ac­count of its de­fault fea­tures, search prow­ess and nu­mer­ous ex­ten­sions.

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