SpeedOf.Me Review

A Review of SpeedOf.Me, a Bandwith Testing Service

SpeedOf.Me internet speed test

SpeedOf.Me is an internet speed test website that works differently than most, which in this case is a very good thing.

While traditional bandwidth tests use Flash and Java to do their testing, SpeedOf.Me does not. Instead, SpeedOf.Me tests bandwidth directly from the browser via HTML5 instead of via one of those third-party plugins, greatly increasing the chance that the test is accurate.

See HTML5 vs Flash Internet Speed Tests: Which is Better? for more on the difference and why it's important.

SpeedOf.Me works in all modern browsers, like Chrome, IE, Safari, and Firefox. This means that you can test your bandwidth on your desktop, tablet, laptop, or smartphone... yes, even your iPad, iPhone, or Android device!

Also, instead of testing bandwidth between your network and the closest available server, SpeedOf.Me uses the quickest and most reliable server that's available at the present time.

SpeedOf.Me Pros & Cons

There's much to like about this bandwidth testing website:

Pros

  • Lightweight, so it runs quickly and smoothly
  • Intelligently determines the best testing servers
  • Over 100 servers are located across six continents
  • Results can be shared and saved as an image
  • Uses HTML5 in place of Java or Flash
  • Works with both mobile and desktop browsers
  • Keeps a history of test results
  • Can download a detailed speed report

Cons

  • Graphics aren't as attractive as similar speed test sites
  • Can't change the unit displayed in the results (e.g., megabit vs megabyte)
  • No option to register for an account to keep a longer history of results
  • Displays unappealing website ads

My Thoughts on SpeedOf.Me

SpeedOf.Me is extremely easy to use. You don't need to know anything about your network hardware (or your computer at all, really) to test your bandwidth. It's as easy as selecting START TEST and waiting for the results. All the work is done behind the scenes.

Some internet speed test sites download small chunks of data and then extrapolate the results to tell you how fast your network can upload and download files. SpeedOf.Me is different in that it keeps testing the connection with larger and larger file samples until it takes longer than eight seconds to complete.

Working this way means the results can be accurate for networks of all speeds, from the slowest to the fastest ones. Very smart.

Also, the fact that large, contiguous file samples are used means that the results are more closely related to an actual browsing experience where files are not downloaded in small pieces.

I also like how the results are displayed. During a scan, you can see the speed test working right in front of you, as the lines move up and down the screen to show a faster and slower speed with each second that passes.

The download test is performed first, followed by the upload test and finally a latency test. You can hover your mouse over any section of the results to see the exact speed result at that time.

When saving or printing the results, you'll get an exact copy of what you're seeing on the chart.

Not everything about SpeedOf.Me is unicorns and rainbows, though. For example, you can't build a user account to keep track of past results like the popular Speedtest.net website lets you do. This means if you want to store your results over a long period of time, you'll have to download them to your computer.

I also don't like the fact that you can't change the results of a scan to display speeds in megabytes instead of megabits. This shouldn't be a determining factor when choosing a good internet speed test site, though. It's more just a small annoyance.