MXit PC Clients

Compare EVO vs Pidgin vs Daxtop



What is a MXit PC Client?
A MXit PC client is a program you can install and run on your personal computer (at home or at work) with which you can log into MXit and then chat with your MXit friends as if it was running on your mobile phone. Currently [Aug 2011] there are basicially three major MXit PC clients available to anyone, which you can use to log into your MXit account from a PC.

When MXit started a couple of years ago, the MXit application was only available on mobile phones. Now however there are also a couple of PC clients available. Here I will give a quick summary of each PC client and the pros cons on each one.

MXit EVO
MXit EVO is the official PC client released and maintained by MXit. It is a full MXit client which you can install and run on your PC with exactly the same features as their mobile clients. EVO has been written in C# and requires .Net 4 to run. It will also only run on Microsoft Windows OS (XP or 7).

EVO Contact List EVO Chat Screen


PROS:
  • It supports all the latest MXit features including gaming markup (so you can play games like Chess and Tixi)
  • Maintained by MXit them selfs, so it stays up to date with everything new.
  • Has a pretty interface
CONS:
  • You can only have one MXit account logged in at any time
  • Can get a little heavy on resources (both processor and memory)
  • Some stability issues has been experienced by me

You can download MXit EVO here

Pidgin
Pidgin is a IM chat client which supports multiple chat protocols such as gtalk, msn, aim and many more. MXit has also written a protocol plugin for Pidgin which allows you to add your MXit account to Pidgin. Pidgin is an open source program and written in C and uses the GTK+ library as front-end. Pidgin can also run on both Linux and Windows which is really cool. So if you are tech-savvy and want to checkout the MXit client protocol, you can always find it here... :-).

Pidgin Contact List Pidgin Chat Screen


PROS:
  • Very stable
  • Runs on Linux - There are packages available for all major Linux distributions.
  • Light and fast (very lightweight on system resources)
  • You can login with multiple MXit accounts at the same time - very cool feature!
  • You can also log into your GTalk, MSN, AIM and many more accounts and access all of them through the same program. - SWEET!
  • Loads of 3rd party plugins written for pidgin to enhance the program with features and customizability
  • The MXit protocol plugin is still maintained by MXit them selfs
CONS:
  • Does not support gaming markup (games like Chess and Tixi will not work)

You can download Pidgin here

Daxtop
Daxtop is a proprietary client written in Java by Dax Frost. This is also a Windows ONLY client.

Daxtop Contact List Daxtop Chat Screen


PROS:
  • Java based (so no .net4 required)
  • Much more lighter than EVO on system resources
  • You can skin the program (customize the look and feel)
  • Login with multiple MXit accounts at the same time - very cool feature!
CONS:
  • Does not support gaming markup (games like Chess and Tixi will not work)

You can download Daxtop here

Conclusion



Now you have 3 options for chatting on MXit straight from your PC. I would recommend Pidgin as I am using it myself and its the only client which runs on Linux. :-) That said, I would still recommend it to Windows users as its simple and easy to use, and works! Enjoy, and happy chatting!

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