When comparing Xshell vs Console2, the Slant community recommends Xshell for most people. In the question“What are the best terminal emulators for Windows?” Xshell is ranked 6th while Console2 is ranked 7th.
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Pro Connections management
Pro Has tabs
Pro Task automation with VB script
Pro Tunneling bar
Channel monitoring and dynamic port forwarding.
Pro Compose bar to send a string to multiple servers at once
Pro Local shell interface to control Xshell
Pro User defined key map support
Pro Can use any system font
Pro Customizable aesthetics
Console2 comes with multiple window styles out of the box and allows the user to configure fonts, colors, and transparency to their liking.
Pro Can run any existing shell
Console2 facilitates the running of CMD, PowerShell, Cygwin, PuTTY, etc.
Pro Free and open source
Console2 is licensed under MPL 1.1/GPL 2.0/LGPL 2.1, making it free and open source.
Pro Easy-to-use text selection
Console2's text selection is intuitive and easy to use.
Pro Borderless mode minimizes crashes
Borderless windowed mode is basically a fullscreen mode but with a super fast alt tab option and seamless task switching without the risk of crashes or freezes.
Pro Highly configurable hotkeys
Hotkeys allow the user to easily trigger an action and can be configured to their liking.
Console2 allows the user to create tabs for separate instances of the terminal, allowing them to have both multiple shells and multiple instances of the same shell open.
Pro Dynamically resize window
You can change the width and height of the console window without having to reset your session.
Pro Transparency support
Console2 supports transparency. You can adjust how transparent the background should be.
Pro Supports fullscreen mode
Console2 supports fullscreen mode, making for greater visibility.
Con Not free
The subscription costs $89 per year.
Con No stable portable version
Any portable version present is wrapper. It moves files from portable folder to appdata and backward, which often cause dataloss
Con Not maintained
The development of Console2 has been abandoned. The latest change was made in 2013.
Con Stopping a script closes the tab
Usually when a script is running and you try to stop it with Ctrl-c, it stops and shows the empty command prompt waiting to get a new command. In Console2 this does not happen: instead the whole tab where the script is running is closed.