How is it different? Well, in the widgets, you will select how many links you can show, and if you want the links random order, title acending order, and title descending order. You can even add images to show up by the links and much more. This is all done by marking the checkbox fields in the Better Blogroll widget. This makes it easier for those who do not know how to code, or not able to follow the nifty WordPress tutorials.
The creator also gives a great suggestion on how users can use Better Blogroll as a simple text or image ad rotator too!
I am using Better Blogroll on Blondish.net and have found it to be quite helpful as I really hate to have a long list of links in my sidebar. Of course, I could whip up my own snippet, but choosing this plugin was a great convenience and not much of a hindrance on load time. It also did what I wanted when I have first installed the plugin. I recommend this plugin for anyone that needs something time saving and allow them to organize their blogrolls far more efficiently without being knee deep in code.
Have you tried Better Blogroll? If not, do you try another type of trick or just use the default WordPress blogroll abilities?