Unlike operating systems browsers are still a fairly open market that has not seen any major improvements since 2008 (Chrome). With that being said there are still a few browsers that are released every so often that catch our eye. In this article we will give you a bird’s eye view of Vivaldi, a browser that we think has a lot of potential.
Overview of Vivaldi
Vivaldi was released as a technical preview in January and has since become the browser of discussion. It uses the same Blink layout engine as Chrome so many of its extensions can be used (Although this is not a simple process).
One of the first things you will notice about Vivaldi is that it will color match the navigation bar with the webpage you are on similar to the latest YouTube app. This is a nice touch but from a power user’s standpoint this is just one more thing the browser has to do when loading a page.
One of the main selling points of Vivaldi is the in-browser notepad. It doesn’t feature anything special but it does save you a few clicks when researching.
By default Vivaldi will open all of the tabs from your last session when the browser starts. This is very convenient for people who have to start and stop all of their work frequently.
There is also a feature that gives you the choice to load images. You can either load all images, cached images, or no images at all. This can come in handy when dealing with a slow connection speed.
As of right now there is no official library of extensions for Vivaldi. This is important because plugins and extensions are the tools that aid power users the most. In order for this to become a true power user’s browser it will have to adopt an official library and a community of contributors.
Despite what many forums are saying, Vivaldi seems to be very sluggish at times. That’s because this browser is doing a lot in the background. Vivaldi is constantly changing the color of the navigation bar, preloading information from linked webpages, and saving a lot more data (such as currently open tabs) than other browsers are. All of this makes for a very heavy experience at times.
This browser was meant for power users but ironically I can’t recommend it to these users in its current build. However, this browser will be perfect for those who do a lot of heavy research. Keep in mind that this browser is still a technical preview and will improve as its official release gets closer.
If you’re someone who is curious as to what other browsers are available, or are just tired of seeing the same logo every time you get on the internet give Vivaldi a try! Just don’t expect the same features and performance as other browsers right out of the box.