Google Chrome is undoubtedly the king of browsers. It is crazy fast and supports latest web technologies for a near-flawless experience. It has themes and a whole widgets and app store. And while all of this is great, it has two major drawbacks: Chrome is a memory hog and it has an outdated user interface. That’s why I switched to Vivaldi.
Vivaldi is a Chromium based browser that supports most of the latest web technologies as Chrome. This also means that a lot of Chrome plugins work right out of the box with Vivaldi. And at the same time, Vivaldi isn’t going to hurt your computer performance much as it is much better at RAM management.
It's biggest feature, however, is that Vivaldi is highly customisable and has some awesome tab management options. For example, the colour of the status bar can automatically change to match the major colours on a website. There is a dark mode too, making the entire UI dark grey. As for tab management, you can cycle through tabs simply by scrolling or using the arrow keys, and you can choose to cycle through the tabs in recently used order.
Vivaldi also has a panel to the left that houses your downloads, notes and bookmarks, in addition to pinned sites. In the notes section, you can put down your ideas and attach links to them. Pinned sites can open up inside the panel itself, making it super convenient to access while browsing another site. Moreover, you can universally search Vivaldi’s tabs, notes, bookmarks and more by pressing cmd+E (or ctrl+E).
Vivaldi is a great package. Yes, there is a lack of support for many Chrome plugins and apps, but the browsing experience as well as the customisability features make it the perfect alternative to Chrome.
I’ve used Vivaldi for over 3 months now. Am I missing Chrome? No. Vivaldi handles website editing and heavy webGL content really well, so there is no reason to complain. You know what? Give it a try and comment below if you like Vivaldi.
Download for free: https://vivaldi.com
This article is not sponsored by Vivaldi, and is written according to the author's experience.
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