Vivaldi was created after the developers of Opera browser thought that the browser was lagging behind to become a fast browser on limited hardware. Thus, a lot of improvement was implemented in Vivaldi to make it more appealing to users.
Speed and Stability
Vivaldi is based on the Blink engine (used by Chromium and Google Chrome) which makes it fast and stable. However, it still depends on the user’s device configuration.
To address performance issues, Vivaldi offers lazy loading which hibernates individual tabs and Tab Stacks. When ‘Lazy Load Restored Tabs’ is enabled, all restored tabs except pinned tabs (can be included through settings) are lazy-loaded. When you hibernate a tab, the browser will discard that tab and replace it with an empty tab. This will reduce the browser’s memory usage. To exit from hibernation, you just need to revisit the tab.
The latest update on Vivaldi 3.7 further improves browser loading speed. Now the browser tabs load twice as fast as compared to the previous version.
ProductivityAside from those powerful customizations, Vivaldi offers features that boost productivity which is found to be very useful to most users, these are Notes Panel, Web Panel, and Tab Stacks.
Notes PanelWith Vivaldi, you can also add notes and take screenshots while surfing the web. A nice feature where you can save your thoughts and ideas on sites you visit.
Web PanelWeb Panel allows you to add your favorite websites as separate Web Panels to make them easier to access. Clicking a Web Panel will allow you to simultaneously view its content alongside the tabs in your browser’s main window.
Tab StacksAs you open more tabs, every tab gradually becomes smaller, less recognizable, and out of place. Vivaldi addresses this problem by introducing “Tab Stacks”, a distinct feature that allows you to group similar tabs together into a stack. You can stack tabs by similarity, multiple selections, and by drag and drop. Tab hoarders can easily create multiple tab stacks at once with ‘Tab Stack by Hosts’. This new feature will look for all tabs and stack those from the same host. In conjunction with this, Vivaldi introduces a ‘Two-Level Tab Stacks’, where stacked tabs appear below the parent tab. Actually, the parent tab isn’t a real tab, it’s just a website’s name so that users can easily identify the tabs being stacked together. Interestingly, multiple tab stacks can be combined as one Tab Stack further reducing tab clutter. But be careful when you do this as it can slow down your browser due to tab overloading.
Other productivity featuresSome other useful features are easily accessible in the Status Bar such as Hide Panel, Break mode, Sync, Capture Page, Page tiling, zoom slider, and the ability to load or unload images on sites you visit.
Data Privacy and SecurityMost importantly, Vivaldi takes security and privacy more seriously than others. It blocks websites and advertisements from tracking your activities on the web. With a built-in Adblocker, you can stop intrusive ads more. Like most Chromium-based browsers, Vivaldi integrates Google Safe browsing to protect you from malware and phishing sites.
Final ThoughtsVivaldi is indeed a feature-rich browser for its genuine innovation on customization, functionality, and security of which its developers should be proud of. To the users of Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, and Safari, try Vivaldi now as it has the features you loved amongst these browsers, it’s even better.
A recommended browser for power users.
- Performance Impact
- Privacy and Security