We have four main browsers, three on the PC (IE, Mozilla, Chrome), and one also-ran (Safari) that's mostly a Mac product, and all four have varying levels of bugs and security issues. So does the world need another browser?
Vivaldi Technologies says yes. Its founder, Jon von Tetzchner, is a co-founder and former CEO of Opera Software, the Norwegian company behind the lightweight browser of the same name. Von Tezchner told Tom's Hardware Guide that Vivaldi aims to pick up where Opera Software left off when it abandoned the Presto engine for Google's open-source Blink and Chromium software.
You can also pull down the menu bar and, instead of tabs, the whole site is rendered in a small box at the top, so you can see the site, not just its name.
The new browser also comes packed with a "Notes" feature that allows users to mark down notes about a site. So you can leave a note to yourself about why you came to a particular site in the first place, or something you want to remember about it.
There's also a "speed dial" feature that allows users to quickly access sites from one place, and you can make multiple speed dials for different groups of sites.
The browser itself is rather bare bones and not terribly elegant, owing to its early state. But it is fast. Look at these benchmarks below. The test machine was a Core i7-4770, 16GB DDR3 2133MHz RAM, OCZ Vertex 4 SSD C: drive, Nvidia GTX670 video card on a 64-bit Windows 7, and used the latest versions of all three browsers.
As you can see, it is competitive with both browsers and beats them in some cases, even though it is still in technical preview state. So there is a lot of room for improvement. The company plans to add syncing, email and extensions. You can download the preview here.